Shooting this week’s episode was one of the best experiences I have had in my years judging this competition. No, not because I was seated next to Charlize Theron, terrific as she is, but because the chefs delivered one of the finest meals I have ever had on Top Chef. From the first course to the last, they kept on bringing it. I know some viewers have wondered whether the chefs this season are as talented as many in seasons past. This episode finally answers that question with a remarkable seven-course yes.
The chefs’ high level of performance shows just how creative chefs can be when presented with an idea. Chefs can derive inspiration in so many ways, from seeing ingredients and imagining ways to play with them, from tasting the food of other chefs or from foreign locales, or, as here, from an idea. Here, the notion of playing off of evil and fear freed our chefs. Look, for example, at the handprint Paul put on the plate -- that would never have happened without this challenge, and it worked. It was the right counterpoint to his beautiful (and delicious) enchanted forest, and if it made Eric squeamish, well, that was the desired effect, right? Grayson’s black chicken “slaughtered on the plate”--– whoa. Sarah’s blood risotto -- fantastic idea. The chefs’ food showed that they clearly relished the challenge. And as a result, it was all really great.
I thought the quality of the food was supposed to be paramount in every phase of this competition. And maybe the episode was over-edited and I missed some comments. But it certainly sounds like you prefer someone who undercooks and oversalts her risotto, or miscooks something as simple as an egg, just because the 'concept' was cool. The impression you gave this evening is that the cooking itself is NOT the most important thing. The cooking flaws in the other two dishes were clearly more significant and you gave them a free pass just because they did something more gimmicky. If you listened to Beverly's interpretation, she did actually take the challenge to heart. I think you didn't give her enough artistic license to have a different view on the story, because you got swept up in the goryness - and let the cooking take a back seat in your choice.
Fantastic episode! I hope Beverly wins Last Chance Kitchen, and gets a shake at coming back. While she's quirky and strange, there's something very charismatic about her, and she seems to be an extraordinarily talented chef.
i still cannot udnerstand the inconsistency in your judging. so many times youve stated that sarah' risotto is undercooked. if you looked at past seasons, anytime a dish is undercooked thats the kiss of death. and yet you gave sarah a pass? terrible. i am just glad beverly won over nyesha. although i think nyesha rocks and is easily one of the best chefs. clearly better than the remaining female chefs (and thats you lyndsey and sarah). and talk abt sarah. beverly gets so much flak for cooking asian but all she cooks is italian. tim love said her risotto is under. tom colicchio said it was similarly undercooked. she shouldve gotten the boot.
Here's the proof that the complaints about the overabundance of team challenges are dead on. Had the chefs this season been allowed to shine like this as individuals instead of being bogged down with all these team "catering challenges" I doubt you'd have so many viewers ready to throw in the towel on this season. Whoever's coming up with challenge ideas should take note of this.
Ahh man. I hated, hated, hated to see Beverly go home. Especially since she could/should have had immunity. What a great episode, though! All the chefs really stepped up their game...the food looked spectacular!
I really don't understand why all the chefs have to be so hard on Beverly. Her odd behavior must really overshadow her food because she cannot be disrespected for the dishes she has made...most of them have gotten good-great feedback. She's not a bully and she's not a backstabber. So what is it? This may go down as one of Top Chef's biggest mysteries.
While I was a huge fan of Beverly (always rooting for the goofy underdog because I'm one myself!), I understood why she went home today. She simply wasn't as imaginative with the challenge as her competitors. There were so many ways she could have made a sticky sauce work on the plate -- a dark and foreboding swamp of rice perhaps, just waiting to trap the palette of its prey? All she had to do was develop the concept more and then let her culinary skill carry her through the elimination round.
Still, Bev was a terrific chef -- much better than her competitors gave her credit for. I'll always wonder what would have happened had she gained immunity in the quickfire.
