Hello Top Chef fans!
What a sweet delight it is to be writing to you from the other side of the curtain. As you all know Season 1 was certainly filled with excitement, and I've been looking forward to getting to know the chefs from Season 2.
First of all I'd like to say to some of the contestants: Holy egos, Batman! I think it's easy to say you are better than Season 1 right off the bat, and also unnecessary. I find talent should speak for itsself. Also, need I remind you, you all have access to your recipes. The lack there of, under stress, is a torture you will never understand. Also few weeks into the competition, and few Judges' Table, will also help to make anyone humble. Now moving on...
I really liked the Quickfire. I actually thought it wasn't too chaotic, and it was a very playful medium. I also knew I wanted Amanda and Nelson to win. Amanda had me at pickled cherries. Pairing something acidic and fruity with an ice cream classic is always a great idea! Kudos. I also thought that the poached floating island was kind of brilliant. I'm a sucker for poached meringue though. On the other hand, the banana split with the vanilla bean garnish and fanned strawberry, I thought I was in a time warp and caught back in 1994.
You all know we had some strong personalities in Season 1, but something tells me these chefs have an ego and a bite to their tongue. I'm intrigued to say the least. Although it's a little premature, I already have a few favorites (this could change however). Off the bat, I really like Sally. I've had the pleasure of meeting her several times, and I know her to be not only a strong competitor, and strong woman but also a good and fair chef. I wish her the best. But I'm also really drawn to Chris. I mean this guy has an amazing background, and quite a resume, yet he still seems to be a solid team player, enigmatic and still pretty humble... reminds me of someone....
You really don't remember your own ego last season? You can call it a "personality" but don't kid yourself.
Congratulations on your win... but, remember that Winning takes talent, to repeat... it takes character.
Good luck in all you do my friend, JP
Already it seems different from last year with team sugar showpieces. To make one takes skill and a lot of time. It all seems too rushed and will yield mediocre results. I prefer seeing what each individual chef is capable of...
I picked the same three! Nelson, Chris and Amanda! I think they will make it to the final three. We will see!
You are my fav Yigit. I hope you show up on the show this season. Look forward to reading your blogs.
It is kinda bugging me that all the judges keep going on and on about how the level of chefs this season are much better than last season! Come on! Just plain RUDE.
Yigit! I never saw the first season until a few days ago. I was so lucky to find out within 48 hours that you were the winner. Congratulations. Well done. You deserve it. I'm so glad you beat Mr. Crankypants. I was not fond of him. He has amazing talent but a sour attitude. I was also happy that Danielle sort of bubbled up and was able to show her talents as well. I hope your career has changed to your liking and that you and your boyfriend are doing well. Oh and the Buick was very big! But a very beautiful car. Wishing you a bright future.
Yigit, you so were not egotistical. I would say you were confident with out being to cocky. If you want to find egotistical look at Morgan from season one. Can I just say Craig, season two, really?
DinadV: From the Urban Dictionary, this works: humble 1. An admirable quality that not many people possess. It means that a person may have accomplished alot, or be alot but doesn't feel it is necessary to advertise or brag about it. I think DinadV thought you might have used modest. Same difference. Last season had such elements of joy with you and Zach that it was lightning in a bottle. That will be hard to capture again. You continue to charm us. We look forward to seeing many successes in your future.
I am glad you clarified that Season Two is allowed to use their recipes. I saw them referring to notes and wondered. When I watched Season One, I could not imagine baking anything without a recipe. How could anyone keep all those ratios in their head?
I noticed the Season Two contestants referring to notebooks and wondered about that. Without recipes it would be impossible for me to imagine baking anything since the ratios are so exact and keeping it all in your head would be impossible.
I have to agree with the judges. The talent this season is of a higher caliber. Chris is so talented and quite the professional.
@FaerieGodmother - No. He used humble correctly, it's just that when he was praising Chris for all his talent and "humility" he seemed to compare Chris to himself...which is kind of the antithesis of being humble or modest, but the essence of being Yigit.
How could you compare yourself to Chris regarding "humility" when you engage in such unbridled self-promotion?