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Episode 9: Who knew BBQ incited so much sexual innuendo?

Jan 4, 20120

I'll wait till I get to end of the recap to go into it, but were there a lot of sexual and slightly creepy moments in this episode, or was it just me? Maybe just me, but stay tuned.

First, let's start with the Quickfire Challenge where the chefs are forced to do homework. They're handed -- and by handed I mean, gently presented on wheels -- a copy of Modernist Cuisine. Uh, yeah, that book is not only heavy, but expensive, so that was kind of exciting to see everyone -- and by everyone I mean Chris Jones -- get so psyched to see it. The chefs would study up on the techniques in the book and then create a modern dish for the author, and former Microsoft chief technology officer, Nathan Myhrvold. If you have a moment, you might want to look at his Wikipedia page -- the dude's amazing.) While my mind and apparently many of the chefs' minds jump to molecular gastronomy, some chefs just admitted they didn't know much about it, or that wasn't how they cooked. Also, that's not necessarily what modern cuisine means. While the chefs were cooking, I literally said out loud, "Please let Chris Jones win this." I didn't want the judges to "let" him win -- that would be unfair. I was pleading with a higher being. Unfortunately, although Chris was in the top, he didn't win. Ty-Lor did with his delicious-sounding watermelon/oil dish. I felt really bad for Chris Jones, though. This was his challenge, and he was so passionate about it. Unfortunately Ty-Lor's execution was just better. And Ty-Lor not only wins the book volumes, he also picked up immunity.

26 comments
ladystrauss
ladystrauss

Sarah is so evil she deserves it! What is her problem with Beverly? She is such a bully! I realize this has nothing to do with Edward. But if she dishes it, she should be able to take it. You know if the role was reversed, she would have been the same if not worse. These insecure "mean girls" (Lindsay, Sarah & Heather). They are turning me off to this season! Pull it together ladies.

TCfan518
TCfan518

Grayson reminds me of Carla...love it when they can keep a sense of humor about themselves. And i don't think Ed was too harsh on Sarah. It's hot outside, and it's common sense to stay hydrated when you are sweating. Plus, she makes a quick recovery when the judges are about to come to the station??

Sarah hater
Sarah hater

I can't stand Sarah, and totally think Edward was in the right. Yes, Sarah should have gone to the hospital, and I think that's all well and good. But for her to come back, focus entirely on her own dish (and ignoring the fact that her two teammates had seriously stepped up in her absence), and then step out again after the judges had been served was ridiculous. Not only that, but not once in the judges' comments did I see her thanking her teammates for stepping up.

I had forgotten how annoying, petulant, and horrible Sarah was, largely because she had been overshadowed by her fellow monster Heather. Between the two of them, they are not representing Chicago well. I can't wait for Sarah to go home. Much like Heather, she is a mildly talented chef with the personality of a bridge troll.

totally
totally

I agree that this is the worst Top Chef season yet. Started out with a helter-skelter elimination of a kindergarten-size group of competitors. Now we have a bunch of chefs where none really stands out, talent-wise, personality-wise or anything-else wise. They are by and large severely lacking in skill and likeability, and it's hard to care about them like we have been able to do in past seasons. Everybody except Grayson and Ed have the personality of dishwater and their cooking isn't usually much better evidently. And what are the producers thinking? Goofy challenges, unfair eliminations, way too much of that loud obnoxious cow Heather (gone thank goodness), and the idiotic barbequeing challenge. That was just plain dangerous (not to mention incredibly stupid) making them work all night and in that brutal heat, and over a fire? What great television mind came up with THAT? It's a thousand wonders no one else got sick. Someone better pick up the slack and get their stuff together before this show tanks. We love "Top Chef" like a member of the family but I am afraid we are watching the slow death of a great show. Wake up Bravo before you ruin the only good reality show you have worth investing an hour in.

totally
totally

This challenge was just plain dangerous. It is a wonder more of the chefs didn't get sick. The producers are really reaching for drama and controversy at the expense of the chefs AND the fans of the show. Can you say "Ho-hum" about Top Chef Texas? This year has no contestants that really stand out, skillwise, personality-wise or anything else wise. That hurts the appeal of the competition

Linda Lee
Linda Lee

I agree with the other comment about this not being top chef "survivors"! I thought this challenge was way to over the top. 3 protiens, 2 side dishes and the to make them work in that heat and open pits and serve 300? How about make it 100 people so they could have a chance at the flavors?,And have some kind of cooling station set up or something. That was really ridiculous to me. That heat is killer!

