February 25, 2009

Commander’s Palace in New Orleans Hosts Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Season Five Finale

Co-Owner Ti Adelaide Martin and Executive Chef Tory McPhail Participate in Episode

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Commander's Palace, the celebrated New Orleans restaurant, welcomed Bravo's "Top Chef: New York" cast and crew for the filming of the season finale, which aired earlier this evening, Wednesday, February 25. Co-Owner Ti Adelaide Martin and Executive Chef Tory McPhail served as judges. (Co-Owner Lally Brennan was unable to join due to a prior commitment in New York City for a charity event.)

From welcoming the cast and crew for cocktails in the parlor to executing Commander's famous style of team service, the Commander's Palace family was thrilled to work with "Top Chef".

Executive Chef Tory McPhail, who turned over his kitchen to the final three contestants for the afternoon, said "My favorite moment was the look on the contestant's faces when an entire alligator was presented as the final challenge." (Chef Tory, a seasoned hunter of all game - including alligators - has prepared many an alligator dish in the Commander's kitchen.)

"We were thrilled to hear 'Top Chef' was planning to film in New Orleans and doubly so when they inquired about taping at Commander's," says Co-Owner Ti Adelaide Martin. "The dinner had all the elements of a great New Orleans-style meal: great food, well-made cocktails and repartee - the perfect combination!"

About Commander's Palace

The renowned Commander's Palace restaurant, celebrating 129 years of business, is where top chefs Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse and the late Jamie Shannon each launched their careers. Commander's Palace, recently voted "Most Popular" by Zagat Survey for the eighteenth year, has also amassed numerous awards, among them the James Beard Foundation's Lifetime Outstanding Restaurant Award, Lifetime Service Award and Who's Who of Food and Beverage Award. In March 2008, Commander's Palace Family of Restaurants was inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame, one of only three families to ever win the CIA's leadership award.

Commander's Palace offers dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Jazz Brunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (504) 899-8221.

SOURCE Commander's Palace