Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio clears up -- very clearly -- why Alex wasn't up for elimination.

on Aug 13, 20100

As I’m on vacation, I was going to take this week off from blogging, but I needed to address a few things, so I decided to write.

First of all -- and this is not the result of a new Top Chef rule but, rather, has been the way team challenges have worked since the show’s inception -–
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Let’s see if I can be clearer:
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.
Just to make sure everyone understand this:
Alex was on the winning team; he wasn’t up for elimination.

It doesn’t matter that the members of the other team suggested that Alex didn’t present a dish. Not only did we never consider eliminating him for the reason stated above, but also because he did present a dish -- he put his name on his dish. 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. He claimed responsibility for that dish. Had it been a bad dish and his team lost, it would have gone against him. It’s as simple as that. (And don’t worry -- the challenges don’t remain team challenges all the way to the end, and no one wins the title of Top Chef by sliding by while others do their work.) By the way, I’ve been in touch with some of the contestants, who have confirmed that that they did in fact witness Alex making the pea puree. He bought the peas and blanched them but had not yet decided what to do with them the day before. The next day, he made the pea puree. When asked why he didn’t defend himself in the episode, Alex answered, “Why should I defend myself against something I didn’t do?” Some of his fellow cheftestants may have wanted him out this week because they believed he had cheated in that earlier challenge and harbored ill will against him, but we now have corroboration that he didn’t.

People are also up in arms that Kenny was eliminated. Let’s discuss: First of all, so many people seem to have bought into Kenny’s one-man PR campaign, and yes, Kenny broke strong out of the starting gate, but he didn’t keep it up. I’ll discuss his having assumed the executive chef position below, but here let me just start by saying that he chose to make two dishes and both were woefully poor. The beet salad had too many components to it and was just a poor dish, and the cheese dish was horrendous, a word you don’t often read in my blog. The combo of goat cheese and a strawberry rhubarb relish could have been good, but Kenny used an aged goat cheese, which affected the consistency and made it too salty. I have no doubt that Kenny has more experience than, say, Amanda, but we don’t judge on that — we judge on the evidence before us in each challenge. I’m invested in the show, but I’m not a fan, so I don’t have a favorite. Being angry at me for sending Kenny home is akin to a fan at a sporting event not liking the outcome and yelling at the ref.

So many people protested Kenny’s ouster, stating that Kenny did such a great job leading his team. Really? He led them to defeat. He didn’t guide the poorer dishes and, in fact, the two he made were the poorest by far. Gail said it best, when Kenny complained that his team was incredibly well-organized while the other team was running around. She rightly commented that we don’t judge on that criteria –- we judge on the food we’re tasting. Period. And EVOO’s food was better.

So while Kenny may have run a tight ship, it was a sinking ship and one of the four aboard was going home. Many people complain that the person who should have packed her knives was Amada. Amanda’s grilled strip steak was cut too thin to get a good crust, but her sauce was good. It was not a great dish, but it was nowhere near as poor as either of the dishes that Kenny made. One weak dish versus two very weak dishes. It’s simple math. Kelly’s soup was a bit watery, but her chocolate tart was a simple and well-made dessert and her front-of-house skills were professional and fine. And Kevin was not going home for his fish dish, which was pretty good.

Kenny, on the other hand, was like Tre in Season Three –- he assumed a lot of responsibility … and ultimately made more mistakes. Kenny took it upon himself to be the leader, and there’s a risk attendant in that. If your team wins, you may well win the challenge, but Kenny’s lost, and he both led them to the loss and led them in it, with two weak dishes. Sorry if you don’t like Alex. Sorry if you don’t like Amanda. This leads me to the other long-standing rule I’d like to remind viewers of:

We judge only on the current challenge.
In other words,
We judge only on the current challenge.
And, lest I wasn’t clear:
We judge only on the current challenge.
We judge only on the current challenge.
We judge only on the current challenge.
We judge only on the current challenge.
We judge only on the current challenge.
We judge only on the current challenge.
We judge only on the current challenge.
We judge only on the current challenge.

