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First of all, I want to say how much I appreciate not only your enthusiasm for Top Chef, but also your interest in my blog and your spirited responses week after week. While I seldom have time to reply directly to any individual posting (it’s hard to even have time to write the blog itself!), I really welcome the feedback. Thank you.
Work brings me to Australia for the next three weeks, and the blogs I submit from Down Under may be briefer than usual. I promise to say more in the ensuing weeks (when the heat will be up on those chefs still standing).
Obviously, this week’s Quickfire Challenge was a fun one for both Padma and myself. Tasting each dish invoked for us images of our babies, as we imagined what their responses would be to each spoonful. I was pleased overall with the chefs’ performances on this task. They thought well on their feet and produced quite a few dishes my chowhound 11-month old would gladly tuck into (and gleefully share with our puppy, too. So much for training her not to beg).
Contrary to popular belief, by the way, cooking for babies does not mean throwing seasoning to the wind. Babies crave taste sensations like the rest of us, and while we don’t want to shock their systems or upset their wee digestive tracks, we can start them off on a lifelong love of food by seasoning theirs, albeit with a lighter hand. Hence my pleasure in seeing the chefs experiment with fenugreek and licorice oil. We just need to be alert to food allergies and sensitivities nowadays (unfortunately!) and introduce new foods slowly enough and at the right stages of babies’ digestive development.
The format of the Elimination Challenge was an interesting one. It was very high stakes, as it led to the elimination of two chefs, and it was structured so that each pair would sink or swim together. Whether each chef tried to pin blame on the other for a fault in the dish, they’d both be leaving if the dish were found to be the weakest. I appreciated this feature of the challenge – at the end of the night, it doesn’t matter which line cook might have erred if a dish misses its mark. Whether he or she is even on the premises, it’s still the chef who is ultimately responsible for everything that leaves his or her kitchen. I was glad to hear Lynne acknowledge that the pasta was undercooked, since apparently she was the one who insisted Arnold wait to cook it. On the other hand, Arnold should have insisted they put it up sooner.
With this format, we wound up presented with three dinner dishes that were all solidly good dishes. As has happened countless times in the past, we had to pick the weakest among strong dishes for elimination. Arnold and Lynne’s had larger flaws in the execution than did the other two dishes. Furthermore, one criterion of the challenge was to create a dish that Hilton could add to its menus worldwide. While tasty, Arnold and Lynne’s dish is not as widely appealing as were the two short-rib dishes. It is hard to eliminate chefs who performed well, but a team’s creating a good dish was not enough here: In this tough challenge, where chefs had three chances to outshine their colleagues, Arnold and Lynne repeatedly failed to do so.
More from Oz next week.
BABIES CANNOT EAT HONEY!!
Every honey bottle and jar has a caution stating not to feed honey to infants under 1 year old. There is way too much danger of an allergic reaction. Please have a disclaimer posted. If someone downloads the recipe and makes the puree for their infant, it could be disasterous!
I love this show!!!!! I think bravo tv should meet food network tv and have a competition: "chopped" winners should compete for becoming "top chef" winner. I think that would make a great tv show. You could really run with some great ideas for the challenges.
Plain no but childeren that are 7 months of age have a very simple palate and may not like some of the meals that were put out on tonights show. I have a 8 month old and make all of his food myself.
I thought both the quickfire and the moving challenge were great for all the reasons mentioned above-showing that babyfood could involve a wide range of tastes, and emphasizing how teamwork is a must in the kitchen. It was a little disappointing that the last round featured some of the best cooking but that is the way it is. We do not go back to the restaurant that had a bad night or one bad dish no matter what the reason. I crossed a local favorite off my list this weekend for tasteless overcooked fish. I do not want to eat another meal like that just to find out if it was a bad night or one line cook was off, etc. I was sorry to see Arnold go but many good chefs have left earlier than we hoped over all the seasons.
I was really surprised that you picked a winner whose dish contained LOBSTER. Shellfish is off-limits to infants.
I don't know how many times a middle-of-the-road episode of TC has been followed the next week by a home run, but here it happened again. This week's episode was awesome, a unique challenge and something slightly out of the normal format made for a fun hour of viewing.
Unfortunately, one complaint I have to lodge to the producers is that thankx to them, when the show went to its final commercial break of the hour, I already knew that Lynne and Angelo were going home. Normally at the end of the show, we see a quick preview for next week's episode with some highlights. However, in the first week we don't get "Coming up next week on 'Top Chef'", we get "Coming up THIS SEASON on 'Top Chef'". There was a clip of Kevin going off on someone in the Stew Room (we don't see who), and since that scene didn't air tonight before the final commercials started, that gave away tonight's elimination prematurely.
