Tom Colicchio

Stay tuned for Tom Colicchio's comments on Restaurant Wars.

on Aug 11, 20100

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

675 comments
Viewer853
Viewer853

Kenny's ridiculous I AM ALPHA MALE crap was a big turnoff from the start. I don't understand that kind of condescending crap and found it odd that no one called him on it. Given that chefs aren't generally rough and tough violent macho types, he gets away with it cuz no one wants to engage him. Fine, I get it, I saw his biceps.

But here he has this giant fan base because of his self-appointed superiority over everyone?

blech

true, he showed himself to be a decent sort of guy, and could generally cook. I don't recall his being nasty in the side interviews or anything like that. My sole problem with him was the I AM ALPHA MALE horsehockey. I was sorry to see him go, but, cook a bad dish (OR TWO!) and there's the door.

What about Arnold getting bounced so early? I think that young man had incredible talent and I've missed him.

anyway ...

aussiechef
aussiechef

I find it strange that people are strenuously arguing that Kenny is too good a chef to go home. As Tom pointed out, and everyone knows, you live or die on the strength of the dish(es) you present in that single challenge.

Kenny is clearly a prep demon and has great delegation and organisational skills. I've worked with and under plently of chefs like that who I've learned a lot from and not all of them had the best palate. Kenny has been in the bottom a few times now - it seems to me that despite being an organised, focussed and fast worker, his palate is lacking something. Either than or he's just not tasting his dishes.

In putting himself in charge of the team, he made himself partially responsible not only for his own dishes, but for any weakness in any dish that was put out. His team lost because their food wasn't good enough and the person who bore the responsibility for that was Kenny.

He might look super competent on camera and have amazing speed and technical skills (and also be a Super Likeable Dude), but it seems to me that he's put out a lot of pretty average to crappy food so far, and this episode was the worst so far.

Alex or no Alex, Kenny was never going to win this competition.

mogal
mogal

Season in and Season out, there is one reason i love to watch Top Chef, thats Tom Colicchio!!

SamR
SamR

You've got to be kidding me! There is so much diversity that I can't even understand what half of the judges are saying!

mnmfan
mnmfan

I'm re-watching the episode now. It is so obvious that Angelo's team did not follow the rules just from watching this edited show. Kenny was a favorite of mine-but what bugs me the most is the inconsistency. There are plenty of individual challenges that have certain rules-and, if not followed, there is no way that that person could win. This should be the same with the team challenges. If not or if you cant enforce them (which is a cop out)-whats the point? And..now I have to shut it off..Alex is just so annoying.

lgkavanagh
lgkavanagh

correction to whoever wrote "This is not the first time..." THEY WERE NOT ASKED TO COOK POLISH SAUSAGE!! THEY WERE ASKED TO BE INSPIRED BY THE THREE WORDS, NOT TAKE THEM LITERALLY!! TECHNICALLY, THEY DID NOT BREAK THE RULES!! THEY MADE A DECISION TO NOT TAKE THE EASY ROAD AND TO TAKE A CHANCE. UNFORTUNATELY THAT DID NOT PAY OFF!! however, let's look at season 3 for an example. howie did not complete his dish in the first challenge. clay did. guess who was sent home. BUT in season 1, dave did not complete the challenge. (he only made 2 dishes for cirque du solei) tiffani did. guess who went home that time for not completing his dish.

Donna50
Donna50

Oh please SMAC get a life!!!!!

Rayne
Rayne

I remembered in Season 2 when they were cooking for the kids at camp. There ingredients were locked for the calories and they weren't allowed to change anything. Betty's cookies wasn't coming out right so she switched and used real sugar. When the judges found out, they decided not to send anyone home, and that they will keep an eye on the chefs. Why couldn't this happen in this year's restuarant wars. If the judges were told that a chef didn't make a dish, instead of saying "oh well, your food was still bad, I'm sending you home" let's try again next week and everyone must cook a dish because I will be in the kitchen. It seems that every year rules changes. I missed this week because I vowed to stop watching after Kenny left. I'm going to stick with my word. I found a new cooking show called "MasterChefs" hosted by Gordon Ramsay.

