Welcome back my little Bubblers to Week 2 of Top Chef: Texas, and the final episode to determine the final 16 cheftestants who will compete in the rest of the season, both on-air and online… but more on that later!
Before Padma and co. moved on to the Bubble group, there was a third group of chefs chomping at the bit to compete. Their challenge was to divide the ingredients offered among them, each cooking with different things. There was a funny moment where Andrew and Ashley (who I shall refer to as Avril Lavigne because I thought there was a serious resemblance there) actually rock, paper, scissored for the mushrooms. Andrew won that battle. Would have been interesting to see what Avril would’ve made with them. She got oxtail, and ultimately goes home, but not before making me incredibly nervous that she'd knock someone's eye out with the lid of her pressure cooker. Seriously, chefs, learn how to use a pressure cooker before you get ot the Top Chef kitchen. Might be up there with learning how to make desserts.
The first group presents their dishes. Paul Qui has what Tom said is his favorite dish of the group. Hugh calls it “precise.” Paul gets a coat! Is he adorable, or is it just me?
Anyway, Kim gets sent home with overcooked lamb. As does Berenice with an underwhelming short rib dish.
Chaz, from NYC's Fatty Crab goes home. He actually doesn’t even get his risotto on the plate. I wonder what would’ve happened had he just brought out the whole platter with his cooked risotto. Since he didn’t plate the food I don’t think it would’ve mattered, but I’d be interested to have seen it. Chaz may have gone home, but he had my favorite line of the show. As his heat introduced themselves, they all proclaimed their culinary achievements, James Beard nominations, etc. When the judges got to Chaz he said, "...I was nominated by my mom as one of her two favorite sons." Tom laughed, I laughed. Sorry to see you go, Chaz! I was ready for Chaz to become the Tom Haverford of Top Chef: Texas "Padma, you cut me, deep, boo," but alas, Chaz was sent home.
I agree totally that Andrew needs something to keep him amused while in the stew room. Although the comment about taking out the other chefs was amusing. I thought the comment about the other chefs being heavily inked was interesting. Loved how Edward handled being seriously cut and not even slowing down - "I'll cook with my feet if I have to"...love it. Jonathan should be horsewhipped for mistreating the brussel sprouts. Glad they sent him home for mistreating the ingredient. I loved seeing the cases of Shiner in the background. Thank heavens it wasn't Lone Star. :)
Was disappointed Chaz went home. I found him very charming and a possible start. Thought there might be a surprise way to bring him back on. Glad they didn't though. Integrity counts.
Was surprised to see Chaz go home. He was quite charming and was looking like a developing star. Thought there may have been some sort of a surprise to help him survive. Glad there wasn't though. Integrity matters.
I was ready to be on the Chaz band wagon, sorry to see him go for not completing a challenge. Andrew seems to have alot of heart, especially after cutting himself, he continue to cook while he was receiving first aid. This season is going to be interesting, especially with the "Last Chance Kitchen". I just moved to San An and I am excited that Top Chef is here!
Thumbs-up to dicey Edward. He slices me up! He'll carve a nitch for himself on Top Chef Double-Amputee. Keep shrimp away from Molly! Jonathan! How can anyone hurt a vegetable? Quack.
I find it interesting none of the blogs mentioned how Molly was maligned for being a cruise ship chef. Her shrimp she served for her bubble challenge was probably typical of what she cooked. Looking forward to the rest of the season...
It was actually Edward that was homicidal in the stew room and sliced his whole arm off (or so it seemed) in the last challenge.
I liked his snarky attitude and was glad to see him move on.
Janine just reminded me of Sid the Sloth from Ice Age. Her slight lisp and sideways talking just got on my nerves from the first time she spoke to the camera. She might be a perfectly nice person, but I was glad to see her go.
And then my heart raced because she had a last chance. No! Don't make me have to watch her throughout the whole season! Whew. Bye, Janine.
I dislike the stretching out of discarded chefs for 2 weeks. A longer first episode to get it over would have been better. I particularly dislike the concept of discarded chefs simultaneously having their own contest off screen. If they stink after 2 tries, let them go and stay with the main event. I'm not interested to see the side show and I won't watch or care who wins the chance to re-enter the game.