The tension with Angelo and Lynne seemed to grow as each portion of the challenge went on...they didn't really seem to be bickering heavily until dinner, and I think that was the stress of now being a potentially-eliminated duo. They didn't gell at all unfortunately, but Lynne ultimately has to take the bullet because she insisted on the pasta not being started until just a few minutes before time was up, and that pasta was ultimately undercooked. Plus, as was mentioned at Judges Table, who at a hotel restaurant is going to want squid ink pasta outside of the few really adventurous types? Bad idea from conception.
Amanda, my new foodie crush, scores big for the second straight week. Nice to also see Tim and Richard deliver the goods this week. Tiffany and Tamesha have been quietly yet solidly performing since the start so far, they could be the sleepers this season.
Never heard of gnudi and even after seeing that on the completed dish I'm still not even sure what it is. All I know is, any food that reminds me of some of the pinups I had on my dorm room walls can't be all bad.
I appreciate you blogging each week- it really does add to the show for the fans.
Actually, fenugreek was a very bad choice for babies or nursing moms as it is of the peanut family and, for whatever reason, peanut allergies have become much more common in America today.
Although the chefs are not as personable or seemingly as talented as last season, the challenges have been excellent this year, as have the judges.
I completely disagree with this team elimination. NOT COOL at all! Arnold did the sauce in which all the flavors were there. Lynn was stubborn and obstinate, not a team player. Clearly Arnold strongly encouraged and even demanded that she get on with cooking the pasta. She went to the stove and then said, no I'm not doing it. Personalities come into play here, and I would not have wanted to see Arnold or anybody else having to shout, fight and strong arm another chef into doing what they think is best. Should top chef be the biggest bully? Why even go there. Arnold was professional and did his best to shine in what he was in control over. His work and flavor profile should have spoke for itself. Now you have way less talented chefs still in the competition because the stronger of the two in the team carried them. (Why is Tim still there?) And you have a very creative chef, bringing unique flavor profiles to the table, going home. I really wanted to see what else he could do. A chef should be eliminated based on his/her own mistakes.
I was very concerned by Kevin's comment about his customers. He was told by another competitor that it was not his place to tell people HOW to eat his dish to see his vision. He came back very rude and said that it absolutely was his job, and that if people didn't want and respect him for telling them how to eat the dish, they could leave. I almost did that once when I was told by a server that the chef absolutely wouldn't grill my steak choice the way I asked for it...she convinced me to order something else. years later I returned and ordered it the way I wanted and was served. Chefs, servers, etc. have no business telling the customer how to order or eat the dish. I was once in the business and it's called Customer Service for a reason. We are there to serve the customer not massage our egos.
Hi Tom! I am hoping that you watched the show and had the same reaction I did to a comment made by one of the chef's on this challenge. You and Padma wanted to challenge your chef's w/ creating dishes for the adults and newborn babies. You had a chef say he would spend the $10,000 on a "hooker and an eight ball". This was stated and allowed over the airwaves. Do you truly agree w/ such a comment? I understand that our industry is rough and we show smoking chef's, tatooed chef's, drunk chef's, etc. but to condone drug use? This seems a tad extreme.
Although I enjoyed this particular episode and thought it was very creative, as a Mom I was upset to see that honey was included in one of the baby food presentations and not admonished by Padma or Tom. Every parent should (key word being should) know that honey is not to be introduced to a child under 12 months old. Honey should not be given in any form, including raw, cooked or baked into products. Honey is bad for babies because it can grow botulinum spores which can secrete a toxin and produce and cause paralysis. I love this show but felt the need to point out an important oversight.
I watched this episode and cannot believe that no one called Angelo out for using honey! You should never feed honey to infants under 12 months--their developing digestive tracts cannot handle the raw bacteria contained in it!! You missed an opportunity to educated people. And obviously Angelo, who considers himself a know-it-all when it comes to food, doesn't know as much as he thinks he does.
I'm oh so sad about Arnold's demise. I get that a television show needs to be interesting, but it was terribly unfair to Arnold and I think you erred in letting a very talented chef go too soon. He was a class act for standing up for the pasta and the bitter/cranky lady is delusional if she's suggesting that the failure of the dish was anything but her fault.
A challenging challenge indeed -- I was exhausted by merely watching.