Lori in Hagaman, NY
Lori in Hagaman, NY

Your comments are in-line with my thoughts as well. In almost any "competition" that I can think of, not following the rules that pertain to that contest would automatically DISQUALIFY YOU and in this case, even though Alex was on the winning team, he clearly did not abide by the instructions given and definitely should have been up for elimination. I'm sorry, Tom Colicchio, your condescending tone in your repetitive statement only made me more furious about what happened. It's not about liking or disliking Alex, although watching him that week made it clear to me, and obviously to his fellow chefs, that he is not very good at his craft... he did not create and cook a dish for the challenge. Your can't be mad at contestants who use "canned beans" or "don't make their own sausage" because they didn't "make it themselves" and then be alright with a contestant who didn't make ANYTHING!!! And I'm not buying Tom's excuse that they didn't have time to view the video before judges table. In this circumstance, when Kenny and Kevin told the judges that Alex did not make anything, they should have suspended judging and watched what we the viewers saw at home... Angelo telling Tiffany to keep Alex out of it because he was screwing up everything and they would lose if they let Alex participate. That footage was not "too lengthy" and I'm sure that the camera men who filmed those scenes, if asked, would have been able to produce the footage in very little time so they certainly COULD AND SHOULD have watched it and eliminated Alex, not because of his performance out front but rather because "HE CHEATED"... he did not abide by the rules (instructions)given for the task they were to be judged on. I've faithfully watched Top Chef since it's beginning and to be honest, I'm not a big fan anymore after Tom's comments on his blog... he was full of himself and talking down to the viewers and I didn't care for it at all.

SMAC
SMAC

I find it odd that there is a lack of diversity on the judges panesl and Top Chef has never had an African American winner. I am no longer a fan of the show, It is biased from the top down.

RLB
RLB

CORRECTION TO MY PREVIOUS ENTRY:

Kenny may be a fan favorite, and has labeled himself as the beast/alpha/best, but look at his track record-

Quick Fire Challenges (9 total): Won 1 time

Elimination Challenges (9 total): Rated one of the top dishes 1 Middle 3 times Bottom 3 times Won 1 time Eliminated on 9th Challenge

With that kind of a track record, how does that make him the beast/alpha/best? The later in the competition he performed, the more mediocre he got. Whereas chefs like Tiffany & Ed heave proven there worth the harder the challenges have gotten as the competition has gone on.

There are lot of people who can’t get past personal favoritism and look at the facts. They would just as soon blame judges, the show and/or other chefs for the failings of Kenny not producing when it is obvious that other chefs are surpassing his talents.

RLB
RLB

Kenny may be a fan favorite, and has labeled himself as the beast/alpha/best, but look at his track record-

Quick Fire Challenges (8 total individual): Won 1 Rated one of the top dishes 1 Middle 3 Bottom 3 Won 1 as a team

Elimination Challenges (9 total): Won 1

With that kind of a track record, how does that make him the beast/alpha/best? The later in the competition he performed, the more mediocre he got. Whereas chefs like Tiffany & Ed heave proven there worth the harder the challenges have gotten as the competition has gone on.

There are lot of people who can’t get past personal favoritism and look at the facts. They would just as soon blame judges, the show and/or other chefs for the failings of Kenny not producing when it is obvious that other chefs are surpassing his talents.

