Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio hopes you trust him that Amanda's dish was not worse than Tamesha's.

on Jul 21, 20100

I know, I know, bad puns — I couldn’t resist. Still in Australia, but heading home soon…for a little while, anyway. I understand my baby has picked up the guitar while I was gone. We’ve been playing him the Stones since he was in utero; I’m looking forward to hearing the rock stylings of my 11-month old. 
 
Meanwhile, back in D.C.…I was very glad to have Michelle Bernstein with us once again. It was fun to have someone who famously cooks with such heat judge a challenge that was all about the cold. It was also quite interesting to hear our chefs comment on the food of their peers. While they sounded harsh, and while it seemed as though the members of the second group were being strategic in selecting Kenny’s dish for elimination, they were actually generally fair-minded, usually correct, and most certainly correct about Kenny’s dish, which, despite his posturing, was the weakest in his group. And yes, it was weaker than Amanda’s cartilage-laced Chicken Gallantine. Please trust me on that.
 
A general note about food being served cold: It needs to be seasoned correctly, as the temperature can dull the flavors, as we found with Andrea’s dish, which was probably seasoned correctly for a warm dish, but underseasoned for the same dish served cold. But seasoning can be tricky, as it’s very easy to then overdo it, as Angelo did with his salmon dish – it was impossible to appreciate the salmon. Stephen fell prey to this as well with his chilled beef, in which the taste of the beef was subjugated to the jalapeno oil (and yet, despite the seeming strength of an ingredient like jalapeno oil, the dish still underwhelmed). 
 
And one must also anticipate the changes to texture that come from serving food cold. Tiffany planned for this by selecting a protein that shines when served cold, and by crafting a sauce from gazpacho, typically served cold, and refreshing items like cucumber and arugula. It was smartly conceived and well executed. Amanda, on the other hand, did not get her protein to the correct temperature in time, and it was unappetizing.

157 comments
GHB
GHB

I must say that all I'm interested in this year is who wins. I fast forward to the judging. There's something really unsavory about the lineup of contestants and the tone of the show.

Whether this is Bravo being Bravo and the chefs are being portrayed unfairly, or they're legitimately jerks I don't care. It's just not fun to watch. Especially after last year and Top Chef Masters.

Thank goodness for Tom's obvious integrity or I wouldn't be watching at all.

Anonymousse
Anonymousse

First off, don't take all the complaining too seriously. The internet is full of whiners by nature. They whined during season 4, season 5, season 6, and now. No matter what product you put out there, some segment of the population will feel the need to rant on the internet.

Second, I love this show, I hardly watch any television, but I love this show. So I salute you, Top Chef staff.

Third, this is the part where I rant. One gripe I've always had with the format of the show is that the worst dish gets eliminated. This inherently discourages risk-taking and creativity. Because to make it to the finals, I don't have to be the best chef in the room, I just have to consistently avoid being the worst chef in the room on any given day. Let's say we have 2 chefs, Chef A and Chef B, of about equal skill level. Chef A takes a risky strategy. Some dishes have the judges singing, other dishes are disasters. Chef B takes a safe strategy. Their food is boring, and they never get good comments. Chef A will most likely get eliminated before Chef B!!! This is because the one time they produce a disaster dish (like Tamesha's in the last episode), they will surely get eliminated. While Chef B may always be in the bottom 4 or whatever, they will always just barely stave off elimination because the odds are good that one of the other risk-taking chefs created a disaster. It's thus advantageous to play it safe until the later rounds of the competition, when the chefs are very strong and the chances that one of them produces a disaster become very low. One of the things that I find hypocritical is that the judges always pay lip service to the risk-taking chefs with comments like "Oh, I appreciate they went out on a limb"...and then they proceed to eliminate a risk-taking chef. A chef who takes a risk and misses will almost always go home before a chef that produces something boring but edible. In fact, a risk-taking chef could win 5 challenges in a row, but if the 6th is a disaster, they will go home before a chef that has won no challenges. The structure of the game doesn't reward winning, it rewards not losing.

I liked Tamesha as a chef (even if she isn't the most dynamic television personality), she seems talented and creative, and I was looking forward to seeing what else she could do. Maybe her dish was horrible on that day, but I would much rather see her in the later rounds of the competition, than say Stephen, who hasn't really wowed us with anything.