I was really hoping Sarah was going to be sent home for her undercooked risotto (she wouldn't be the first!), but I can understand why Bev's underwhelming embracing of the challenge sent her packing. However, that twist in the Last Chance Kitchen was the biggest load of BS I have EVER seen on TC!!! I am so disappointed in the results this week! Although, it is what it is, and as such, I'd like to see her go on to win the whole stinking thing!
I just wanted to say I've watched this show from the beginning when Harold won. The show has gotten better and I'm a fan of an underdog emerging this season. I hope she can remain in that position until whatever you have planned for the finale.
I don't think Beverly should have gone home. The judges said she had a sauce that tasted good, but was too sticky. According to Tom in the episode, Beverly's texture problem would have been easily remedied by a hot plate. So they sent her home because her dish wasn't "evil" enough, but Sarah had an actual cooking error with a main component of her dish by under cooking her risotto, but I guess since it was blood red was "evil" enough for the challenge.
I have watched Top Chef since the very first season, the judges have always said it should be about the cooking and how the food tastes, but suddenly when Beverly fails to use a hot plate or go far enough with the concept, then they throw 8 previous seasons of judging out the window so Sarah can go forward to under cook some other risotto in a future challenge.
I have never felt the need to comment on a decision before but this one really bothered me, because I felt their judging criteria suddenly changed. I do hope it was just the editing of the episode that left something out because I was disappointed in the judges.
Any chef that makes under cooked risotto needs to go home because under cooking something as basic as risotto shows the lack of finesse in the chef and does not deserve to be in a competition as exclusive as Top Chef.. In fact, that person is a blemish in a fine competition ... a piece of crap in a finely cooked halibut!
Good Episode. Glad all the Chefs cooked well. I have to say that I am glad Beverly went home. That girl just annoys me. I thought Heather was mean to her, and it wasn't right. However, the more I see Beverly the more I don't like her. I know she can cook well, but I can't stomach her. It's basically her anoying personality, and the way she carries herself. Now it looks like the prodecers are trying to get Beverly back in the competition. Setting her up in 2nd chance cooking. It seems suspicious that they portray Beverly as her against the world mentality. I didn't like the trading trick of Tom. Nyesha got ripped off. She picked all the ingredients that allowed Beverly to win. She was on a roll knocking off 5 cheftestants and it seemed she would make it 6. The producers want Beverly back in, to go with the theme of Beverly against them all. Totally bogus. I just hope that annoying Beverly gets knocked off. Poor Nyesha. Very suspecious, when Beverly walked in 2nd chance Kitchen, Nyesha confidently says this challenge should be easy. Then Tom ask the other losing chefs who thinks Beverly will win. No one picks her. Everyone picked Nyesha. Seems so set up. I had a bad feeling, and I was correct. Not Right.
Even sexy Tom C isn't enough to keep me tuned in to constant misfires at the judges' table. Bev's elimination seemed a whim. And Last Chance Kitchen was completely infuriating!
Sorry, Tom. Your explanation of why Bev lost doesn't convince me. Her sauce was a little sticky. Whereas, Sarah's risotto was UNDERcooked. That seems like a bigger offense. As for safe: Sarah ALWAYS makes risotto or pasta all the day. She, too, was safe. She just added wine. Big deal. Additionally, Grayson had 2 flaws with her dish: over salty AND misplaced egg & Foie Gras. WTH is wrong with you judges? I think you all just flipped a coin to select the loser and concocted a half baked story for cover. If, as was stated in the show, that all the dishes were the best of any TC show, then you could have given them all a pass. You've done it before with less impressive food. You disappoint me.
All the years that I've been watching TC chef Tom always eliminated chefs that under-cooks fish,rice,chicken etc.. I guess he was consistent until now.