Jamaican Girl
Jamaican Girl

I dont agree. I think we have lost one of the best chefs in this season!! I am no onger interested in the outcome becasue one of the strangest contestants were ousted. I agree that one of those members of the losing team should have been eliminated and I believe that person/chef - should have been Amanda

Ann F W
Ann F W

Ok people, the judges aren't in the kitchen during the competition. If Alex's team had lost, for sure he'd have been thrown under the bus, and he probably would have gotten sent home for not standing up for himself and insisting on presenting his own dish, but his team won. They put out at least a dish per person, it isn't as if they cooked less food. His contribution, or lack thereof, in the front of the house was significant and could have made or broken his team, so it is not as though Alex wasn't a contribution to his team's win. The other team lost, they lose a member.

The judges seem to expect the contestants to compete with integrity and call each other out when that doesn't happen...imagine, expecting professionalism from a group competing to be tops in their profession. And I am guessing that most of these chefs do have so much integrity that they want to stay in the competition because they cooked the best food, not because some guy screwed up on a technicality. If they run around worrying about what the other chefs are getting away with, they won't put out good food, and THAT is the only thing that will win them the competition.

Vini
Vini

This is not the first time a chef doesn't follow the rules but still he/she is not punished.

Do you remember Antonia and Lisa from Season 4, Episode 7? They were asked to cook a "Magenta Drunk Polish Sausage" but Lisa hated beer and Polish sausage, so they did chorizo and sea bass marinated in tequila with purple potatoes. Yet, at judge's table they were not sent home (their dish was one of the worst dishes) for not following the rules.

This is totally unfair. I'm done watching Top Chef because it clearly doesn't follow its own rules so how can I trust the judges? It doesn't matter who is the best chef because they decide who is going to win.

kippocean
kippocean

Bottom line: the stated rules at the beginning of the challenge were that each contestant was to create and complete a dish. Alex did not do either and he should have went home for not following defined rules. I lost some respect for the show - so I am guessing it is ok to break the rules given, if you are on the winning team. The show should realize that we would not care so much if we were not invested.

Happy Alpha-Female
Happy Alpha-Female

Go Kevin??? He is the king of inconsistency. Salty food, bland rice, he and Kenny almost went home together. I agree with Angelo that would have been "great"!

Happy Alpha-Female
Happy Alpha-Female

The Alpha-male is gone. Good riddance! He deserved to go...it's been quite evident for some time that his cooking seriously lacked editing. I guess it cam edown to numbers he had "two" bad dishes as opposed to everyone else's "one". I must admit,however, that one of the other ones has consistently bbeen on the bottom for her food having no flavor. I'll be glad when she's gone as well.

HoneyBee09
HoneyBee09

I understand why people are upset and for the most part I know it seems that the judges are making the unpopular and seemingly "wrong" decision, but I truly believe the main reason people are feeling this outraged is because they believe Alex is guilty of cheating. Whether he is or not I do not know. Unfortunately, no matter the people on a team or how bad one of them may be (i.e. Alex) it is a blanket win for the team and he is not eligible for elimination. I don't like it, but I accept it. Do I think he may have taken the pea puree or at least not be completely honest at all times in this competition including during last night's episode, yes, I most certainly believe that, but the rules are the rules and I will repeat it again Alex was on the winning team whether he really did make his lamb dish or not, he cannot go home this week. Also, if he really is a weak and potentially cheating chef he will go home very soon.

Also, as far as Kenny going home my opinion is that if you cook bad food no matter the challenge or how well you get along with your other teammates you go home. The judges have done it over and over again, bad food is bad food and you WILL go home for it. Kenny was told before to edit himself when it comes to ingredients and all the chefs are told from the time they are students to taste, Taste, TASTE. This is a vital step for any chef and should not be skipped.

I know my opinion is not the popular one, but I feel it is a fair one. Say what you will.

Carlos Brathwaite
Carlos Brathwaite

The Judges screw the thing up!. Tom clearly said, "Each chef must cook a dish". This is same as 100 meter dash. When one runner jump the gun and win the race. the runner is DQ. Rules are the rules. Now they want change them to save Angelo team. The Judges have lost creditability in my eyes.

