Stars on the Small Screen

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Two local chefs were on TV this week. Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns was a judge on the finale of Top Chef on Bravo, and Jeffrey Vaden of White Plains was eliminated from “The Next Food Network Star.”
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Barber played sous chef to Richard Blais, the chef-testant most like to use molecular gastronomy to impress the judges. Unfortunately, he fell short to Stephanie, who took the title. We didn’t hear too much from Barber at the four-course dinner that was the final challenge, but maybe that’s because he was sitting next to Gail?

Over on the Food Network, Vaden was asked to make a packaged product that reflected his culinary point of view, and the judges didn’t see him really selling it. 0618chefs002.JPG

“It’s about personality,” he said in his exit interview on foodnetwork.com. “They’re looking for more dimensions. … Those dimensions are a little more private to me.”

Top Chef Season 4.

The Next Food Network Star.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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