Team Top Chef

Pee-Wee Herman serves as guest judge for -- what Bravotv.com's Senior Editor considers -- the hardest challenge of the season so far.

Feb 1, 20120

All in all, the judges seemed to enjoy all of the dishes, and it truly was small differences that set them apart. I was really nervous Paul might go home after he admitted to "destroying" his dish before he presented it. Thankfully, he didn't. Unfortunately, Grayson, a fan favorite went home. I'm dreading the texts I'm going to get from my family and friends on Grayson's departure. She was a favorite among my closest circle of foodies. Gail's blog, which will be up tomorrow, dives deep into why Grayson went home, and hopefully will put some of your minds at ease. Grayson represented herself well and I'm sure has a gained a ton of fans. She's also duking it out with Bev in the last Last Chance Kitchen, so watch that here.

Until next week, Have a Nosh!

P.S. I loved being reminded of ice cream soup. Yum!

 

23 comments
Michigan Ave.
Michigan Ave.

Bye Bye Grayson. Good decision. Her food was ill-conceived and plebian at best. I was surprised to see her last as long as she did. Also her personality is better suited to a high school home rom than a professional setting. She needs to stick with her beer, brats and cheese.

MariaZ
MariaZ

Judges had to make sure Lindsey won at least once so it wouldn't seem too odd when they give her the title, being Michelle's protege n all.

Bob P
Bob P

Gail - I have to say that the three reasons you list for eliminating Grayson are weak, weaker and weakest. 1. Squash and tomato combo - weak because you don't seem to know that tomatos are grown into late summer/early fall in Wisconsin and overlap with squash in that part of the world. Your cliched sense of tomatos as "mediteranean" comes across as narrow minded and unimaginative. 2. Massive portion - weaker because the contestants were instructed to cook a family style dish! Doesn't that mean a portion large enough to share among several people? If anything the other dishes were too small for family style. 3. Chicken skin - weakest because removing the chicken skin DID make the dish healthier than it otherwise would have been. Pee Wee didn't ask for totally fat free, taste free food. Grayson simply made the dish healthier without sacraficing the integrity of the dish. Sadly, you and the other judges lost your way on this one.

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

Ok. So I just watched Tom on WWHL and I feel bad for saying Grayson went home cuz she called him out the week before. However, still don't know why AND can't believe she went home. Also- I mentioned Ed's uncooked chicken. I didn't want him to go home either, although that was a big mistake, I think he's a great chef and he's definitely one of my Fav's. Sarah should've gone home for her unseasoned food. Ed commented while he was cooking as to why he left the chicken slightly undone. That was done consciously on his part for reasons that made sense to him. Sarah simply didn't season her food. What "Top Chef" doesn't season their food? Not sure why she's still there. We also know she has repeatedly used Ed's cake recipe and won a challenge doing so. She's gotta go. Lyndsy could go home as well. I wish Paul, Ed and Grayson were the last three standing! They're the best!

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

Tom sent Grayson home because she called him out last week asking if the meatball is what would be so much more "potentially exciting". Otherwise, we are to believe that she went home because she shouldn't have used a "spring and a summer veggie" together. Her tomato and squash combo got her sent home over uncooked chicken and unseasoned food??? Are you kidding me? I hope she kills it on LCK and, comes back and gets a fair chance. I'm definitely not a foodie but anyone can clearly see that sending Grayson home was a rediculous decision.

Dscheeren
Dscheeren

Let me preface my thoughts with this... I think Ed is great, BUT... In the Pee-wee episode criticisms were 1. Grayson shouldn't have used tomatoes with squash. 2. Ed's chicken wasn't thoroughly cooked and had a weird texture. 3. Sarah didn't season her eggs. AND GRAYSON WAS SENT PACKING? Are you serious? Uncooked chicken, no seasoning and tomatoes don't go well with squash. That is the most ridiculous decision EVER! On a different note, I will be so pissed if Bev wind LCK! FYI- many of the chefs were annoyed with Bev. There comes a point when one should look at the common denominator as the problem and not the victim.

Cindy1963
Cindy1963

I agree with Subhadeep. I would love to eat at Bev's restaurant. I hope the next one to get eliminated is Sarah! Did you see when Bev got eliminated and they were walking back to the Stew Room, who had their arm around Bev trying to console her-Sarah?! The one that was constantly saying bad things and giving bad looks to. What a phony!! I agree, why doesn't she try cooking something other than Italian? If you're a chef I think you should be able to cook everything, that is your job. I WANT PAUL TO WIN IT ALL!! HE IS VERY HUMBLE AND HAS NO AIRS ABOUT HIM AT ALL, HE IS NOT FAKE LIKE SO MANY OTHERS! GOOD LUCK PAUL-I WANT TO HEAR FROM PADMA,'PAUL,YOU ARE TOP CHEF!"

Alex B
Alex B

Love Pee Wee. That guy hasn't changed at all in the last 30 years. I don't know how he keeps his figure with all that ice cream soup.

I do think, though, that the premise that they were showing up in restaurants uninvited and unannounced was annoying. It was obvious the restaurants were told in advance about all this, and it was nice to see Sarah eschew the artifice and just say "Can I cook here?"

Candy25
Candy25

I hope Beverly wins last chance kitchen and gets to go back to compete. Beverly has been bullyed by other female constants on the show and she have acted with grace.

It's disappointing to see how some of the other female constants think they can bully her just bcz she is soft spoken. That is not how I expect adult woman to act.

Viewer 662
Viewer 662

Hated the scavenging for food and kitchens. This is Top Chef, not Survivor and that detracted from the creative process of cooking.