I do love the show, and will continue to watch, but my suggestion is that the judges don't simply eliminate who created the worst dish, and try to eliminate those contestants who don't play to win (and simply play not to lose).

big-time fan
big-time fan

Thank you Top Chef. Top Chef and its offshoot, Top Chef Masters, have taught me one fundamental thing about cooking, an issue that clearly illustrates what a true chef is, in contrast to a chef-in-making. The latter, while being able to cook, has yet to reach that point where he or she can function independently of various elements that range from cooking environment to ingredients. A true chef can adapt to changing circumstances, relying on his deep-seeded knowledge to craft recipes and to combine cooking techniques on the fly. A chef-in-training, in contrast, while being to cook well in a carefully defined environment and while using tried-and-tested recipes, will likely fail when having to work impromptu. It is truly fascinating to watch. I love cooking and have learned so much from these shows.

WhatHappenedtoTC
WhatHappenedtoTC

Since your in DC this year - here's s political phrase TC to tell you how you are doing this season - You are losing your base!!!! TC has been my weekly must see and now it's a weekly maybe see. But this season, there are no likeable contestants. They are all very bland, even the most arrogant, Angelo, just comes off as a self-centered weirdo. I agree totally with the comments that ask for more cooking and more judges table. Also, I've liked other seasons where they show lots of planning and last minute changes in the grocery store. I like to know why people are cooking what they're cooking and why the judges think what they think. If I wanted a reality show based on outlandish personalties and underhanded strategies - I'd watch the shows on the major networks. I feel like TC is posturing to compete with those shows this season or end up on a major network and it is lousy.

Shell n Bristol
Shell n Bristol

I dont know if its DC or the chefs this season or maybe they just cant live up to last season? Kenny did get lucky. But I cant wait til Amanda goes bye-bye. How did she get to be on be show? When she fed those school kids sherry chicken.....what was she thinking? What she made this week looked nasty. I hope this season heats up some.

Rayne
Rayne

I agree. This should have been a judging of peers without knowing who cooked what. I could tell that Angelo was ready to bite into Kenny's dish and say that something wasn't right. Don't you remember the second episode when he said that he "didn't like Kenny". During those minutes that we didn't know what was going on, he could have had his team mates on his side to get rid of Kenny. They should have tasted each others dish without knowing who cooked what. I think Kenny is a pretty good chef, I just think that Tom didn't like him from the beginning. There hasn't never been a time when I heard Tom say something positive about Kenny's dish.

I think I am starting to appreciate Hell's Kitchen a little more. Chef Ramsey judges on performance in the kitchen, Top chef judges on taste of the food. Everyone has a bad day. If you worked in a resturant Tom, and cooked a bad dish, would you get sent home just for that dish or would they look at the other fine dishes you made? Seven out of Seven seasons, lets have an African American in the final two for once.

Thank you.

NotInspired2Cook
NotInspired2Cook

Ok here we go, another marathon of the show yesterday, and as I am in VA, with temps of 105 but feeling like 110, I will tell you that we are being held hostage and our TV's are loving it...and so should Bravo..

What I don't get about cooking is the need to add flavors and textures that simply doesn't look appetizing or appealing to even try...I notice the quantity of food that is served is barely enough for a toddler to eat, how many courses do you suggest? I know that may be the European way to eat, but we are not there, we are USA, where hot dog is king....

I am not sure any of these chefs are what I would call top notch in their own arenas. They come up with the ugliest food that one could imagine. When that chick served up that chicken thigh cooked in Sherry at the cafeteria, I could imagine the comments by the kids. It looked like something I have seen on plates in the hospital for people on bland diets.

If this show goes another season, may I suggest that food is prepared to inspire viewers to cook. This is why many people don't go into their kitchens anymore. Show us a combo of Paula Deen and the Barefoot Contessa...make us want to go in the kitchen and create our own "normal" food.

Kitty Mellon
Kitty Mellon

HATE IT, HATE IT, REALLY HATE IT last challenge. This season's challenges have been very disappointing, and the last one was the worse. I can't beleive you would let a snake like Angelo judge any of his fellow chefs. He's proved in previous weeks he can't be trusted. Tom you know better as a chef what back stabbers they can be. You have to have read Anthony B. Kitchen Confidenial.

