Why we are in New York, and why we aren’t blogging about Top Chef.

June 13, 2007


Top Chef is back! But, sadly, our snarky commentary isn’t.

What?” you exclaim in disbelief and horror.

Yes, it’s true. Our amusing — if we don’t say so ourselves — recaps and Q&As are sidelined this season because of … my husband. There, I said it.

Last season, I was willing to sit through lame reality show drama (such as, say, drunken head shaving), uppity contestants who whine that they hate TGI Fridays food, and bizarre vending machine quickfire challenges. I put up with Padma and endless product placements. I was even willing to stay up to the ungodly hour of 10 p.m. to watch these goings on, and then remain awake even later to write the posts.

No longer.

Why? Well… My husband has done it: He’s taken the plunge and is going to become a bonafide, certified, rarefied and dignified (?) actual chef. Dramatic pause. That’s right: He’s going to culinary school.

The whole family has temporarily relocated to New York City while he attends the French Culinary Institute for six months. Now, dressed in a budding chef’s uniform — black-checked hammer pants, a white chef’s jacket, dinner-napkin-like scarf and paper hat — he’s learning the basics of classic French cuisine and then some. He’s on his feet all day. He’s tired. He’s drained. And, yes, I still make him cook for me, dear readers of My Husband Cooks!

So, while our exploits here may slow a bit (I can only ask a man to cook so many hours in the day), we’ll keep the blog going — and hopefully drop some of his cooking school wisdom on you.

“But wait,” you interrupt, “what does this have to do with Top Chef?”

Well, gang, aside from having a 3-month-old whose sleep/wake schedule interferes with Bravo programming scheduled at 10 p.m., there’s another barrier. My husband has a professional conflict of sorts.

Lee Anne Wong, of Top Chef season one fame, is a faculty member at the French Culinary Institute. Plus, there’s all those other professional-type chefs at the joint who may not share our wicked sense of humor. So, while like all good cooks my husband likes a little bit of char, he’s not for burning bridges. So, we’ll keep our snarky commentary about Top Chef to ourselves and our TiVo.

We hope, though, that you’ll stay tuned for the blog as we enter this new chapter in my husband’s cooking — and my eating. I’m thinking both can only get better!


  1. I might cry. I understand, but I don’t have to like it. Seriously though, I wish the 3 of you only the best. What an amazing adventure!

  2. I could care less about Top Chef but I’ll be interested in your comments about food & school. Its a big deal to make a living doing something you have a passion for. Its an even a bigger deal to still enjoy it after you get out of school in the “world”. With a kid no less!!!! Mad, mad, mad!

  3. I’m in awe — so many big life changes all at once! Well, that’s the way to do it. Will look forward to hearing more about culinary school and less about the whiny Top Chef contestants!

  4. Very exciting! Congratulations to him, and I hope you enjoy the adventure of living in New York while you’re there.

  5. I will miss your commentary, but I guess you can’t let trashy reality programming stand in the way of your dreams. Can you? No, you can’t.

    Congratulations and I wish you all the luck in the world. You clearly have the talent for it.

  6. As a culinary school grad, I sure know what he is in for….but the reward will be amazing. I look forward to posts about school and the amping up of his skills. You lucky gal, you!

  7. Aww, that’s too bad! I loved reading the comments from last season! Well good luck!

  8. Congratulations to your husband for making this bold step. I am confident that he will be justly rewarded (as will you! 🙂 )

    Enjoy NY and will keep checking in to see how things are going via the blog.

  9. Sniffle for the fans of your recaps, but hooray for you guys and welcome to NYC!!

  10. That is amazing and very exciting!!! I can’t wait to hear more about it.

  11. Best of luck to your husband! Very bold move and sure to be a lifetime of fulfilment. I will live vicariously through his adventures. I stuck with acting instead of going to cooking school to be a pastry chef.

  12. Welcome to NYC! I hope culinary school is an amazing experience for him and that you all enjoy your time here. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

  13. Congratulations on all the big changes in your life. How wonderful to follow your dreams! And have such a cute baby!

  14. That’s fantastic! One of my best friends went through the program a couple of years ago and is happy as can be now. It was a great decision and I hope you guys are really happy up there. And I’ll seriously miss the commentary.

  15. What? You mean I’m gonna have to actually watch Top Chef? Oh, well, I guess I’ll do it. I was kinda counting on your recaps.

    Seriously, good luck to the three of you.

  16. Congratulations! You won’t regret it!

  17. That is so wonderful!!It is a very exciting time for your family! We will be able to make it through Top Chef Miami without your commentary (personally, I end up seeing the weekend marathons, because like you, something that starts at 10PM is hard to catch)! Good luck and enjoy!

  18. Noooooooooo! j/k I’ll seriously miss the TC snark-fest but awesome news about culinary school. Best of luck to the fam during this time.

  19. but, without cable and your snarky comments… how will i ever keep up?
    seriously, congratulations The Husband…

  20. I watch Top Chef and adore Lee Anne, lol. Congrats to your husband! I’m looking forward to reading about the upcoming adventures in culinary school and in NYC. And Jack is just too cute for words!

