Pack Your Knives

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A weekly Top Chef recap podcast hosted by NBA writers Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh breaking down Season 16 as it happens on BravoTV. Follow along weekly as the top cooking competition meets top-shelf analysis. Arnovitz and Haberstroh bring their die-hard fanaticism of the hit TV show and combine it with their NBA analytical instincts to draft “fantasy” teams from Season 16, interview Top Chef contestants and talk about America’s food and restaurant trends.

Episode Date
"Congratulations, you are Top Oyster and Buttermilk"
Tom and Kevin review Season 16 and recap the surprising finale in Macau. Per PYK tradition, the finalists --- Chef Eric, Chef Kelsey and Chef Sara -- join the show to answer all our burning questions about the finale -- Eric's menu, what was in their luggage and the things they couldn't say on air. 
Mar 18, 2019
Durian and Spirit Animals

Kevin and Tom recap the Final Four episode of Macau and discuss the virtues of durian and the game theory of cooking with the stinky fruit. Chef Michelle Minori joins the show to explain why she's the quickfire champ, fava bean prep and of course, her admiration of a certain Golden State Warrior.

Mar 12, 2019
High Top Chef IQ
Kevin and Tom discuss Macau, this season's darkhorse and chef Eric's performance. For the second half of the show, cheftestant Kelsey joins the show and dishes all things Top Chef including the one rule she'd change, the Restaurant Wars fiasco and the secrets of the party boat challenge.
Mar 05, 2019
Bye, KY

Kevin and Tom are joined by Top Chef superfan and ESPN personality Mina Kimes to recap the Kentucky finale, handicap the remaining chefs and reflect on Season 16's drama (or lack thereof). Who's going to win in Macau? One chef or the Field?

Feb 27, 2019
Kentucky TKO and WaffleGate
Tom and Kevin recap the Muhammed Ali episode, discuss fried chicken spots and bid farewell to a juggernaut on the show. Cheftestant Sara Bradley joins the show to discuss WaffleGate, being a Southern Jew, Paducah cuisine, her sensitive nose and what it's like to be the Kentucky representative. 
Feb 19, 2019

Tom and Kevin analyze the most contentious episode of the season with the help of cheftestant Eric Adjepong. What's the best food? Who's to blame for WaffleGate? Is Eric a big, bad bully? We also talk Ghanaian cuisine, Eric's beloved Knicks and what really happened at Rupp Arena.

Feb 11, 2019
Grand Ole Opportunity
Kevin and Tom review the season's cheftestants after yet another first-time winner steals the show. We also hash out our hypothetical songs of inspiration, handicap the favorites and scout the next episode at Rupp Arena. 
Feb 03, 2019
Soiree or Kegger?
Kevin and Tom analyze all things Boat Party Wars -- Eddie's draft, the jiggle juice and whether their souls belong to Team Blue or Team Green. The hosts also pay tribute to the late Fatima Ali, a PYK and Top Chef fan favorite.
Jan 28, 2019
Carne! Brother!

Kevin and Tom dissect Episode 7 like Dario Cecchini on a Decca patio. Kevin parades Eddie while Tom laments Brian. Also, Kevin and Tom talk to old friend Brother Luck about his up-and-down year on Top Chef and Last Chance Kitchen

Jan 21, 2019
Brian And Justin
Top Chef cheftestants Brian Young and Justin Sutherland join Kevin and Tom for a recap of Restaurant Wars and the latest Canapé episode 1606. Why did the cheftestants go on a hunger strike? Which cheftestant practice quickfires before the show? What are they up to now? On the latest episode of PYK.
Jan 16, 2019
The Forgotten Crudo
Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh take you behind the scenes at Restaurant Wars and reveal what it’s like to attend Top Chef’s signature event. Special guest Hershy Ash re-joins the show to analyze this season’s three-restaurant twist and assess the performance of Third Coast, North East and Thistle. 
Jan 07, 2019
The First Restaurant War of 2018-19
Tom and Kevin are joined by restaurant consultant Hershy Ash to break down the first of a 2-part special, 12-contestant Restaurant Wars. 
Dec 31, 2018
Naughty and Nice

Tom explains to Kevin the workings of Quick Fire White Elephant Gift Exchange, and the hosts debate whether Nini or David should be the early favorite and wonder if Natalie has the goods to run the table in Last Chance Kitchen. 

Dec 24, 2018
Ask For More Lemons
Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh break down a stunning exit, the infamous $500 lamb tab and handicap the frontrunners for Season 16 Kentucky.
Dec 17, 2018
With The 1st Pick ...
Kevin and Tom recap the Season 16: Kentucky premiere while conducting a live draft of all 18 contestants, including the Last Chance Kitchen field. Who will go No. 1? Who is the villain? Which contestants have the biggest trade value? 
Dec 07, 2018
Top Chef Season 16 Preview!

Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh are back for Season 16 of Top Chef. Gearing up for this week's season premiere, Arnovitz and Haberstroh preview season 16, scout the bios of the 15 contestants and share their favorite Kentucky spots and cuisine.

Dec 04, 2018
The Finale
Tom and Kevin break down the exciting finale of Top Chef Season 15, and are joined by the finalists, Adrienne Cheatham and Joe Flamm to recap the season, what went into their dishes, and what's next in their journeys. 
Mar 14, 2018
Gone Fishing

The episode before the finale. Tom and Kevin break down the penultimate episode. 

