Top Chef Fires Up Tonight With SoBe Chef

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Salman Rushdie will be in town to close up the Miami Book Fair, but his ex-wife Padma Lakshmi will be on television across the nation tonight hosting the season premier of "Top Chef: New York." We've already introduced you to contestant Jeff McInnis, dubbed "hot chef of our dreams" in a Best of Miami write up, who's day job is as Chef de Cuisine of The Ritz-Carlton's DiLido Beach Club. He'll be sharpening his knives to prepare to do culinary battle with 17 other chefs. He may have the chops to serve some of South Beach's most discerning foodies, but can he please Padma's delicate palate?

Top Chef kicks off tonight on Bravo at 10 p.m.

--Kyle Munzenrieder

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as MiamiNights.com and OnBeat.com. He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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