I have heard my entire babysitting life, and with 7 nieces and nephews, although with no children of my own, that you never give honey to babies under 1 or 2.
So when I was watching tonight's episode, I was really surprised that Angelo had honey in his baby food, as his "secret ingredient"! I even went online to validate the no-honey rhetoric. Found it in several places.
Now I'm really wondering if he didn't say there was honey in it, if it was so light that it couldn't be tasted, or if it's really not a big deal to give babies honey.
That all being said, I loved the quickfire challenge. I try to give all my surrounding kids "odd non-kid food," and plan to curry my future kids up! Great episode!
Seems like you took the easy way out! It was clear from the first episode that Kevin was a very strong contestant. Could not pull the trigger on the team that had the worst dinner dish! Had to keep the friction between Alex and Kevin to keep the show exciting. It appears that the producers have influenced the judging on this episode. Sad!
Thanks for the insight Tom! Have fun down under, and my family and I want to thank you this season for including more mature chefs! We are enjoying each week watching them.
Top Chef is one of my favorite shows as I enjoy talented chefs prepare amazing dishes. However this season's contestants do not have the same level of talent as prior seasons especially Season 6. Wondering if the talented chefs are no longer interested in this type of competition. I hope not and just chalked up this season to picking the best out of a so so crop of applicants.
I was extremely surprised that a chef added licorice to baby food and for the chef to win the quick fire. Licorice is harmful to a developing fetus and the baby's health after birth.
Who Should Not Consume Licorice: The National Institute of Health recommends that Pregnant and breastfeeding women and Children younger than 18 years of age should avoid eating licorice because of its potential adverse health effects. Harmful Effects of Licorice Consumption on Human Health Pregnant and breastfeeding women (as well as persons sensitive to licorice) are advised not to consume licorice because of its adverse effects on health. Glycyrrhizitic Acid , the active compound in licorice, impairs fetal brain development in the developing fetus, infants, and children. A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that mothers who ate large amounts of licorice during pregnancy delivered:
preterm, low-birth weight babies infants with short attention spans children with cognitive deficiencies including lower levels of vocabulary, memory,spatial awareness, and children with lower levels of intelligence
Read more at Suite101: Why Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Licorice: The Candy's Adverse Effects on the Baby's Weight, IQ, and Behavior http://pregnancychildbirth.suite101.com/article.cfm/why_pregnant_women_should_not_eat_licorice#ixzz0t3q3oXPw Read more at Suite101: Why Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Licorice: The Candy's Adverse Effects on the Baby's Weight, IQ, and Behavior http://pregnancychildbirth.suite101.com/article.cfm/why_pregnant_women_should_not_eat_licorice#ixzz0t3pKZbuC
I still feel bad for Arnold! She really INSISTED they wait to cook that pasta. But I LOVED the Quikfire tonight that really put them off there game! Thanks for changing up the game!
I agree with your decision process, but it doesn't make it any easier to see Arnold get swept away by all that dead weight.
I am an avid Top Chef viewer and this is the WORST season, by far. What I usually love about the show is that it's 90% cooking with only 10% drama but this season it's definitely skewed. I find most of the cheftestants to be snotty, catty, and rather odious: most of them are very unlikeable.
I also think the talent of cooking is subpar compared to most seasons and I'm baffled at how some of these people made it on the show when they can't compete. There is a definite lack of consistency. The only person who hasn't been up, down, and in the middle is Angelo but you really root for him to lose because he is such an insufferable jerk. I know chefs have egos, but come on. The Voltaggios, Jenn, and Kevin all had skill and ego but managed to do so without coming across as awful.
I'm sad to say that I don't even look forward to next week's episode as the promo promises more bickering and childish whining.
I sure hope next season is better or I may just stick with Food Network and not even give the Top Chef Dessert show a chance.
While I enjoyed this week's episode, I'm curious why the best breakfast and lunch dishes weren't in contention for the Elimination Prize? Were the short ribs really that much better than the best breakfast or lunch?
I assume the teams had preparation time for the elimination challenge (all 3 stages) that wasn't included in the 30, 45, and 60 minutes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or did they somehow manage to conjure edible braised short ribs in 60 minutes?
Hi Tom, You are such a wonderful presence on Top Chef and make a fine Head Judge. I recently got two of your cookbooks: Think Like a Chef and Craft of Cooking. I enjoy both, but I think that Think Like a Chef is one of the best cookbooks I've ever read. It's full of good information, entertaining, and provides a great approach for home cooks who love to cook.
