Cooking with Gas

Five simple rules for how to beat the competition and bring home the bacon on Top Chef

Top Chef Masters -- Episode 106 -- Pictured: Jonathan Waxman

Those who fail to learn from reality TV are condemned to repeat it. One of the thrills of a long-running reality competition like Bravo's Top Chef is seeing which contestants end up making the same old mistakes. As we go into Season 6 (debuts Aug. 19), we've now seen enough aspiring top chefs rise and fall like souffl├ęs to offer some hints for the competitors.

1. Do not rely on the freezer. Because it will break your heart. In season after season, the freezer door has been a gateway to icy-cold disappointment. Or, often, insufficiently icy-cold disappointment: gelati that fail to...

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