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TV Dinners: Eat Like Padma, Shout Like Gordon

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Ariel Contreras, HK6 Contestant (Photo courtesy STK)
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In spite of the occasionally cringe-worthy dishes on Top Chef and the bumbling and blubbering of Hell's Kitchen, you know you're insanely jealous of those judges. Well, now you have the opportunity to eat like the judges--yes, even the actual recipes they picked apart like bits of carrion on the small screen.Every Wednesday, STK Todd Miller's reinvented steakhouse for the "young sexy market" will serve a "Chef’s Selection Special Dish inspired by the previous night’s episode of Hell’s Kitchen" in honor of Season 6 HK contestant and STK-LA Sous Chef Ariel Contreras. (If you want to eat like a Hell's Kitchen team challenge winner, do like the women's team did in last night's episode, and give Dining in the Dark at Opaque a the dark.)

Mark Peel, who will be guest judging on Top Chef tonight offered the plates he cooked for Top Chef Masters at a special dinner at Campanile Monday night. We have our fingers crossed it will not be the last time.

In addition to these special events, Top Chef contestants are popping up like Pinkberries all over LA. Season 2 winner Ilan Hall's newly-opened The Gorbals is receiving a lot of attention. Named after the Glasgow neighborhood where he grew up (which has the reputation amongst ex-pats as a kind of rough 'hood), The Gorbals features international cuisine, reflecting Hall's Scottish-Jewish upbringing, as well as influences from Italy and Napa. Haggis Burger or Manischewitz-braised Pork Belly Ribs, anyone?