Carlos

DW Dillon
DW Dillon

WOW! What a glaring contradiction you pointed out! I totally forgot about that episode from last season with Mike Isabella on the winning team, yet had to remain on the chopping block for elimination. He was so upset about that and he looked like a fool, being happy he was on the winning team, yet they kept him up there to bash him later on? What gives Colicchio?

MV
MV

One word: Hosea.

DS
DS

This episode recalled 'Thunderbirds,' from season 6, episode 3, for me. During the elimination challenge, Mike Isabella created two dishes. His second dish, a tepid, lackluster and poorly-executed salad (which he had deemed a 'throwaway' dish), landed him in the bottom of the group at judge's table (despite his having been a part of the winning team). There has been so much discussion (and reiteration) about the rules during this round of blog posts. My question is: if Mike could be up for elimination for creating a poor extra-credit dish, despite being on a winning team, and Alex, who "conceptualized" a dish for which his contribution is glaringly debatable, is out of bounds for elimination owing to his team being victorious - what gives?

Additionally, the season has so far been edited to portray Alex as being somewhat of a professional disaster in the kitchen - we're told that his performance front of house was passable, but if one takes into account (only) the aired episode's information, he appeared totally incompetent: he was impolite to the waitstaff, had no sense of awareness of the judge's arrival, mis-stated what was on his team's menu (pork chops instead of lamb chops) and watched like a bumbling fool as the judges departed. Tom's incredulity at Alex's lack of impressiveness could not have been underscored more verbally, or visually.

An undercurrent of this discussion seems to be Kenny's decision to undertake the leadership role - as it has been stated here, contestants have gone home for that in the past. But it should be noted that each team member should be held accountable to any role they assume on a team: for obvious reasons, front of house duties clearly detract from a contestant's ability to assist in the kitchen (it's expected that their dishes will not receive the same amount of attention as did those with chefs to attend to them). If Alex's primary job was to take care of front of house - why doesn't his poor performance count for more?

On a final note, a contestant on Top Chef may only be judged on the food he/she creates, but nowadays 'top chefs' that operate living and breathing restaurants (and businesses), are expected to be phenomenal cooks and personalities. If you want to further your personal brand, or in this case, hope to achieve stardom on a reality show, you better hope you have the charisma and culinary chops to get you there. So far, Alex has demonstrated neither. We need a better reason to believe he deserves to remain on the show.

Pete46383
Pete46383

I agree Kenny was not a high quality chef, but, rules are rules. It is about time Tom starts acting like the Head Judge his title says he is. Do just sit there, eat the food and make rude comments. Make sure the rules are followed. What real cooking experience does Padma have? If someone is just "along for the ride" it is definitely her.

Pavlova
Pavlova

Weird? The Voltaggio brothers? Michaels' dishes were certainly leading edge, but still within the mainstream of New American Cuisine. And if you had ever eaten at Volt (Brian Voltaggio's restaurant in Frederick, MD) you would be singing his praises.

Don't presume to second-guess the judges when you are not sitting at the table and tasting the food.

mgresist
mgresist

I completely agree. This season's cheftestants are pretty lackluster and sometimes the wrong ones have gone home. I keep thinking that results would be better if there was some kind of point system for scoring the challenges, with the chefs having ongoing scores and the chef with the lowest score going home. This would ensure that weak chefs like Alex would depart sooner and the finale would be a true contest.

Top Chef Fan
Top Chef Fan

I have seen every season every episode so far and the last elimination of Kenny leaving will remain as one of the most unfair ones so far. Judges decison should be based upon abiding by the rules first. Team EVOO should have been the losing team because of breach of the basic rule 'every contestant' should be prepare at least one dish'. This rule was violated by the team and also they had bad service. based upon breaking the rule, Alex should be sent home. If the producers have the guts to rectify the serious error in judgement made by them, pls call Kenny back and fix the situation ..