I just reviewed the information for the show's chef game where the viewer gets points for things that happen on the show. Frankly I was so disappointed, and actually disgusted, to see some of the point criteria. (I'm writing to you about this because there doesn't seem to be anyone else to complain to about it.) Points are awared if your chosen chef cries, gets in a verbal fight, or is bleeped. These behaviors are among my least favorite aspects of the show. It makes me think that most young chefs are children and don't know how to behave in a kitchen.
I understand that this is a television show and the assumption is that a certain amount of drama and histrionics "makes for good tv;" however, I would like to disagree with that assumption.
The appeal of the show is seeing what kind of food is created in response to the challenge and time limits. To encourage and reward bad behavior to what appears to be a relatively emotional group of people is really discouraging to say the least. Isn't anyone over there reading the comments to Eric Ripert's Blog? Most of the comments (which I share) speak to his kind, professional, and humble demeanor. He adds "class" (in addition ot you, of course) to the show. It would be so great to see these traits encouraged rather than discouraged in the young chefs who compete. Perhaps points could be awarded if they actually help another chef in the kitchen.
One of the great things about Top Chef Masters is that not only are the chefs talented and successful; they are, for the most part, gracious to one another, even though they are competing. When comparing the two shows, I've always thought that Top Chef Masters really shows the difference in the maturity of really good chefs and the talented, but often boorish chefs on Top Chef. There are exceptions, of course.
Well, I realize this is not your job, but could your staff please pass along the thought that a poor impression of your contestants does exist and this "contest" makes a bad situation even worse?
I do enjoy the show, but a reward based system for bad behavior just really irked me!
As for you, keep up the good work!
Hi Tom, Thanks for the great summary. It was great to see you judging as a parent as well as a professional!
The elimination was interesting but I was surprised the chefs who had passed in the breakfast and lunch rounds did not have the same opportunity to compete for the prize. It seemed the winning team had 2 poor dishes and I winning one; while the breakfast team had 1 winning dish and could have potentially pulled out another if allowed to work on the dinner as well.
Also please bring Brian Voltaggio back as many times as possible!
We love Top Chef and especially love your comments and insight. There are times when you're asking questions of the contestants that really help me to understand the challenges and triumphs of the food itself--I can taste the flavors and feel the texture of the food as you ask each chef to explain his/her work and thought processes.
That said, I was shocked--stunned--that in tonight's Quickfire Challenge, you chose Angelo's dish with honey as one of the top contenders. I have been an RN for the last 18 years, and was surprised that neither you nor Padma eliminated his dish because honey should never be given to babies under one year of age. Honey can cause infant botulism and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that honey not be introduced into a baby's diet until the baby is 12 months. Since the oldest child mentioned on the show was 8 months old, the honey in Angelo's dish is a health hazard. I've seen children die due to infant botulism, and it is preventable with simple food precautions.
I hope that the show takes the opportunity to educate its viewers in a future episode regarding this topic--I know that honey seems healthier than sugar or other sweeteners, but in a baby's delicate digestive system, it carries more sting than bling.
I was pleased to see that you mentioned in your blog about food allergies and such. I just wish you would have said something about this to the contestants especially the guy who used honey. Maybe you didn't know yourself that babies under the age of one should never ever be fed honey as it can cause infant botulism. Please, please pass this on to that contestant as he said he has a small child of his own.
As a Top Chef fan since Season 1 and a parent of a toddler who made all of her own baby food, I was so excited by this quickfire challenge. However, I was incredibly disappointed that you would select a dish made with lobster stock. As you yourself note "We just need to be alert to food allergies and sensitivities nowadays (unfortunately!) and introduce new foods slowly enough and at the right stages of babies’ digestive development." One of those things is delaying the introduction of shellfish until after 12 to 18 months of age. I kindly request a public apology and that you award a replacement prize (at the same size as the one erroneously given to the winner you selected) to one of the competitors who did make a meal that could be served to an infant.
This week's show was dumb. The team that won cooked a subpar breakfast and lunch. That's why it had to cook dinner. The teams that did well at the breakfast and lunch competitions weren't in the running for the top prizes. So you rewarded the team that did poorly in two of the three competitions, and cheated the teams that did what they were supposed to do...which was cook a good breakfast and lunch dish.
Tom, I can not believe Arnold had to pay the ultimate cost for Lynne's mistake. Arnold stated his opinion M-A-N-Y times that she needed to cook the pasta sooner. She had the pasta in her hand. Are you suggesting he should have man handled her to get the pasta??? I am not sure what more he could have done.