Fox Chapel Friday Man...They call me "Bagger"
Fox Chapel Friday Man...They call me "Bagger"

Chefs - Although I am new to the show blog, I have to believe the question has been asked, “Who picked these Folks?”

Quickfires and Challenges - Who comes up with the games? I want to see chefs in action making great food. The exotic food “switchover” last night made no sense to me at all. If you want to do a switch, use normal food so we, the audience, get to see creativity and magic from everyone and not just a select few. Same goes for cooking in a field. Pretty disappointed in this one as well.

If you want a good game, put all the chefs in their own workspace with a set amount of ingredients, let them cook and then let them judge everyone else’s creation.. Have each creation announced by a third party so no knows what anyone else cooked until after the judging has occurred. This would ensure that the comments are factual without the strategy game coming into play.

Guest Judges - Tell Michelle that she needs to wear clothing that sets a professional tone. If I want to see cleavage in the kitchen, I will ask my wife. I watch to see the creativity and execution. I watch to see the tips I can use when I cook. Volt had some great comments about the food - did not go after the chefs personally. That is how it needs to be done.

Contestant Judges - Are these folks crazy? As soon as I heard lack of acidity, I turned to my wife and said “Hello…tomatoes…..lemons” and then Tom chimed in, and backed me up. Great job calling them out Tom.

Tom - Good Blog...Good Tips...

Stones are good but play some Dylan for your little one.

S & D
S & D

There is a consistency and universality in Tom's blog responders. Please note - your viewers have more intelligence and food knowledge than you're giving us credit for! Save the Knife Sharpening for the kitchen, not each other's backs please. The gamesmanship and level of cooking is not finding approval nor enjoyment. We would like to see more class and skill as in last year's Top Chef Masters competition, please ~

Giggly
Giggly

Stop with the team thing already! Make them compete as individuals. One chef went home because of the stubborness of another. Its unfair

JudyChulaVista
JudyChulaVista

Wow, sentiment seems to be so harsh against this season. Frankly, last season wasn't as suspenseful. Sure, the chefs seem to have been more talented but you knew from the first couple of episodes who the final 4 were going to be. You know who 2 of the final 3 were going to be - mostly due to the drama of having brothers compete. This season I have no idea because they all appear evenly matched. I enjoy seeing Chef Hubert more often - he is such a gentleman. Don't miss Toby whats-his-name. Chef Michelle is not as harsh as he wasy. Wish Chef Tom was more involved. This season is just fine.

Sapphiegirl
Sapphiegirl

The Elimination challenge should have been a blind tasting.....not an opportunity for the chefs to eliminate a stronger opponent. That Angelo has some nerve....I bet he couldn't wait to tell Kenny he was nominated by his group for elimination. I especially question his motives for voting for Kenny. I know Tom you say to trust you....but that is very hard when we cannot taste the food and the fact that people were biting down on cartilidge is just so gross and unappetizing. I just wish that the challenge would at least have been fair accross the board. I know it's fun to watch the cheftestants fret over the thought of their peers voting to eliminate them not because their food was bad, but because one of their peers feel threatened by them and their success on the show so far. I am very dissapointed in TC for their complete LACK of fairness in this challenge. This is the ONLY reality show I watch on TV and that is because I feel the show is the cream of the crop of reality shows. TC actually has standards other than who can create the most drama, which is what all the other reality shows seem to want. I seriously do not watch Hell's Kitchen cuz I cannot stand to hear someone screaming at people for an entire hour. Please in the future, don't let the cheftestants be involved in any challenges like this one unless the challenge is completely fair for all participants. And not a way to eliminate someone for alternative reasons other than their food was the worst of the night.

AaronJay
AaronJay

I don't think the season is as bad as many are saying, but this challenge was pretty disappointing. And I second the Bernstein criticism- I wince whenever I see her on Top Chef.

Erica313
Erica313

Not to jump on the band wagon of the general opinion, but honestly this season seems so contrived. Come on..I remember in Season 5 I believe that there was a blind taste where Fabio, Carla, and Stefan co. all watched via tv in the kitched. No one knew who served what ( I am guessing ) however if this episode was true to what actually happened..why in the world of a competition would the competitors be allowed to know who was cooking what? I just open this season gets better as I am a loyal fan..I swear Kenny's name is the only one I know. It just seems that I was hooked from the 1st Quickfire Elimination in prior seasons..this one I barely holding on!