In this episode’s challenge, the four people on the winning team were simply not up for elimination, and of the four on the losing team, Kenny didn’t help Kelly make a better soup, didn’t help Amanda make a better steak, and then himself made two dishes that were far worse than either of those. He was the clear choice to be sent home.

For any wanna-be producers out there, and for all conspiracy theorists: please realize that from a TV standpoint, getting rid of Kenny was a bad thing to do. Believe me, the show’s producers were not happy with our decision, because it brought to an abrupt end the rivalry between Kenny and Angelo. So if ever anyone still speculated that we judges make our decisions for any reasons other than the food before us, I hope this dispels those thoughts.

And for the record, I’ve always thought it odd that the show puts two chefs out in the front of the house and have long begged the producers to change that aspect of Restaurant Wars. One quarter of the chefs are responsible for dishes but forced to spend the evening out in the front of the house. I would much prefer to get two well-known front-of-house folks in that position and have them then comment on how the chefs’ preparation of the food affected service. This wasn’t a year in which anyone went home for his or her front-of-house skills, but I just wanted to say that.

I hope that this has been helpful.

139 comments
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StilettoSportsJen
StilettoSportsJen

I 100% agree! The show is still my fave show on tv but I found myself fast forwarding A LOT. If I want drama, I watch Grey's Anatomy. I watch Top Chef for the food, the cooking and the judges insights. A little healthy competition like Kenny and Angelo's was great and enhanced the show. But it seemed like there were problems with everyone that took up at least 20 minutes of each show. Let's get back to the food!!!!

KateDelVal
KateDelVal

OK, a million comments in, I still want to say it - no, Alex's team did not break the rules. The rules do not say that one chef must produce entirely on their own a dish. The rules were, every chef must be responsible for one dish, but it was a team challenge. It is expected that the members of the team will work to produce the best menu they can - as a team. Alex was "responsible" for his dish - he decided what he wanted to serve, and did at least part of the work. If the team had let it fall, it would have been his own problem. But they performed as a team should, and supported what was quite obviously their weakest link. Can't stand him, never want to eat his cooking... but that doesn't change the fact that they did what they were supposed to do - they won, as a team. And no - no viewers, not a single one, watched Alex steal the Pea Puree, and Ed didn't say that he had, even though many people thought it was the case, because he didn't see it happen either. Alex lied, blatantly, when he claimed he didn't know Ed made a pea puree... but that's not the same as being caught in a theft.

eemaguire
eemaguire

No worries Tom, I'm a referee and this stuff happens to me all the time :-) It's amazing how blinded we can become when as fans we feel so invested in the results. Competitors seal their own fate in their performance. Though I was shocked to see Kenny go, his downfall was coming for a few episodes. Kenny's talk seemed to be the biggest part of his game that was brought.

SF Viewer
SF Viewer

Then why even make it a requirement that each person had to cook one dish?

vewells
vewells

Next season can we please focus on the food and not the drama? Whoever is editing the show is not doing a good job this time around. The show is completely glossing over the food. Last season I learned so much about the food, the processes, the inspiration behind the food and why the contestants made the choices they made. This season it's a damn popularity contest. They gloss over the food so quickly I can even read the entire entree. Cheftestants: I am less concerned about your likes and dislikes and how you get along with your fellow chefs and more concerned about how you translate on the plate.

TheBlueberry
TheBlueberry

Thanks Tom, I missed that show. I am glad to hear what happened. I had to check online to find out what happened becuase I was so disapointed. I look forword to seeing that episode. I had hi hopes for Kenny, but he looked like he was pooting out the last few episodes. Thats his fault. He lost focus. I had hi hopes of seeing a great chef cook this season.

Alex is the hard one, the producers made it appear that Alex had lifted that pea gravy...LOL... It never showed what really happened. They show the shots they want us to see. Personal I thought he lifted it.

