Watch the Today show host sample Asian dishes.

on Jul 25, 2013 - The Dish0

She's a singer, actress and co-host of the Today show's fourth hour—and now she's adding culinary expert to her resume.

On the next episode of Top Chef Masters, airing July 31 at 10/9c, Kathie Lee Gifford will join the critics as they survey the Masters' latest creations. This time, they're tasked with putting an Asian spin on an American classic. And the food takes Gifford out of her comfort zone. Watch her sample Bryan Voltaggio's gyoza dumplings and Neal Fraser's panko-crusted chicken with coconut curry peanut sauce.

Best part: Gifford gives newly-married critic Francis Lam flack for not appearing as a guest on the Today show. "You're the virgin amongst us!," Gifford jokes.

Check out a preview of next week's episode and tell us: do you think Kathie Lee Gifford makes a good judge?


Personally I am not a fan of the STARs appearing on this show. I enjoy watching ordinary people who do something i cant and more which is cook to their asses off under pressure of the time, be detail oriented and be judged by those of the highest standards of the culinary world. Other than last years episode of Top Chef with Charlize Theron, there was a theme associated with the movie "snow white and huntsman" now that made for a great show.  I've never heard of black chicken and to see the chef do their thing even with star presence it didn't take away from the theme of the show.