Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio explains the minute details that sent Beverly packing.

on Jan 18, 20120

As for the evil Queen herself, while it was a fun conceit to have Charlize Theron join us as a judge because it gave us a chance to craft a fun challenge for the chefs, you may not know that not only is Charlize a huge fan of the show, but she’s also a good amateur cook. I’ve cooked with her before, and she knows her way around the kitchen.

All in all, this was a great challenge, in which I was served memorable food and shown a line-up of very fine chefs. Note, please, that we’re no longer cooking BBQ. The flame under this season has just been turned way, way up…. Stay tuned…

 

 

233 comments
rodeofan
rodeofan

I think Tom had a crush on Beverly he stuck up for her on every challange. He gets locked on one person and becomes very stong willed and over powers all the other judges. He is the most over rated chef on the show.

Lewil
Lewil

Like the rest, I am extraordinarily disappointed in the gimmicky nature of this season, and the ski/skeet shooting episode in particular. I was by no means a Bev fan to begin with. That being said, this episode had very little to do with cooking. Such a surprise to have this sort of competition contribute to an elimination of a chef. Especially when I remember Tom consistently saying that this competition is about the food. Wasn't it Tom who once complained that Sam hadn't cooked anything and that this was a cooking competition? How far we have come since then.....and not in a good direction.

Sam Franklin
Sam Franklin

Love the show Tom! I just bought your book too, "Thinking Like a Chef." I am looking forward to its arrival. Really sad to see Bev go AGAIN! Wish she had made it to the final 2. Well, I guess I'll have to deal with my heartbreak and move on, so GO PAUL! We will come see you after you take it all and come back to Austin.

As far as everyone else's comments on the gimmicks used this season, ya I have to say that being able to cook in a gondola, cross country ski, shoot a gun, or bust open a block of ice has very little to do with how well you can cook but it is entertaining to watch and I applaud all of you this season that dealt with some ridiculous and trying situations. Y'all are so talented they have to come up with some way to eliminate people right? Props to Paul for his sportsman like conduct for helping the girls get their food out of the bricks of ice and share what he had gotten for himself. Like he said the competion is really supposed to be about the food. I can always respect someone that wants to win based on merit and not by luck of the draw.

Ok gotta slip this one in there - we love Grayson too! It's like sex in the mouth has become one of our new favorite phrases! Like it has been said you are one hell of a firecracker!

Rann
Rann

My Favorite was Chef Beverly. Her treatment by the other chefs made this the rudest season I've ever watched. Sarah should be gone if only for her treatment of Bev. Beverly out cooked all of the other three chefs in the final four. I think she was politically slated to be kicked out. I have no Idea why Sarah made it as far as she did.

Cleveland girl
Cleveland girl

Tom, I know why you are not blogging. You are EMBARRASSED at what your show has become. A stupid, idiotic parody of its former self.

Let the chefs COOK....for goodness sakes! Do you really think people enjoy watching these ridiculous challenges??? WE DON'T.

I know the Bravo editors won't print this, but I hope you read it and get the message that your fan base is shrinking!

mamajhall
mamajhall

I really liked Beverly! I so hope the mean girls don't win

TCbores
TCbores

No more blogging because the show has become inexcusable? You should leave the show while you can still save face. Maybe start over on another channel?

Claudia30318
Claudia30318

I have a very hard time believing that Lindsay could out cook Beverly or Nayesha. I've eaten at three of Michelle Bernstein restaurants and was always disappointed. As much as I am not a fan of Sarah for her bullying of Bev, I know her mentor Tony Montuano is amazing so I can imagine she must be a phenomenal cook.

I am really rooting for Paul to win. He seems incredibly talented, always played fair and so hard working. Plus I'm rooting for the PINOY Top Chef!!!

Oklahoma Viewer
Oklahoma Viewer

The problem with team challenges is the chef with the most attitude runs over the whole group and then the judges pick that chefs food and the others get booted. I agree they need to be able to delegate and work in a group in the kitchen but these are all chefs and no one wants to help. They are a contestant to show case their cooking talent not their ability to co exist with others. How to make it less boring, my guess being a sucky broad that walk all over others but the judges give a pass to the end.