As far as Team chalanges go, this is Top Chef, not Top Chefs or Restaurant Wars or Head Chef. I agree with Toms recomendation on the team challenge. The producers need to get their head out of the sausage casing. I just saw another episode with a team chalange were another chef has to relinquish control of his food to another cheif in order to complete the chalange. Baseball food? What happened to top chef not top Rotisseur. Maybe they could do a Chef de Partie were everyone would have the same odds instead of a team chalenge.

rlparks
rlparks

Personally I didn't buy Kenny's PR routine. Yes he was a strong compeditor in the begining, but then he slid to the middle and stayed there. As for the whole pea puree drama, maybe Ed left it in the fridge or under the table. Either way yes Alex won, but Ed was in the top three. Basically horrible food will get you eliminated, and the challenge is to make excellent food with what your given. Those who rise to the challenge will succeed.

Really?!
Really?!

Did you read the article??? He confirmed with other chefs that Alex DID make the puree............

Sharon Straka
Sharon Straka

I don't know why a chef is put in the front of the house. First they have to trust others to present their dish if a good way. This is not fair if their teammates spend more time on their own and not on the person up front. Also, just because you're a good chef does not mean you're good in the front of the house. The sad thing is the person in the front of the house not only gets judged on their dish but their presence in the front of the house. They should have someone that is experienced in this area do both restaurants. Thanks for clearing up the pea puree question. I do enjoy the show and was thrilled when it was moved to 9 pm since it is hard to stay up when I have to get up early to go to work. Love all the judges!!!!!

Jasmin Patterson
Jasmin Patterson

I am currently in culinary arts school and I am a fan of Top Chef I have no problems with Kenny being sent home no I dont agree that it was fair for Alex not to cook anything but that is what his team decided and it was a team competition therefore they actually had more work to do and proved they deserved the win even more because they not only made sure there dish was good they made sure Alex's dish was tasty as well, and I ask myself and the doubters isnt that what a team is suppose to do maybe if kenny had done the same andmade sure everyones dishes were great then they would have won personally i've been over kenny for a while he thinks hes a way better chef then he is and always blames his defeat on jealousy instead of trying to pinpoint why he was failing short and Tom I commend you for writing a honest rresponse and not just what people want to hear this is a cooking show and its based on cooking leave your feelings at the door and if kenny going home or toms blog offends you oh well there are plenty more eduacated fans where that comes from keep up the great work your show inspires and educates me love dearly Jasmin P

Van Clay
Van Clay

I agree . And the chefs are not as high caliber as they were last season. Im a daycare cook and can make most of the dishes we have seen. Every week someone makes something 2 salty. Angelo gets on my nerves!

shaking my head
shaking my head

if Ed had left his pea puree in the top chef kitchen the camera would have shown it like when Marcelo left his fish and Sam helped him recreate his heart of palms dish...

and Tom your record shows with the elimination of Tre and now Kenny. You guys say i ur not a good leader u go home and if u are a good leader u still go home... If the point of the show is to pick a top chef who will start/grow their restaurant u think people like Alex or Amanda can keep up with the best and run a kitchen..... not at this time

Alex's team did not follow the rules that each person should do a dish.. (they just wanted him out the kitchen b/c he CANT COOK -like in the quick fire). If they BROKE the rules that should negate their win (just like in any sport challenge)

Some people know why Kenny really was eliminated. Now Tom it is completely your right to make ur own decision.... but please dont try to make everyone else's opinion obsolete like we its so egregious to believe you make a mistake. We are all human, but I guess the Top Chef judges are super human and always right.

P.S. the real reason simply boils down to history: black people(esp black men) are always judged more harshly... one mistake and your out where people like Alex and Amanda (nothing against them) get tons of chances ... why is it that ALL of the contestants believe that these two have been getting free passes and made it so far in the competition and the JUDGES don't see it.