MA-Viewer
MA-Viewer

Is it just me or is the worst season of Top Chef? I love the show, but starting out with 29 chefs, all the cooking is Texan, whats' up?

I've loved the last seasons with the skill and dishes prepared, also the quality of the chefs. This season is a let down.

As for the chef who collapsed in the heat, isn't she from Chicago? If you are not used to that kind of heat it can put you down.

Jenniferz
Jenniferz

I don't think Edward was too harsh on Sarah. She wimped out when everyone else just dealt with the heat. I live in Austin, so I'm familiar with how hot it gets. Sarah was just too soft and wussed out. I love Edward.

efw
efw

I didn't care for this episode mostly because all of the cheftestants were going on no sleep and extreme heat. I didn't think it was fair to any of them. I did think Dr. Pepper would make a good sauce (coca cola and ham is always good) and I did think Chris C was pretty creepy.

ThomasFJackson
ThomasFJackson

I don't think of basements as sexy. But I'll just leave it at that.

I think Ed could have acted more calmly, but I think he was in the right to be upset at Sarah. And I think Sarah started the whole fight with Ed thing first. Because from the start she said she didn't trust Ed, which probably created the initial tension.

CScott
CScott

While Edward lacked some level of compassion, the fact that Sarah came back to serve her chicken to the judges made her look like a moron. If you are REALLY sick, then stay at the hospital. She was clearly well enough to stand at judges' table, so she appeared to be a whiny baby at best.

Note to the producers: Please, please, please stop with the group/team challenges, as well as the ''cook all night'' challenges. Yes, it ups the drama, but it is not why most of us watch the show. We want to see talented chefs make really inventive food. I could care less how well someone does on a team (with the exception of restaurant wars). This season (and I've watched all of them) has really suffered due to these extreme team challenges. Just let them cook already!

A Viewer
A Viewer

What's the deal with torturing the chefs? The competition is hard enough without all the sleep deprivation and really harsh cooking environments. This isn't Survivor folks.

limonpop
limonpop

While Sarah is annoying, yes, Edward was way too harsh on her. Maybe it was edited out (let's hope), but he didn't even ask how she was feeling when she came back. It's a matter of doing the right thing in challenging situations. Lost some respect for him. Also, I think the producers went overboard with this challenge. They knew it was going to be boiling hot and they made them suffer like that? We want to see them cook, not be contestants on Survivor. And it's okay cos they provided water and medics? Hello?! Get it together, people!

cateringlady
cateringlady

It is hard to tell, When she came back there didn't seem to be any communication between any of them, granted editing can leave out lots of stuff. I would have been irate if I had been serving all those people & we had a system going, then the missing person shows up & tries to change things around. It may have been better had she just stayed to the background & drank her guilt free water rather than get in the middle of what seemed to be working for Ed & Ty. Then again who knows what ended up on the "cutting room floor" in editing. None of know how we would have reacted after 20+ hours with no sleep & in that kind of heat.

Annie Green
Annie Green

"Edward certainly was concerned..."??? Really? That was concern? The man sure hid it well. He was positively obnoxious and extremely rude to her. Did she have to have a real stroke to convince him she should go to the hospital?

From what we've seen on the show, Edward is a talented chef. But, I think his personality leaves a great deal to be desired. This isn't the first time I've questioned things he has said to other chefs but it certainly is the most egregious example. He'd do better to just cook and keep his mouth shut.

JISA
JISA

I'm with MaggieSC1 on this. I lost respect for Edward. Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to heat stroke, a life-threatening condition. There are plenty of news stories each about high school athletes in prime condition being rushed to the hospital with heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and unfortuntately, several have died. I'm sure it was frustrating for Edward being a person down, but his attitude was appalling. With the symptoms Sarah told the medic she was experiencing, she was absolutely right to see the medic. And if the medic says go to the hospital, you go to the hospital, period.

Contrast Edward's petulant whining with Steeler's Coach Mike Tomlin's decision this week about benching Ryan Clark due to health concerns with Denver's high altitude-low oxygen stadium. (And I'm usually anti-Steelers!) Clark nearly died the last time he played in Denver due to sickle-cell complications. Even though docs cleared Clark to play this weekend, Tomlin told Clark that he wouldn't let his own son risk his life, even for a playoff game, and he won't let Clark do it either.