Bonstance
Bonstance

I agree with all the comments about 1) Beverly and how she really proved herself in the Last chance Kitchen, found herself even. I did not understand why her dish over the others. I realize I have a very negative bias against Sarah-after watching her and how she operates, I could give a crap about her cooking-I would touch anything she cooks. She would benefit from much therapy. Then amybe she would act like an adult instead of a petulalnt, back-bitting child.

2) stop with the Amazing Race-type challenges!! I want to see these chefs COOK. Don't dumb this show down! I love The Amazing Race, but not on Top Chef. Please.

Win
Win

Lindsey, Sarah, Heather were all terrible people... It was so much fun watching Lindsey trying to cross country lol... Out of shape much.... But on the other hand, I can't stand Bev either.... Watching these season reminds me why I always like working with men... Women are just catty... Just can't help it.

Win
Win

Lindsey, Sarah, Heather were all terrible people... It was so much fun watching Lindsey trying to cross country lol... Out of shape much.... But on the other hand, I can't stand Bev either.... Watching these season reminds me why I always like working with men... Women are just catty... Just can't help it.

RCDC63
RCDC63

Tom - I just stil believe Nyesha should be in the competition. It seems both times she was eliminated wasn't based on her own cooking style, while on the actual show, it was because of her partners dish, then on the so-called "last chance", she had won every head to head competition and lost by a hair when the chefs were told to switch and cook what the other chef prepared, which means she still was better because she prepared her ingrediants better. Do you just not want a Top Chef with color?

Karen V. Pine City, NY
Karen V. Pine City, NY

Tom,

Get back to cooking on the show. This is not Survivor!!

If Lindsay & Sarah make to the finale I will NOT be watching. And there are many others that think the same way.

Beverly SHOULD have won, not Sarah.

Good luck, Beverly!

KV

Jane A
Jane A

Mitar, touché on the unsportsmanlike behavior.  I am in agreement. 

kaynine4
kaynine4

This is the first Top Chef ever that I have not enjoyed. The reasons: the bullying, hateful and uneducated remarks made by Heather and Beverly and some of the other chefs. The animosity and negative remarks made against Beverly take the spirit of true competition out of the mix. First of all, most of the chefs are mediocre, they cook and act like contestants that didn't make the cut at Hell's Kitchen. Their lack of professionalism is deplorable. I hope Paul takes it all. He is the only chef who has truly shown he is worthy of the title Chef. He isn't negative nor does he try to cut down his fellow contestants out of ignorance and negativity. He is there to prove he is talented and not to destroy his team mates with verbal and emotional attacks. Go Paul, you are the reason I am still watching.

dlc
dlc

Sarah over Bev? Are you kidding? Things would have turned out very differently if Bev would not have been disqualified by the quick fire she just barely did not finished. This is my favorite show and I have watched them all from the beginning, but something about season 9 just was not enjoyable to watch. I liked the Last Chance Kitchen because it gave the eliminated chef a second chance, a head to head, win it or lose it challenge, no hiding behind anyone. I feel this group was a bad mix of mean spirited, disrespectful, and rude personalities. If this was the best of the bunch that you could find, you must not have had much of a turnout for tryouts this season. I think this season of TC has hit it's peak for the series. I would say the last show has hit it's "Jump the Shark" period.

Chubs
Chubs

For a few short seasons I was impressed that Top Chef had abandoned gimmicks like bicycles, blindfolds and gondolas, but here they all are again, and just as stupid as always. Pity.

mumumama219
mumumama219

I believe there should be less "team" challenges. Beverly did not do well in them for her team. I ended up disliking Beverly because of them and hoping for her demise. However, in the end I disliked her more because when she went solo it appears that she is a pretty good chef but only proved to me that she did not give her all for the team and that is way too self centered for my liking. She tried to paint the "poor me, nobody has faith in me or my abilities" picture but watching the team challenges it was obvious why her teammates thought that and I think inside she is a shark and knew exactly what she was trying to pull. So maybe less team challenges is the way to go - let each chef stand or fall on their own.