KENNY KEEP UR HEAD UP --- u were much better than the rest u keep ur composure as Executive chef. TOm just has to justify his lame decision ... instead of saying you were a great competitor he is trying to belittle u to make his decision seem non-bias. TRE was one of the best

It understandable that not everyone can win... but if the WHOLE CASTS says on the show to the cameras that unqualified chefs make it to the end and good ones don't then something is wrong - its no longer TOP CHEF its more like Average CHEF lol...

I'm sorry you just had a show on called TOP CHEF MASTERS exemplifying what skills and ability you deem as Masters in the culinary world and then keep mediocre chefs more then half way through.... very questionable

i think with more training the not so good chefs can definitely reach their potential....

oh if Tiffany or ED does not make it to the end this show is certified corny!

Vini
Vini

Ok, Alex's team won but THEY DIDN'T FOLLOW THE RULES!

I, for example, don't know how to cook but lets pretend that I become one of the new participants of the next season. Can I just hire a professional chef and bring him along to cook all the dishes for me while I take all the credit?!

Of course not, because I wouldn't be following the rules, right? It doesn't matter if the food is good. Yet, apparently you don't care about that.

Tulsa Viewer
Tulsa Viewer

I seem to be in the minority but I didn't think Kenny was all that wonderful. He was overly self assured the entire time he was on the show. Several times he basically said that he knew better than anybody and that the judges were just wrong. The judges had told him more than once to edit his ingredients. He didn't listen, made the same mistake again and was sent home. I enjoy self assuredness. I also appreciate humility and desire to improve. Kenny didn't seem to think he needed to improve. I am glad he is gone. His arrogance was unapetizing.

Tollendyr
Tollendyr

I feel like Viewers are entitled to their opinions, and while the judges may certainly have their own (and are clearly qualified to have them) being snarky to the audience doesn't help you Tom.

Whirledpeas
Whirledpeas

Hi Tom,

I think people are responding to a lot of things that aren't your fault, and you make that clear here. Namely if Alex didn't steal the peas that was some pretty intense character assassination... I hope he manages to recover emotionally from millions of random people hating on him due to some nasty editing. But that obviously wasn't your call. The same thing happened with Kenny... all that editing about the risks of being the leader, etc., and no clear explanation about the way elimination works.

I hope you and Padma and crew can keep making decisions based on the food so this program doesn't become as annoying as other reality-based TV shows that are in no way convincingly "reality" at all. The show is vulnerable because we all can't, of course, taste the food, so we have to trust you to keep fighting the good fight on that front. I'm sure you must be furious at the way the program is edited, and I'm glad you have the blog to clarify what the real deal is. Maybe you guys should refuse to resign until they agree to give you some creative control.

Viewer853
Viewer853

Thank you, Chef. I appreciate your style of writing and that you do it at all! It's a huge complement to the show and I love it!!!

thank you also for pointing out the impartiality of the judges. No reason for you to know or care what goes on in the kitchen, it's about what's on the plate. Not sure why people aren't understanding that.

Weird how some of these fans get so ... invested in a chef or invested in a campaign against a chef. I figure Ed left his pea puree behind and am surprised it's still coming up!

I appreciate your insight and judging explanations. I would love more extended judges table clips as there is always much more than we know about.

I hope Top Chef goes for many more years. It's a great formula and sometimes it makes me think that maybe you should do one for amateurs! I'd love to play.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Tom, enjoy the show and think you all got it right. Kenny talked a good game but it appears his cooking wasn't at the same level. I enjoy the show! I at first thought the 2 front runners were Angelo and kenny. I now think Tiffany and Ed are the strongest. Keep up the great show!

SusieQ
SusieQ

And let me repeat, just in case I wasn't clearer the first time.

Never watching this show again. Never watching this show again, etc.

Wow, way to treat your viewers, Tom.

Sanfo
Sanfo

Tom, you've missed the point. Alex did not make a pea puree, nor did he "prepare" a dish for restaurant wars. The critical point here is the integrity of Top Chef is forever compromised. There was stealing (by Alex), cheating and lying (the winning restaurant team knew they cheated and lyed by omission). My group will no longer watch Top Chef. What you, the other judges and producers allowed to happen is unforgivable.

