Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 | 11:59 a.m.
Feisty and fiery Las Vegas chef Carla Pellegrino lives up to her new reputation as a formidable foe on another blistering episode of “Top Chef Seattle” tonight on Bravo. “Don’t call me honey or sweetie,” she yells with a four-letter word to back up her blast at two of the male chefs.
She comments to the camera: “It’s very hard to be a successful woman chef. I’ve had to fight all my life. I raised my daughter. I lost my dad, and raising my family made me very strong.”
Hours after slicing her right hand, as we reported last week, Carla is back in the center of another firestorm on Episode 3 of the 45-day shoot. She’s turning into ratings royalty and will keep Twitter and Facebook abuzz again during and after the broadcast.
Tonight, Carla and the holiday season heat up in the Thanksgiving showdown between two teams led by Las Vegas star chefs Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse. They even don their white coats to lead the cheftestants in the kitchen to create a turkey feast inspired by their signature cuisines.
It becomes a head-to-head battle. Between their jabs and competitive banter, Tom and Emeril share their family secrets on how to make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. If you haven’t planned yours, check out their version from the show. It includes all the classics: mashed potatoes, stuffing and special family recipes, including Tom’s risotto and pancetta dressing and Emeril’s gumbo.
As the chef rivals try to execute the famous chefs’ recipes and measure up to their standards, a typical family feud breaks out, and Carla doesn’t disappoint in the thick of it.
The pre-planning and production work of the hit show is a massive undertaking, and this video gives fans of the top-rated show a peek behind the kitchen doors of the shooting challenges.
Guest judge and Food & Wine Editor in Chief Dana Cowin joins Emeril, head judge Tom and host Padma Lakshmi to taste the turkey and trimmings to eliminate one of the chefs.
Carla, who runs Meatball Spot in Town Square and Bratalian in Henderson, has become the star of “Top Chef.” We’ll be on Twitter later to see if she stays or gets sent packing with her very sharp knives, and I don’t just mean the silver ones that cut up menu items!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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