This season has been so exciting! thank you for all the new ideas and ways that make the chef's try new things. the challenge of the conveyor belt tonight.. remarkable! I'm happy to see that even some favorites are being let go if they make mistakes.. in seasons passed it almost seemed like certain people were held onto a bit longer than others because of popularity. I'm sure this isn't true.. but, there was a feeling of favoritism to each season. I can honestly say this season, there is never a person that seems to be given a second chance.. until!! they get to the last chance kitchen. which I think is fabulous. it's almost like you think wow I really thought he was the favorite but he was let go... hmmmm! well, If he/she deserves it they will prove it again and again to make it backI am fully aware I repeated the main idea of the last c.k. but it's just the most excellent way of saying yes you REALLY deserved to be let go or.. nope.. This chef's got the gusto it was just a fluke you ended up here. And interactive to boot. I feel much more a part of the show now. more pulled in. I wish I had seen the call out for ideas on the quickfire.. I'll try to catch it next time. I have so many. Tom if your ever in miami.. well I missed meeting for the last food and wine festival maybe next time! Your remarks are fantastic and your judging.. a hoot! yup.. hoot!
Sticky sauce or undercooked risotto? A minor detail or half the dish ruined? No question who I would choose and from a viewer's standpoint you guys chose the wrong one to go home. As for the Last Chance Kitchen, you should really be ashamed of that dirty trick. It's enough of a challenge being placed in that position - making them take over someone else's dish might be ok in the regular show, but not there. Then part of the decision is based on the poor decisions made by the chef whose station you took over. Bad, bad idea, Tom, and really unfair. Nyesha has been beating people head to head week after week while you still have some dead wood on the show cruising in the middle of the pack. After all of her wins Nyesha should have been given a pass back into the competition - especially since she should have never been eliminated in the first place. You guys really dropped the ball on this one - especially you, Tom. Chef Jon
This was a phenomenal episode to watch. Loved loved the creativity in the concept and that almost all of the chefs really came through with surprising, innovative and whimsical dishes! I have to echo another commenter's note that if the chefs had been given more individual challenges thus far, perhaps the cooking would have been at this level since the start. Enough with the team challenges! I will also agree that the undercooked risotto coming from the chef who always defaults to Italian (but can't get risotto right) should have sent Sarah home. I was really glad to see Bev pull through at LCK, but it was definitely hard to see Nyesha give up that apron after fighting like a Top Chef this whole time. Can we please nix Sarah or Lindsey and bring in Nyesha from the ring!
I think the switch in last chance kitchen was great. It wasn't unfair at all. It was designed to test a chefs creativity. It is something they have done on Top Chef before so I don't think there was any bias against either cheftestant. That being said Nyesha is an incredible chef &the I wish both she &the Bev could get back in the competition.
While I don't think Beverly is top chef material ( cannot tell from not tasting her food) due to her lack of leadership skills. I am tired of the way she was being treated by the rest of the female contestants. This is call bullying in an adult level. She does not deserve to be treated like this. She is odd... Yes. But from the comments of the judges prove that she is a very credible chef with refined skills. I am glad she was sent home not because I don't think she is good, but I just cannot stand to watch her being picked on week after week.
OMG, Top Chef, you are making me hate you again. I cannot believe what happened in Last Chance Kitchen. Is it really any surprise that Beverly won after you basically got Nyesha to plan & prep the entire dish for her?! Is it any surprise that Nyesha's dish was underseasoned after Beverly the spaz would never possibly be able to grab enough ingredients in one stop at the pantry? (at least based on what your editors have showed us this season with her repeatedly tripping over others to take ingredients) Incredibly and (really) unforgivably UNFAIR. Keep this up the rest of the competition and we'll have Chris J. as Top Chef. Yeah, I said that sarcastically! But it sounds pretty unbelievable, doesn't it? But, of course, that won't happen, because if nothing else, TC is inconsistent in its standards. And we all know that things will move into a more logical direction as we head to the finals. But seriously, pulling crap like what went down in tonight's LCK does not prove who is the better chef & should therefore make it back into the competitions -- if anything it shows us who is the better prepared chef...and rewards them BY SENDING THEM HOME. Yeah, really Tom, Nyesha looked upset with you? You should have seen MY face watching my TV. Just made me sick. I'm furious & disgusted.