I really wish team challenges would be eliminated from Top Chef. If you insist on keeping the team challenge at least do it to where only 1 of the 2 chefs get eliminated.
Food allergies and sensitivities are one thing but honey is toxic to babies under a year and neither you nor Padma called him on his use of it in the quickfire.
tom i can't believe you let someone make baby food with honey in it. babies can't eat that til they are two years old. (if i remember correctly)
Viewer 1956: People with peanut allergies are typically not allergic to every member of the Fabaceae family of plants (legumes). That includes a huge number of edible vegetables--if you think the possibility of a peanut allergy should lead us to avoid all legumes for babies, that would include peas and many other edibles.
As for the episode itself, I think this was another case where the structure of the elimination challenge ended up being counterproductive. You had three teams cooking the dinner that had made what looked like pretty good food for all three meals who also looked to have made dinner servings that on the whole the judges all liked. You ended up having to eliminate one of the dinner-cooking teams for the kinds of issues that usually figure in the very tight competition at the end of a season (not enough glaze! pasta undercooked!). In the meantime, you had one team that didn't even plate their food for the breakfast, and another that served what honestly looked like very ordinary crabcakes "winning". Right, I know, that was the structure of the competition for this episode, and you only judge based on that day's competition, but really, it didn't work out very well in terms of how the finished episode looked.
I'd be curious to hear more about how the show goes about selecting chefs, because this is really not a fun bunch to watch. I got pretty close to picking up a book or doing something else this episode.
Thanks for clarifying the reason Lynne and Arnold were sent home. Although, even after years of watching TC, I still don't have a clear picture of what a "Top" Chef is. I realize that there is a diffence between a chef and a cook. However, I think considration on overall performance, rather than one day that doesn't live up the Judges criteria, should be a factor for future seasons. A truly creative chef would probably not work in a "hotel" restaurant where it has been my experience most people eat for convenience not "dining." Also, I think given a choice, neither Lynne or Arnold would have worked together. Whoever was the head chef of the kitchen would have fired the other person.
Liked the progressive challenge, just not a fan of team eliminations. Didn't like it on Top Chef Masters either. Each Chef should be accountable for their own cooking.
On a somewhat similar line, Restaurant Wars should not require one of the chefs to do the front of the house. They should ALL cook. Bring back eliminated chefs to handle the front and give that person for the winning team $5k. The winners of the quickfire that round get first choice of their "house" person. I realize this season is already taped and maybe this was addressed, but if not, maybe next year.
It's official, I can't stand Angelo and Amanda. One viewer mentioned last week that season 6 spoiled us. How true. Amanda comes out on top and now she's giving advice?! And Angelo is not very subtle in his dislike of Kenny. Why does Kenny threaten him so much? This bunch sucks. Hated the elimination challenge. Losing Lynn and Arnold just broke my heart. Top Chef should've ended last season on a high note. This season jumps the shark.
I have been a faithful fan since the first season and really enjoy the show. I appreciate the attention given to the concepts of respect for the customer, respect for food and sustainability. It came as a great shock to me then, that although a lemon seed in baby food was criticized [and rightfully so], that giving honey to an infant didn't even register on the judge's radar! An allergic reaction in an infant is something no parent should ever have to see their child go through, whether they are new to parenthood [like Padma] or an old hand at the game [like you]. I work in a hospital, specializing in dysphagia [feeding and swallowing disorders]. Most pediatricians do not recommend the introduction of foods other than breast milk or formula before an infant is 6 months old. I hope that inexperienced parents of 2 month olds [Padma's child's stated age in this episode] do not get the idea to start spooning pureed anything into an 2 month old infant's mouth. I agree with Robyn Hacker that a disclaimer is the decent and responsible thing to do.
I thought it was pretty odd that the team that won the elimination competition, came from the dinner round.
They should have picked a winner from the two teams that were successful in the breakfast round.
The three teams that were in the final dinner round were the least successful up to that point. Hence, they should NOT be eligible to win the competition!
The producers made a major blunder in the thought process behind creating this competition. Clearly, the wrong team won the contest.
I thought this was a decent episode, but I'm not sure why two chefs that were on the bottom for the first two phases of the challenge were awarded trips to Italy and Spain. There were 8 chefs that finished ahead of them that deserved the trips more.
Tom, I'm glad you're really getting into the blog; it's excellent. I treasure Think Like A Chef, too. Would you be interested in keeping a blog outside of the show? I think it'd be well read.
