Burning Questions

The Top Cheftestant didn't know Keith Rhodes bought pre-cooked shrimp, OK?!

Nov 16, 20110

It was the shrimp cooked 'round the world, and now Chef Chris Crary is answering our burning questions about what really went down on the most recent episode of Top Chef: Texas.

For those who didn't watch it, ch-ch-check it out:

What you don't see here, but you don't see on-air is that Keith says to his teammates, "I'm gonna get the cooked shrimp." Chris responds, "Whatever, get it."

Ultimately, Keith gets called out for the bad shrimp purchase at Judges' Table, and gets iced out by teammates Sarah and Lindsay in the kitchen. Sooo, we asked Chris Crary what happened. Chris claims, "I didn't even notice the shimp were cooked until we were loading up the car. At that point it was to late to do anything about it. As for telling Lindsay, I just wanted to let her know before she got started on anything she had planned, before checking the product quality." He goes on to say, "I do not recall him saying anything about buying pre-cooked shrimp at all."

But there's no love lost between these two chefs (at least from Chris' perspective): "I know for a fact that Keith didn't maliciously buy pre-cooked shrimp. I can only assume, given the situation we were placed under, that he was taking time and money into consideration. So he got the item that best fit those restraints. Not knowing what Lindsay had in mind for the dish could have also altered his final decision."

Chris does, however, seem to think his team could have handled the let-down differently. "We as a team should have risen above this hurdle and came together as a group, rather than cast Keith as a saboteur," he regrets.

Ultimately, Keith was eliminated... but not because of the cooked shrimp. Phew?

 

20 comments
rablerk
rablerk

Dale in season 3 used pre cooked rotisserie chicken and made some amazing dumplings. Its not what food you get, its what you do with it, though cooked shrimp is a hard cookie to crack. The tragedy isn't that it was bought, its that no one could figure out something to do with it.

nuckolla
nuckolla

I also believe if you are on this show, you would not ever buy frozen, cooked shrimp. There would never be a reason to use cooked in a store and then frozen, shrimp.

londonchef
londonchef

if when buying any protein your first thought is 'pre-cooked' or 'frozen' ,then you shouldn't be in top chef in the first place....sorry!

ALAN
ALAN

EVERYONE WAS AT FAULT HERE! It was tragic!

Pickle8182
Pickle8182

I want to know how this Keith dude has so many votes when no one has seen him since like the first ep. ???

mhschmidt
mhschmidt

I find it annoying Keith keeps blaming his co-chefs for not telling him to cook something differently, or not telling him not to buy the pre-cooked shrimp. Own it, dude. You need to man up and accept responsibility for the choices YOU made. It's not the other contestants responsibility to make sure you don't mess up.

Sapphiegirl
Sapphiegirl

post the raw footage Bravo & Andy Cohen....then let America see what actually happened

Swell
Swell

First, why would anyone buy a precooked protein? Time and again, the judges stress how important the protein is. In fact, chefs have been sent home for used frozen seafood that wasn't precooked, why not for using precooked?

Second, Chris was there when Keith bought the shrimp - when Keith ordered and received it. Keith said he was getting precooked and Chris agreed (not obviously edited anyway). How did he not notice that it was precooked? Then Chris throws Keith under the bus to Lindsey and Sarah saying that Keith pushed for the precooked shrimp.

As for Lindsey not buying her own protein, they divvied up the shopping list. If I were the chef and I were making ceviche, I wouldn't trust someone else to get my shrimp, but I don't know what else she planned to have in it. Buying shrimp is not the most difficult task to make. It's not like you need any special esoteric knowledge of fish to do it correctly, unlike picking the right spices.

Now, onto the issue of the tortillas. I'm not sure who bought the tortillas, so I don't know when anyone became aware Keith was planning on using flour tortillas on his enchillada. It could be that by the time Sarah became aware of the problem, it was too late to fix the problem.