Cat in the Hat
Cat in the Hat

I think some of the viewers are being too hard on you Tom. Do the producers read the comments? If so, maybe they'll make some changes to the way Restaurant Wars is done. It is my least favorite challenge and I'm glad they did away with the whole decorating thing. Now they need to do away with the front of the house thing too. Let the food and teamwork do the talking.

feroberts
feroberts

The biggest point is HE DID NOT PREPARE A DISH!!!! Everything they gave him to do he screwed up!! He should have been disqualified for his team skirting the rules!!

Proud home cook
Proud home cook

My husband and I faithfully watch Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. I am so glad to read your blog and to find judges have the right to make the elimination decision over what the producers would decide was 'better TV'. As fans how could we decide any of Kenny's dishes were better than other dishes and how could the producers?

I also agree with you that Restaurant Wars should be fronted by known professional front of the house personnel (these people do a much needed function that a good restaurant cannot succeed without-let's applaud them as well!).

I also was very much impressed the chefs did not have to spend time designing the front of the house by shopping for design pieces, painting, etc. (unless this was another editing we viewers did not see). Nice change and good use of resources!

Best in Life, PHC

LGKavanagh
LGKavanagh

Wow, so let's get this straight. You are going to ASSUME that the chefs are saying that truthfully, and they are not just lying to get Alex in trouble, and NOT believe Tom, who has been in the business longer than them? He's innocent until proven guilty. No one has considered the fact that maybe Ed screwed up. Maybe he left it at the Top Chef kitchen. In fact, I quite admire Ed for not making a fuss about it in front of the judges, and for not being mad at Alex. He was, and I quote, "confused" about what could have happened. Even he admitted that he could have forgotten it. And now, let me channel my inner Tom to explain the Angelo situation. Angelo won the Quickfire; he was not up for elimination. Angelo won the Quickfire; he was not up for elimination. Angelo won the Quickfire; he was not up for elimination. Angelo won the Quickfire; he was not up for elimination. Angelo won the Quickfire; he was not up for elimination. Angelo won the Quickfire; he was not up for elimination. It's called competition. He's a competitive guy and wants to win. Kenny should have spoken up. And Kenny deserved to go home. Poor dishes+Poor leadership=Pack your knives. TEAM ALEX!!

Chloe T
Chloe T

Thank you Chef Colicchio for this blog post...I chuckled at your comment regarding Kenny's one man campaign...I'm so glad to see that you and the rest of the judges decision was based solely on performance and not ratings...I love this show...and you are my favorite judge!!

LGKavanagh
LGKavanagh

response to EJP: Rahdika was not eliminated for being front of the house, she was eliminated because she was not a good leader. Just to clear that up. (ps- Carla should have gone home that episode. Just saying.)

Jacob
Jacob

Tom,

Thanks for clearing that whole Kenny misunderstanding up. I liked Kenny as a viewer, but if his food isn't up to par, so be it. I'm so glad you guys judge on the actual food presented instead of all the other nonsense that comes up. It's good to see consistency.

I've been watching for years, and love the way things heat up towards the end of the season. Some are better than others, but hey, that's the way it goes.

SamSamSam
SamSamSam

You seem to really have it in for Kenny. Did he personally offend u or something? Does his confidence make you uncomfortable? You're annoying as a judge...being rude doesn't make your opinion any more right than someone who is more tactful. Plus, your sarcasm is a little immature...people have a right to feel however they want about Alex not going home and Kenny being eliminated. Kenny is a great chef and I think ppl are just tired of seing sub-par chefs make it to the end based on technicalities.

Viewer918
Viewer918

What I HATE about this season is the political spin. Is this a cooking show or what?!

GRR
GRR

I'm fine with Kenny (or anyone) going...at any time. Kenny talked a lot about his skills, but I wasn't there tasting the food. My feelings are: You better 'bring it, every time' to be TOP CHEF. It's not 'KInda Good Chef.' Ultimately it's about the food, that day. I'm still watching Tom, it's still a lot of fun.