FooDoo
FooDoo

I've watched all the seasons of Top Chef. Surely the contestants watched previous seasons. What I can't figure out is why the chefs make many of the same mistakes from one season to the next in Restaurant Wars. Granted, the format has twists and turns from one season to the next, but when the chefs do their planning and assignments, they don't seem to really consider the strengths and weaknesses of all the members of their teams. After seeing how they perform in the front of the house, and the state in which they send out dishes, it's hard to believe any of them - this season and previous seasons - really grasp the big picture. Strange. On the current topics, I was sad to see Kenny go, but it is a competition. The producers and judges do need to be more clear about the rules. And no question about it - Alex needs to GO!

Bette
Bette

Well, I guess the only side benefit of Kenny gettng everybody's shorts in a wad is that we weren't subjected to more of the above... bye, sorry you'll miss the rest of the season~

longIslandWhiteSand
longIslandWhiteSand

As in any war...to the victor goes the spoils.

Team 2121 lost the war with Kenny as their general. Like Tom said, he lead them straight to defeat. He allowed 1 horrendous dish, (his) 2 bad dishes, (1 of which was his), and 2,1/2 bad, 1/2 good dishes to his customers. In reality team 2121 only had 1 solid dish.

Compare that to team EVOO. In Padma's own words everyone is "responsible" for 1 dish. That is not the same as everyone must cook from start to finish their own dish. There were enough sound bites in this episode to see that Alex did do something regarding his "responsible" lamb dish. Once you hear Angelo ask him about the marinade, and then later you hear Angelo ask how long on the lamb and you hear Alex say 30 seconds. Whether he did them well or not is a moot point because they won... to the victor goes the spoils. When was the last time a war crimes trial was held against the winners.

As a side note, how appropriate that this season is being held in a town where perception is everything, and far too many people drink the kool-aide

JD
JD

The chefs are fine. The show is about novice and budding chefs...not about professional accomplished chefs. This season is far more interesting than last year, where you had those two weird brothers winning.

TrasKY
TrasKY

Cheap Drama? What? Did you watch the show? There may have been some drama behind the scenes and the team that lost may have gotten quite heated when at judges table but the judges were affected by none of it. The ignored the protests of the losing team, which lost because they produced worse food, and sent home the person who made the worst of it all, despite the fact that that person was a crowd favorite who helped produce a dramatic storyline in which viewers were quite invested. So do you think the drama might just be your over the top reaction?

Bignickel
Bignickel

This show is turning into another Hells Kitchen, all about the drama and not about the skill. Disappointing I will have to stop watching this series as well!

Julianne
Julianne

The problem is not with the judging. It's the production values. The endless quest for drama is ruining a good show.

Brenda Lee Bachmann
Brenda Lee Bachmann

I agree with this viewer's post COMPLETELY, except that I WON'T be watching the rest of the season! I am livid that Kenny was eliminated when the other team clearly did not adhere to the directions as given, which were for EACH member of the team to conceive and cook a dish. Alex did NOT do that, and his team should have been disqualified as a result. Instead, you reward the team that cheated to win? I have watched this show since it first aired, but this turn of events makes a mockery of the judging. Unless thorough supervision is provided in the kitchen to make sure ALL contestents follow the rules in future season, I won't be watching any of those episodes either. I can't tell you how disappointed I am. I really enjoyed watching this show until now.

Navyg8r
Navyg8r

I was sorely disappointed by the lack of quality candidates after the first two shows....but nothing like the disappointment in seeing Alex and Amanda continue while Kenny and Arnold both made early and unwarranted exits. I can't honestly believe that this show is incapable of finding more talented TRUE chefs, not prep cooks, short order cooks or wannabe 'caterers'. Last season definitely had the greatest talent and while the viewers realized early on that it was going to be Kevin and the Volt brothers in the finale, it was a true toss-up right down to the very end as to the winner. Let's have less footage of contestants in the house (aka "Big Brother"-style) and more of the actual cooking.....then maybe everyone---judges included!---would have the opportunity to see what's really happening amongst rule violators! Bring back the talent!!!!

