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  • Atypical
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    Bravo’s Emmy-winning “Top Chef: Boston” premieres on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 10 PM ET.

    Season 12 contestants: 

    Aaron Grissom

     

    Adam Harvey

     

    Doug Adams

     

    George Pagonis

     

    Gregory Gourdet

     

    James Rigato 

     

    Joy Crump      

     

    Katie Weinner

     

    Katsuji Tanabe

     

    Keriann Von Raesfeld      

     

    Mei Lin

     

                 

    Melissa King

     

    Michael Patlazhan

     

    Rebecca LaMalfa

     

    Ron Eyester

     

    Stacy Cogswell

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    Atypical
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    Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef will premiere its 12th season in Boston on Wednesday, October 15th at 10 pm ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a Top Chef winner is joining the judging panel. Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the cheftestants guidance from a chef and a former competitor’s point of view.

    This season features some of the franchise’s “hungriest” chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town’s flourishing culinary scene. The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation, and Cheers! Mirroring Boston’s own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first Top Chef food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the Top Chef kitchen. The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston’s finest from the police and fire departments.

    Adding to the firsts for the series, the stakes are higher than ever as Top Chef introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that will occur without warning throughout the season and a revamped judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: actress Emmy Rossum, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from Cheers), Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pepin, Ken Oringer, and Jamie Bissonette.

    The cheftestants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of Top Chef.

    Additionally, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, the Emmy Award-winning, groundbreaking digital video series hosted by Tom Colicchio, returns for its fourth season. The companion series kicks off with a two-part redemption midseason and continues until part one of the finale. Each week, eliminated cheftestants face-off in a pressure-filled, battle royale to compete for the ultimate prizeredemption and a spot in the Top Chef finale. Fans can follow the Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen challenges on BravoTV.com, as well as join in the social conversation and see what the cheftestants have to say during the competition by following @bravotopchef on Twitter or liking the Top Chef Facebook fan page. The series can be seen on desktop, mobile, and tablet at BravoTV.com, m.BravoTV.com, on BravoNow iPhone and iPad apps, as well as iTunes, Amazon, VOD, and Hulu.

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    vinny
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    Blais

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “Sudden Death”

    Synopsis; In Boston, 16 aspiring chefs compete for a shot at culinary stardom; the
    contestants are thrust into hot water with a “Sudden Death” quickfire challenge; the elimination challenge unfolds during the first ever Top
    Chef Food Festival.

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    vinny
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    So I sorta felt bad for George and then he got on my nerves so I am glad he got eliminated. Michael was a disappointment because he had a fun culinary POV. Katsuji needs to go. How he managed to get all those ingredients into that was beyond me. Everything but the kitchen sink.  

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    Atypical
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    Nice start to the season! Love some of the changes made so far, like the “Sudden Death” quickfires (very intense), critiques during the challenges (something they honestly should have done sooner instead of waiting until judging), and having the entire group around for eliminations (which may or may not last). Not sure I’m all that taken yet with this year’s contestants. Some have truly awful personalities even from first glance. I loved that Padma put one of them in his place during the festival for his dirty work station and giving her all fat on her piece of pork belly. I’m not sure who my favorites are yet. I’m also not all onboard with such a prominent spot that Richard Blais has here. He pretty much decided the quickfire elimination, was one of the judges in the elimination challenge, and he got one of the four chairs in judging. It is good to see alums participate in the series and further the brand (other shows are doing this now, like “Dancing With the Stars” and Julianne Hough; “Project Runway” has had Christian Siriano on as guest judge multiple times; “American Idol” was toying with the idea of an entire judging panel filled wiith alums, which could have been novel), but Blais was never one of my favorites, and he’s no Emeril or Hugh or Bourdain to be elevated to this level. But anyways, nice first winner (emerge as that frontrunner, gurl!) and deserved two eliminations tonight.

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    Episode Title: “Boston’s Bravest & Finest”

    Synopsis: The remaining chefs create a surf-and-turf dish in the quickfire challenge; in the elimination challenge, teams serve up dishes to Boston’s police and firemen; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    vinny
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    That was a great episode.