Anyway, even though I've been reading this blog every week for years, I've never seen fit to comment until now. The challenge was excellent! Small children's diets are important to me. I have three kids: two, four and nearly six years old. I feel like the American mainstream has kids going from formula, to nutritionally worthless rice cereal, to an exclusive chicken nugget/mac & cheese diet by the time they're six months old.
In our house, we let World Health Organization guidelines for nursing, our children's physical development (sit up, pincer grasp, etc.), and allergy risks guide us on when we started our kids on various foods. But, beyond that, we've always let our kids eat PEOPLE FOOD! As a result, they have much more exploratory, educated palettes than many kids; certainly more so than I did when I was their age. It makes making tasty, nutritious meals for the entire family much easier when the kids can and will eat what the adults do!
Tom - while I appreciate the idea of making baby food more interesting to a child's palate, what was very much ignored were the potential health hazards in several of those dishes. Babies can wind up with infant botulism if exposed to honey before the age of 1 year, which is pretty common knowledge these days and given as instructions to new mothers in the hospital. They also should not eat shellfish as infants and there was lobster sauce in one of those dishes too. Yet you and Padma seemed very enthusiastic about them without noticing the potential dangers there. It should have been pointed out on air and to all the chefs who were cooking so that an awful mistake could be avoided. From a medical/health standpoint, this was way off base. As a fan of every year of Top Chef, I am sad and disappointed. As a mother, it quite frankly scared me.
First, I want to say I am an ardent fan of Top Chef, but I was sooo diappointed when the producers chose to include Alex's comment about what he would do with $20K quick fire money. Aside from the fact that he didn't understand the prize money and 2 contestants would each recieve $10K, but why, why why, did the show include his comments that he would get a hooker and an 8-ball if he won the money. My husband and I were shocked and for a show we enjoy watching together, that is both entertaining and above the usual crap of tv, this was a mistake.
I'm sorry to say, but I find this season disappointing. The contestants are paltry in comparison to the previous seasons, and the judging seems a bit off - the two examples I can think of off hand are rewarding alcohol on public school grounds (illegal) and including lobster or honey in baby food. This has been such a great show in past seasons - I really hope you guys can pick up the pace again in the next. (I also can't help but notice the lack of comments by your viewers this season - I remember routinely seeing 200 or so comments per episode, whereas now you barely catch 50. I think that's a strong indication that I'm not alone in my disappointment.)
I still love this show, just want more to it!
Loved the idea of the elimination challenge, but hated to see Arnold go. When chefs are paired and given equal authority, it is not possible for one of them to totally control what the other does. As a viewer I want to see the chefs move forward based on what they do, not be eliminated for something out of their control. I hear you about the performance overall of the Arnold/Lynne team don't love the team challenge in the case when there is a double elimination.
I have two kids and did wonder about some of these baby food dishes that included ingredients my pediatrician told me to avoid for my little ones.
It's an odd rule that the third-worst team has the best chance of winning the competition.
If a variation on this competition is tried again, maybe the teams that are safe after breakfast and lunch could continue to present dishes in order to win it all.
BABY FOOD CHALLENGE... I enjoy many of Bravo's reality shows, including Top Chef. While watching the most recent episode of Top Chef DC, contestants were challenged to create baby foods. There were many "no-no"s in this segment which could be dangerous for viewers and the chefs without some instruction. Not only would some of the spices cause discomfort and possible injury to a young child, but the use of honey (one of the ingredients) is dangerous to children under 2. One of the hosts mentioned that she has a 2 month old which is about 4 months too soon for an infant to ingest solids (according to most doctors). Please revisit this episode and offer some disclaimer, education...
I did not mind the double elimination. Collaboration is essential to maximize our dining experience. In the absence of successful cooperation, we will not enjoy many of our favorite restaurants! With that being said, I disagree with the "winner" being selected amongst people who essentially did not win on two other occasions. At the very least, the winner should have been selected amongst the best of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the episode's method, it seems like the 5th place team ended up going to Spain and Italy.
After losing in the breakfast and lunch rounds, why did the winners of the dinner challenge score the prizes? Did the winners of the first two legs get prizes?
As I have been reading these blogs I see my concern is not the only one, how could Alex Reznik say that with his money he'd get "a hooker and an 8 ball". I mean the hooker comment I could let slide but the 8 ball, there's no excuse. You can't tell me that not one single person at Bravo and the editing department did not know what an 8 ball is. I love this show and usually watch it with my kids, but after that comment, I'll record it and watch it by myself. Thank you for your time.