Team Top Chef

Paul may have won the challenge, but Grayson really won.

Jan 25, 20120

Hello, my little meatballs. Don’t worry -- you’re just as original as chicken salad! Or so we learn in this week’s episode. But we’ll get to that in a couple of paragraphs.

Let’s start with this week’s Quickfire where we team up the remaining contestants in a sort of mise en place relay race and then create a dish using those ingredients with the time they have left over. The ingredients were shrimp, corn, and fettucine. And the chefs actually had to make their own fettucine. Even though it would seem that the team with the most time to cook their food -- Lindsay and Sarah -- would probably win, they didn’t. Grayson and Chris did. Sarah thinks it’s because guest judge, Cat Cora, didn't like tarragon, an ingredient in their dish. My only comeback to that would be that if a dish is successful, the diner will enjoy ingredients he/she never thought she liked. While there are obviously exceptions, I have found this to be true.

The only other thing to say about the Quickfire was that Paul was right -- he is a little bit cursed when it comes to pairing up with Edward. He mentioned that every time he teams with Edward they don’t do well. And sure ehough.... This time, Paul pretty much forgot about the shrimp element. Whoops.

43 comments
Foodie
Foodie

Paul will probably win TC

Foodie
Foodie

Grayson is just honest and straight up like all confident indiviuals should be. And she's not a bully like the other insecure girls left on the show that only knows how to show their mouths to someone like Bev who doesn't talk trash back. If your French or Italian chefs, it's ok to always cook French or Italian food, but if your Asian its some kind of crime. Sarah is a total bully and since she loves to cook sausage and meatball, she is a meatball! Paul is the most consistent chef so far and he could easily win it all. Good food is about fresh taste and innovation. If you keep those two points close in mind then your gonna have a winner.

mkd1
mkd1

Just watching the Peewee show and this has got to be the worst Top Chef season and this singular challenge. What is wrong with Bravo and the producers,m this is embarrassing television? The chefs are not very talented and the challenges are infantile.

Phoenix
Phoenix

"LIKE A MEATBAAAWWWLLLL"?!!??!?! I freaking die laughing everytime I see it, hear it, or say it like a Mantra in my head during rush hour! Best line of the Season!

ViewerVA
ViewerVA

I have been a faithful viewer and fan from day one. I have also watched the product placement become progressively more intrusive, blatant and obnoxious - including the insertion of it into Last Chance Kitchen. My husband popped-in the room while I was watching this episode and remarked that it was like an infomercial. I like to watch the show for the cooking and creativity of the chefs and the opportunity it provides to a creative, challenging group of hard-working people in a tough business. The core of what this show is (supposed to be?) about is getting lost in all the commercialism and it's beyond distasteful anymore.

marcia melton
marcia melton

I love how Tom almost looked like he was going to burst out laughing at Grayson's meatball remark... because he knew she was right. Love her! Edward needs to go. All excuses for him and always putting other Chef's down.Love Paul and Sarah.

Food and Travel
Food and Travel

I love Grayson... she rocks! Agreed, she may not be the best chef out there... yet. But, she may be my favorite contestant ever! I think the drinking game should be drink whenever Lindsay mentions Michelle Bernstein... yes, we know, you work for Michelle Bernstein and you are brilliant. Enough already -- let your food prove your talents!

Viewer 662
Viewer 662

Love Grayson, but my money's on Paul. Where's Tom's blog is week? No offense, but if TC Just Desserts is interfering with Gail being on this show, I'm hoping it's cancelled (sorry!). Am I the only one who misses Ted Allen? Just a thought for a pre-Season 10 (if there is one) show: Top Chef winners vs. the judges choices as second best (or should have wons if they didn't have an off night) from each season. Maybe a holiday cookoff or Restaurant War? Would the judges actually pick Marcel from Season 2, or would they go with Sam? Would Tiffany get the nod from Season 1 olay because Leann can't compete anymore? Would someone from the top four of 3 make it or would the judges go for Trey? One dish on any given day could have changed (and did) each of these chefs' (and seasons) lives, so it would be interesting to see who the judges thought could have taken each season if the winner hadn't had a good night in the finale.