I too am a little upset at the outcome of this show. From the beginning it seemed the mean girls were getting on the case of Beverly..."you're not aggressive enough," "why are you cooking with a plastic f---ing spoon?" Beverly is far more professional and not ego driven. Seems as though the rest of the cast was determined to ruin her spirit. Bull---! I really hate to say it but it all seemed a bit racist to me to listen to the comments and watch all the abuse. Bravo you certainly painted that picture. Lindsay is rude and Sara just can't cook. But they stayed. Guess crappy risotto as long as its bloody is good enough. I thought when you got rid of Heather there was justice in the world. But no...
It seems that Beverly was eliminated for the same reasons that she was belittled -- for not being as in-your-face in her concept. I get it, but I also think there was inaccurate assessment of her creativity and gumption among the judges. I also think that without the constant and tiresome smackdowns among other chefs, she would have been more assertive and communicative in the kitchen. As it was, it would have been a complete waste of her energies. I can't believe that an undercooked overseasoned risotto slipped by in what was, by all admissions, a very strong lineup of dishes.
This was a really good episode. The theme was, do what's asked. Even though Beverley had a great quickfire dish, she failed to use all 3 ingredients as was required. In the elimination challenge, she didn't make a wicked evil dish like she was supposed to and made a fairy tale dish instead. Maybe if she had listened better, she would've won.
As for the last chance kitchen, I think Beverley had a good plan. She had caked her fish in cornstarch which makes me think she was going to make Korean crispy fish. OMG, that would've been so good. Ok, so it was an Asian dish again but what's wrong w/ that? The girl is Asian for crying out loud. She cooks what she's good at cooking.
Since everyone's dish was great why not say no one should go home. I think that would have been a fun change.
My esteem for Beverly's cooking was steadily rising even as she continued to annoy and exasperate her team members. This gal did not do a fair share of the work on team challenges. And then you had to go and devise that unfair swap in the Last Chance Kitchen. That's twice that Ayesha got the boot based in part on someone else's work. I thought Top Chef had more integrity than that.
I want Bravo to know that stunts like that don't make me tune in more. Rather, I get disgusted and stop watching altogether. Bad form!
The cheftestants missed two perfect opportunities to bring on some marvelous schtick...
1st was alluded to by I think Chris J, about the seven cheftestants as the seven dwarfs. How perfect would it have been for them, when called to the judges table, to march in to the refrain of Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho ..... . It could have been the ultimate sound bite. In their defense, after a grueling, challenging day, I'm sure they were tired and not thinking too quick on their feet.
The other one, would have been a whole play on the phrase Serial Killer, though I guess Chris kind of had it going when he had the Cereal maggots in his dessert. Great to see him rise to the occasion, since over the competition, he's had some really quirky ideas that just never translated well. Finally both his concept and execution hit the mark.
@Hickory...Seriously? Nyesha is cut because she didn't have SALT or PEPPER to season her fish with? Doubt it. Highly doubt it.
So happy Bev won Last Chance Kitchen!!!
And Nyesha is out, yay, I was so tired of her snotty attitude, plus had just seen her get a job on "Chef Hunter" so what the heck is she doing on "Top Chef" too? Just greedy and out for herself? How much does she need? Bye, bye...don't let the doorknob hit ya....
And, also sad Bev was cut from he original Top Chef, because I thought Sarah's undercooked (again!!) risotto should have been her last chance. However, SO HAPPY Greyson is still on -- she is so genuine and spontaneous. Go cheesehead, go! (from a fellow Wisconsinite!)
Now just waiting for Bev to rejoin the Top Chefs at the finale.
Conflicted on this one. Sad to see Beverly go before haters like Lindsay and Sarah. But Nyesha is a BEAST and it sucks to see her lose to a lesser chef like Beverly because she was forced to use Beverly's ingredients.
Tom, sticky over undercook...WOW!!! If anything, Sarah should've been sent home for her undercooking her risotto. Anyhow, I loved the LCK twist. Just wanna say, Nyesha lost fair and square. It's not Beverly's fault, Top Chef, and Tom's fault that Nyesha did not know how to cook with the "blind" ingredients. Nyesha, herself even told Tom that the kind of dish that Beverly made (with Nyesha's picking AND "blind" ingredients to Beverly) was what Nyesha would have NOT made. Therefore, Beverly made her own dish & won.
