Team Top Chef

In defense of Kerry Heffernan's teaching style.

on Sep 19, 20120

Hello my little students! Let's dive right in, shall we? This week's episode was truly all about communication. First, in the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs were greeted with a challenge they've seen before: they have to instruct a mystery partner -- standing on the opposite side of makeshift wall -- how to cook their dish. This time, the twist was that the partners were the judges! And this time, they pretended to have accents. Really, really horrible accents. If i'm not mistaken, the only judge without actual cooking experience is James -- I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong -- so I was actually fairly shocked when he ended up on the winning team. But it just goes to show how well Chris communicated across the wall. There's  actually a really amusing exclusive video of James' full reaction to the win. Watch it here:

After the win, the chefs are presented with their Elimination Challenge -- to teach students how to upgrade their fairly classic dishes. They were all "Partner, partner, let me upgrade you." Can you imagine if Beyonce were the guest judge for this challenge? Sorry -- I just got really excited at the prospect. The three chefs would be judged on the dishes created by their pupils, so basically their fate was in the kids' tiny hands. Actually they weren't that tiny -- these weren't toddlers for G-d's sake!

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I have been a teacher for 34 years and was  appalled with Kerry's "teaching style".  I know he is not a teacher, but  all he cared about was the win.  I do not buy into his comments about how wonderful an experience it was mentoring these students after the fact.  I did not feel he cared one iota about these kids learning anything.  He did not push these student in an effort to stretch their abilities.  He just told them what to do step by step to achieve the win


Chris on the other hand, who I have not liked since the beginning of the show, totally won me over!  He cared about his students, and did his best to strengthen their skills and understanding even if it cost him precious time and possibly the finale.  He treated them with respect and encouragement.  I cannot believe at this late date I have totally jumped on board with Chris but he  has shown us side to him that I totally respect. GO ALL THE WAY, CHRIS!