Team Top Chef

The first two groups of three compete for a spot among the final 16 cheftestants.

Nov 2, 2011

Now, in these first two episodes, in addition to the usual elimination, the chefs who the judges aren't quite sure about are put on the bubble and have the opportunity to compete again to earn a chef's coat. Crazy, huh?


Step Two: The second group had to choose one ingredient from among many that they all would cook, and they chose rabbit. I honestly can't remember if I've ever eaten rabbit, but I thought the fact that they were able to produce so many different preparations was really impressive. Chris Crary had the judges' favorite rabbit preparation of the day, and we meet Ty-Lor Boring. His name is only second in my mind to Work of Art's The Sucklord, but he seems way less, um, artsy. Note to ask him how he got his name.

Combined, the judges allow 11 through. Read their full bios, will ya?

Sooo, next week's chefs are all vying for the remaining 5 spots, and Hugh Acheson joins the judges. I must confess Hugh was one of my fave (OK, my fave) on his season of Top Chef Masters, so I'm pretty psyched.

What did you all (I won't be saying "y'all" -- I'm from New York!) think of the premiere episode?! Can't wait to read your comments.

Until next week, Have a Nosh, and, as always, let me know where you're eating and what you're eating.