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Dead Tree Alert: Top Tips for Top Chefs

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It’s a list! It’s an article! It’s a listicle! Today in the print TIME, in anticipation of the new season of Top Chef beginning later this month, I have a list of dos and don’ts for Top Chef contestants. (Also, I want to swear here and now that I came up with my theory that bacon is the key to winning challenges long before I read Michael Pollan’s article about food TV. Cross my cholesterol-clotted heart.)

The piece got moved up a week early to pair with Mary Pols’ review of Julie & Julia; it also got cut roughly in half to fit as a sidebar to that piece. I could reprint my deleted items here. But instead, why not add your own? What are the other keys to winning (and losing) Top Chef? Pack your knives and type.