Team Top Chef

John Tesar will be missed... by one person at least.

on Jan 2, 20130

On to the Healthy Choice Elimination Challenge! We've been celebrating our tenth season of Top Chef on Bravotv.comand what better way to do so on the show than to look back at the season's most controversial dishes? This time, though, the chefs have to improve upon them, make them healthier. We learn a lot of things in the kitchen. John Tesar is Jimmy Sears (we know this already, but it still blows my mind every time I hear it.) John isn't the only Top Chef Bourdain has written about, by the way. Read Medium Raw for Season 4's Erik Hopfinger. We learn that Brooke was bigger at one point. Josh is going to make pork again. Lizzie's scallops smell a little rank. And finally that Sheldon could yell out "yahtzee!" at any moment. I forgot about that game. 

The chefs will be judged by Padma, Tom, Wolfgang, and joining chefs Jonathan Waxman, Wylie Dufresne, and most recently-crowned Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino.

For the most part, the chefs do a decent job, but, for better or for worse, three dishes stand out. First up is Kristen's, which wins. You could just tell she nailed it. I think, more than any of the other chefs, Kristen figured out a way to take an unhealthy meal like a chicken pot pie, and capture its flavors in a healthy way. Way to go, Kristen. As Alicia Keys might scream, "This girl is on fiiiiiiire!"

The other two dishes worth discussing are John's and Lizize's -- the bottom two. Well, we know what went wrong with Lizzie's. She had bad ingredient. It could be argued that John's was doomed from the beginning too. He cooked risotto in a non-flat pan, so his grains cooked unevenly. He knew his pan wasn't right, but didn't do anything to change it. At Juges' Table, he obviously mentioned the pan's shortcomings, as, I think, any of the other chefs would. But, Josh chimed in. I have to give credit to John for keeping his cool, but was Josh right? I honestly have no idea. I will give John the benefit of the doubt that an ideal pan wasn't available, but as a chef, you need to figure these things out. Even if the rice had been cooked correctly, I still don't know if the judges would've been happy with John's flavors.

Luckily (I think), LIzzie and John were able to make a second dish to decide who would stay and who would go. The dish they had to recreate was CJ and Tyler's doomed pork burger from the Pike Place challenge. I wonder if you guys think that's been the moment of the season so far? If not, let me know which moment you would have selected in the Comments section below.

John decides to go with a mediterranean theme and makes a lamb burger. I just had my favorite lamb burger, the Breslin burger, only a couple days ago, so I was psyched for the idea. Lizzie makes a chicken burger. I actually thought making a chicken burger was rather risky because it can dry out very quickly. Tom seemed to like both of them, but ultimately Lizzie won, and John goes home. But! John gets to compete against CJ in Last Chance Kitchen, which you can watch HERE. It's a good showdown, and we'll discuss it next week.

18 comments
iamthewalruscoocoocachoo
iamthewalruscoocoocachoo

I didn't dislike John. He had a somewhat abrasive personality, but I think deep down he's all right. & he was obviously one of the most talented chefs this season. The Jimmy Sears thing was really interesting! I'm gonna have to look into that a little more!

Dwfhouse
Dwfhouse

Please don't put the name of the eliminated chef in the sub-title. It spoiled it for me.

bostonlaura64
bostonlaura64

I'd like to know how Kristen won when she forgot to put sauce on one of the judges plates. I would think that would automatically disqualify a win.

qoqo
qoqo

Too bad that barking up Josie's tree was a non-culinary Season 10 moment. Otherwise, I am trying hard to suppress the hope that the final will be all-female - Kristen, Brooke and Lizzie - as the Armageddon of Restaurant Wars awaits all.

mark.wolfsberg
mark.wolfsberg

I think the "Big moment" of this season now has to be when John, commenting about the pan, says " I took it like a man"  when he spent the entire show and LCK whining like a little girl about the uneven pan.  Really, does he realize that all of us chef wannabees out here in the real world cook risotto every week in a 20 year old warped all-clad if we are really lucky, or more often in the warped non-stick with the peeling Teflon and the loose handle (see CJs pan from LCK)

 

I think the guy is gone because he has no social skills and zero Manners. Even if he cooked a better dish, I just think he was too much of a jerk for Tom to keep

travelinggirl
travelinggirl

I MISS the blind taste test QF that made it through season 4. It could be a two-part QF....the top half of the blind tasting could have to the. Cook with the ingredients they got WRONG

Georgi
Georgi

John was a jerk personality wise but there have been a lot of jerks who stayed on Top Chef,  but i enjoyed watching him cook, just muted the TV when he got really bad.  I do not think he gets that the twist on the challenge was built into the episode, but he will live through it. lolol  His arguments with Stephan and Josh were hilarious!

Vic2012
Vic2012

I think that Josh was ok calling out John's excuse, however I am glad it didn't amount to anything. It wasn't exactly neccessary since the judges werent buying it, but someone had to say John's excuses were old.

ThatPeterG
ThatPeterG

@bostonlaura64 Wylie wasn't a judge.

Vic2012
Vic2012

 @qoqo  I definitely think Brooke and Kristen will be there, but I don't see Lizzie making it. She hasn't really won anything, and just doesn't seem to be a threat. Stefan, Micah, Josh, and Sheldon havent quite put it together yet, but you get the sense from all of them that they are close. I don't get that sense from Josie or Lizzie.

okiegirl
okiegirl

 @Vic2012 Thank you!!! I am so glad someone finally agrees with me. Why shouldn't Josh call him out? All John has done was make excuses. Josh mentioned he was a former wrestler, there are no excuses in wrestling. You win or you lose. I think he was just fed up. I am team Josh but I do think it will be Kristen or Brooke in the finals.

iamthewalruscoocoocachoo
iamthewalruscoocoocachoo

 @motherhubbard

I honestly didn't find him that annoying like other people.  He had his moments, but he wasn't anything like Heather from last season.  She was the definition of abrasive IMO.

iamthewalruscoocoocachoo
iamthewalruscoocoocachoo

 @motherhubbard

Lol, yeah...I've been watching TC since season 3, and when she was chewing out Bev at judges table, that was the only time I have cringed and had to look away.  It was so sad. 

Vickis
Vickis

It shouldn't matter if it was a judge or not.  They were at the judges table.  They all knew the sauce was missing.  I'm sure it was good and Kristen seems to be a great chef, but in all fairness, I agree she shouldn't have taken home the win.