Pack Your Knives Podcast
The lowdown on the Podcast
A weekly Top Chef recap podcast hosted by NBA writers Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh that will break down Season 15 as it happens on BravoTV. Arnovitz and Haberstroh will bring their die-hard fanaticism of the hit TV show and combine it with their NBA analytical instincts to draft “fantasy” teams from Season 15, interview former Top Chef contestants and yap about America’s food/restaurant trends. Follow along weekly as the top cooking competition meets top-shelf analysis.
Pack Your Knives Podcast
Top Chef Food
First, these guys know their food. Even from Episode 1, it’s evident they aren’t messing around. Kevin is talking, flank steak, scallops, crudo, Miami restaurant scene & steak tartare. Kevin & Tom travel frequently & are well versed in fantastic restaurants around the country. I loved hearing about where NBA teams eat. Evidently, Italian is a big hit. Kevin & Tom also ate at one of Tyler’s restaurants, The Cook & the Bear prior to the start of Season 15.
Kevin & Tom even give out some restaurant recommendations in LA & Denver. Don’t fret though, these guys aren’t too fancy. They can get down with a Bojangles Biscuit too. I agree with Tom though, I’m more of a Popeyes girl. Bottom line: they know food.
Top Chef Contestants
Second, these guys know Top Chef. Now, Jessica & I have watched Top Chef from the very beginning. We each have our favorite seasons, favorite contestants & favorite lines. Mine is, “I’m not your bitch, bitch!” from Season 1. Jessica & Kevin both love Fabio’s line, “This is Top Chef, not Top Scallop” from Season 5. Just like our friends at Uproxx, Kevin & Tom will slide in nicknames for contestants; example Side Eye Claudette & Silky Chris. I mean, doesn’t everyone call him Silky?
Top Chef Draft
Third, if you’re Into sports (at all) you will love the way Kevin & Tom break down each Top Chef episode. While Episode 1 showcases Kevin & Tom’s love for all things Top Chef, Episode 2 gets down to business with a draft. Yes, the Pack Your Knives Podcast hosts conduct a draft of the contestants & it’s brilliant. Each host drafts his team of Cheftestants & each following episode the draft standings are updated & debated.
I love how Tom brings in all the stats like a total sports nerd. When it comes to the draft, he’s all about the numbers. Jessica & I wish we had thought to do Top Chef Power Rankings, but now I’m thinking damn, we should have done a draft too!
We are Really Into the Pack Your Knives Podcast! Kevin & Tom talk about Top Chef as if they are doing live color commentary. At times they use foul language, they can both throw the shade & they are like us – they are Really Into Top Chef! The Pack Your Knives Podcast is the perfect addition to the Top Chef family.
Kevin Arnovitz is a basketball specialist for ESPN, where he edits and contributes to blogs about the game as well as presents radio and TV commentary. At ESPN and TrueHoop Arnovitz has covered a wide range of topics, including the rise of the Los Angeles Clippers, the resurgence of basketball in Atlanta and the social dimensions of professional sports.
He is a former contributor and editor at NPR, and has written articles analyzing the evolution of gay athletes in sports. Kevin is a graduate of Columbia University.
Tom Haberstroh first joined ESPN in 2009 as an NBA Insider researcher, before becoming a national NBA analyst in 2010. His primary responsibilities include writing multiple analytics-oriented columns per week for ESPN.com, researching/writing/hosting “The BIG Number,” a weekly social-friendly, analytical video segment on TrueHoopTV. He’s contributed to ESPN The Magazine, SportsCenter, Numbers Never Lie, Pardon the Interruption, and is a regular on the “Dan LeBatard Show.” He also developed ESPN’s DRAFT Initiative database, which empirically analyzed value of NBA draft picks. He’s a New Englander who resides in Miami Beach, FL, which makes him a shameless snowbird.