Navyg8r
Navyg8r

I was sorely disappointed by the lack of quality candidates after the first two shows....but nothing like the disappointment in seeing Alex and Amanda continue while Kenny and Arnold both made early and unwarranted exits. I can't honestly believe that this show is incapable of finding more talented TRUE chefs, not prep cooks, short order cooks or wannabe 'caterers'. Last season definitely had the greatest talent and while the viewers realized early on that it was going to be Kevin and the Volt brothers in the finale, it was a true toss-up right down to the very end as to the winner. Let's have less footage of contestants in the house (aka "Big Brother"-style) and more of the actual cooking.....then maybe everyone---judges included!---would have the opportunity to see what's really happening amongst rule violators! Bring back the talent!!!!

Navyg8r
Navyg8r

I was sorely disappointed by the lack of quality candidates after the first two shows this season....but nothing like the disappointment in seeing Alex and Amanda continue while Kenny and Arnold both made early and unwarranted exits. I can't honestly believe that this show is incapable of finding more talented TRUE chefs, not prep cooks, short order cooks or wannabe 'caterers'. Last season definitely had the greatest talent and while the viewers realized early on that it was going to be Kevin and the Volt brothers in the finale, it was a true toss-up right down to the very end as to the winner. Let's have less footage of contestants in the house (aka "Big Brother"-style) and more of the actual cooking.....then maybe everyone---judges included!---would have the opportunity to see what's really happening amongst rule violators! Bring back the talent!!!!

EricV
EricV

I noticed that Tom said from his Pea-gate blog that the judges don't have any access to footage from the show when they're making their decisions, and that it therefore doesn't weigh into any of their decisions. Also, with regard to the last show, Tom said that 'We don’t have time in the shooting schedule to halt production and go watch the dailies to see how much of the dish Alex claimed as his he’d actually cooked.'. With all due respect, I believe that if you want viewers to respect your show enough to keep watching it, that you need to be willing to do this if the occasion calls for it. At the very least, if there's not time in the shooting schedule to review the dailies as part of the judging process, then let the contestants know that the footage will be reviewed and that the outcome could be changed if it's determined that the winner or winners were involved in foul play.

If someone cries foul during the judging process indicating that another chef broke the rules to gain an unfair advantage, I believe it's both the show's and the judges' responsibilities to check into it at that point. Otherwise, there are going to be more and more chefs trying to see what they can get away with every season, and more and more chefs winning for reasons other than their cooking abilities given a fair playing field. I think the reason Ed didn't make more of a fuss when he couldn't find his pea puree is because he figured the show would have some kind of due process in the matter and the truth would come out, along with not being certain of what happened himself. Note: I saw Tom's recent comments about the show asking some of the contestants if they'd seen Alex preparing a puree during that competition, which was encouraging. The point here isn't to get Alex off the show, it's to see the truth discovered. As long as the show takes the time to determine what happened, the audience can be relieved knowing that due diligence was followed and that the appropriate actions were taken either way.

The reason the show is getting hard for me to watch is because it 'appears' to be getting worse about rewarding people for unethical behavior, by not taking the steps to ensure that it's not affecting the judging results. The audience wants to know who the best chef is when they all follow the same rules, not which chef can win when they're able to get away with as much as possible.

The judges made a comment in the last show along the lines of how what happened with Alex was a non-issue and that Alex's team 'focused on getting the job done to win the challenge'. The thing is, the challenge that the red team was judged on was not necessarily the challenge they were given. The challenge was to prepare the best food while working within the constraints given to them by the show, which meant EVERYONE was supposed to prepare at least one dish of their own.

