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Top Chef Returns

A word of advice from The New York Times to contestants on Top Chef, whose fifth season premieres tonight: Small mistakes can easily overshadow the grandest of culinary ambitions. In past seasons, Top Chef contestants have burned pork belly, made noodles go limp, and—horror!—undercooked beets. The Times calls the Tom Colicchio-judged show "rife with inventive chokers, cooks who lack the stamina or emotional wherewithal to keep the flame under the magic burning." This season is spiced up by “xenophobic conflict” between American and snobbish Europeans. Catch it at 10 p.m. on Bravo.