Mirk
Mirk

I have to say I agree that this season's cooks seem a bit underwhelming, but I still enjoy the show. I also agree that this particular challenge seemed unfair and should have been judged as a blind taste test. Angelo has got to go. He needs to concentrate on cooking more than he does on strategy.

hihi
hihi

Hi Tom,

I love reading your blog, thanks for writing it every week.

Could you (or someone like you) go back in the kitchen to guide the judges? It seems like Kenny is a talented chef, but sometimes he goes too far in adding too many ingredients. I could see how one sentence or commentary from you in the kitchen would really help guide the talented chefs and make sure they don't go astray.

I think Kenny is trying to distinguish himself as the chef that can get a lot done in a little time (like Huang from a previous season). I'd hate for a talented chef like him to go home when a little guidance could keep him to the end.

PS I agree with all the comments about it being too "reality" above -- just trying to provide constructive feedback.

Viewer12345453
Viewer12345453

I'm glad to see Tom say that Kenny did in fact deserve to be in the bottom two this week, because that was not apparent AT ALL thanks to the way the show was edited. It seemed as if Angelo's group had made the decision beforehand to send Kenny in for elimination, regardless of the quality of his dish. A few comments from Tom and Gail letting us know their thoughts AFTER the chefs had made their choices would have helped to clear this up. The editing made this week's episode very unpleasant to watch.

If I can offer advice to the producers and editors of Top Chef -- more food, less drama! Top Chef should be about finding the TOP CHEF, not rewarding the best game show contestant who also happens to know how to cook.

faithful viewer
faithful viewer

Every week, the same thing here. Practically no one responds specifically to what Tom has to say. Instead, the usual stuff: Oh, I used to be a loyal viewer, but now I'm done; the chefs aren't as good as they used to be; the food looks awful; I hate the drama, the gamesmanship. At what point do you guys realize that you're all saying the same, nauseatingly boring thing?!!! Don't like the show? Simple, stop watching. But you know you'll be back week after week. Why? Because it's still compelling viewing. Admit it.

J.ason
J.ason

I think some people fail to comprehend the differences between drama created between clashing personalities (which happens in all seasons) and the artificial drama created by the challenges. The reality is not everyone get along, especially in a competition, so you will have people that will butt heads with each other. However, a lot of the challenges this season have been designed specifically to allow contestants to game the system, to put certain people in positions they wouldn't otherwise find themselves in, regardless of their performance. Tom even questioned Angelo in a previous episode for the possibility of intentionally sabotaging his team to get Kenny sent home.

Ultimately, the judges still get to decide who leaves each episode. However, more and more it feels like the contestants themselves have a hand in who goes up for elimination rather than based solely on their own performances. So it's no longer just about who had the worst dish, but instead who can't play the game well.

Svetlana
Svetlana

I am so glad to read that I am not the only one who is disappointed in this season. I've watched this show religiously since season one and this season I can barely get through an episode without fast-forwarding through all of the the useless drama. What happened to focusing on cooking? None of the "chefs" seem to even care about food, all they seem to do is think of ways of sabotaging each other. I blame the producers for deciding, that instead of sticking to the winning formula they've had for 6 seasons, they became like every other crappy reality show and just show unlikable people fighting and scheming! Last season (6) was so fantastic and interesting, the chefs were all super talented and passionate about food that in comparison this season is unwatchable. I bet some of the worst chefs (Robin, Preeti) from last season would probably be in the top of this one. It saddens me to say this but I probably won't be watching anymore. Bring back the Voltaggio's, Kevin, Eli, Mike I and Jen, raise the stakes and have a best of season 6 cook-off. Now that's something I'd watch!

Lee in NJ
Lee in NJ

Sorry but must jump on the bandwagon with others. This season is nowhere near the caliber of previous seasons. Pettiness and egos abound and actual cooking seems to have taken a back seat in the show. The challenges have been lame, the 'move to your left' thing during the exotic food challenge was absolutely unfair, and not having the contestants taste each other food blindly was a HUGE mistake.

