Top Chef – Finally! The Finale!

If you’ve been following my Top Chef posts you know I feel it’s been a long, uneventful, and trying season for the show and me.  Our Facebook status would be “it’s complicated.”  As the season progressed I was more and more disappointed in the challenges.  Looking back I feel the show’s producers should bear muchContinue reading “Top Chef – Finally! The Finale!”

Top Chef Episode 16 – Will This Season Ever End?

I’m beginning to think it won’t.  Man, this season has really dragged on.  Much like my time spent at O’Hare this morning while waiting for a flight to New Orleans.  We had a snow storm move through Chicago last night and while it didn’t dump much snow it mucked up travel nonetheless.  So, while waitingContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 16 – Will This Season Ever End?”

Top Chef Episode 15 – I thought it was the Finale

I was so excited for Top Chef last night.  You read that correctly: Excited!  Mostly because I thought it was the big final and we’d get a winner and be done with this train wreck of a season.  I was wrong.  Cheryl kept asking if I was sure this was the final episode.  Yes, yes,Continue reading “Top Chef Episode 15 – I thought it was the Finale”

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

Top Chef Episode 12 – Block Party

After last week’s episode there was no way this week’s could be better.  I was just hoping it wouldn’t drop off too much.  We’re really coming into the home stretch here and now that Bev’s no longer around for everyone to kick maybe there’ll be some new drama.  Of course since the opening scene wasContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 12 – Block Party”

Top Chef Episode 11 – Snow White and the Seven Chefs

YES!  The best episode of the season!  Amazing what can happen when the chefs are given free rein.  They were really impressive this week.  I mean even the ones who I’ve been slagging off on turned in some pretty impressive performances.  The quickfire was pretty good and the elimination challenge was really interesting.  Glad thatContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 11 – Snow White and the Seven Chefs”

Top Chef Episode 10 – Restaurant Wars!

Yay!  Restaurant Wars!  This is always my favorite episode on each Top Chef season.  It’s the halfway point.  Everyone who makes it past this show is in the top half and we’re getting down to the nitty gritty.  Restaurant Wars is also a very risky episode.  Many a chef who’s taken the reins to runContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 10 – Restaurant Wars!”

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. Continue reading “Top Chef Episode 9 – And They’re Back”

Top Chef Episode 8 – Finally! But I thought game meat was last week?

It’s about time!  They finally dispensed with all those team challenges and, not surprisingly, the overall quality jumped up a few notches.  The show also moved from Dallas to the third Texas city, Austin.  Been there, fun city.  I wonder if they’ll have a challenge at The Salt Lick?  That’d be cool.  The quickfire wasContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 8 – Finally! But I thought game meat was last week?”