BRAVO'S "TOP CHEF" AND NYC & COMPANY PRESENT "TASTE OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS" AT GRAND CENTRAL'S HISTORIC VANDERBILT HALL IN NEW YORK
Time Warner Cable And New York Media Serve As Event Sponsors
Tickets Go On Sale October 13 With All Proceeds Benefitting New York's
NEW YORK � October 7, 2008 � Leading up to the fifth season premiere of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef," Bravo has partnered with NYC & Company, New York City's marketing, tourism and partnership organization, to present "Taste of the Five Boroughs" at New York's historic Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal on Monday, October 27 from 12 � 3 p.m.. For the first time, a $30 tasting fee will allow New Yorkers and visitors an opportunity to experience a virtual culinary map of New York, transporting consumers to some of the city's most celebrated culinary neighborhoods with 22 restaurants represented from Manhattan's Chinatown to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx including restaurants such as Buddakan, Le Cirque, Perilla, Paloma, Water's Edge, Mike's Deli, Angelina's Ristorante and 24 Prince. New York Media, parent company of New York magazine and NYmag.com and Time Warner Cable are the media sponsors for the event. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 13 at www.cityharvest.org. All proceeds will benefit City Harvest.
In addition to tasting booths, past "Top Chef" winners and fan favorites will be manning live demo stations. Visitors will have the chance to interact and mingle with chef'testants from the series' four seasons, including contestants from the upcoming season, "Top Chef: New York," which premieres with a super-sized episode on Bravo on Wednesday, November 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. To meet the cast of season five, visit www.BravoTV.com. Photography and bios are available at www.nbcumv.com.
Time Warner Cable customers will be able to participate in an exclusive pre-event promotion from October 6-13 when the cable system offers 250 tickets on their website at www.twcnyc.com.
Bravo's "Top Chef" offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series features seventeen aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef." Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The challenges not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a Top Chef. The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with being a master chef and each week someone is asked to "pack up their knives" and go home.
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