Welcome to my first Bravo blog! I will give a Season 2 perspective and try not to be an armchair chef. You know the type - "This is what I would have done" or "This is what the chefs should have done." I think that it is way too easy to judge after the fact. What an exciting start. My first reaction to the opening scenes was quite simply -- jealousy. I saw that food spread and remembered how many times we of Season 2 didn't get fed at all! And that penthouse suite -- 6000 square feet with no bunk beds and a Jacuzzi overlooking the beaches of beautiful Miami...Wow! Then Padma and Tom walk in, and that sinking feeling started to form in the pit of my stomach. This is, after all, "Top Chef". Then bam...they said it -- "Start cooking biatches...."
The Quickfire Challenge asked the chefs to make an amuse bouche. Rock On! That's the challenge that I won last season. We were allowed to use knives, but our ingredients came from a vending machine. The cheftestants seemed to stay calm and the majority did very well. It also looks as though the focus is going to return more to the food this season and rely less on the personalities. Let's keep our fingers crossed. It looks like we have some very promising contestants this year, so hold on tight. Congrats to Micah on winning this challenge. Your amuse looked and sounded delightful. I had the opportunity to meet Micah at the Top Chef Miami Spice kick-off event last Sunday and she has really good energy and loves to have fun in the kitchen.