Hi Tom -- This was my favorite episode yet! It was obvious that the chefs were having fun being creative and that the judges all enjoyed the food. I enjoyed Charlize Theron, too. She added some humor (and beauty) to the show, and that was refreshing. Additionally, the resulting Last Chance kitchen was also the best Last Chance yet. I have been rotting for Beverly all along. I think she is highly underestimated by the other chefs -- which is odd, since she always seems to make good food. I would like to see her win the show and show the other chefs how good she is. I thoroughly enjoyed the Last Chance competition and how you switched their work stations in the middle of them cooking. It's exciting challenges like that that are truly fun to watch -- and they truly test the skills of the chefs. I love the show, and thank you for such a wonderful episode last night (and a wonderful LC today). :)
OK, while I get the gripes at Judges Table, my own view was that when Beverly cried (again, sigh), she did herself in. Yes, she has been bullied, and yes Lindsay and Sara suck big time. But Beverly is also just so awkward and socially maladjusted that I couldn't see her staying on. I really wanted to pull for her, especially given how horrible some of the other chefs were to her, but I couldn't, in the end.
And ugh, why does Last Chance Kitchen need to pull these stunts? Nyesha got hosed twice now, first because of a stupid team competition where her teammate with immunity screwed up, and second because of a stupid twist. No justice on Top Chef. I would have liked to see Nyesha back in it.
Tom, Tom, Tom!
First of all -- love you! You're kinda dorky, but I love all your facial expressions on the show. You're awesome. I also really, really, really loved last night's episode AND the Last Chance Kitchen. I was upset that Beverly got sent home for playing it safe while Sarah undercooked her risotto and made it through. But I know you've said it a million times that WE don't get to TASTE the food; YOU GUYS do. So I suppose we just need to trust you all, as you are pros at what you do. And I don't think producers play a role in who gets eliminated. I see a lot of people are suspicious about stuff, but it is what it is. Nobody likes to see their favorite chef go home, so they start making up conspiracy theories about how producers set stuff up. I loved the wicked challenge, because it was fresh, new (something you all hadn't done before) and I LOVED seeing the chefs let their imaginations run wild. It was awesome. I was sad when Beverly went home because she has always been my favorite. I think the other women are SO rude to her, and that makes me like them less. When you guys had Nayesha and Beverly switch stations in the Last Chance Kitchen, that was AWESOME too. They SHOULD be challenged. Making their own dish with their own ingredients would have been too easy, and as the show progresses and the better chefs are eliminated, LCK SHOULD have tougher challenges! I love the Last Chance Kitchen, by the way. It's awesome that they get a second chance ... and I feel like Beverly deserved to win. To those that say it was biased toward Beverly -- you're wrong because producers set them up to COOK A DISH OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE. At first, I was sure it was set up to make Nayesha win because we all know Beverly likes to make her Asian dishes. So, if anything, Beverly proved she CAN do something different. Ingredient choices had nothing to do with Nayesha losing.
Tom -- Love you, love the show. LOVE Charlize Theron. She brought humor and a light-heartedness to the show. I adored this last episode. I think the show needs more fun/humor. I am sad that Beverly went home instead of Sarah with her undercooked food, but glad that Beverly pulled through in LC Kitchen. Don't listen to the people who are complaining about the challenges being rigged and whatnot -- they're just sad that Nayesha went home. And that's understandable. She was a great chef, but a TOP Chef is one who can face ANY challenge and pull through. If you just had them cook their own dishes every time, then the show would be boring. We want to see wicked meals and station-switched more. It's exciting and, at the end of the day, it's a television show, not a cooking competition.