Viewer74
Viewer74

I am strongly pulling for Tiffany too. Love her personality, the fact that she seems to have a levelheaded perspective, and her approach to cooking.

This is the first time I've read any of these blogs and I'm frankly shocked that Kenny seems to have so much support among the diehard fans. His alpha male posturing was tiresome, and his ego always seemed to be much bigger than his actual talent. Maybe his persecution complex and dramatics helped the ratings, but this viewer certainly won't miss him. He made two terrible dishes and was the leader of a losing team - his elimination sounds justified to me.

viewer?
viewer?

Oh, and yes, you are....

Equal
Equal

This use to be my favorite show but after Kenny's departure I vowed to never watch it. It is always the same excuse for cutting someone. He was the leader.To me its already clear who's going to win. I feel they set it up to eliminate the competition to help the chosen one. We all know who that is. Congrats Angelo!

Dideb
Dideb

I hope in the season finale you're nicer to the runner up than you were last season. I wish you hadn't made the whole season finale about the brothers.

Barbara Rocchi
Barbara Rocchi

You are the absolute best. And if I wasn't clear, let me say You are the absolute best. :)

You are by far my favorite judge on this wonderful show. You are tough but fair, my favorite kind of boss. I would work with you any day! Thank you for bringing this to the show. Oh, and when you DO smile, it's amazing.

You mentioned you don't like it that they take two of the chefs for the front of the house during Restaurant Wars, and I agree. I suggest you bring back the winners from past seasons, or even a surprise Food Network Star to man the front of the house, and then give their two cents worth. :) Just a suggestion.

Keep up the amazing work...can't wait till Wednesday. Rocky

Biggest Top Chef Fan
Biggest Top Chef Fan

Hey Tom, I rarely respond to blogs, but I just could not resist. I have watched each and every season of Top Chef, and I was very disappointed when to Kenny was told pack his knives and go. However I feel, in all honesty, that Kenny wanted to be the leader, felt he could be the leader, but at the same time was focused on no one but Kenny. Which is the beginning of the end in trying to lead anything. Because of this, I felt that Kenny's team was doomed from the beginning. What he failed to realized is enormous responsibility of taking on the role of "leader." When things go well, you are the hero, the best thing, all that. However when you fail, you are the one the spotlight shines on, because you promised, or at the very least, alleges that they can lead a group of people from point A to point B and you failed. Period.

Biggest Top Chef Fan
Biggest Top Chef Fan

Hello Tom, I very rarely respond to blogs, but this time I just could not resist. I was one of those fans, that was hugely disappointed when Kenny was told to pack his knives and go. I felt that he was an extremly talented chef, and deserved to stay, on one hand. On another, I do realize, coming a an environment where I am in a leadership role, that taking on that role as "leader" can bring with it, a vast array of experiences, both of the good and bad variety. What one must realize when taking on that role, is that for this day, this time, I place the spotlight on me. I say I have the ability to bring this group, this thing, what have you from point A to point B. When you achieve everyone cheers, and you are the best. When you fail, you have to also shoulder and accept that you are the fundamental reason for the failure, because you failed to do what you took on to do. Lead. As a leader you must get those you are leading, to the described or allocated point, whether willing or unwilling, and I don't mean with an iron fist or closed mind, but willing to push hard when necessary, or fall back and nuture if that is what is called for. Leadership is a balancing act, and a position that can become quite tedious. I felt Kenny wanted to "be in the lead, not be a leader" And you can be a leader by concentrating on what is best for you, as opposed to what is good for the team in the long run. Having said that, resturant wars wad doomed from the beginning with Kenny's team.

EJP
EJP

First, I apologize for adding another comment. It does seem like you're getting hammered this season, but the explanations do not seem as clear as in the past.

I don't think Alex should have been eliminated in this round, but I don't think Kenny should have been eliminated either - I was hoping Amanda would go home.

