Oh, hi! Boy, have I been a total bum about blogging on time this season. Guess what I'm doing this weekend? Writing the greatest Team Top Chef blog ever written. In the meantime, I want to "hear" your thoughts on the new season thus far, and I also just wanted to say, I love Jonathan Waxman. (And, no, he's not my real uncle.)
I can not recall from last season of Top Chef Masters, but are you eliminating more chefs in these early rounds?
I mean 4 out of 6 chefs are going home each week. You would think the producers would want to have some of these big name chefs that they have here, around a little longer.
I know I would like to see an elimination process similar to regular Top Chef, maybe send home just the bottom 2 each week. If the slower elimination process doesn’t fit the length of the season, don’t start with so many chefs.
I was curious as to the format change. 22 chefs instead of 24 and also the top 2 finishers adavancing.
Was it for shooting purposes that you changed the format and that you couldn't get 24 chefs to agree to participate at a certain time (scheduling conflicts)? It seems odd to have 6 chefs participate 1 week and 5 the next.
I will say that I think just having the elimination challenge scores count by themselves will make for a different show. If that format had been used last year two of the F6 from that season would not have advanced. How different it would have been to see Rick Moonen advance instead of Michael Chiarello.
I'm terribly curious what would happen in case of a tie. A special cook-off to advance? :-D
After watching the previews and the first episode I had a very good idea on who advances. I take it from what I've observed that there will be teams again. For a QF I can see it working but I'm curious as how that will go if it's teams in the eliminations. There was 1 snippet that looked like they were doing major work, more work than for an ordinary QF.
With (an assuption) of 10 eps total (like season 1) and with the same F3 cooking off there is no way to have a team elim unless of course each individual of a team makes their own dish and is judged accordingly.
I'm already thinking of TCM#3. I was sad to see that there weren't any NorCal (SF Bay Area) chefs in the line-up this season. I know scheduling can be a bummer when trying to get people together. If I may make a suggestion of Chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto as a participant in a future show? For a real toughie try getting Anthony Bourdain. Let's see if he can still handle himself in a kitchen. He'd be a hoot in a QF to my thinking.
Since you asked: I find this season's crop of chefs to be less congenial, resilient and have less expertise. Their foolish mistakes are on par with the regular Top Cheftestants. I expect better results. So far, each winner has served lack luster plates of slop. Nothing refined or interesting enough for me to want to sample.
The format is strange. When Kelly announced the winner, it's before everyone gets their scores. It takes the surprise away. btw: having the OC wives pretend to judge cuisine was ridiculous. They didn't understand what the task was about, or what they were eating. They did seem like giggling idiots. Thankfully, Gael Greene was there to save the day and act as a counterbalance to the dim bulbs sitting with her.
Jonathan Waxman is the best thing to happen to Top Chef Masters. He is incredibly inteligent and fantastic to watch on television.I loved him in season one and thought he was really funny. I have eaten at the incredible Barbuto and am happy to see his skills and ability translate so easy to the rest of the country. His food is truely amazing and most importantly-accessible to all palates.My opinion-the man needs a spin off and restaurants all around the country.
MASTER CHEF!!!!! MASTER CHEF!!!!!!!! there is nothing better than to watch these wonderful chefs cook ...I love love love Jonathan Waxman he is like your finest actors they do it with such ease that you can't tell they are acting , well he cooks with such ease, he is wonderful to watch....he said "I just cooked" well when you are so good at what you do, you don't just "cook" you do it with simple, clean and flavors, nothing fancy smancy just great simple flavors....I love Top Chef and have been a fan from the beginning and MASTER CHEF is that step up that is sooooooo great to watch. I'm rooting for Jonathan to win because he is so GREAT, he really is the MASTER to me !!!!!!! Jonathan you ROCK!!!!!!!
Excuse for going OT but the 3rd episode of TCM2 has not been posted yet on the full-episode page. Episodes 1 & 2 were up before Friday.
Please go back to the format of season 1 - eliminating 4 of 6 chefs every week doesnt give viewers enough time with any of them. This seson feels very rushed and lacks the fun of last season.
I have been watching Top Chef for a long time and I am a BIG FAN I know that I am not a Foodie but I do live in the Tremont Cleveland Ohio With Iron Chef's Michel Simmons flagship is along with several other great places to eat and drink.
I have to say that I was extreamly insulted when the French Chef said that he should not be judged by the housewifs. Who does he think eats his food we the ordinary people are the ones that will make or break his eatery. The food cridics can write rave reviews but if you are insulting the people that PAY for the food they will not come.
I love the series, just as I did last season. However, I have to agree with the earlier poster that I would rather see 4 chefs per episode, rather than 6, with 2 going to the finals, to get to know them better as individuals. These men and women are truly a cut above the typical Top Chef contestants, and I want to get to know who they are, how they feel about food, what is unique about their approach, and why they are so passionate about their charities. I feel like we are rushing towards the finish line a bit too hastily. I enjoy the getting there, if you know what I mean. One change I do enjoy is bringing back some Season I chefs for a rematch. Lots of fun!