I really think Beverly got away with a easy dish on Last chance. I honestly think Nieshya should have gotten.. Beverly really has not shown any diversity toward her cooking and seems to cook the spare ribs to get out of the rut. When they had too switch ingredients, it just seems like Beverly always gets the pitty party at the end of the day or the win given too her a plate. Trust me she was bullied during the show which was a disgrace that people act the way they do. I am truly surprised that Heather was not put into her place, my opinion Heather should have been disqualified for her actions?
Note to future female contestants: When you're constantly CRYING either in the kitchen or at judge's table, you make all female chefs look ridiculous. The most common insult I hear about women in top positions is "they'll just break down and cry". Well, Beverly is only reinforcing this unfair stereotype.
I also know some restaurant owners who would NEVER hire a chef who cried under pressure.. how can you depend on that person to function in a high-pressure kitchen?
Beverly may be a great cook, but I find it hard to believe that she could ever handle cooking in a top-notch restaurant environment. She's just too slow, too emotional and gets too flustered.
Hi Tom, what a great episode this was. I have been waiting for the chefs to bring it, and they really did for this episode. Paul is my favorite to win it all, but I've never been right, so I hope I don't jinx him. This episode reminded me of the semifinal in TC: All Stars and the genealogy challenge. This is the opposite of sliding by with the 2nd-to-worst dish. This is standing up and doing your best. Some of the dishes were visually stunning, which was part of the requirement. Grayson's dish was the most lurid, I think, but it sounds like it all came down to taste. I was sad to see Beverly eliminated, but that's the way it goes. It could have been any of them.
I am so loving Last Chance Kitchen. The twist of switching stations was totally cruel, but so entertaining. Like Padma said in the BBQ challenge, "we're really a**holes." Yes you are. But earning (not winning) $125K should be tough. It's not like Nyesha lost because the ingredients were Asian; again we go back to the basics of seasoning.
I hope the chefs continue to cook at this high level. It should always be their goal to make the elimination decision hard because the food is just so great, rather than because so many dishes were mediocre.
Im so disappointed in Top Chef, seems like Nyesha has been targeted to loss based on trickery. First she was eliminated based on the so-called "team challenge", in which her dish was fine, now after winning head to head competitions with four other chefs, she's eliminated because you have to switch and cook the other persons ingrediants, and it seemed such a lame reason, slightly under seasoned. However, Beverly was just eliminated after two other chefs undercooked, oversalts one dish and can't cook an egg on the other yet they remained in the overall competition. I knew Nyesha would not make it back in because she is the person that truly deserves it and of course there's not going to be a Top Chef of color anytime soon. Good Job Tom, Padma and Andy Cohen.
This episode was glorious, for the reason that Tom discusses, all the chefs being spot on with their dishes. As the dishes were presented, it was nerve-wracking to wait for that one disappointment. What a relief to discover all the chefs had excelled! However ... for the same reason, this episode was a downer, since the loser was gone on what felt like a technicality ... Poor Bev ... Tom informs all the chefs, including you, that your dishes are worthy of your restaurants, and yet you're sent packing anyway ... Last Chance was also a downer to me because I feel as if Nyesha was given a raw deal in the challenge that had felled her. Was hoping to see her back in the competition for this reason, for justice. But was also glad to an extent to see Bev pick up the win since she also left for something that really wasn't a fault on her part ... Hope TC presents nothing else in the future to be so ambivalent about ...
How many different ways can you make risotto??? Kick Bev off the show because she didn't get creative enough, but Sara is guilty of the same thing. She is classicly trained, she works under the best chefs, she is from TX and every challenge and celebrity is near and dear to her little heart...but she really needs to step outside of her comfort zone and cook some non-italian food for once. I'd like to see her cook some other types of food, and prove she deserves to be Top Chef. In my opinion, TC should be a well rounded chef. Think outside the box, girl!! I'm sick of risotto. J sayin'.
I cannot wait till the reunion, cause you know Andy is going to ask about the chef's treatment of Bev. I certainly hope that Heather, Lindsey and Sarah are ashamed of themselves. Sarah couldn't even be happy for Paul when he won in the elimination. she looks pissed off every time someone other than her wins. Is it wrong to say that in the previews for next week, when it looks like she's cooking against Lindsey that I hope they BOTH go home?
