Overthinking Top Chef

Shota Nakajima and the Top Chef Finale

The Taku chef cooked the meal of his life, honored his mom, and got us all emotional.

07/02/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Overthinking Bravo

How Shota Nakajima Turned Top Chef Into an Interactive Experience

“Excuse me, is something really cool happening? I’ve never seen a line like this before.”

05/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode Four Recap: Shota's Loose Center

Things get raw in an episode covertly sponsored by a swarm of bees.

04/23/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Bucket-Based Dining

Shota Nakajima Reopens Taku as a House of Fried Chicken

Karaage will rule the menu when the Top Chef contestant's Capitol Hill bar returns in May.

04/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode Two Recap: Shota Rocks Lobster

“I looked left and right, no one locked eyes with me. And then I looked down and I saw Shota.”

04/09/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode One Recap: Shota Gets the Bird

In which Seattle chef Shota Nakajima is down, up, and all about duck.

04/01/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Surreality TV

Seattle's Shota Nakajima Will Compete on the Next Top Chef

The chef behind Adana and Taku surfaces on the cooking show's new Portland season.

02/08/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef California Episode 7: Back in the Day

Trout hubris, celery, and sadness.

01/22/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef California Episode 6: Banannaise

In which Jason's pork and squid meatballs are deemed even weirder than mayonnaise made from bananas.

01/15/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef California Episode 5: Big Gay Wedding

This is a big Jason episode, everybody. Are whipped cream potatoes the new pea puree?

01/08/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef California Episode 4: It's a Dry Heat

In which Jason is irked by bros.

12/18/2015 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef California Episode 3: Spines and Vines

In which Jason is a gentleman...and pays the price.

12/11/2015 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef California Episode 2: Popup Pandemonium

In which Jason makes a delightful chilled noodle dish in Koreatown and proves himself the ultimate Top Chef utility player.

12/04/2015 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef California Episode 1: Stop the Presses

In which Jason Stratton cracks eggs, rocks a pocket square, and throws some light (and well-deserved) shade.

12/03/2015 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle on TV

Jason Stratton Will Be on the Next Season of 'Top Chef'

Don't mind me, just going to Spain.

10/19/2015 By Allecia Vermillion

So Long

An Exit Interview with Carrie Mashaney

The Top Chef contender and Aragona chef talks about what it was like to compete on the show, and the meal she missed most while she was away from home.

01/09/2014 By Chelsea Lin

TV Recap

Top Chef New Orleans Episode 12: Mississippi Mud Bugs

In which Carrie's future hangs in a flounder fritter.

01/02/2014 By Chelsea Lin

TV Recap

Top Chef New Orleans Episode 11: Giving It the College Try

In which Carrie makes squab look good, broccoli look bad.

12/19/2013 By Chelsea Lin

TV Recap

Top Chef New Orleans Episode 10: Like Mama Made

In which Carrie gives us a glimpse into her asparagus-foraging past.

12/12/2013 By Chelsea Lin

Hello, Gorgeous

First Look: Chef Jason Stratton's Aragona

The much-loved chef's new downtown restaurant is a knockout, thanks to hand-crafted light fixtures, intricate mosaic work, and a restrained pop of hot pink.

12/09/2013 By Chelsea Lin