Therese Vidal
Therese Vidal

Dear Tom,

Please consider revising the show for next season? Most of the episodes dealt with the cheftestants making food for hundreds of people and that certainly didn't showcase their talents. In addition, the audience can't see why they are even on Top Chef because we can't see them as individuals. I saw that you loved Beverly but the girl is socially inept and in addition passive agressive. You're a man and some times men can't see what is right in front of their faces and trust me on this the girl deserved some if not all the criticism she got from the other women. Please bring the show back to what it's supposed to be? Good young chefs with talent showing us their food. NOT chefs trying to cook for 100's or trying to free their food from ice blocks!!!

Loyal fan,

Therese

Andrea Colucci
Andrea Colucci

This season places more emphasis on gimmicks and stupid situations(gondolas, shooting at targetes) than actual cooking. Knock it off and return to placing the emphasis on cooking.

Moonchild28
Moonchild28

Padma looked so sad that she had to send Beverly home. I was hoping it would be her and Paul for the finale. I think Sarah and Lindsay are very unpleasant people although it did seem as though Sarah's attitude had improved. Good to see. So Paul; take it on home. I have no doubt that you will win it.

Moonchild28
Moonchild28

Padma looked so sad that she had to send Beverly packing. I was hoping that it would be her and Paul for the finale. I don't much care for Sarah and lindsay although Sarah's attitude seems to have improved somewhat. Good to see. I thought she was an overall unpleasant person. Hey Paul; take it on home - know you can do it!

Ceekee
Ceekee

Lindsey, Sarah, Heather should all be embarrassed by their poor attitude. Their reaction to Beverly's wins spoke volumes of what type of woman they are-jealous & catty! Am disappointed with judges decision in final 4 challenges.

Daniel Blinkoff
Daniel Blinkoff

As other people have said, I find Lindsay's, Sarah's, and Heather's lack of respect for Beverly to be, in the end, more revealing about themselves as people than anything else. Honestly, I don't think I would even want to try their food after the way they have portrayed themselves, and I have traveled far and wide to go to most of the restaurants of Top Chef contestants. Their insincerity leaves me cold, as I would imagine their food would leave me as well. I remember Tiffany learned from her mistakes after watching herself through the season, but then there will always be those like Jamie or Marcel who never seemed to learn. I wonder whether they can even see the ways in which they are dishonoring Beverly, or even themselves.

Viewer99999
Viewer99999

I agree with the comments already posted about Linsay and Sarah. I just can't decide who I hate more Linsay or Sarah!! I will be SOOOOO angry if either of those two win. I know it is not a popularity contest, but they have not shown to be honest and they are more than simply annoying. I am sorry, but I wouldn't and will not eat at their restaurants! I know it is silly, but I can't endorse arrogant cruel bullying people...poor Beverly!

Maxy
Maxy

I don't understand this judges last week Lindsay’s dish had more erros than Edward’s, and she admitedthe she those mistakes and still served the food, and Edward was elimatated because he did not use fresh osters come on. Now this week my favorite chef was elimated again Bev, she deserved to be in the finals or even win the whole thing, if this week challenge was to rate the over all dishes from all the chefs, Bev had won, i am so dissapointed in this season many awesome chefs have been elimated for so many stupid reasons and Lindsay and Sara are still in the competicion, i just can't watch anymore this season, i do not care who wins anymore, well i really really hope Paul wins.

Hoopmom2
Hoopmom2

Just want to say what a poor choice, Sarah over Beverly - Beverly was in the top in both of the prior challenges and Sarah was in the bottom - Sarah has squeaked by the entire season - she's a mean girl who will hopefully have the karma bug bite her in her backside big time. Liked Lindsay in the first few episodes but she too became a back biter - go Paul!!!

