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Hi, All. Just wanted to let you know that I’m on vacation, but I am submitting a blog about Restaurant Wars. The blog will be posted as soon as possible, so please check back for it later today or tomorrow. Thanks. --Tom
OMG I am so mad, you sent Kenny home?? over amanda, she hasnt had a good meal yet, every judges tabel you have something to say about her food not being good, and you sent kenny home. I am disapointed, he was a awesome chef, and should have stayed, you judges made the wrong choice.I have watched every season of Top chef and I alwayas argee with who you sent home, but this time, you were totaly wrong, Alex and Amanda are the worst chefs I have ever seen on this show. Big mistake sending kenny home
Kenny should not have gone home this week. The show has lost all credibility in my eyes, and I will not continue watching this series. The fact that Alex is still in and Kenny is out says it all. I will let your advertisers know what I think. No Kenny, no Robinson family watching.
Sorry, Tom. But nothing you can write can justify tonight's outcome (at least from what we saw on tv).
I do not thank it was right to send Kenny home, when in the directions given to the chefs that each one had to prepare a dish and Alex did not make a dish at all. So do you guys not go by your on rules.
So you're trying to tell me that its fair to send Kenny home after the judges find out that the other team had a member who did NOTHING but stand outside to meet and greet?? FOUL BALL....
I have never been a person to bother and take time to "comment, call, review or critique" anything. Unfortunately I feel compelled tonight to just express my true disappointment with the outcome of today's episode. Top Chef has always been my favorite show and I have followed it since it began. I truly believe the decision of letting Kenny go was incorrect. Sadly I feel very different and I will never see this show as what it was to me before.
I can't believe you all voted off Kenny! He was a talented chef and a true leader. I will not continue to watch Top Chef because I'm sooo sure the Top Chef was just eliminated!
I admit, I've always loved your show.
But I am shocked that Kenny was sent home on tonight's challenge. I feel it was a unfair decision, so much in fact that I question the integrity of the competition. With so much gamesmanship on this particular season I would think that the judges table would be very careful on how they made the distinction between honorable endeavor and dishonorable behaviour. The show is about being a skilled chef and honestly competing for the title and reward of being the "best" chef. This includes being an honest person who is a role model and leader to both peers and subordinates. Tonight you sent home someone who had a lot of heart and solid kitchen skills, and you chose to allow bad behaviour to continue to slide by. I am utterly shocked and have no interest in watching the rest of the season because I feel that for whatever reason, maybe for ratings and for shock value, you unfairly punished someone who deserved to stay. I have always appreciated the integrity of this show, and I am now sorely disappointed. I have no idea how you could possibly make up for taking Kenny off prematurely.
I am so utterly disgusted and disappointed that Kenny was sent home. To keep Alex after he stole the pea puree, can't host the front of the house and most of his dishes are consistently in the bottom is so wrong. I love all of the Top Chef shows but this has left a bad taste (pun intended) in my mouth. Maybe the executives should reconsider and allow Kenny to compete again next season. Very disappointed,
I have seen every episode of Top Chef and tonight's episode of Restaurant Wars was perhaps the most disappointing of any season. I realize you do not see what the viewer sees when you judge the chefs, but the producers do and Alex deserved to go home. He was the worst for that night. When it is announced at the beginning of the episode that there is no more immunity, that should have applied to this episode. It is top chef, not top team. Kenny was not the weakest chef even on his team, obviously, Amanda was. I know the Season is decided, it is just this episode's judging was disappointing.
This is insane, how they would through out Kenny out when Alex is still there. Alex does not know how to cook on a top chef level. I think Kenny did a pretty good job at managing the team and keeping everything organized. In addition, I think the chaos and disconnection in Ed's team was insane. Red team did a pretty good job without Alex, however the team was 4 not 3. They should give Kenny another chance to make a come back. I don't think it was Kenny's time. If he would have been taken out on a challenge knowing he did the worst job eve i would understand. But Not Like this...
very disappointed with the decision to send kenny home. amanda couldn't even cook a steak. she's not a top chef kenny could be plain & simple ratings could be the only reason to send kenny home. it's something to talk about at the water cooler tomorrow. the show loses some credibility in my mind.
Before you submit your blog you should think carefully about what happened tonight.
The red team and Alex clearly did not follow the rules. Alex did NOT come up with that dish nor did he prepare it. The rules were that everyone must PREPARE a dish.
Combine this with the pea puree incident where it was pretty obvious Alex stole Ed's pea puree and you made the wrong decision.
I for one wont be watching anymore as you've made the show more about ratings and than who is the top chef. You all know Alex doesnt deserve to be there and Kenny does
Yes I agree Specially Alex. He won and because he stole a pure. I totally disagree with this decision.