These are the types of competitions I want to see more of. This season has felt like Top Caterer with too much of an emphasis on BBQ and red meat. It is no surprise the food was all so good...the chefs were allowed to do what they do best: cook. They were not in the middle of a desert, they didn't have to grill outside in unbearable conditions. They were just given a goal and left to their own creativity. A great episode and I hope we see more of these kinds of challenges.
The last Chance Kitchen episode was infuriating. It was a transparent maneuver to keep Beverly in the contest at the expense of Nyesha. I have lost all respect for the show.
I understand the comment that Beverly "played it safe" (by the way, for the commenter that said she cooked a fairy tale dish - Snow White IS a fairy tale), the bottom line is that this is a cooking competition. UNDERcooked risotto - not to mention that it's not the FIRST time in this same competition that she blew it with risotto - should have sent Sarah home over sticky sauce in otherwise flawless dish. Flawless, the exact words used to describe Bev's cooking. Yep, she's a little goofy and emotional - not uncommon for an abuse survivor - but she's also a very talented chef, and it's a shame to see a talented chef go instead of one who can't properly cook the main ingredient of her dish. And while Grayson's dish was visually striking, and the chicken moist, more than one judge commented on how several elements of the plate didn't work - the egg, the foi gras - and yet you send home the chef whose sauce was sticky?
I have to add one more comment - I thought that apple Chris was making was a disaster heading right at the judges, and I was wrong! The end result looked freaking awesome, especially the way it spilled out all gory-looking on the plate, and apparently it tasted as awesome as it looked.
I simply do not understand the all of the venting about this week's Last Chance Kitchen. Nyesha did not "set Beverly up to win". All she did was select ingredients- Beverly was the one responsible for the flavor, technique and concept that led to the win, just as Nyesha was responsible for executing the ingredients Beverly had selected. And the argument that Beverly's ingredients were somehow inferior to Nyesha's is ridiculously unfounded, and besides the final decision came down to seasoning (salt and pepper, people), not the combination of ingredients. There was a quickfire in S5 where the chefs had to switch ingredients mid cooking, so it's not like that was an entirely new development or twist. I understand that a lot of people here wanted Nyesha to win LCK, but this criticism of the outcome is ridiculous. Nyesha shouldn't "get a pass" because she won several rounds. Whoever makes it to the end wins, bottom line.
Hi Tom, Love the show, love your food. This episode is an example of what the producers are doing wrong. Too many team challenges, too many 'cooking for 500 people', etc. This time, you gave the cheftestents a theme, and let them go! And you got great food! Not saying every episode has to mirror this one. But I think too often the time constraints or the teams bring down what otherwise would be fantastic food. Still love the show, just a little constructive criticism. Charlize Theron and Padma together made a malstrom of hotness. Both are stunningly gorgeous to the point of distraction. I loved it!
I agree that Sarah's dish seemed more likely for elimination, but hey, I"m not there. I don't like Beverly necessarily, but think that she did well in LCK and glad she might still have a chance. I still thing Paul is the most qualified chef and a nice guy. I know it's about the food, but he has definitely brought that to the competition. I dislike the women of this season. I am a woman and they always lament that it's tough to be a female in this field, but if they weren't so catty and bitchy, they might have a better chance. I honestly cannot believe they are so mean and spiteful. I dont' find Beverly to be Top Chef material, but the flavor is there. Being a hateful b**** like most of the other females does NOT make them any more valuable in this market than a quirky Beverly. I would NEVER eat at any of their restaurants ..no matter how great their food is. Poor sportsmanship and bullying does not sit too well with me.
Neither time Nyesha was eliminated were a proper representation of her cooking ability. 1st time for a dish she didn't cook. Second time for a dish where she had no choice in the cooking equipment, seasoning or ingredients. Considering this is a top chef competition, that doesn't seem fair. She should be reinstated into the competition and win or lose on her own merits.