So, here we are kids, end of the road. I think this episode exemplified the best and sometimes the worst of Top Chef. It’s always surprising who will rise to the occasion and who will self-destruct, but it’s also hard to take the show’s stance of, “it doesn’t matter what you did before, all that matters is the dish today” seriously, especially when we see middling chefs get the upperhand based on one night’s dish. Those who watched the finale know exactly what I mean…
This season’s finale seemed to come out of nowhere; it seems like just yesterday, I was being grossed out by chef John’s nasty long dreadlocks, and now we’re at part one of the finale. Maybe it’s because of the format of this episode’s elimination challenge, a team event (!), that I don’t feel ready to name anyone as a Top Chef. Continue reading
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First things first, I sadly could not get a post up for last week’s episode due to major sinus issues and an overall week from hell. Long story short, our national nightmare is over and Alex is out of the running. Now, let’s focus on cutting the fat from the rest of this season…
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Before we start, one sigh of relief. Thankfully, last week’s producer-driven stunt of pea puree-gate was given little screen time this week. Ed and Alex commented on it once each at the beginning and we were done. Top Chef, you should know better, save the manufactured drama for “Real Housewives” or the other Bravo ilk.
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Well, don’t ever bet money on what I think this season. Amanda and Stephen have had targets on their backs since day one, yet manage to slip into the top three for the quickfire (Stephen) and surpass Kelly’s elimination challenge porterhouse dish by actually serving the cut off the bone (Amanda). Instead, it was my sad little dark horse who was on the chopping block this week.
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Paranoia and lots of talk about “playing the game” have been everywhere this season, but was especially highlighted in this episode. The fact that the producers took the chefs to U.S.S. Sequoia, a key location in the history of the cold war, just to sit and stew over the various alliances and back-stabbing going on and for no other culinary purpose, tells me that food is definitely taking a backseat this season.
This episode started with a look at the how do you say “partnerships” that have sprung up between Tamesha and Angelo and between Ed and Tiffany. I guess the producers are trying to put a romantic spin on both of these relationships, but it seemed like they were trying a bit too hard. Angelo seems to be trying to take Tamesha under his creepy wing, offering up lessons from the motivational posters he must own. I did rather enjoy Tamesha’s later comment about Angelo’s personality: “to each his own, but for me it works”. Continue reading
Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of “Top Chef” contestants like the word “dessert.” Judging by the reactions of some of these guys when the show trotted out its shameless plug for “Just Desserts”….err…..I mean, “Bake a pie” quickfire challenge, you’d think Padma just told these guys they’d have to bake a cake with nothing but a cup of flour and the heat from a reading lamp. Continue reading
I love Top Chef, but I can almost always figure out who is going home by about halfway through the episode because producers are a huge fan of foreshadowing. In this episode my first impression was that it was gonna be Andrea, because of her quip “I think I can beat anybody here”, which often is foreshadowing a chef’s over-confidence. Unfortunately, this was quickly overshadowed by some even more direct foreshadowing which I will mention later on.