Former Top Chef fan
Former Top Chef fan

I'm tired of listening to these cheftestants either criticize and insult Beverly or complain about how she doesn't deserve to be back in the competition. The show this season has lost its focus - contestants aren't being judged on their cooking skills as much as their ability to ski cross country and shoot a gun for their ingredients. Each episode has been painful to watch as these contestants behave like childish bullies making snide remarks and negative comments about Bev exclusively. I hope she wins just to spite these creeps.

Reggie Davis
Reggie Davis

Too many stunts this season! The chefs should be allowed to do more cooking and less of the other junk!

scgrant
scgrant

Love the show, so my wife and I tried Tom's Craft Bar in New York for our Valentine's dinner. I was ready to be super-critical, but the ambiance, food and service were perfection. I know Tom doesn't cook, but he probably influences the menu and judges/coaches the group's performance. Its not super-fussy food, but it was inventive, clear minded, and delicious. And, the price was very reasonable for New York. Tom, and his restaurant, appear to be the real deal.

JJPASCHALL
JJPASCHALL

This has been a season of many things-the best crazy great challenges that made me watch over and over-the worse group of inmature, mean spirited, self seving, grade school mentality bullies. The queston is why did not someone at Bravo stop this....is this a Housewives ratings ploy? I think so and is very unneccessary for this emmy winning series. The editing was heavy handed with the close ups of the 3 most active and mean spirited female bullies. I would starve before eating at their restaurants and I hope their employers are aware of their conduct. I am sure they are-I emailed them. Top Chef shows are the most watched in my circle.

denvercook
denvercook

Tom,

Where have you gone? Your viewers miss your blogs!

mitar
mitar

I think if you lose its becuase the judges; did not think you was good enought to go on,stop blaming the the person you lost to and admit' that maybe your not as good as you thought you was.

mitar
mitar

I don't think i would visit any of this years contestants resturants,only becuase of the poor sportmenship and pettiness they have displayed.Sarah and Heathe, are on the top of the list' the way they acted every time Beverly won a challenge was embarasing, and unprofessional.show are young people, that its ok to act like a bullys and freeze out anyone that might be better then you.show them how its ok to call them names and not have the curttesy or grasefulness to congatulate them on a win. i have seen five year olds behave better then this shame on you Shame

carlarocks!
carlarocks!

Tom,

I miss your blogs! One of the things from Top Chef that I look forward to is your blog. In the past, you commented on almost every episode. And now, you haven't commented on an episode since Beverly "left the competition." I look forward to your blog b/c you give us an insight of what really happened during the challenge and at the judging table.

I hope you are able to write a blog for the last two episodes.

Super Fan
Super Fan

With this show being one of the best reality TV, showcasing the talents of up and coming, inventive chefs, why OH WHY did you all decide to make changes that didn't really live up to Top Chef standards? You just don't fix what isn't broken. The first error was kicking off the young black woman who didn't make a mistake - as a judge you could've made the change and say, "No, we're not sending you home." Then, after winning week-after-week in the LCK, she gets beaten and has nothing to show for it? Really? Obviously, this is one chef that should have remained on the show. The next huge error was Pee Wee Herman. Really? How could any of use viewers take that seriously; the challenge wasn't about good food, but rather a relay race. And now this: SARAH NOT BEING ALLOWED TO COMPETE???? This is a show about COMPETITION. I had to hate this decision most of all. I'm afraid for the next season - how are you going to ruin the show even more?

I know that I'm responding to a dated blog, but you haven't updated in a couple of weeks.

BTW, I loved that Grayson left you speechless! HA. I love you, Tom, really do - but when Grayson got your goat it was hilarious! And, if you have had a hand in these changes to an otherwise PERFECT REALITY SHOW, please, PLEASE, CHANGE IT BACK!

ray3
ray3

I think the whole "Last Chance Kitchen" was weak!! Beverly has a bad dish and is eliminated but gets to come back. Why doesn't Ed, who was eliminated this week have a shot to come back?? Bad, bad, bad idea!!

