Team Top Chef

The Bubble group makes it out of the Stew Room alive to compete for a spot in the final 16.

Nov 9, 2011


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.