This special space edition of the Top Chef Live Chat went to infinity and beyond thanks to the handful of eager, young chat room moonwalkers. Teresa Burnett showed up early to announce, "I wait all day for this."
Teresa had to wait a tad bit longer as first it was time to bathe in the post-Emmy glow! Mimi, the siren of the chatroom, piped up: "Hi, guys! Congrats to Top Chef on the Emmy! Patty continued: Congrats on the Emmy! Bout time." Live Chat Host and sometimes funnyboy MattyBravo responded with his typical mix of sincerity and outright lies, "Thanks for the Emmy love, gang! As you may have noticed, Bravo Monica won't be joining us tonight - she's still nursing a post-Emmy hangover!"
Even without the much missed Bravo Monica, the chat must go on and go on it did. Chatterer kingpin Judd Shapiro felt like one thing was missing though: "No Ed in a dress this time?" Let’s hope he’s saving it for the reunion.
For the Quickfire Challenge, Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin showed up and had the chefs create a wine-specific dish. A robust 88% predicted Tiffany would win with her Shiraz-infused dish, but it was one-time favorite, recent also-ran Angelo who took the cake. Chatterers were shocked and Graham cracker enthusiast smoreslife enunciated their thoughts best "Yayy!! Angelo's backkkk" That fourth "k" in "back" really shows he was serious.
Perhaps the harshest statement came from relative newcomer and the decidedly taken Atneys Girl who muttered, "Angelo is cut throat, you have one he will cut it." And he'll probably turn it into some kind of Asian dish too!
When the Cheftestants made their way down to the NASA command center which, as Host MattyBravo put it, "sort of looked like it's out of an 80s sci-fi movie, Live Chatterers were excited about two great American inventions: Tang and Buzz Aldrin. "Use Tang! Use Tang" shouted Teresa Burnett. And Chatterer "dukey" agreed, telling the room "I want them to pair something with Tang!" But the appearance of the second man on the moon dwarfed even the granular deliciousness of Tang. Just take it from veteran chatterer Burnt Toast who said he was "Buzzing about Buzz!"
From there, some members of the chat starting auditioning for Top Chef Season 8 by pitching their own spaceflight-ready dishes. "I would jerky-fy a fillet but leave it moist with mushroom & caramelized onion," said Teresa Burnett. Mmm, jerky-fy! But Mimi chimed in with a critique of Teresa's intergalactic culinary ambitions: "Hmmmm...Teresa, that sounds good! Will sauces break when freeze-dried?" Good point Teresa. We'll just use Tang!
After Tiffany's mussels froze and her dish had to be altered at the last minute, chatterers were worried about the potential Fan Favorite. Like when Steven said "That interview did not bode well for Tiffany," or when Shannon agreed that the judges "didn't really like tiff's too much..." Those comments Carly got worried. "Oh no I really hope that Tiffany doesn't go home! She's my favorite!"
It must have been Angelo's "making love" to his short ribs that helped him pull out the win, but chatterers were less than excited. "OMG now he is talking about making love to the dish, Angelo make me gag," said OliveAnne. Judd Shapiro ran to his keyboard when he heard the comment, saying he had to come back to comment on Angelo's new cooking technique. "He made love to his food and took a submissive role? Does he realize what he just said?" Then Ruby took it a step farther – perhaps a step too far – when she said "Angelo is having an American Pie moment." We'll have to leave it at that.
Of course, chatterers were more than upset when Tiffany was told to pack her knives and go. Perfect attendance chatterer "Guest" exclaimed "No! Not Tif!" and Paula wasn't liking the decision either: "I am so disgusted! Kevin should have gone home! I loved Tiffany!"
But inside the flood of disappointed comments came shouts of "fan favorite" for Tiffany. Only time, and your votes will tell!
I have watched every episode since Top Chef since it debuted and have always agreed, or at least understood, the judges "pack your knives and go" decisions. So, I guess the producers are entitled to one blunder. And they blundered to the max this week when they eliminated Tiffany: a blunder that that will go down as the realty TV equivalent of the Iraq war. What are you people thinking? Tiffany was a consistent winner or runner up most weeks. She was cool under pressure and never dissed her competitors. For the first time the judges eliminated a contestant without giving any reason. For my part, I'm not going to watch the remaining episodes and may not tune in again EVER!
I am utterly beside myself at the dismissal of Tiffany. She clearly was the better cook than a few of them and quite confidant. The judges made a mistake and I am disappointed by last night's judging panel. Tiffany had a great chance at being the winner and now Angelo (neurotic) is in the final. He just got serious about cooking and has not been consistent, but Tiffany has throughout the entire season. Ugh!!!! This has to be one of the worst decisions every made on Top Chef history....Tiffany should have stayed!!!
I believe it was a huge wrong to send Tiffany home. She was the most talented cook on your show! How did the mussels for her dish end up in the freezer?
I agree, Tiffany should have stayed and Kevin or either Angelo should have been kicked off. I LOVE TIFFANY !!!
I was disappointed to see Tiffany eliminated. It seems she had one dish that didn't live up to her past performances, at exactly the wrong time. Kevin made a good dish at just the right time or I think he would have been gone. I really thought Tiffany was going to be the eventual winner, now I don't have a favorite.
Whoa, Tiffany eliminated can't belive that she was the one of the best ones!!!she only made a few mistakes while other made alot. Not fair!!! she was the one that was the most coolies. Never really got upset.
*Yawn". So these chefs get the very finest ingredients money can buy, are given the best modern kitchen equipment....and you call that a challenge? Send the chefs back ( figuratively speaking) to circa 1910 or 1911 to a Steerage committee menu panel: The challenge? Each Chef must create a hearty 3 course meal ( Soup or stew, main course and dessert) that is acceptable for the White Star Line ( Titanic): Ale or hard cider will be served to the top judges, but the rest of the group will only be allowed tea, coffee, hot cocoa or children's "party punch".
I agree the Tiff should not have been eliminated, I thought for sure Kevin should go, he seems to be slipping by under the radar, Tiff, Ed and Angelo all have won many quick fires and elimination challenges while Kevin just has attitude. I hope Angelo wins it all but Tiff definitely deserved a spot in the final. I would bet money though that she will win fan favorite and at least add another 10K to her 20K and trip to Paris, so all in all she won't make out too bad.
I am a true Top Chef Fan... I was especially excited about this seasons show, becuase I lived in the DC area for twenty years and recently moved. It was great to see some of the familiar sites of the city. In fact, I had the opportunity to work a two of the locations they used during the show. Congratulations to Kevin and best wishes to the other chefs in the compitition as well. Can't wait till next season.