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Pee-wee Herman returns to the Alamo on 'Top Chef: Texas' [video]

February 2, 2012 | 11:58 am
"Top Chef: Texas" host Padma Lakshmi and Pee-wee HermanAlmost anyone who grew up in the 1980s knows the connection between Pee-wee Herman (the bow-tied alter-ego of comedian Paul Reubens) and the Alamo. It was in the Alamo's supposed basement that Herman sought his beloved bicycle in Tim Burton's "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" in 1986. But of course, the Alamo has no basement, which Pee-wee discovered much to his chagrin in the film.

On Wednesday night's "Top Chef: Texas," Pee-wee, with his red Schwinn on hand, delivered an elimination challenge to the competing chefs, who all had their own red Schwinns. Pee-wee recounted his quest for his bike and his horrible realization that the Alamo has no basement.

But during his trip to San Antonio to film the episode in August, Pee-wee actually made it to the basement. He got a guided tour of the basement below the Alamo Sales Museum — and this video provides the proof.


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Photo: "Top Chef: Texas" host Padma Lakshmi and Pee-wee Herman. Virginia Sherwood / Bravo