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It’s an age-old question: Do cheaters really prosper? If tonight’s episode is any judge, sometimes they do.
For the record, I think what Nookie did was pretty revolting. As a chef and businessman, I can’t see how you’d justify undermining your integrity just to make a buck (or win a challenge). Is he right that the challenge was to make the most money? Yes. Was it to make the most money at any cost? I suppose that’s a personal choice, but I don’t think so.
With two dishes up for sale and double the seed money, John and Nookie had a significant advantage. It’s unlikely they had to water down the juice to win. In the end, they were 1,520 baht ahead of the white team, even with the 150 baht bonus from Chef McDang. At 30 baht a pop, the extra juice they sold wasn’t solely responsible for that win.
Additionally, many of the rice growers develop cataracts because they spend all day looking down at the sunlight reflecting up from the water.
This show is in need of a serious REVAMP. It's so frustrating to watch the talented Cat and Curtis stand around with absolutely NO POWER to direct the outcome of the competition. What's the point of having TWO PHENOMENAL CHEFS acting as spokesmodels? All we get from these talented people are just a few snippets of their impressions of each dish.
Why aren't they in the kitchen watching them work and commenting on the abilities and skills
of each competitor?
Why are the competitors themselves in charge of eliminating people?!?!
I watch cooking competitions so I can see what the best of the best come up with in the face of daunting challenges. With the way this competition is set up, competitors are knocking the most talented chefs out of the competition (Let's see a show of hands for all those sick of Nookie's lazy way of playing this game), and we're stuck watching less talented cooks compete while the better chefs are cut too early.
At the very least, if the show is going to continue letting competitors vote each other off, Cat and Curtis should have the power of a judges' save each week. YES, the diners can continue to pick the MVC (most valuable chef), but Cat and Curtis should be able to intervene and save a chef about to be voted off if they feel they are more talented (or served a better dish) than those still left in the competition.
THAT WAY the most talented chefs WOULDN'T be the first ones off the show, and I wouldn't be losing interest in continuing to WATCH because the remaining chefs either have no talent or they're playing the the game like A$$es.
Curtis, why are you surprised at the chef's behavior, given the format of this show? Some of the chefs in this competition may indeed be worthy competitors, but we will never know. I don't mind the challenges leading up to the actual cooking so much; many of them are quite entertaining and really introduce the chefs to cultural aspects they might otherwise never understand. The judging criteria, particularly the "pay for play" in this particular episode, are ridiculous, and only encourage bad behavior. I don't know if I will even care who wins, the way things are going.
pupedwards Ah, c'mon. Jenna IS a difficult chef! She's difficult in a fairly likable (or at least tolerable) way, but even when she speaks fluently in several different languages, her abrasiveness screams "Americana". Not only is she aggressive, she's aggressive in a very high-maintenance way -- i.e., it takes too much needless energy to deal with her, so you mostly avoid her. Know-it-alls (even those who come close to knowing it all) ARE difficult -- difficult to listen to, difficult to collaborate with, difficult to socialize with. You didn't see the other polyglot on the show, Gary, getting all aggro on everyone's asses, did you? And Avery is also a Strong and Capable Female Chef, but she isn't called "difficult" because, well, she isn't difficult! It would actually be sexist NOT to call Jenna difficult, to avoid a criticism for fear of having it interpreted as bias.
Okay Curtis - I'm outta' here! I was waiting to see if you were going to "do" Germany, but after Thailand . . . No. 1 - the contest wasn't about the food, it was about the menu and the money. What should have been done was the locals pay AFTER they've tasted the food and then they pay what they think. No. 2 - This show is NOT about food - I, like others, wanted to learn about cooking/prepping various cuisines - if not cooking at least learn about it. No. 3 - even YOU said, in the last ep - that it was a competition. No. 4 - Bravo/someone cheated lots of money out of big businesses/hotels/travel industries for this tripe. No. 5 - I'm sorry, what are you and Cat Cora doing? Travelling on Bravo's dime and eating, right? You're not judging or really critiquing . . . Goodbye - hope the next Top Chef is better. Or better yet, ready for Masters!
This could be a good show. However, having the contestants vote each other off is not working. I would like to see more about the local cuisine. If you want to let the judges, select winners until the last two--then have viewers vote--that may be different enough from top chief. Although I think, it''s hard to beat Top Chief/
I will not watch this show next season unless the rules are changed. I am not interested in a survivor mentality to win... I want to see an excellent Chef win. The way the show is set up, it is to the advantage of the remaining Chefs to vote off the best not the worst. I love the idea of cooking all over the world... but please take the judging away from the Chef's and put it back where it belongs... come one... a little integrity please!
Am I watching a Soap Opera or a Cooking Show? I expected a lot more from Bravo, what a waste!
I think Nookie is despicable. I haven't cared for him since his game playing in the first episode. I would prefer more emphasis on the food and less on the game. If there is a 2nd season, please consider changing how chefs are eliminated. Voting each other off is just promoting ugly behavior.I heard a lot of people complaining that Jenna was annoying, but the footage I saw showed a strong, opinionated woman who was working her butt off. In other words, a chef. The constant complaining by the others just made them appear to be whiny and intimidated.At this point, I don't like any of the remaining chefs and they can all go home.I watched this show because I wanted to see good chefs travel the world and learn about the different cultures and cuisines. I enjoy culinary competition shows and thought this was an interesting twist. I want to see a winner who prepared good food, was respectful to the local population as well as their fellow contestants, and was adaptable enough to survive to the end. I don't want to see a Machiavellian jerk pulling puppet strings and whiny sycophants.
At least as annoying as Nookie's rank Ugly Americanism is John's smarmy, smug attitude. Frankly, Gary was the only contestant on the show even remotely likable. After the disastrous Texas installment of Top Chef, this show has not exactly redeemed Bravo as a culinary destination. I don't give a rat's carcass what Nookie or John cooks for the rest of their days, let alone the rest of the season.
Kinda hate this show...I really miss cooking competition shows that actually care about cooking. Please...Bring Top Chef back, because there is not one single likable person on this show and I would never enter a restaurant where they are the "chef" as they have very little integrity, in and out of the kitchen!!!
Tonights show disgusted me. It is a shame that some chefs compromise their ethics for a dollar. I thought that the whole idea behind the show was to taste the local cuisine, replicate it while putting each chef's own personal touch on it, and absorb and experience the culture. The competition has turned out to be about back stabbing and little pride in the product that was put out. Are all chefs like this? I hope not. I have many chef friends who are furious that their professions are portrayed this way. The finalists will probably be the weakest three left. The eliminated chefs are the lucky ones. They have distanced themselves from mediocrity and ineptness. They left with their integrity intact.
Since the focus of the show is on how talented people are at winning $$$ and getting rid of people, why be surprised at the tactics? I've loved Top Chef because I learned it isn't the ingredients or even the skill level, it's whether the chef's soul comes through the food. What a beautiful experience watching the chefs risk opening up and soaring.
This show is dark, full of nasty attitudes, plots. backstabbing. Food is irrelevant Please don't let these producers anywhere near Top Chef/Masters. If it's the same people, shame on you!
It isn't the "same qualms" because what Avery did did not change the quality of a product that a customer was consuming. That is a huge differnce. Jenna's personality? Noooooo It was the inmaturity of the people around her who failed to recongnise how awesome she was!