Per the fine print at the end of each episode, the producers have a say in who goes home. With the way they are handling Alex, I suggest the producers should go home. If he is as bad as they are making him, the only reason he is still standing is to incur the wrath of the audience in order to encourage us to continue watching. That is not the way to do a cooking contest. The worst chef of the episode should go home. One last comment. No one next year will be the executive chef of either side on restaurant wars. It gives you a fifty fifty chance of going home. When offered everyone with any sense will run to Restaurant Depot and hide in the cooler.
I have been very disappontrd with this season as a whole. I understand the judges are tasting the food but the judges comments make no sense. You ragged on one chef after you asked her if she was familiar with swordfish. When she said no you criticized her because "just because she doesn't eat swordfish was no excuse" for her dish. Tonight was the last straw. I really think this is it for me - no more Top Chef. I no longer care who wins as the judges' comments are too arbitrary.
I have watched TC since Season 1 and this has definitely been the worst season. Quick Fires are weird, majority of chefs don't seem to be in the same league as past chefs, and now the stronger chefs are going home. I am disappointed to the point that I probably won't continue to watch the rest of the season. I only hope that Tiffani can take the title, but I won't waste my time watching.
I have always loved your show, re-watch the episodes multiple times because they are so rich and I love all the contestants. But I must say that I am sorely disappointed after tonight's decision to send Kenny home. I've always appreciated the integrity of this show, yet after tonight I no longer have any interest in following the rest of this season. For whatever reason, perhaps for ratings and shock value, you unfairly sent someone home tonight. And now instead of being an honest and legitimate competition based on skills and overall integrity, you are now punishing good people with obvious heart. I am just so disappointed because tonight you sent home a top competitor. I hereby wash my hands of Top Chef (sorry Padma, Tom and Gail) and short of bringing Kenny back full force there is really not much you could do to win me back. Best of luck...
WHAT!!!!! Kenny should NOT go home. Should have been Alex or even the one who made the over cooked meat. I figure you know that now I will no longer watch this show. The best person if Kenny and a few others. Very much like you don't see how Alex treated the work crew let alone the other members would have put him under the bus if they lost, think about it. Bad news for your show.
This is insane! I can't believe Alex is still here....Alex and Amanda, actually! Top Chef is one of my favorite shows...and I really hope this stops...otherwise I am gonna stop watching it!
Every season up until now has been awesome...and this season just seems really weird. All the cheftestants seem extremely manipulative...they are focussed on making the others look bad, rather than being good themselves.
I am not a very big Kenny fan, but I think its really unfair that he was sent home today...and I still can't understand why someone like Alex is still here.
I was pretty disappointed by the restaurant wars episode for other reasons than the decision. Way too much was left on the editing room floor. Following the progress of the teams from conception to execution of their restaurant was part of the fun in previous seasons. Everything about the challenge seemed abbreviated and incomplete this year.
As to Kenny going home, if you're the exec chef of the losing team, you know you're a candidate for the chopping block. Add two lousy dishes including the worst dish of the evening, and nothing about your prior performance or pointing fingers at the other team is going to save you. Nor should it.
Kenny is clearly a great chef and leader, and I'll look forward to visiting his restaurant (not true for Alex), but tonight was his night to go home. One lousy dish can lose you a customer, or a competition.
I totally agree with the Robinson family. Couldn't have said it better myself. I have watched the show from the beginning and have not always agreed with your decisions but could accept them. But this time, knowing that such a dishonest and unscrupulous person remains (Alex) and Kenny, who has interigity and has his heart in his cooking, is sent home. If you had to send someone home from the Blue Team, it should have been Amanda. After all, what is Top Chef's goal? I now believe that the show is rigged and won't waist my time watching it anymore.
What happened tonight??? Kenny was sent home and Alex was allowed to stay?? Forget Alex for a sec, are you saying that Amanda is a better chef than Kenny??!! I'm sooo disapointed that I really don't care who wins anymore, I'm sure Kenny has the talent if not to win the whole competition, at least to be in the finals.... His chance to win was stolen by keeping others that are not as talented as he was...
If all the chef are responsible for conceiving and cooking a dish then Alex should have been sent home for not following the rules. If the team would not have won, they would have thrown Alex under the bus and been up front about him not cooking anything. Where is the honor and responsiblity of the chefs and judges where Alex is concern? I agree with other viewers why are we allowed to see what other chef are not doing and the judges/chefs can ignore the lack of integrity among the the competitors. If it was brought to your attention then it should have been dealt with in a professional manner and not dismiss because the team won. Really the whole team did not following the rules by covering up for Alex!!!