  21. Well, if you are going to desert us for Top Chef, at least you have a darn good reason for doing so! Congrats on the big step.

  22. best of luck with this new endeavor!

  23. Welcome to NYC! That is so exciting that you’re taking the plunge – I’ve thought about it, but I’m still not sure yet! Well let me know if you need any NYC tips!

  24. I’ll also miss the commentary, but I join those ahead of me in congratulating and wishing all of you luck with this newest chapter. I look forward to tagging along vicariously…

  25. I stumbled on your blog during a recipe search and my mouth has been watering ever since! As any TRUE southern girl (I’m from NC) I’m adore cooking and baking! Sadly, most of these recipes won’t fit into my daily nutrition macros. But I will be trying them for special treats. You have a beautiful family…best of luck to your husband at the Culinary Institute and best wishes to your family!

  26. What wonderful support for this big adventure from the food blogging community! It’s great to know that in this impersonal world, people can still reach out to each other and live their dreams with them.

  27. Alas, This is my first comment but I have been a “lurker” for many months. I made the blood-orange bundt cake and it was divine!

    I still check your site several times a week in hopes that you will have something new, but I am also excited to see what comes after the chef school is completed.

    I hope that there are more posts; even if they are shorter and infrequent.

  28. Good for your husband. I teach some continuing education classes at the university here, and I am always so impressed by people who go back to school. Typically smart and hardworking and a joy to teach. So best of luck to him and to you (you will, of course, help by tasting his homework, I am sure.).


  29. Hi there, I just came across your website because I was looking up some good seared scallops recipes, and since I happen to have a Meyer’s lemon tree flourishing in my yard here in sunny (ok, foggy) California (SF bay area) I couldn’t resist this one! I am making it for the second time tonight after my trip to costco today. I must admit, I love Top Chef, I watch it secretly when my boyfriend and two babies are sleeping : ) but usually by the end of the season I rope my guy in too so he can listen to all my snarky comments. The sad thing is.. I don’t know anyone else who watches it so I have no one to be snarky with! I long for someone to hate Padma with and her endless cleavage and love whatzisname queer eye guy and giggle about Tom Callechio (however you spell it) and make up rumours about him…Good luck with your cooking, I’ll be visiting more in hopes of grabbing some more recipes, as I’m just a doctoral candidate in psychology cook wannabee with a nine month old and a two year old who needs quick delicious gourmando recipes to get me through the day (not to mention the endless breastgobbling feasts each night for my nine month old!!). : )

  30. great post…if you still need snarky Top Chef remarks, i dabble…

  31. Congratulations on the big leap. I just found your blog via the olive oil bon bon post. Look forward to what the future may bring for your family.

  32. I think you inspired my wife to tell me that I should put down my keyboard and go to school for cooking! Probably wouldn’t be too bad of an idea if I didn’t have a mortgage payment 🙂

  33. Wonderful and good luck! Will miss the commentary. I haven’t been watching this season.

  34. My husband and I no longer have cable, so we just saw Top Chef for the first time at a friend’s house. It had a few entertaining moments and a few fly-by looks at some possibly interesting food. But i can definitely see not staying up with a baby to watch. Congrats on your husband going to culinary school. My husband cooks too, but only dreams of the CIA.

  35. Hooray! I am so excited for Husband! And Wife! And Baby!

    I have been away for too long, and missed too much.

    What a lovely surprise.

  36. Heeeellllllllllllloooooooooooooo??

    Oh well, guess you are too busy at cooking school. Hopefully you will blog once more. Love the blog!


  37. I’m with Sharon. Come back! And thanks for letting me use your photos!Everyone loved your food!

  38. Goood,,, that great!!! go get dude!! but hey? what ever you do .Don’t go work for the judge himself.. i just stepped of his line permently… and lat me tell you..it was like a concentration camp kitchen in comunist china!!! Very over rated!!and yes its runned by the top chef judge himself!!!!!!

  39. Welcome to NYC! Have a fabulous time and please keep blogging! We want to know all about your adventures in the big apple and at the FCI.

  40. When will you guys be back! We miss you!

  41. Don’t you just love those sexy chef outfits!

    Good luck to you all…keep him cooking for you at home and try not to gain 20lbs! 🙂

  42. Cute baby.

  43. Please blog about something soon, especially something spicy and exotic!! Have enjoyed reading your entries, and hope all is well with your family.

  44. Hi My Husband Cooks,

    My name is Shannon and I’m the editorial assistant at Foodbuzz.com. Following up on a recent email invitation to be a part of our newly launched Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I just want to reiterate that I am very impressed with the quality of your posts. I would love to send you more details about the program, so if you are interested, please email me at Shannon@foodbuzz.com.


    Shannon Eliot
    Editorial Assistant, Foodbuzz.com

  45. thank you, bro

  46. Congratulations, I wish you all the best and great fun.

  47. I am about a year too late, although I’ve read your blogs before. Just want you to know I’m still here, hating Padma and really glad to know someone QUALIFIED does too! 🙂 Best! Sue

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