Viewersacb bmd
Viewersacb bmd

None of the chefs (except maybe Grayson or Chris) made 'block party BP' food. BP food is yes, burgers, hot dogs, baked beans and maybe mac & cheese.

Good for Grayson for speaking up - Tom was surpised, but I think he was impressed with her courage.

Amazing how lucky Beverly is....Nyesha was robbed....Beverly is just not consistent. Most of the chefs do not move out of their comfort zone - Beverly braised short ribs, Sarah risottto and ground meats, Paul and Ed Korean.

Creativity???

Cholo
Cholo

It was nauseating to hear that turkey is healthier than red meat. Turkey's got one of the highest levels of n-6 PUFAs in any meat. If it's grass fed beef, it's basically the healthiest meat aside from wild fish. Also, fat doesn't make you fat, nor does it cause heart disease. So...stop using healthy so liberally, please.

MJacob
MJacob

Paul is still the most creative and should be the the one to win. Talented and amazing!

totally
totally

I see a new Top Chef t-shirt in the works:

"You mean....like....a MEATBALL?"

LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

totally
totally

I have always thought Tom was a bit of a snob, and it really showed this week with his attitude about chicken salad. After all, it was for a block party, not dinner at Buckingham Palace, for crying out loud! I think he was taken off guard when she came back at him, and he secretly knew she was right. Sometimes he needs to chill out and not take himself so seriously. Grayson sure slapped him back into reality. "Like....a MEATBALL????" LOL!!! Go on, girl!

FloridaViewer
FloridaViewer

I LOOOOVE GRAYSON and her standing up to Tom was hilarious!

I am NOT a fan of Beverly but I haven't liked how the other girls have treated her either. Towards the beginning of the season and today still, I feel she kinda wins by luck. She never knows exactly what she's doing and just hopes it all works out and amazingly enough it does. I was FURIOUS when they gave her the win over Nyeesha last week. I almost dropped.

I would like to see Lindsey, Paul and Ed in the Final. Or grayson too!

Gloucester019
Gloucester019

I have been a faithful viewer since the beginning. I agree with others that knife drawing is far more entertaining than pairing up teams the way it is being done this season. This comment is more about next week's episode. Much to my dismay, I will not be watching next weeks episode because of the show's choice of and I use this term lightly, guest star. PeeWee Herman is a known sex offender for his public exposing of himself. We, as a society, have to STOP supporting any public figure who turns out to be a pervert. My 13 year old grandson watches your show with me. He is learning to cook with me. I told him why we would be skipping next weeks show and he said that was a good decision. He reminded me about the time we skipped an episode of Deadliest Warrior when they pitted Hitler against Hussin. I told him that it is our small way of showing our concern and objection even if we can't effect change. We can only protect and preserve our own individual character.

MomaCat
MomaCat

Absolutely love the "Mediocre Chef" clip....over the top hilarious! Maybe Bravo should really do this as another "Allstars"!

hmbfog
hmbfog

Grayson and Tom's exchange pretty much summed this one up. Boring. After the high of last week, this looked like just a bunch of cafeteria fare - chicken salad, meatballs and Korean bbq. Yawn.

However, the look on Tom's face when confronted by Grayson was priceless. You could see him searching his brain for the correct rejoinder...and then just silently accepting defeat. That was the only entertaining part of the show. Hope next week is better.

Awesome Blossom
Awesome Blossom

Dude, enough with the gimmicks, the team challenges and the endurance competitions. This is Top Chef, not Top Eaten by Bees in the Mid-Summer Texas Sun. The best ep so far has been the Charlize Theron one, where we see talented chefs turned loose with only their skills and imagination to win or lose it.

Knock it off, this great show is starting to suck!

bfrederick2334
bfrederick2334

My wife and I agreed that Grayson's comback to Tom was probably the best that we have seen anyone put him in his place. We loved it. Something that concerned me though was a comment Tom made during judging. He is adament that all that matters during that judging is the food that was made that day, however, he brought up the point that Chris keeps "having idea, idea, idea, but never delivers." Either this is bad editing, or taken out of context, but it sure led me to believe that Tom was taking into consideration past challenges. If this is the case, he has gone against what I have always liked about the show; that it was based on that days challenge.

happybaker
happybaker

Another vote for Grayson here. She may not be the most powerful chef now, but considering her youth and level of experience, I am awed by her strength, practicality and poise.