For the first time ever, I don't care who wins. I don't find any of them particularly interesting or talented. Please dump the producer(s) who put together this season; really bad ideas all around.

These days I'm more interested in watching The Next Food Network Star than I am Top Chef.

Mooshki
Mooshki

I wonder if we're seeing so much drama because the cooking isn't interesting enough to focus on? These chefs seem to have good pedigrees, they just aren't "bringing it." Anyway, I agree that it was inevitable this season would be a let-down after the spectacular season 6.

LA fan
LA fan

Top Chef is the greatest show on television. But this season, it threatens to become run-of-the-mill reality fare like "Survivor." You've got to eliminate the element of gamesmanship that has marred this season so far. Your judges are smart and respectful of true artistry, which is both rare and rewarding on TV. To design a challenge that allows the contestants to nominate the losers injects an element of "strategy" that is not only unsatisying, but dull. I can see this on any other stupid reality show I want. TC is better than that. TC rewards excellence in the kitchen, and only excellence in the kitchen. Long live TC!

Sherry
Sherry

I love reading Tom's blog. But the comments this season are really getting to me. Bitch, bitch, bitch! Stop! enough already! Let's talk about the good parts of the show instead of blasting it all the time. If you don't like it, stop watching, that is the best way to tell the producers to get back to a winning format and pick better people. I have enjoyed this season, it's not the best one I've seen, but it's definately not the worst either.

connie231
connie231

I certainly did not appreciate the tone of Ms.Bernstein voice as she addressed Kenny. These are not kids, they are professional chefs. I hope she will not be invited to judges table again.

Foodie!
Foodie!

Tom - I might trust you on the fact that the cartilage on the galantine was not a fatal offense, but as a loyal viewer since the very first season I must say this is by far the worst bunch of chefs to ever compete. Who picked these people?

First, the dishes are not impressive. Second, there seems to be too much gamesmanship and too little cooking. Third, no class! Marcel was annoying but Angelo is in a whole new league... with the crabs comment... not sure I would want to eat his food. Ever.

It almost seems like you guys ran out of up and coming, promising chefs and decided to stack up on people that would bring "shock value" to the show... if that is the strategy, please count me out as a viewer.

JayH
JayH

Bravo,

I just watched this episode on DVR and was so extremely shocked as to what I was seeing that I wanted to turn off the show. I have completed the episode and I still felt compelled enough to log onto your website to scribble this down. I am not attempting to be snarky for sport, but hope this is heard.

To have peers judge another peer on a skill elimination show is pure ballyhoo and we witnessed what should be a judged event turn into a free for all.

This should have been conducted as a blind taste test, so that the cream truly could rise to the top. If your mantra has shifted to "outwit, outlast, and outplay" then I will stop watching now. I understand that there needs to be a certain manufactured drama to a prime show, but this went too far.

It should be about the skill of the chef and the art that they prepare for professional judges. I am not a professional culinary judge, but I know Ballyhoo when I see it. Feel free to contact me.

J

Wildone92
Wildone92

I agree, this season blows. I have been a loyal TC fan for years, but honestly, I keep forgetting to watch this season. I'm totally disengaged. I'm not remotely interested in the the chefs--none of them deserve to win. I hate the challanges, and the editors keep destroying the show by cutting out the cooking and the judges' table. All we want to see is the cooking and judges' table! Is this going to be the last season? I have mixed feelings. I don't want it to end on this note, but it's like watching your childhood pony after an injury--it just needs to be put out of it's misery. The viewers need the same.

Very Dissapointed!
Very Dissapointed!

Glad to see that fellow viewers feel the same. Since inception, Top Chef's most appealing quality was watching creative talents create inspiring food. Reality TV strategy and drama were not what made this show a hit. Hopefully someone at Bravo will realize that when casting and planning next season.

John from Texas
John from Texas

It seems that Im in agreement with most of the other comments in that this season has a "Survivor" motif instead of one about cooking and food. Season 6 was much more about the food and the preparation, but this season is about 'strategy'. Is Bravo cutting out the scenes in which the chefs are talking about their food instead of trying to backstab each other? Maybe it will be better when Alex and Kenny and Amanda get voted off.

