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Ep 3 Recap: Yes, You Have
Kevin and Tom recap Episode 3 of Top Chef Season 18: Portland while reminiscing about Friendly's peanut butter sauce and revisiting last week's big trade. One thing is clear: Kevin means business this year.
|Apr 16, 2021|
Ep 2 Recap: Chefsplainin'
Kevin and Tom recap the second episode of Season 18/Portland and debate the game theory of choosing teams in the Top Chef schoolyard. Also, after much deliberation, a four-chef trade is completed between the two PYK teams.
|Apr 09, 2021|
Tom and Kevin take part in their fourth annual PYK draft. A trade is made. The teams are selected. Top Chef Season 18 has begun.
|Apr 02, 2021|
Chef Gregory Gourdet
Part 2: Tom and Kevin are joined by Top Chef alum and Portland’s own Gregory Gourdet. The Season 18 host and judge talks about his new restaurant, Haitian food, the infamous back injury and whom he’d want as a White House chef.
|Apr 02, 2021|
Season 18: PDX Preview!
With the season premiere of Top Chef Season 18 Portland on the horizon, Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh set the stage for another round of Top Chef and scout the new 15 cheftestants. What's new? What's staying the same? The new season of Top Chef is upon us.
|Mar 25, 2021|
Mother Of All Finales (Ep 6 Finale Recap)
Kevin and Tom bust out the scorecards and judge the final courses of the three finalists of Top Chef Season 6. Who deserved to win? Controversy ensues. Finally, a request from our Pack Your Knives audience as we look ahead.
|Nov 03, 2020|
Viva Napa Valley (Ep 14 Recap)
With the cheftestants leaving Las Vegas for wine country, Kevin and Tom break down part 1 of the finale, discuss wine vs. beer and bid farewell to a stellar chef. Also, Kevin explains his new upcoming diet and asks Tom for some advice.
|Oct 27, 2020|
Welcome Back (Ep 13 Recap)
|Oct 20, 2020|
Gambled And Lost (Ep 11/12 Recap)
Kevin and Tom recap the Vegas hotel episode, write a love letter to Thousand Island Dressing and debate the virtues of breakfast in bed. When a certain chef goes home, Kevin and Tom cry foul. Also: chicken wings.
|Oct 14, 2020|
Eat Your Veggies (Ep 10 Recap)
Tom and Kevin break down the Natalie Portman episode, reminisce about TV dinners and go deep on vegetable protein stats. A controversial chef goes home.
|Oct 06, 2020|
R3VOLT-ing (S6:E9 Recap)
It's Restaurant Wars! It's time for Kevin and Tom to bring in PYK's Senior Restaurant Wars Correspondent guest Hershy Ash to break it all down. Who should have gone home? Who was right in the Robin-vs.-Michael spat? Plus, halfway through the pod, a surprise guest appearance from one of the cheftestants on the show.
|Sep 29, 2020|
Revisiting Vegas with Chef Ash Fulk
Kevin and Tom are joined by Chef Ash Fulk from Season 6 Las Vegas. The Hillcountry Barbecue Market chef takes us behind the scenes on the season and reveals the secret breakouts from elimination island, the real story behind the amazing "Oh, I forgot flavorrr" line and takes us on a tour of Texas barbecue lore.
|Sep 25, 2020|
Candy Pallette Whine (Ep 8 Recap)
Tom and Kevin debate their favorite elevated snack food and break down Episode 8, which bids farewell to a chef that hurt our sides from laughing so hard.
|Sep 22, 2020|
Chef Jen's Flu Game (S6:E7 Recap)
Kevin and Tom recap Episode 7 with the help of Chef Jen Carroll who talks about her flu game, the surprising beef between Chef Kevin and Chef Bryan, and the lowdown on Chef Robin.
|Sep 15, 2020|
Under Deconstruction (S6:E6 Recap)
Tom and Kevin deconstruct the Penn & Teller episode of Top Chef Season 6 and dish about Eli's pressure cooker incident, Toby Young, the Eli line and an unfair linguistic disadvantage.
|Sep 08, 2020|
Giddy Up! (Ep 5 Recap)
Tom and Kevin recap a hot ‘n spicy episode of Season 6 and break down Tom Colicchio’s famous spit-out in the desert sand.
|Aug 31, 2020|
C’est la vie (Ep 4 Recap)
Kevin and Tom break down a French powerhouse episode and debate the benefits of kitchen technology.
|Aug 25, 2020|
Mess Kitchen: Ep 3 Recap
Tom and Kevin break down Episode 3 of Season 6 Las Vegas and serve up some praise on the challenges. Tom rants about greek salad and offers a mea culpa to Kevin. We look forward to Episode 4, where the real fun begins.
|Aug 17, 2020|
Let's BroGo: Ep 2 Recap
Kevin and Tom get their bachelor party on and break down an episode full of cringe. Kevin and Tom bid farewell to a cheftestant and debate Top Chef's ability to identify and groom successful chefs. Also, Kevin pitches his new bachelor party consulting biz.
|Aug 03, 2020|
What Happens In Vegas (S6:E1 Recap)
Kevin and Tom hop into a time machine and rewatch the season premiere of Season 6 Top Chef Las Vegas, starting a new chapter of Pack Your Knives. The hosts break down how all the surprising ways that the show has changed and take in a heavy dose of Top Chef nostalgia. Which chefs stand out?