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    Atypical
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    Aaron and Keriann should have just gotten a room already and kept all that sexual tension out of the kitchen lol. Great episode, though I knew the writing was on the wall for Joy fairly easily with the undercooked veal. Aaron and Keriann should have left jointly, but Aaron at least will be kept around by TPTB for a good while for the drama, I think. Team challenges are usually hit or miss, but besides the last team, the other teams seemed to gel well enough when it counted. The frontrunners are already emerging, particularly Mei Lin who works for a former “Top Chef” winner. It’s interesting to read all the blogs on how bad production was in Boston (residents did NOT want the show filming there), b/c the editing never shows any of that and is as polished as ever from a directing standpoint.

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    ^I heard the same thing, they had a hell of a time filming, especially they were picketed on multiple occassions by various union teamsters.  Thankfully that has not seemed to effect the quality or production of the show.

    The season has gotten off to an okay start.  It appears to be similar to the last few seasons, where they have talented chefs but no real breakout stars.  I miss the days of people like Fabio, Carla, Spike, Antonia, and Jen.

    I really do not like Richard Blaise joining the judging table.  He seems like a nice enough guy, but personally I find him extremely annoying and grating.  I kind of wish Bravo would stop forcing him on us and trying to make him happen.

    Maybe it has always been this way, but I hate when they have so many damn chefs competing.  It makes it almost impossible to get to know any of them.  It almost forces the show to try and get rid of them asap, with things like elimination quick fires, which I hate.  In past seasons I felt more connection to the contestants.  Currently it is hard to have a favorite to root for or against, as I know nothing about any of them.

    The wrong person went home week one.  I cannot believe they did not send home the women who made a broccoli salad.  That was a poor showing of her skills and talents.  Not to mention a poor use of time, as it does not take two hours to make a broccoli salad.  As usual, I guess it was better to play it safe than take a risk like the guy who went home did.  Usually they will keep the contestant who played it safe.

    I understand why the women who undercooked the veal went home episode two.  Usually if your food it unedible (primarily undercooking) you will get sent home for that.  Atypical, I would not have been surprised either if both Aaron and Keriann would have been sent home together.  Considering how horribly they did and how many contestants they have, I almost expected that to happen.

    This is an okay start to the season, but I get the feeling I will give up on at some point similar to the past several seasons.

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    ^ ^ ^ Don’t give up and stop watching, plz lol! Not many of us are around here.

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    I am really enjoying the season thus far. The judges are being especially picky this season; which makes for great TV.     

    Right now (in no particular orde) I’d rank the top contenders as:

    Mei Lin, Adam Harvey, Aaron Grissom, Gregory Gourdet and Jason Rigato.

    My pesonal favorites so far are Aaron Grissim and Jason Rigato.

    My least favorite so far is:  Keriann Von Raesfeld who seems overly passive aggressive and hostile.  

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    vinny
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    Aaron and Keriann have at a baseball field. They better keep the bats away from them.

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    ^ ^ ^ Don’t give up and stop watching, plz lol! Not many of us are around here.

    I will do my best to stick around, but I find it harder and harder to do so for a full season as the show has gotten older.  While Top Chef has not gotten anywhere near as bad as Project Runway(They never should have left Bravo in the first place, haven’t been the same since), it is starting to feel like a shell of itself. 

    Did anyone here happen to catch the latest Top Chef spin-off this past summer, Top Chef Duels?  I watched it and actually really loved it.  It may actually be on of my favorite incranations of Top Chef yet.

    It featured what I used to love about Top Chef without all the garbage that I hate about it (especially now).  It was primarily about two chefs whom we know and love competing head to head in a three course challenge.  There were no unworthy or weak competitors, no bull-shit challenges, no fighting or drama, and no team challenges.  Its only feature was talented and accomplished chefs (who were often friends) competing head to head. 

    That is what I miss about Top Chef these past couple of seasons.  Most of the contestants have been downright unpleasant and annoying.  They also tend to lack personality and charisma.  Many of these past seasons have failed to live up to the talent level of earlier seasons, especially the Vegas season.

    I will do my best to stick around this Boston season, but sadly the contestants they have so far leave me little hope of doing so.

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    Episode Title: “The Curse of the Bambino”

    Synopsis: In a nod to the Boston Tea Party, the contestants must use tea to enhance their dishes for guest judge Ming Tsai in another Sudden Death quickfire challenge; Fenway Park hosts a competition in which the chefs must use ballpark snacks to create fine-dining dishes in the elimination challenge.

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