It seemed like Andrea and Kelly won on minor details. The two short rib dishes were really very close and the simple act of glazing the meat more uniformly pushed them over the top. No slight to Kenny or Kevin, just a detail that made the difference. Arnold and Lynne went out pretty far on their dish in terms of flavor. This probably needed to be a little more approachable and less creative, but that wasn’t what gave them the loss. I think it was just undercooked pasta. Lynne did make the right call of not putting it in the water at 12 minutes left, but I’d be curious to find out what time it actually did go in. They should also have considered the challenges of doing a pasta dish in this setting, for exactly that reason.
This season has been packed with departures from the norm in terms of layout and protocol. Bottom chefs coming into judges before winners a couple weeks back made that obvious, as did the elimination taking place in the Top Chef kitchen this week. It should develop interestingly if they can keep the chefs on their toes with all the format busters, As an audience member it keeps me guessing which I love. I can’t wait to see what happens next week!
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Eli, I'm so happy you're a guest blogger. I hope the chefs decide to stop cooking so safe and take an initiative to really get ahead. Can't wait until next week!
Great blog Eli. I have to say, I miss the cheftestants of past seasons(especially your season) not only were there to win, but to show off all their tricks they had in their bag! This season is a big YAWN! Everyone seems to be playing it either too safely or their moves are so amateur, I'm cringing! The dishes for the most part look boring, sloppy or like something I could throw together myself. Are these really the best cheftestants that Bravo could find????
Does anyone dislike Eli as much as I do. He was my least favorite from last season because he hung around with all the good chefs and felt he was just as good as they were. He wasn't and they knew he would not be in the final three with them. He was mean to that older contestant too.
No more Eli blogs please - tho' baby food blogs would be right up his alley considering his behavior while on TC.
Eli, your season was by far the best. All of you were not only professional but courteous to your fellow cheftestants. Oh how I miss that.
I love the fact that they're switching some things up this season. The best thing is to not always have the chefs with the best dishes to go to Judge's Table first. Definitely keeps things interesting for the viewer.
Very well done blog. You bring a refreshing perspective to the table (LOL). I do agree that these chefs are a huge letdown after last year's group. The attitude of the majority of chefs last year was so professional and enjoyable to watch. They were of the "Harold" style and not the whiny style of other chefs.
This year the attitude of Angelo- who seems to cook very well and I wanted to cheer for- has completely turned me off of him. Not crazy about Kelly either. There seem to be some I would be interested in but they are not getting as much airtime.
To the poster called Judging Jerks.You said on Elis' season the chefs were courteous to each other.I don't think you and I were watching the same show.How could anyone forget how brutal Mike and Eli were to Robin.Talk about mean spirited!Remember now?
Eli -- In your season the chefs' level of creativity and sophistication knocked me out, beginning with the first challenges and continuing throughout. I was constantly curious (not to mention envious) about the dishes and checking the recipes on the website. I learned so much and was inspired by everyone. Compared to that, this season has been a major letdown. It seems like the chefs are simply trying to produce an adequate dish rather than to really stretch their skills. Last week when Kevin defended his barbecue by saying that lots of Puerto Ricans make the same food, Gail's response was "But are they chefs?" I wish there were more exhortations like that.
Eli, I must say I'm still annoyed with you for calling into question the integrity of a great chef like Michele Bernstein when you accused her of awarding a quickfire win out of sympathy rather than judging it on its merits. Until that point you were such a doll - funny and adorable. But after you dissed Michele I lost respect for you. I'm just sayin.'
(addressing other commenters) - I agree that he didn't treat Robin very well and I think he's owned up to that ill chosen behavior. But remember, Eli was pretty young (mid 20s?) during his season. And to live, 24/7, with someone with whom you have a huge personality conflict is tricky. I don't think I had the skills to diplomatically deal with that sort of situation until I was a few years older. Not making excuses, just sayin'...
Eli, Your blog is enlightening and well written. Keep them coming! Complainers- It's a TV SHOW. With EDITING. There is a ton of footage shot and they splice it together to tell whatever story they want. Were some nasty things said last season? Sure. But you try spending every waking minute with an annoying stranger and see how you act. Ever been rude to someone? I thought so. Now imagine if someone followed you around with a video camera all the time, and cut out all the times you held the door open for someone or said please and thank you. Get over it. Plus, Robin was annoying as hell. I think everyone else did a great job of holding their tongues.
I'm sorry to say that my heart sank when I saw you had written a blog post. S6 was the most wonderful season, unfortunately you are not part of what made it wonderful.
You have actually produced a well written and thoughtful chronicle on the last episode, and I will admit to have enjoyed reading your take on it. I might have put the proverbial paper bag on your head before getting into it, so as to have an impartial approach to your thoughts.
I still can't get over your treatment of Robin, that mob mentality that you and Mike I. have seeded, in a not-so-good remembrance of S2. Such behavior is not "top chef", nor a top leader kind of behavior. If Bryan Voltaggio inspired the masses by his focus and determination coupled with an admirable respect for his co-cheftestants, I'm sorry to say that you were nowhere near his league.
You do write well, for which I congratulate you. But I cannot ever be your fan. It's not about making Robin a victim, it's about core integrity toward basic human values. I'd like to hear from you when you're twenty years older and have yourself been a Robin in your work environment, which of course I dearly hope will happen to you, as it seems it's the surest way you could understand how harmful you were to her.
Like judge Kass said, "Leave your ego at the door." Best words ever said on Top Chef.
I can't believe how these people are stuck in time! Season 6 was what it was. Eli may not have been as nice as he could have been, but Robin wasn't perfect, either. It was an intense situation and lots of people did things I'm sure they would do different having seen it play out on TV. Let it go, people, move on. Do you want people to judge you by your worst moment and hold it over your head forever? I didn't think so. Great blog, Eli. I for one look forward to reading more of what you have to say, seeing how you have been in their shoes, and we have not.
Please keep blogging Eli! Your dishes last year were well thought out and always looked tasty. People need to get over your feud with Robin, she wasn't innocent either.
Nice blog! Thanks for reembering Richard and the baby food.I do think that perhaps you were as confused as most of the viewers about the elimination challenge. It needed to be explained better to us as far as the judging went. if you are doing a dish for most hotel chains, it needs to be simple but flavorful as not every chef is a top chef. Keep writing!
hmm, see, this challenge confused me after hearing Padma say that the 2 bottom dishes were 2 of the best they'd had all day. It made me wonder. Shouldn't the winner have come from the best meals of the day and not from the theoretical bottom 3 teams?
Your perspective as a past contestant is much apperciated. Thanks.