Steve M
Steve M

I am very unhappy with the caliber of the chefs for this season. Regardless of their backgounds in kitchens across the country they are not entertaining on tv.

Past seasons have been much better with the skill of the chef and the tv perosonality.

v8
v8

Love the show and drama-when it's appropriate. However, not much talent is being displayed yet??? Need better screening of talent pool up front! Or maybe this is as good as it gets...:(

va, dc
va, dc

A lot of harsh critics here. I think the poor showing of some chefs throughout the history of Top Chef may reflect less on their talents and pedigree, and more on the difficulty of cooking on one's feet. This show to me clearly demonstrates that the finest restaurants reach and maintain their status, not because the chefs behind them can cook spontaneously well, but because so much planning goes into the crafting of dishes and menus. Consistency is one of the most important features of any good restaurant, and only a fair share of planning and thought can support it. Take a chef outside this almost cocoon-like environment and you get a failure of imagination and execution.

disappointed in L.A.
disappointed in L.A.

I expect Top Chef to encourage integrity, and professionalism. The emphasis is to showcase "talent" and cooking skills. Instead season 7's episodes focus on juvenile egos and mediocre ability. The prior 70 plus comments have a universal theme. I hope the producers rethink their format before next season. This one is already "in the can" (completed) all that remains is to "flush".

Chelc911
Chelc911

At first, I thought everyone was being over critical of the show because FINALLY there was a good representation of minorities. I am still waiting to see a minority judge but the in the contestant dept, this has finally been accomplished. After tonight's show, I was ready to join the bandwagon with everyone else. This is Top Chef not Survivor! If you are the Top, it should be b/c of your food not that you sabotaged and manipulated the other contestants? Are you afraid Mr. Angelo that your food can't stand alone? Is this the first Top Chef that has been this cut throat? If Kenny would have been sent home, that would have been my last show of the season...

SGR
SGR

I am so glad to see that I am not the only one that has been really let down by this season.

At first I thought it would just take me a while to adjust to new contestants, but after watching last night I know that's not the case.

I completely agree that even though there has been drama in the past seasons the chefs maintained a level of integrity that showed they were of a high caliber no matter their personal differences with each other.

This has been my favorite show for the past several seasons, but if the producers decide to trade in cheap shots and unethical behavior for the talent and quality that we have seen from past contestants I may have to settle for something else that I don't enjoy near as much as I did previous seasons.

I know it's too late for this season, but producers, editors, panel, I IMPLORE YOU to go back to the material we all enjoyed so much! I think it's obvious from reading these posts that most of us would prefer to watch pure talent and "above board" behavior. Showing cheap crap is not always preferable as has been made evident by the outrage posted on this blog.

PeachPie
PeachPie

I just viewed Riperts video blog for this week and he said Michelle Bernstein had her claws out? I guess I was out of the room for that one, lol

PeachPie
PeachPie

...Oh, one other thing. This may not be the place to say this, but I must say it. First time Michelle Bernstein was a judge, I pretty much ravaged her for being so harsh to the contestants. I was NOT kind.

She subsequently has been back many times and her comments and attitude have been gracious. (Apparently a great talent as well).

Kelligerl
Kelligerl

This should have been a blind taste test...period.

PeachPie
PeachPie

Chef, Said this before, will say it again..one thing I've always appreciated about your blog is the information and insight you give about preparations and ingredients. I would assume that the majority of viewers are home cooks with varying knowledge of cooking and the information you give is straightforward....and provided in a tone that never "talks down" to us.

Now...I've enjoyed the season so far, but I've got something to say that almost pains me. Actually, not almost, flat out DOES pain me: This doesn't appear to be a group of chefs or even any individual chef who jumps off the screen as a TOP CHEF.

Am I jaded? Spoiled? It's possible. Maybe it's just that the chefs from last season were so amazingly talented it was a tough act to follow.

The "chefs to beat" this season (I guess that's supposed to be Angelo and Kenny?) have yet to make a dish that, from my living room, made me say "WOW!". Speaking of Angelo, maybe I'd think more highly of him if he didn't do everything he could possibly do to make an ASIAN inspired dish on EVERY SINGLE CHALLENGE. Just as this wasn't Top Scallop, it's also not Top Asian Food. Yawn!

