Top Chef Episode 14 – The End is Near

And the winner of Last Chance Kitchen was… (more…)


Top Chef Episode 13 – Was that Fonzie on Water Skis? Nope, Just Pee Wee on a Bike.

That’s it.  For me the season jumped the shark with this week’s episode.  Pee Wee Herman?  Really?  I know they’ve had some odd judge choices before, like Cookie Monster, but at least there was a reasonable tie-in, they were in NYC, the quickfire challenge was making cookies, and the Muppets didn’t judge the elimination challenge.  Pee Wee’s relationship with San Antonio?  Well in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure it was a stop on his search for his stolen bike where he was told he could find his bicycle in the basement of the Alamo only to arrive there and discover there is no basement.  That’s it.  That’s also it for me taking this season seriously.  This season has become such a joke.  I feel sorry for the chefs.  This group has been given some ridiculous tasks and put in some terrible circumstances which they have no control over.  (more…)

Top Chef Episode 9 – And They’re Back

Sigh.  Why, Top Chef producers?  Why did you go back to a group challenge after abandoning it last episode?  So disappointed.  The quickfire was interesting enough but another all night long team elimination challenge just added to my annoyance with this season.  It’s like they’re just relying on clichés and stereotypes for the big challenges.  “We’re in Texas so we have to do Mexican/chili/BBQ/rattlesnake.”  It’s just not a good combination, the chefs get these oddball challenges where they feel they have to stay close to authentic but the judges are looking for more creativity.  This season seems more and more to be about mixed signals.  The chef who can un-cross the streams should coast to the win.  My guess on which one is below. (more…)

Top Chef Episode 7 – Double Down

Last night’s episode was one of the best of the season, but if you’ve been following along you know that’s not a high bar to clear.  This is two weeks in a row where the quickfire challenge seemed to really bring out the creativity of the chefs.  I loved the elimination challenge too.  Finally one which really challenged their skills!  It was still a bit flawed in the set-up and the chefs seemed to continue play it safe but the concept was perfect.  And we finally had a drama explosion! (more…)

Top Chef Recap

Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m coming out of food coma from all the eating today so this is going to be a short recap.  Down to 15 chefs and these looked like really fun challenges.  A chili pepper quickfire where you could win up to $20K based on the pepper you pick and a chili cookoff challenge where you have no time limit.  I mean really, who wouldn’t want to try their hand at these?  Sign me up! (more…)

Top Chef – prelims pt. 2

Well at least that’s over with.  I think the third group got shafted a bit.  Each of the other groups basically had an ingredient challenge while these chefs had a time element added.  Instead of having the same time as everyone else, some had more,  some had less.  This little twist really looked like it threw a lot of them off their game.  Based on their performances they looked like the weakest group.  Who knows how they would have done if given the same time as the others?  It’s Top Chef and part of the attraction is how they throw curve balls at you but if you’re having to cook your way on you’d probably like to compete on level field with everyone else.  Anyway…  (more…)