As for throwing anyone under the bus, the issue only came up when talking about lack of a leader. Keith spoke up and admitted that he bought the shrimp.

I would say if anyone tried to throw anyone under the bus it was Keith trying to throw Sarah under the bus for not mentioning the corn tortillas.

Grybear
Grybear

Good day, after watching this episode for about the 10th time, Chris' comment was made on TV, and Chris was the first to throw Keith under the bus. Look's like Chris started playing the game early. Now thank goodness tonight is TOP CHEF night, turn the phone off.

Catrina Grueneberg
Catrina Grueneberg

I don't understand how telling the truth is throwing someone under the bus. Keith should of owned up to his mistake of ruining his team members dish. As far as the corn or flour . Keith knew he was going to be cooking in Texas don't you think he should of been studying on the Texas cooking . That is called being prepared you are going into a contest for a lot of money you should make yourself familiar with the cooking of the region. If Keith was not sure he should of asked. That goes for the tortillas and the shrimp. The only thing you can do with cooked shrimp is a bad shrimp cocktail. Really he owns his own restaurant ! I think he did that to ruin Lindsey's dish. I was really surprised Lindsey did not lead the team, she is the one who spent time cooking in the latin market.

papersackchef
papersackchef

I personally feel that Keith should have known better than to purchase pre-cooked frozen shrimp. I have watched Top Chef since it first aired. The judges aalways criticize the chefs when ever they use pre-packaged/pre-cooked products. I feel that Keith probably wasn't thinking clearly when he made the decision to buy frozen shrimp. But maybe he will get another chance to still compete.

Eat 'Em Up
Eat 'Em Up

I was greatly disappointed in Sarah, Lindsey & Chris C. so I found their responses to the issue terribly irresponsible. Sarah wanted to be the leader in this challenge and proved herself to be anything but. I still feel the sting of disappointment and can only hope that all of those on that team regret and learn something from this challenge.

Susan L.
Susan L.

I agree, Keith was thrown under the bus, and Sarah is devious. She is my least favorite, and so far I like Keith the best, hope he stays in long enough to come back on the show.

keithfan
keithfan

i love chef keith (: will forever be a fan!

Viewerxyz123
Viewerxyz123

I thought Sarah was devious - she could've advised Keith about making the enchilladas with corn...this challenge was a team effort - maybe she did want him to fry for getting the pre-cooked shrimp.It is a competition but you can play nice.

juliaxxx
juliaxxx

Sara appears to be more than ready to throw people under the bus...

Teachmi2013
Teachmi2013

PLEASE - leave the videos out of the blog section! A link is fine, but those of us with slow connections are getting killed with these video clips in EVERY blog this week!

Keith was definitely thrown under the bus and then run over by his team, but I've gotta' agree with Hugh - he made a couple of other pretty basic mistakes. Here's my question - Keith runs a SEAFOOD restaurant! Would he EVER buy pre-cooked fish or shrimp?

Scott M
Scott M

OK even if Keith screwed up buying cooked shrimp...why didn't that chef BUY HER OWN?! Take some ownership!! Her mentor would be extremely disappointed by blaming somebody else like that. Those understudy poser chefs are a product of Michelin star mentoring. All they seem to have is some good knife skills some presentation technique and a warped sense of entitlement. I'd rather eat at Keith's restaurant because he earned and appreciates his cooking skill and where he comes from. Keith rules.

Aunt Jo
Aunt Jo

proper response--good for you,Chris

hf12
hf12

Thanks for the insider's scoop blog -

I'm a little confused- Chris said he didn't know it was cooked shrimp. did he actually see the video where he responds to Keith saying he is getting cooked shrimp (or was that whole thing editing, i.e. Keith said something else and Chris was responding to that?).

Another confusion- "no love lost" means that the people in question DISlike each other. The rest of the paragraph seemed to be saying there was no animosity so i was not sure what you meant.

Thanks!