Team Top Chef

Episode 4: Tears are shed (on the part of Bravotv.com's Senior Editor) as the chefs meet the cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Sep 15, 20110

Hello my little Augustus Gloops! (I saw some of your tweets requesting his presence.) I can't express how much I loved this episode. It's one of those that gave me the chills, had me tearing up, and just had me lovin' life. So, let's get right into it!

The chefs were brought to a screening room of some sort, with a concession stand outside. Matthew continues to impress me, as he was the only chef that commented that he chose his confections based on what he would want to cook in a Quickfire. Absolutely brilliant. This just showed that he knows how to play a game -- that anything, even a seemingly harmless invitation to a "relaxing night out" from Gail -- could become a challenge. (That Gail is a wily one, after all!)

Fortunately for Matt and the other chefs, he could just enjoy his candy and a screening of the classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. I have to admit I've never seen the Johnny Depp remake because, well, it just looked frightening to me, and the original actually scares me sometimes too, but it also delights. I saw it more times growing up than i care to comment (not more than Newsies, don't worry.) 

11 comments
topchefViewer
topchefViewer

Four episodes, four team challenges. No season should have more than two! Enough already.

Katrina B. Medford, Oregon
Katrina B. Medford, Oregon

CRAIG NEEDED TO GO HOME WEEKS AGO , he was nothing but empty baggage everyone had to carry him throughout every elimination challenge. He did not have an original thought. Love Love Loved Sally calling him out on Grandma's cake recipe. Was he out of his league? Heck hee couldn't get close to the field why in the world did he get chosen over thousands who were better? Waste of space. These shows are getting irritating to watch simply because of the lack of experience in contestants. Yet producers would rather have them around longer than someone better who made a minor error, not salted to Judges taste or something as stupid. Come on pay attention to you audience we get disgusted every week that we have to watch blatant stupidity.

ZigZagZoey
ZigZagZoey

I think the girl who did the Oompa Loompa "dirt" should have gone. That was horrible. I was SO glad they didn't punish that girl for helping out the whole team. I would have been really pissed. In challenges like that, you NEED someone to be in charge of the whole picture and get all the last minute things to come together. Either that, or ~ HEY! Here's an idea ~ Give them enough time to get it done in the first place. That was a very big undertaking, and I don't even know how they got it done. I think the girl who won is awesome, I like her. I think she's gonna end up winning the whole thing, she has very cute ideas. The carrot cakes were so cool! Unfortunately, she might be in trouble next week.

I must say that the Elvis judge really has tamed himself down and he is becoming likable.

DrNeblett1971
DrNeblett1971

Why has no one commented about how awful the execution of Chris's chocolate drizzle (not waterfall) turned out. It would have been completely different if you were encouraged to grab a piece of chocolate rock candy from the cliff face, but it was NOT a waterfall. I agree with Hubert Keller that a lake would have been more effective, and a better use of ingredients. He should have been taken to task for WASTING hundreds of pounds of chocolate that were eseentially nothing but decoration.

Virginia Dare
Virginia Dare

Melissa should have remained--Sally should have gone. At least Melissa had one great dessert.

CraigFan
CraigFan

Orlando's comment about "This lady next to me couldn't believe that I knew the words to the film" No, Orlando, she was probably just polite to say how rude you were to TALK IN THE MIDDLE OF A MOVIE THEATER while other people are trying to enjoy something. Orlando truly is a classic villain through and through. Nothing is worse than having a movie spoiled by someone trying to impress people by saying film dialogue right before the characters do! Orlando seems to forget the number rule of Top Chef (Dessert or otherwise)- the biggest jerk doesn't win. They usually come in second (Tiffany, Marcel, Stefan, what-his-name from Desserts Season 1).

Topchefer
Topchefer

I liked Craig, but he was out of his league. What a great challenge. It may need to become a regular challenge on this show.

Brattus Rattus
Brattus Rattus

Craig was in over his head but I still didn't like seeing him go home. He is a nice guy. There are a few others on the show that have egos that are not attractive at all and I will dance a happy dance once they are sent packing.

Yes, my eyes were found to have tears in them too. You aren't alone.

Linda's Love
Linda's Love

I like Craig and am ashamed of the way you guys treated him. Linda

Puffykitty
Puffykitty

Craig finally goes home? Like that shouldn't have happened three weeks ago...

loriTCJDfan
loriTCJDfan

You are not crazy! I cried! This episode brought back so many great memories being a kid and eating candy:-) So far the best episode of TCJD.