|Jul 27, 2020|
Season 6 Rewatch Teaser
Kevin and Tom preview their upcoming rewatch of Season 6 Las Vegas and discuss their memories of the star-studded season. @packknives on Twitter packyourknives on Instagram www.countthedings.com
|Jul 23, 2020|
Top Chef's Magical Elves
Kevin and Tom bring in Magical Elves executive producers Doneen Arquines and Tara Seiner to take us behind the scenes on Top Chef. Plus, Kevin and Tom's big announcement about PYK's next chapter.
|Jul 01, 2020|
Tom and Kevin are joined by Top Chef Season 17 All-Star finalists Melissa King, Stephanie Cmar and Bryan Voltaggio to review the epic season, get the inside scoop on their music video and learn about their future endeavors.
|Jun 23, 2020|
Kevin and Tom recap the Season 17 All-Star finale and debate the winner's placing in all-time Top Chef ranks.
|Jun 19, 2020|
With Chef Kevin Gillespie
Tom and Kevin sit down with Top Chef Season 17 All-Star Kevin Gillespie to talk about his run on Top Chef, what viewers didn't see about his pork coppa, his Atlanta community service initiatives and his decision to re-join Top Chef after his cancer battle.
|Jun 15, 2020|
The Final Three
Kevin and Tom review Part 1 of the Finale, debate the merits of Voltaggio's home game and assess the critiques of the Italian chefs. Plus, Kevin and Tom share their picks for Top Chef Season 17 winner.
|Jun 14, 2020|
Duffles of Truffle
Tom and Kevin recap the Tuscan truffle hunt episode and bid farewell to a juggernaut. Uproxx's Vince Manciini, the man behind Top Chef Power Rankings, joins the show and discusses the season and why he loves the show.
|Jun 08, 2020|
Kevin and Tom go deep on 30,000-foot cuisine, gush about Champagne Padma and discuss Chef Brian Malarkey''s moment of crisis at the judge's table.
|May 31, 2020|
Let The Games Begin
Kevin and Tom piece together their brains after a mind-blowing week of Top Chef and Last Chance Kitchen and break down the Olympics episode. Later, Top Chef Jennifer Carroll joins the show to dish on this season, the Philly food scene, her past appearances on Top Chef and the Whodunnit mystery of Top Chef All-Stars: Who turned up the heat on her coriander cashew butter?
|May 27, 2020|
With Top Chef's Tom Colicchio
An interview three years in the making, Kevin and Tom finally land their biggest guest in PYK history: Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio. The Emmy award-winning, James Beard award-winning chef reveals his favorite season of Top Chef, explains why Kevin and Tom's Elimination Challenge pitch needs serious work and tells us why he initially turned down Top Chef. Colicchio also shares his food policy reform ideas and reflects on his secret friendship with UNC basketball legend Dean Smith.
|May 21, 2020|
Straight-Up Hunger Games
ESPN's Mina Kimes joins the show and breaks down the Summer Camp episode with Kevin and Tom. The trio assess the favorites for the rest of the competition and debate Voltaggio's stock.
|May 18, 2020|
Comfort & Chaos
Kevin and Tom battle on the merits of this Restaurant Wars and break down the jewel episode of Top Chef with special guest Season Colorado winner Joe Flamm, who tells us about his new Croatian restaurant.
|May 11, 2020|
On The Double
Kevin and Tom recap Episode 7 of Top Chef All-Stars and get on the phone with cheftestant Eric Adjepong to talk about this season, that damn mood board and the promising future of West African cuisine in America.
|May 04, 2020|
Monkeys On Crack
Tom and Kevin bid farewell to a Top Chef fan favorite, crown the greatest of all-time six-episode start and argue, once again, about Brian Malarkey.
|Apr 27, 2020|
Kevin and Tom recap the loved-ones episode of Top Chef All-Stars, assess the virtues of Malarketing and sketch out the tiers of remaining cheftestants.
|Apr 20, 2020|
Now I Get / I Get What I Want
Tom introduces Kevin to Kelly Clarkson before breaking down the first contentious episode of the season. A mid-round juggernaut emerges from the group while Kevin loses another cheftestant in Last Chance Kitchen.
|Apr 12, 2020|
Kevin and Tom get their art history on and break down Episode 3 of Top Chef All Stars. Also, a cheftestant gets picked up off the waivers and a trade is proposed.
|Apr 05, 2020|
Kevin and Tom recap Episode 2 of Top Chef All-Stars and pay tribute to culinary legends Jonathan Gold and Floyd Cardoz.
|Mar 30, 2020|
The Fire Next Time
Tom and Kevin recap the season premiere of Top Chef Season 17.
|Mar 22, 2020|
After the long layoff, Kevin and Tom are back for Top Chef Season 17 All-Stars. Ahead of Thursday's premiere, it's time for their third annual Pack Your Knives draft of cheftestants. Kevin and Tom make their picks, break down each contestant, tweak the fantasy scoring system and review the Los Angeles cast as we await the star-studded return of Top Chef.
|Mar 16, 2020|
"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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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 TopChefStats.com
|Feb 05, 2018|
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.
Draft.com (Promo Code: Healthy)
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|