Paul rocks, Edward makes me laugh and Otterberry - don't be so impressed by sumac. I am in LA and while it's not everyday stuff here, it's pretty darn well known and used.

2BrokenThumbs
2BrokenThumbs

New drinking game... everyone take a shot every time TC shows Sarah making risotto, sausage, or some other form of ground meat.

Bone Win big
Bone Win big

Last Chance Kitchen isn't fair - Nyeesha got put off the show for errors that she did not make - then she loses the LCK when they pulled the switch-a-roo with the ingredients. Too many gimmicks this year and too many team competitions - is this Top Chef or game show? I don't these chefs are of the same quality as chefs of the past.

Phoenix
Phoenix

Oh lawwwd! Bravo! You simply must keep the "Moment by Grayson, By Bravo" on for the entire month! Keep it on til the end of TCT, or at least til people get bored, or maybe Bev has a thowdown moment! (Won't happen)...Grayson girl, thanks for giving it straight....OMG! 'You mean...like a MEATBALL'!?!? I am rolling!

Christyl
Christyl

I am very proud of Paul. I love Paul and Ed's realationship. This episode made me laughed and smiled alot because of Paul & Ed. I would love to see Paul, Ed and Grayson as final 3. Anyhow, I am proud of Grayson for standing up for herself. I think it was difficult to served her dish and she did it well. I don't think Tom took Grayson's comment personally. In my opinion, Tom and Grayson actually understand eachother---they or more like Grayson acts silly and Tom understands her silliness. So, I don't think there are any hard feelings between the two of them.

Pierre DeRagon
Pierre DeRagon

GRAYSON SCHMITZ ROCKS!!!!! The way she shut Tom Collichio down and put him in his place was perfection..... "like.... a meatball?" From the deer in the headlights look on his face when she responded to him you could tell he realized the absurdity of what he said - which is sometimes the case with him in the interest of being Mr. Tough Judge. I roared! She may not be the best chef (who knows with all the ditzy team challenges) and she probably won't win but in my book she's totally tops. I loved it so much I stayed up late to watch the second running just so I could see the moment again. BRAVO, GRAYSON!!!

Cryslynns40
Cryslynns40

Chicken Salad is hard to make healthy so I was so excited to see Grayson lighten it up a little bit, but not take away from what makes Chicken Salad what it is...the mayo! Kudos to her for giving it back the respect it deserves.

And Chef Tom was absolutely cool in allowing her to fight for her dish...it was good to see him acknowledge and accept her defense. Grayson, you deserved to be on the top...don't ever question it! That was the best judges table of this season yet or at least equal to Beverly winning in restauarant wars. :)

FanfromTX
FanfromTX

Didn't realize what a potty mouth Grayson has...

You are the sh** and all the bleeps in between.

Come on G, let's expand our vocabulary and forgo all the 4-letter words. Still hoping you come out on top over L and S.

Mascarpone
Mascarpone

Pretty awesome that both of the "bubble" chefs that had to cook again to qualify (Ed and Grayson) have made it to the Top 5! Go Grayson!

jburgh
jburgh

to poster david g.: I sure hope there is a secret word during next week's episode so we can SCREAM REAL LOUD!

christina in tucson
christina in tucson

But Paul didn't make unctuous chicken salad?

Team Grayson all the way baby (now that Nyesha is gone).

christina in tucson
christina in tucson

But Paul didn't make unctuous chicken salad?

Team Grayson all the way baby (now that Nyesha is gone).

Love TC
Love TC

Have always been a fan of Beverly, she's quiet, gracious and lovely. Watching her win twice in Top Chef Kitchen has been a great coup for her. With all the crap that she has endured from those women chef's has been a disgrace to women as well as to chefs.