I understand the single night rule, but at some point it might make sense to think of chefs as restaurants you visit every week. We all know restaurants which are normally good, but have an off night for whatever reason. I think at some point it's sensible to recognize that Amanda might be having more off nights than Kenny.

I also confess that I am not a fan of Restaurant Wars. The fact that Alex was automatically "saved" without much food prep or that Radika was eliminated in a previous season for inferior hosting is sort of crazy. It probably happens in the real world, but in the meantime, Alex never got a chance to redeem himself in that challenge.

chrisb
chrisb

Thanks Tom! I realized why restaurant wars went down the way it did, even during the episode they mentioned the head chef of the losing team often goes home. But some viewers seem to forget.

Also thanks for clearing up the pea incident. Given the false drama created by your editors, I tried to reserve doubts about what happened. In this case it really makes me angry, since it's a person's reputation they are playing games with. Potential business partners watch this show and get impressions about people. It's one thing if you make yourself look bad, another when it's the editors that do. I'm sure there was tape of him blancing and pureeing the peas somewhere in all the film they shoot, but they probably decided it wasn't dramatic enough. This is the first time I feel upset with the editors and hope you follow up with how far is too far.

KNUC
KNUC

The episode where chefs judged each other was entirely flawed because they were told whose dish was whose. If Tom made something and they said it was Kenny's, Angelo would have voted for it.

wkndcowby
wkndcowby

Tom - thanks for clearing that all up. We don't get to taste the food when we're watching so we have to rely on the judges to make the correct decision - and I for one, was soooo tired of Kenny's alpha male crap and harping on what he has done that I was glad to see him go. And sending Angelo with him wouldn't have upset me either. This is not my favorite season of Top Chef, and I am hoping that it gets better and that the next season is of the quality of past seasons.

NoLongerWatching
NoLongerWatching

OK, why is it complaining when I voice my opinion, thoughts and question? Again, if you read all the blogs, I don't think I was the only one who was thrown off by the comments during the review and the comments at the judging. So drpwesley, thank you for clearing up who can voice and opinion with being targeted. I did not address anyone else's viewpoint, but stated my own and yes, cheers.................

Beating a dead pea
Beating a dead pea

Okay, I didn't see this blog before I commented on the pea episode. Glad to hear we know that there were witnesses to Alex's pea pureeing.

myshell
myshell

Alex didn't cook his peas. I watched the eposide again,his peas are sitting in the pot of water. Alex own words were he is going first thing to make a pea puree'. It is funny how he had pea puree' in his hand when he had not even cooked his peas, the night before he had no idea what he was going to prepare.

myshell
myshell

On July 28th,2010, Alex told Kenny he had no idea what he was going to do. Kenny told him to decide. Alex said he was going to go to the Palms that morning first thing to make his PEA PUREE'. Looking at the eposide again they clearly show a pot on the stove with uncooked pea on the counter or stove. So, Tom I have to disagree with your answer about other chef's having said they saw Alex puree his peas. Clearly Alex peas are in the pot. All chefs were talking about the miss pea puree'.

Phyllis Tseng
Phyllis Tseng

I agreed whole heartedly with Tom. Kenny deserved to go home because he made bad dishes. Also, throughout the show, he has never taken responsibility for his losses. Always, it's somebody else's fault, or people are strategically trying to oust him. Every single time that he has been on the bottom, he tries to deflect his failures onto someone else. His massive ego blinded him to the fact that he does make mistakes, as everyone does. Kenny should learn from his mistakes instead of believing in the delusion that his food is always good.

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Yeah I'm sad Kenny went home. I do agree he was the most obvious option for elimination. Its sad cos he's a better cook than a lot of the guys there but he had a bad night and that was that. That said this is the most boring top chef to date. I mean restaurant wars is the highlight of the season for me but I don't even understand how that episode was restaurant wars, it was worse than some of the other elimination challenges. At this point I don't even care who wins....