There was a LOT wrong with this episode and that list of what was wrong already had plenty on it before the last 10 minutes aired. This may have been the single most disappointing episode of "TC" I've ever seen. It certainly was the most disappointing Restaurant Wars. This looked like it was thrown together on the fly and very little made sense. And again, I'm talking even BEFORE the last 10 minutes aired.
Worst show ever! Huge fan of the show but today for the first time I cried, totally ridiculous. Kenny is a true representation of a Top Chef and the fact that Alex and Amanda are still there is more than i can stand. At least Kenny took the mantle and prepared 2 dishes Amanda did 1 and it was a disaster as usual. Alex is not even worth the mention
I must add to your comment....he did NOTHING totally....he DIDN'T greet them or say goodbye....he was supposed to tell them about the dishes and called lamb chops pork chops...........he left the scales and the bones on and in the fish.....he did NOTHING AT ALL and he is still there. I am finished watching this progarm.
Come on people... How many challenges did Kenny actually win? I agree that he has a great personality and was definately a cohesive member of the group; but after the first episode he just kind of fell into the middle of the pack. I agree that Amanda and Alex have had some aweful challenges (plural!). Unfortunately, the judges vote by the performance of the current challenge-- especially the taste of the food. Kenny screwed up two dishes... not one but two. Out of two, there should have been one successful or at the very least a mediocre dish. Personally, I think Alex is a disaster in the kitchen. He couldn't even scale, cut/filet, or debone Bass properly. His seasonings and flavors are bland-- the judges have commented on that fact several times (as well as Kelly). He has just been lucky that someone has had a worst dish than his on every challenge. Amanda's record has a lot of hit and misses... She just lacks experience and I don't think she'll be appearing in the finale. I am sad to see Kenny (and his ego) go... but it's a contest. My pick for this season is Tiffany Derry. I plan on dining at Go Fish Ocean Club in Dallas real soon! Go Tiffany!
I can say that i never take the time to comment on a show but what happened tonight was completely disgusting. The Judges law down the law, the rules, EACH CHEF IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AT LEAST ONE DISH. As I watched the night unfold to once again find out that Alex is nothing more than a Kitchen Helper. When the Blue Team brought that up during their review before the Judges Table Tom looked shocked and maybe upset, I thought that the Judges were going to look into that matter further. I was amazed to find that a Team can win by not following the rules; the guest Judge said as much (if the Team wins then all Chefs are safe for the night). We saw Alex basically admit that all he did was cut meat and work the front of the house. If the Judges had taken ten minutes to call the Red Team back in and ask point blank what Alex did and were given the same lame statements he made in the waiting area I think the outcome would have been different. While Kenny may not have won the entire competition i certainly dont think he should have gone home tonight. The show has certainly lost alot of credibility with me today. I cant fathom a competition that allows one to win by not adhering to the simplest of rules. I will not be watching the rest of the season Lawdawg
Tom, I have watched every single episode of Top Chef since Season 1. Overall, I have loved the show and have generally agreed with (or at least understood) the judges' decisions. That is until this season - first when Alex won for the pea puree and tonight. I am so disappointed with tonight's episode that I am still in shock. How could you send Kenny home? Yes, you didn't like his two dishes but the judges thought he did a good job managing his team and the kitchen. Amanda didn't do her one dish well. So, why is she still there? To make matters worse, you all awarded Angelo's team with the win when they BROKE THE RULES. Alex did not prepare even one dish yet the judges decided to ignore the rules you all created. I'm sure you'll defend this episode with a bunch of ridiculous excuses that won't justify your terrible decision. I will never be able to watch this show again believing that the judges are actually judging based on the rules and to find the "Top Chef." I'll now just assume that this is another fake reality show that simply attempts to entertain their viewers. A true disappointment!
I agree that Alex is by far an inferior chef, but let's not forget Kenny cooked two awful dishes. Not to mention, except for a couple top finishes and the ability to chop quickly, Kenny underwhelmed. He was my favorite from the start, but he always tried to do too much and never learned from his mistakes. Everything was cooked two or three ways and it never impressed the chefs. He was the team leader of the losing team and cooked two very bad dishes. Today, he was the worst chef by far on the losing team. And that's why he got sent home. Of course, if Alex's team loses, he goes home. But his team made up for his shortcomings just like a team does. They spotted the weakest link and compensated. Kenny was the weakest link on his team and he would rather try to find a scapegoat in Alex instead of owning up to his mistakes.