SusieSchaefer
SusieSchaefer

Loved that Tom "Agreed w/ Pee Wee"...that was hilarious!!

totally
totally

This season has, for the most part, made me cringe from start to finish. PeeWee Herman was the most annoying, pointless judge ever and Beverly is the most annoying competitor ever. I will be shocked if she is not the winner of LCK so we can be subjected to more of her nails-on-the-chalkboard passive/aggressive personality. It will be such a relief when this season is mercifully, finally over. It has been such a disappointment for so many reasons. Bravo had better back up and re-evaluate things. Someone is ruining the best show on the network.

Subhadeep
Subhadeep

G AndyBoy ... are you Nyesha's boyfriend or brother. It is just a competition and we all have our favorites and those who we dislike! Nyesha got beaten not once but twice against Bev. Does that mean she is a better cook than Nyesha or vice versa if Nyesha won? NO. It came down to the food they put up and whose the judges liked the best!

NAC
NAC

This is by far the worst season of top chef. I have been a fan since episode #1. I have never missed a show, including top chef masters and top chef all stars. I love this show, but this season is really lackluster. The challenges are so gimmicky. Can't you just let them cook? I'm OK with a curveball here and there, but the format has been really poor. Seeing them ride bikes around was awful. Having team battles almost every episode so it encourages conflict is weak. I'm OK with having challenges influenced by the setting / location, but the "Texas" themed challenges are so over the top. This show became everyone's favorite because you searched out the best talent and let them cook. What was wrong with that plan? At this rate I can see myself not watching Top Chef next season, which is a real shame. I hope you can get back to your roots for the next season, and judging from a lot of the posts, I'm not the only one.

NAC
NAC

This is by far the worst season of top chef. I have been a fan since episode #1. I have never missed a show, including top chef masters and top chef all stars. I love this show, but this season is really lackluster. The challenges are so gimmicky. Can't you just let them cook? I'm OK with a curveball here and there, but the format has been really poor. Seeing them ride bikes around was awful. Having team battles almost every episode so it encourages conflict is weak. I'm OK with having challenges influenced by the setting / location, but the "Texas" themed challenges are so over the top. This show became everyone's favorite because you searched out the best talent and let them cook. What was wrong with that plan? At this rate I can see myself not watching Top Chef next season, which is a real shame. I hope you can get back to your roots for the next season, and judging from a lot of the posts, I'm not the only one.

Viewer 662
Viewer 662

Loved having PeeWee on the show. As someone who grew up watching his show, seeing him in character just made me smile. Too bad some viewers can't let past lapses in judgement on his part stay in the past. He's fun and funny and his interaction was a breath of fresh air which I, and the judges apparently, definitely enjoyed!

R. Morse
R. Morse

The elimination challenge was gimmicky and totally wrong for this stage of the competition. My wife and I have watched Top Chef from its inception, and the quality of the show has definitely declined. This episode plumbed a new low.

Having Peewee Herman as guest host gave the entire show a carnival air, more suitable for a kids show. If you're trying to break in to a much younger demographic, good luck. Your core base is going to say au

One more note. Tom's decision to send Grayson packing seemed to many fans - read your blog - as totally wrong. My gut tells me it was payback for her embarrassing him last week over the "meatball" comment." Regardless, he and Gail have both loved butternut and tomato dishes before, including the finale of season 6 when both Kevin and Michael ( the winner) used them. Keeping the contestant who Tom just fawned over for cooking an egg perfectly (wow - what an impressive feat for a Top Chef!) without seasoning over one who served too big a dish just left us both with a ver bad taste.

Really!
Really!

I really don't understand why everyone is being so hard on Sarah and Lindsey for being "mean girls". Nearly every contestant on Top Chef has expressed their frustrations with Beverly at some time or another and wanted to avoid her on team challenges so why pick on Sarah & Lindsey? These people give up a lot to be on Top Chef so why wouldn't they get impatient with Beverly when her performance negatively affects their performance -have you already forgotten Nyesha getting axed because of her teammate rather than her own performance? It's interesting to note that no one started targeting Ed or calling him a "mean boy" after his really mean spirited behavior towards Heather over her need for medical care during one of the challenges.

Robert
Robert

@Foodie i totally agree! Hopefully Grayson will be back thanks to last chance kitchen and than she can sed Sarah home!

Walt's Wife
Walt's Wife

I thought I heard Tom say that butternut squash and tomatoes should never be served together....could that be right? I hope not because I'm a Southerner and butternut squash with tomatoes and onions is a highly popular dish in the south. So, did I hear it wrong? Tom can't be that unenlightened (I'm his fan).

Jericho McCune
Jericho McCune

Although I understand the point of Chef Hugh's tweet, we all have to remember one thing: it wasn't just a sweaty chef running into a kitchen - it was a sweaty chef with a Top Chef camera crew following them. That probably made a huge difference in the home chef's perception. These were relative unknowns and now, they've been featured on one of the most popular food shows on television!

Tim Innes
Tim Innes

Sad to see Grayson go. Perhaps she'll get a second chance.

I'm curious as to why an underseasoned dish would lose to an undercooked one (chicken breasts). In past episodes, cheftestants have been sent home because their dishes were TOO salty. As a home cook, I'd rather underseason dishes and let those wanting a bit more salt to add it at the table. You can always add salt; it's impossible to to remove it.

Any thoughts?

ScottyG
ScottyG

I just couldn't believe none of them could find Pat OBrian's right across the street from the Alamo.