And that's the right attitude-Top Chef, NFL playoff games, none of these things are worth serious risk to life. I'm glad Sarah was okay. I'm glad the hospital cleared her to go back in time to try to help a little at the end. But I am sorry she was the target of anyone's bad attitudes.

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

I think Ed was just stressed and over tired, but the lingering bad taste of Heather's unprofessional behavior is probably affecting more than just him.I think Ed has demonstrated his good intentions and support of other chefs on more than one occasion.

Aspartacus
Aspartacus

Edward was just as sleep deprived and dehydrated as anyone else there, if Sarah gets a pass for passing out and not cooking, he is equally forgivable for being a cranky old man for a day. He has the jaw for it.

How many real life earth days pass in between episodes? The 24 hour/all nighter episodes during this past summer's droughty heat wave hell seem like a prick move by the producers to get people dumber, punchdrunker and making more broadly "entertaining" reality TV. (Sorry for the "". I do enjoy the show.) That said, we wouldn't have Grayson's bullfrog song without starving chefs of sleep, so it's a noble sacrifice in the end (hurr.)

Hopeful more cooking and less Real World tactics. The mother sauce challenge episode with Dean was great, more chefs and challenges like that please.

Viewer 662
Viewer 662

If the Last Chance Kitchen continues next season (if there is a Season 10), the episode from online should be shown the following week just before the new episode. So many people are traveling with iPads and the website streaming video doesn't work with them, so it's frustrating to have to wait for the download.

kelly2012
kelly2012

I agree, Edward was harsh, but I can see how it would be stressful after figuring out your system of plating, someone tries to jump right back in. Random question - did Ty-lor do anything to that piece of watermelon in the Quickfire, or did he just make the olive oil power? I personally thought that was kind of a cop out, to just put a chunk of watermelon on the plate as the main star of the dish. Maybe I missed the part where he did something to the fruit.

Also, we get the point that Toyota is a sponsor. The constant ooohing and ahhing about every Toyota vehicle they ride in is getting very annoying.

txtres
txtres

The Salt Lick is fine for barbque; but it really isn't the best in Texas, for that you needed to have travelled 23 miles southeast to Lockhart Texas and had your pick of Smitty's or Kruetzs, hands down the best in the state. In addition, a true Texan will tell you, as will the signs in Kruetz's and Smitty's, we don't do barbeque sauce.

Rachael2323
Rachael2323

Even though Edward was very harsh to Sarah, I believe it was coming from a place of panic and does not change my opinion on him. Sarah throughout this competition has annoyed me very much. From single handedly sending Keith home to her constant pulls of Texas and varied emotions she has annoyed a true Texan here. I think Edward realized he had a 50/50 shot at going home and simply tried to backtrack and save his butt, as anyone would do in this competition. I think Edward was concerned with Sarah but his personality and humor can easily be misconstrued.

Rachael2323
Rachael2323

Even though Edward was very harsh to Sarah, I believe it was coming from a place of panic and does not change my opinion on him. Sarah throughout this competition has annoyed me very much. From single handedly sending Keith home to her constant pulls of Texas and varied emotions she has annoyed a true Texan here. I think Edward realized he had a 50/50 shot at going home and simply tried to backtrack and save his butt, as anyone would do in this competition. I think Edward was concerned with Sarah but his personality and humor can easily be misconstrued.

bbg
bbg

even if edward was over the top (i would have been pissed too), i think the circumstances more than give him a pass.

ccolson
ccolson

I loved the bullfrog song. A total LOL moment, and it's great that both you and Hugh mentioned it. As for Edward - of course that is too harsh on someone who is seriously ill. Heat stroke can actually lead to much worse if it is not taken care of and it was the shows responsibility to make sure it doesn't permanently harm one of these chefs. On the other hand, remember that Edward was also on zero sleep and extreme heat. That can cause some extreme traits in people to come out - apparently you end up singing bullfrog songs or being cruel to members of your team. Personally - I choose the bullfrog song.

MaggieSC1
MaggieSC1

To answer your question: yes, Edward was far too harsh on Sarah. I lost a lot of respect for him. The more I see of Ty-Lor the more I like him.