I am sad that my second favorite show to watch will no longer be a part of my entertainment. I am never watching this show again and I have watched it right from the first season. It is totally ridiculous.....however I find it ironic that the episode in Washington rewards someone who did NOTHING! Alex didn't cook...didn't scale or bone the fish...Angelo repeatedly stated everything Alex touched had to be redone. Alex didn't greet the Judges....Alex didn't say goodbye to the judges...Alex called lamb chops pork chops. Alex stole the pea puree in a previous episode funny no one raved about the pea puree tonight. So maybe it really wasn't the judges fault....our Congress gets rewarded year after year for doing nothing too. Goodbye Top Chef. If Kenny ever comes back I won't know because I am never watching another episode.
I am glad Kenny is gone. He liked his food more then the judges did. I'm glad i won't have to hear his I'm the alfa male bs anymore. Amanda and Alex should have already gone home...but look at last season when Robin lucked out and stayed longer then she should have.
I must agree. The judges got this one WRONG!! I am so mad right now. I'm sure that you are going to correct this somehow!! I am so disappointed with Top Chef!!! Alex over Kenny??? Come on!!
I totally agree with you, I myself am not the one who makes reviews or comments, but I was blown away with the outcome of tonight’s challenge. Are you kidding me...I feel that a decision to let go of Kenny was not in the best interest of the Shows favor. I don't know if I want to watch anymore of these forged, washed out, unfair, and remorseless reality shows. How sad to see the same cliché, show after, show after show, when will the madness end! SERIOUSLY!!!! Bravo ---can you do any better than this?
OMG I am so glad Kenny went home!!! He wanted to be in charge of the team, he made 2 bad dished. Good riddance to his alfa-male attitude. The judges didn't like his food as much as he did anyway.
I can say that I am disappointed to see Kenny go, however, I can't dispute the reasons for which he was sent home. He was the head chef on the losing team. He made two dishes that were deemed poor. The rules are simple, someone on the losing team goes home. Alex was lucky that his team pulled out the win.
I really felt like Kenny was in the mid-season slump that we see so many of the chefs succomb to. It seemed like he was trying to over complicate his flavors by being too bold with too many ingredients. I do feel like he would have came out of the slump and produced some more amazing dishes, but it's all about what have you cooked for me lately. I'm glad the judges stuck to their guns and didn't just fold to the pressures of the contestants wanting Alex to go home and ruining the fundamentals of restaurant wars.
Uh, did anyone else tonight experience some deja vu from tonight's episode? Can you say "Tre" from Season 3 all over again? This is just ridiculous. I seriously don't understand what the logic is behind sending home the executive chef from the losing team every season. That chef, in almost every case, has been a top 2-3 contestant. It's just a shame. Kenny appears to be immensely talented and was definitely one of my favorite contestants. This continues to be one of my favorite shows, but this whole season is really "jumping the shark" with me. I should have known that Washington, D.C. would find a way to screw up this show.
Chef Kenny...You sent Chef Kenny home, you have to be kidding me. Chef Kenny is by far a better and more accomplished chef then some of the others that will remain. He at least added competition and honesty to the show. Now I have to reset my TV recordings, it doesn't matter if I make it home on time to see the show, this season is a wash.
During judges table, it was pointed out that rules clearly state that someone from the losing team goes home. They seem to have forgotten that the rules also state that each chef is responsible for one dish. To enforce one rule and not investigate allegations of not following others demonstrates that the judges clearly don't understand that one of their roles is to make sure the competition is fair. If the judges had any integrity, they would rectify the situation. Instead we will get political BS defending themselves. After all, they are in Washington.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SHOW.YOU SEND KENNY HOME AND KEEP ALEX.I HAVE WATCHED EVERY SEASON BUT THIS IS THE LAST.TOM,YOU MAY BE A GOOD COOK,BUT A BIG MISTAKE WAS MADE BY SENDING KENNY HOME.KENNY,YOU DONT NEED THE SHOW TOP CHEF.YOU ALREADY ARE TOP CHEF IN MY BOOK.
Kenny's goat cheese dish looked delicious! Who doesn't like fried cheese and rhubarb relish??? I want to eat that right now!
To quote Tom in Season 2 when Sam was wrongly sent home "It's a cooking show - he didn't cook anything!" If that played true then, why not now? Why was Alex saved when he didn't cook anything and Kenny, a true top chef, sent home? I'm very dissappointed with today's decision.
Chef Kenny...You sent Chef Kenny home, you have to be kidding me. Chef Kenny is by far a better and more accomplished chef then some of the others this season. At least Chef Kenny added some competition and honesty to the show. I guess I can change settings on my TV recordings, this season is a wash as far as I am concerned. Bye, Bye Top Chef.