While I've enjoyed the show for the most part so far, I'm thinking about giving it up because of the problems with fairness. In real life, if the executive chef gives specific requirements that are to be followed when you prepare their food and you don't abide by them, you get fired. Similarly (assuming Alex didn't make his own dish), Angelo's team should have been disqualified and forfeited the challenge for intentionally going against the requirements that were laid out for them in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage over their competitors.

Here are the things that have happened this season that are making me think about no longer watching the show: - The Red Team appeared to win in the last show by breaking the rules that were given to them for that challenge. The show didn't make any effort to determine if the rules were broken or not. If Alex did not prepare a dish, the red team should have lost for choosing to break the rules. - The pea-gate incident. Alex was picked as the winner for a challenge when it looked like he stole someone else's prepped components, and some of the judges said that the thing they liked the most about his dish was the part that was supposed to have been stolen. The show didn't appear to make any concerted effort to determine if Alex used Ed's puree or not, and didn't indicate that they'd check into it. If Alex truly did use Ed's pea puree and present it as his own dish, he should have been immediately kicked off the show and any rewards he received for winning the challenge should have been taken back. - It would be nice to see previous performance at least considered as part of the judging process. If a chef consistently performs well and then has an off night, it doesn't really make sense to send them home over someone else that has consistently been in the bottom but just happened to barely perform better than the other losing chefs for that challenge. The end result of the show is to be able to find the 'Top' chef for the entire season - normally, in other contests, the person that has the best win/loss ratio is considered more 'Top' than others; one loss won't be counted against them as a worse loss than several losses by another contestant with regard to their overall performance. Note that I'm not saying this was the case with Kenny last night. His performance has been very inconsistent lately and he'd already been warned about putting too many components in his dishes. And you'd think he would have at least tasted the cheese before serving it if it was really that bad!

eSkirt
eSkirt

I love it!! 522 comments and there isn't even a blog posted !!

Loyal Viewer
Loyal Viewer

I'm done watching now. Kenny appeared to have talent. And he was likable. Oh well. Maybe this show has run its course. I like the judges, but I think the show has run out of talented contestants. Perhaps another network will pick up the show... just like "Project Runway."

HR
HR

I have enjoyed watching the show and I have enjoyed reading Tom's blogs. Unfortunately, this site has been bombarded with comments from people who did fall victim to Kenny's PR campaign. He has that right for self-promotion and was given a wonderful opportunity to give himself the spotlight. He seems like a charismatic individual and a good friend to many. It is unfortunate that today's society cannot accept hearing criticism for someone's work without viewing it as a personal insult. In this case, preserving the craft (and producing a superior dish) must be more important than a popularity contest. Without the honesty of what is good or what is not as successful, society and all that supports the gifts of humanity (art, knowledge, skill) fails.

If the fans adored Kenny personally, that is wonderful and he will surely be remembered (the many comments also support this). I am happy, however, that the judges kept their integrity for what was the best/worst dish. Yes, it may be a matter of opinion, but it is difficult to contest the judges' opinions if we did not taste the food! I am sorry that for whatever reason, Kenny was not able to critically assess what he presented.

Thank you for your even response and your sense of humor. I do not watch Top Chef for the personal squabbles, I watch Top Chef to assist me in learning how to intelligently describe cuisine. I am a novice, but I can only respect the craft if I am watching the decisions of professionals and not popular opinion (there are other reality shows that I would never watch because of this). Thank you for providing an opportunity for everyone to look at cooking/creating/dining in a different way and I look forward to seeing future episodes.

What the heck Kenny is gone??!!
What the heck Kenny is gone??!!

That is TWO strikes against Alex...don't care that he was on the winning team, he did not cook and they had to re-do all the prep he did AND he took Ed's Pea Puree prior! C'mon wake up...if anyone should have gone home besides Alex being #1 it should have been Amanda! Kenny is one of the top chefs there! I'm very disappointed!!

Colorado Sue
Colorado Sue

Last season it was a pleasure to watch Top Chef. There were real talents competing head to head throughout the season. I loved watching every episode.