Mar 07, 2018
The Final Four

Tom and Kevin break down the final four episode of Top Chef 15, including the rocky mountain oysters quickfire and family recipe elimination challenge, then visit with chef "Mustache" Joe Sasto. 

Feb 27, 2018
High End

Tom and Kevin are joined by ESPN's Mina Kimes to welcome back the Last Chance Kitchen winner, break down Episode 11 and scout the remaining Top Chefs as we approach the final.

Feb 20, 2018
Return of the Curse

Tom and Kevin break down Episode 10 of Top Chef with the help of special guest and father of Baby Jude, Bruce Kalman. Kalman goes behind-the-scenes to explain why he went on Top Chef and why he ate candy bars out of a baby diaper.

Feb 13, 2018
The Risotto Curse Returns

Kevin and Tom recap the Super Bowl episode, mourn Team Kevin and geek out about Top Chef myths with Lynn from the essential

Feb 05, 2018
Restaurant Wars

Tom and Kevin recap Restaurant Wars with the help of restaurant fixer-upper Hershy Ash and check in with Top Chef’s Fatima Ali about her cancer battle, being a Baby Bear and cooking Pakistani cuisine.

Jan 29, 2018
The "Olympics" Competition

Tom and Kevin break down Top Chef's high-intensity, super-tense "Olympics" competition, and debate whether cliquey-ness is a good thing. 

Jan 20, 2018
Cilantro vs. Claudette

Tom and Kevin break down the High German elimination challenge and negotiate a blockbuster trade of chef-testants. Then they chat with Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins about the dynamics on show, regional Mexican cooking, and their hate of cilantro. 

Jan 15, 2018
Ep 6: Chef Amish Soul Food

Kevin and Tom recap Episode 5 with the help of Top Chef contestant and proprietor of Amish soul food Chris Scott. Warning: strong language and stronger recipes.

Jan 06, 2018
Ep 5: Bye-Bye Bear, Hello Blais!

Kevin and Tom recap a shocking Episode 4 of Top Chef and talk to special guest Richard Blais of Top Chef fame and the Starving For Attention podcast about possibly starting a Top Chef camp and other behind-the-scenes topics too fire for TV.

Jan 02, 2018
Ep 4: The Chilito

Top Chef contestant Tyler Anderson joins Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh on the pod, taking us behind the scenes at Top Chef and breaking down the food truck episode with details you can't get anywhere else.

Dec 23, 2017
Ep 3: The Bear Den

Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh break down Episode 2 of Top Chef and re-visit their draft picks after a surprising elimination. (Promo Code: Healthy)

1:10- Intro

1:45- Quickfire Challenge

9:55- Team Challenges

10:35- The Farm

12:20- Menu Creation

14:25- Elimination Challenge

20:45- Kevin’s Tyler Anderson Experience

SeatGeek (Promo Code: Healthy)

27:15- Elimination Challenge contd.

31:00- Last Chance Kitchen

34:00- Elimination Challenge contd.

40:45- Draft lookback

44:40- Pack your Knives and go

49:30- Dish they wanted to eat most

51:30- The Big Number

Dec 16, 2017
Ep 2: The Draft

Kevin and Tom draft their fantasy teams and dive into the Season 15 premiere. Who went No. 1? And should you help a fellow Top Chef if it isn’t team play? Is this season too nice?

01:00- Rock, Paper, Scissors for 1st pick

02:00- Pick 1

09:00- Elimination Challenge Winners statistics

10:15- Confidence impact on Top Chef competitors

11:20- Pick 2 announced by David Stern

12:30- Ballsiness in dish choice

13:40- Helping other Competitors

17:00- Pick 3

18:40- Pick 4

19:50- Why do people do Top Chef after “Making it”

22:20- Specific Skills for Top Chef vs Real Life abilities

24:40- Pick 5

27:00- Pick 6

28:30- Winning Quickfire wins as a future predictor

30:20- Pick 7

32:05- Pick 8

32:30- Michelin Stars

33:40- Cooking Pedigree

34:30- Red Sauce and Pizza

36:20- Pick 9

37:50- Pick 10

38:45- Pick 11

39:40- Purple Potatoes(Pack your Knives hack of the week)

41:05- Pick 12

42:20- Pick 13

43:30- Pick 14

44:40- Pick 15

45:30- Pick 16

46:30- Pick 17

47:15- Episode 1 closing thoughts

47:40- This seasons Villain

48:40- Recurring Mistakes by competitors

49:35 Top Chef Strategy

52:20- Scoring System

Dec 08, 2017
Ep 1: Welcome to Pack Your Knives

NBA writers Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh profess their love for Top Chef, name their favorite seasons and preview Season 15's contestants with analytics and scouting.


0:00- Intro/How this podcast got it's start

1:30- Top Chef fantasy quick rundown

2:30- QuickFire appreciation

5:10- Favorite Seasons

20:00- All Time Favorite Chefs

26:05- Season 15 Cheftestants

37:30- Choosing a Chef based on bio

42:30- NBA Restaraunts

48:25- Bojangles Nutritional Trivia of the week

50:25- The Big Number(Top Chef Style)


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Dec 05, 2017