Come on chefs of America! Where are you? We want to see another Michael Voltaggio, another Hungh Huynh on the show!

gigi57
gigi57

I didn't think last night's episode was fair. You say that the judging was done fairly, but I don't agree. You knew that they were out to get Kenny and they almost did. What Tamesha realized too late is that Angelo has been setting her up. If I could of bet money on last night's episode, I would have been a millionaire because I knew that Angelo was going to vote Kenny's dish as the least favorite and talk everyone else into doing it to even though you say it was not that good. Remember the episode where Angelo told Tracey that he hated Kenny so this challenge fell right into his hands. Same with the one where he made the stuffed celery. Anyone else see the pattern? There have been far worse cooks than what Kenny cooked last night and they are still on the show. You shouldn't give the chefs that kind of power. Like they said, the chefs should not have known who cooked which dish and let them judge them that way.

Anna Y.
Anna Y.

I seriously think Angelo is misunderstood. He's different, I'll give you that. And 'different' tends to be judged or pigeon-holed (and of course edited for good TV). Bottom line, Angelo is a GREAT Chef. I've tried his sandwiches (3 different occasions) at XieXie and they exceeded my expectations. This is consistent with what I see on the show. He's in this to win, and I genuinely hope he does.

Kenny - he seems to think he can do no wrong, and that no one can cook better than him. Please. I'm pretty sure he thinks the ONLY reason he was in the bottom 2 was for strategy, god forbid he could make a bad dish. I'm glad Michelle was so blunt. Even though it probably went right over his head.

megslin
megslin

I do worry about this season being too much like the dreaded Marcel season...aka let's focus on the drama/how people aren't getting along rather than on the actual cooking. The Angelo-Kenny stuff is expected every time it comes up, and it's annoying...I'm not sure if that's because Angelo just wants to make himself a reality tv "star, or if the show just hones in on their disagreements because they think it makes for good tv.

I'm not saying Kenny is the best chef of the season (though I do think he is up there)...but I do think the others view him as a threat, and try to gang up on him when possible, to knock him out. That being said, Angelo is also a good chef, and if he took less time being slimy and more time to cook, I'd appreciate him a lot more.

In past seasons, you would see bonds between people, that weren't sexual (Tiffany/Ed), and would result in people actually helping each other out. In this season, it's ever person for themselves, probably because just about any one of these guys or gals in any past season wouldn't have made it past the first couple of rounds (that's right, even the good cooks on this series are just marred by personality issues).

EDH Viewer
EDH Viewer

Can Angelo cook anything other than Asian???? A great chef is well diverse in their cuisine.

pmh
pmh

The second I saw Tamesha's dish I heard Fabio say "It is Top Chef not Top Scallop!". Guess the Chefs don't want previous versions to know how many chef's go home when they make scallops. I think Jamie is the only one who did not....

With that said I LOVED the look on your face when you were listening to the teams make comments, especially the team Angelo was on. The faces alone were almost a blog in themself.

Top Chef, enough of the team challenges already (of course except for Restaurant Wars)!

Bob-ES-345
Bob-ES-345

Tom, I have seen photos of you with a gorgeous Gretsch Country Gentleman. The Rolling Stones are cool, but come on Tom, play The Beatles for your baby. Maybe John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" also. You want the best for him, don't you? That is the only disagreement that I have with your post. Keep up the great work.

StephenJGawler
StephenJGawler

The most disappointing thing in this episode was all the talk about strategy. It never seemed to come up in other seasons, and yet this season it seems to be all that talk about. What ever happened to just cooking good tasting food? If I wanted strategy, I'd watch Survivor.

Rose-Ann
Rose-Ann

The best part of last night's show or actually any of this season's shows was when Angelo chose the "duck white kidneys", then found out that they were actually duck testicles. I loved the look of shock on his face, too bad he got to pass them off to someone else.

JOs san fran
JOs san fran

I was shocked when I finished reading the D.C. Chef's bios. For all the fine cooking schools, star chef affiliations, top ranking restaurants...... these are, seemingly, some of the worst COOKS I've ever seen on Top Chef. Even the three front runners have little vision. I have not seen a single dish this season that I am remotely interested in trying, this is the first season where I feel like I could win.