DeeDee 2
DeeDee 2

The judges had more negative things to say about Lindsay’s dish not Edward’s. I think Edward deserves to be in the finals. This season was not really worth watching, but I loved watching Last Chance Kitchen until the unfairness when it came to Nyesha and Beverly switching ingredients. I will not be watching the rest of this season. It’s time to either have blind judging or get rid of Tom. This season everything smiles really fishy.

Robette
Robette

Hurray! Bev is BACK! She's worth 100 Lindseys and Sarahs. Hope she she makes it into the top 4...

SallyFox
SallyFox

I don't understand why Beverly, who lost a challenge, is able to come back and take a final place over someone who never lost a challenge. This makes 0 sense to me. I can't imagine how this is fair.

ViewerBOOBS
ViewerBOOBS

WHY ISN'T IT WEDNESDAY!!! I WANNA KNOW IF BEV IS BAAAAAACK!

Codi
Codi

Tom and Grayson should date, there is definetely some sexual chemistry there

Brooklyn HW
Brooklyn HW

Tom...there has to be better cheftestants in future seasons going forward or this show is going down the tubes. Aside from Paul, Grayson, and Ed no one was remotely "fun" to watch this season because they were either lacking in talent, boring, or incredibly dreadful human beings whose actions were caught on camera. The dumb team challenges and the cattiness were all distractions from the game of making great food. I agree with "vtgreeley"'s post - I miss the Voltaggio brothers as well. Season six's contestants and the high-caliber challenges are something you and the producers need to aspire to again. My has this show taken a dive....

columbus,ohio
columbus,ohio

Asian food is diverse, complicated, and infinite. I don't even understand all the comments about Bev being monotone. It is totally ignorant, if not racist. Every season there are a handful of chefs who cook only Italian food and no one cares. And what is with all these narrow chefs who can only cook "farm to table style" food. That is like a niche within nouveau American cooking. How can you get more limited than that!

Viewer
Viewer

The really tough thing is Bev ultimately lost by missing rice crispies even before the elimination challenge!

Drummer139
Drummer139

Hey Tom, Missed your Blog for the last 2 episodes, are you not commenting on the show anymore. I have to say I enjoy readng your Blogs, I'm sure it's a lot of work, but hope you return to doing them! Great show, love it, and my thanks to all of you, it's the only reality show I watch!

lMitchell
lMitchell

I hope Grayson comes back. Beverly is a good cook but she always uses the same stuff. Let’s not forget Beverly won with Nyesha’s ingredients. I would love to see a repeat challenge with Nyesha cooking her original ingredients and Beverly using her original ingredients. I believe it with all heart Nyesha would have won. Are you listening Mr.Tom Colicchio?

All Things Food
All Things Food

I never understand the backlash against this show and its judges. Without Tom's credibility, the show has no credibility. In which case, why bother watching, much less commenting on it? As Bourdain put it so well before, Tom brings a gravitas to the show that, in its absence, might sink to something far less appealing. And Tom has displayed enough humility, both in his blogs and his behavior on the show, to do away with this notion that he expects some sort of subservience from the cheftestants. Remember his self-scolding, in season 1, as Lee Anne is presenting her food at the Napa challenge, regarding his 'big mouth' in the wake of his silly complaint about a certain kind of meat being 'overly' served?

And this season's chefs are clearly talented. Have you already forgotten the recent episode featuring Charlize Theron? Tom enthusiastically proclaims that if they continue to cook the food presented there, they will have long and successful careers. All of them.

Concerning Bev and her 'proclivity' to cook Asian, I heard no complaints regarding Fabio when he did Italian. Nor was there the same level of angst when Ilan Hall cooked his way to the top prize doing basically nothing but Spanish. Bev cooks the food she grew up on, that her mother taught her. In other words, food she's most familiar with and loves. So she cooks from her heart. What's wrong with that? Are you going to deny Iron Chef status to Morimoto because he knows mostly Japanese?