Absolutely adore Grayson, her comeback was perfect Viewer. Hopefully it will come down to Grayson and Beverly, the least conflicted and combative women on the team. Love Ed as well :)

juliaxxx
juliaxxx

Grayson is terrific, as is Ed and Paul..hope they make it into the final three but I think it will be Sara, Lindsay, and Paul.

relax
relax

I love Grayson, and agree Tom was probably talking more about originality to the approach to the dish, rather than meatball vs. chickensalad sandwich. I can't take it any longer...I cannot stand Beverly and her passive-aggressive ways!!!!! Ugh!!!!!

Viewer 662
Viewer 662

How did I hate this episode? Let me count the ways! I'm sorry, but it sucked. It's reality TV, but why not stay true to the original lines of the show? Stop paring chefs with the adjacent chef or next season they'll be Spike and try to use strategy to plan who they stand next to....use the knife block.... Seeing someone's face fall when they get paired with a "Marcel" is worth the extra seconds needed for a knife pull. Next, tell the chefs the challenge without screwing them after they pick a dish...that, or assign or draw for dishes that are equal and THEN screw with them equally. Last, in the Last Chance Kitchen, was it just me (or my iPad), or did the Chris talking segments look more Vlog in their choppiness than TV? And where is Gail???

PS. I really have hated not having a dedicated Top Chef Kitchen this season. No offense to the Cullinary Institute.

Becca H.
Becca H.

I am re-repeating my old comment so apologizes if you read my magnificent neural opinions more than once... dear grayson... "like a meatball?" i wish you were my chef/Lovah (although i am married...) i have been a fan since season three, blaise was my favorite and was until he won the top chef all stars. Grayson is my fav and has been since day one (hello 29 chefs...) good luck and can't wait.... btw... is next season in hawaii? i would be more than willing (don't worry, i am sure i can find SOME free time to judge) to help out with the process...

Becca H.
Becca H.

"like a meatball"?? dear Grayson.... i love you... please be my chef/lesbian lovah

dear top chef, I have been an AVID top chef fan since season 3 (blaise was my number one thru the top chef allstars.... and Grayson has been IT since the beginning of this season!) Please make more episode like the Charlene Theron Challenge... the actress was awesome, and the challenge was even more spectacular... also... when are you folks coming to hawaii? see you soon...! Becca

Ralpho
Ralpho

Last Chance Kitchen was/is a joke, a farce, a complete waste of everyone's time. I said that the first time it occured/aired on-line. I'm saying it again. Nobody has any real chance of "moving on" except the last two chefs eliminated during the regular epidsode elimination challenges. It instills false hope into those eliminated and, because it was kept a secret from those not eliminated, wrecks unfair emotional havoc on those remaining. Just when everyone thought that Beverly was eliminated... Was I right or what! That being said, Chris is a classic knucklehead. He's an excellent chef but a dork-noodle concerning common sense details. "Fast is slow. Slow is quality." Chris' was correct there. Letting the sun dry his sandwich's? Aaarrrgh. This season, I was hoping that Padma would win Top Chef over all of the "also ran" 29's.

Otterberry
Otterberry

I have been irritated with the mean-girl antics of Lindsay and Sarah but I must confess to being impressed by them this week! Lindsay's meatball sounded transcendant. She used sumac -- nobody uses sumac! I'd say she got a raw deal this week after narrowly missing the win on both the quickfire and the elimination challenge. If they keep cooking like this I'll forgive them all their bitchiness.

I don't think the point of Tom's exchange with Grayson is the originality of the concept. But in terms of giving the dish a healthier slant, it seems she was outdone but everyone but Ed.

Katie56
Katie56

Well, Tom did kind of light up when Grayson challenged him. It worked. She is holding her own, but, I think Paul is the one to beat.

David Galloway
David Galloway

I am a huge PeeWee fan. Particularly love his creativity in his Broadway show. So say it with me and Jambie: Meckaleckahi, Meckahineyho. Yes...you are flying.

Linda
Linda

totally agree that Paul never does well with Edward

Viewer
Viewer

Grayson's comeback was perfect!!!!!