This season it seems that they picked a motley crew of a couple talented chefs (Angelo, Kenny, Tiffany) and a bunch of 'not ready for prime time' amateurs (Amanda, Alex). The huge irony is that they keep getting rid of the good chefs and let the mediocre talent stay. At this rate, we'll see Amanda and Alex in the finals.

My beef with the last episode isn't that Alex was allowed to stay, but that Amanda was allowed to stay instead of Kenny. How is it possible that someone who can't manage to grill a steak is allowed to stay in a professional chef's competition?

This is the exact reasoning that Tom used last week when he kicked someone off for not making rice properly.

Hence, I find the reasoning behind getting rid of Kenny a bit hard to believe. He would have made a compelling contestant in the finals.

Now, I won't bother to watch the finals.....seems that they've decided to lower the standards of TC, perhaps they should call it 'We're More Interested in Top Drama than Culinary Skills Chef'?

kmcva
kmcva

When did this become the Kenny and Angelo show? Oh, that's right, when THEY said it was.

The judges have spoken differently by having others win lately. Let's move on.

Cataskid
Cataskid

Tom, I need to comment on your blog regarding the Restaurant Wars Episode: 1) The condescending approach you have towards your blog readers and the show fans is disappointing. I expect and deserve more from you. Overly repeating the rules as you do, is more telling of your lack of respect for the intelligence of your audience, than of the knowledge or fact you were attempting to convey. 2) I watched the episode and I agree wholeheartedly with the outcome... Kenny was just another contestant whose limited talents became more and more glaring as the heard got thinned. Bottom line, he does not have the talent required of a top chef, so leaving this week, earlier, or later, makes no difference to me; he needed to go. 3) I am surprised as your candor when addressing how your decision to eliminate him made the show producers unhappy... I am naive enough to expect the producers being worried about getting the best contestants on, and the best chef to win... I'm horrified to think they are dominated by any other interest... I watch this show because of the emphasis on fair competition, even when it is not always accomplished. 4) I agree with you that a chef contestant should not be put in the position of having to deal with the front of the house in Restaurant Wars... this is a cooking competition and show, not a restaurant hosting competition. Not all chefs are restaurant managers or hosts, nor should they be. I agree with your idea of getting real hosts, who could also serve as judges for that episode... That said, -condescending tirade aside- i respect your work on the show and the insight and knowledge you display... Keep up the good work... Dennis Pena.

TrasKY
TrasKY

Go to his restaurant and see for yourself. He is charming. He is quite kind and humane to work for. His staff seems happy and the food is delicious.

HR
HR

I have enjoyed watching the show and I have enjoyed reading Tom's blogs. Unfortunately, this site has been bombarded with comments from people who did fall victim to Kenny's PR campaign. He has that right for self-promotion and was given a wonderful opportunity to give himself the spotlight. He seems like a charismatic individual and a good friend to many. It is unfortunate that today's society cannot accept hearing criticism for someone's work without viewing it as a personal insult. In this case, preserving the craft (and producing a superior dish) must be more important than a popularity contest. Without the honesty of what is good or what is not as successful, society and all that supports the gifts of humanity (art, knowledge, skill) fails.

If the fans adored Kenny personally, that is wonderful and he will surely be remembered (the many comments also support this). I am happy, however, that the judges kept their integrity for what was the best/worst dish. Yes, it may be a matter of opinion, but it is difficult to contest the judges' opinions if we did not taste the food! I am sorry that for whatever reason, Kenny was not able to critically assess what he presented.

Thank you for your even response and your sense of humor. I do not watch Top Chef for the personal squabbles, I watch Top Chef to assist me in learning how to intelligently describe cuisine. I am a novice, but I can only respect the craft if I am watching the decisions of professionals and not popular opinion (there are other reality shows that I would never watch because of this). Thank you for providing an opportunity for everyone to look at cooking/creating/dining in a different way and I look forward to seeing future episodes.