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  • uncreativename
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    Premieres tonight.

    Season Eleven, Episode One – “Soiree in the Swamp”


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    11 opens with chefs battling for culinary honors in New Orleans. Here,
    the foodies must cook with either alligator, frog or turtle.

    Discuss.

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    vinny
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    Cannot wait. love this show.

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    Atypical
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    Finally TOP CHEF is back! And in New Orleans this time? Love it. Emeril’s going to have a ball this season.

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    David Buchanan
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    It’s been FAR too long since I’ve watched a complete season of Top Chef from beginning to end, so I’m really excited to get into it again, with such a great location, too!

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Atypical
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    Nice start to the season. This looks like it could be one of the most pedigreed group of chefs competing yet. I was slightly grossed out by some of the proteins used, but it’s NEW ORLEANS!, so I guess that goes with the territory. I need Gail Simmons back ASAP. The Australian guy doesn’t cut it. The best panel is Tom, Padma, Emeril, and Gail. Done. Maybe throw in Bourdain when he’s around, but other than that, that’s your best panel. The first elimination (Ramon) made one of those fatal chef errors that the judges were baffled by, so it must have been a doozy. I’ve been waiting for “Top Chef” to return forever it seems, so I’m very glad the series is finally back.

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    vinny
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    Ramon was good but fell into the category of chefs that get overwhelmed by everything. I don’t see him doing well in LCK. There are chefs I like already and some I want to see gone.

    The ones I like:

    1)Carrie : Didn’t expect her to be that good.
    2) Nina: She reminds me of someone I know and is a great chef.
    3) Sara: This girl is kinda amazing. All that spice and it worked.
    4) Bene: His food looked really good
    5) Jason: His food looked really good.
    6) Shirley: That looked like a great dish.

    The two I dislike already:
    1) Aaron: This guy needs to get his act together because it seems like Tom wanted him gone this week. Don’t blame Tom though he deserved to.
    2) Patty: I’m from NY and usually support contestants from  NY on these shows but she had such a great idea and let time management come back to bite her.

       

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    Atypical
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    That douchey Philly guy was awful. Send him packin’ soon, Padma!

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    Film Turtle
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    A strong first episode. The level of talent is pretty crazy. This is one of the reasons I’m addicted to shows like “Top Chef” and “Project Runway.” I really like watching genuinely gifted people do their thing, even under ridiculous circumstances. It must be crazy to be a chef, find yourself on “Top Chef” filming in New Orleans, and then have Emeril Lagasse himself walk in the front door with a box of beignets. I’m also glad they didn’t reference Katrina, although I’m sure it will come up. It shows the city and its residents are moving on.

    The cinematography really popped this first episode. Are they filming in a new format or something? It looked great.

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    uncreativename
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    SO glad this is back I love how they just dive right in on this show. One thing I love about “Top Chef” is that they focus on the cooking whereas some reality shows focus so much on the contestants’ back stories. (‘OK, I’m glad you’re doing this for your family but that doesn’t mean you cook any better’ does not happen as much on this show.)

    Don’t really know who I am rooting for at the moment but I was surprised the chef who completely changed her dish didn’t go home.

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    espnfan
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    It’s been FAR too long since I’ve watched a complete season of Top Chef from beginning to end, so I’m really excited to get into it again, with such a great location, too!

    I have actually had the same experience withTop Chef the past few seasons as well.  I am excited to see it is back, but I am not sure if I will watch this whole season start to finish.  Ever since their unbelievable and Emmy winning season 6 in Las Vegas, this show has really regressed ( I am talking about regular seasons, not including the All Star season.  Even that was underwhelming to a degree as we all knew Richard Blase was going to win from the start).

    While they have had some talented individuals the past coutple of seasons ( Washington D.C., Texas, and Seattle), as a whole their casts have paled in comparison in talent and skill to that of the Vegas cast. More imprtantly, most of the contestants have been really unlikeable people.  A lot of them have just been downright mean and nasty.  Where are the fun, exciting, and interesting contestants like Carla, Richard, Fabio, Jen Carol, Spike, Mike L., Antonia, etc.?  Most of the recent contestants seem to be very self absorbed and pompus.  On the whole thery are just not enjoyable people to watch. 

    Not to be shallow, but either give me really talented, fun, and interesting people to watch or at least give me some eye candy to watch.  Top Chef has been lacking in both departments the past few seasons. 

    I thought this was a nice start to the season.  The cast appears to be very talented and pedigreed.  For the first time in a while they have an awesome location as well.  New Orleans is a truly special city and a very unique culinary place.  Sorry, but Seattle and most of Texas just did not do it for me.  I hope the promising cast and great location of New Orleans can help make this a great season.  It would be nice to see Top Chef get back some of the charm and excellence it had in seasons 4, 5, and 6.

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “Rebuilding New Orleans”

    Synopsis: The remaining chefs prepare gumbo to try to please the palate of famed New Orleans chef Leah Chase; in the elimination challenge, they create and operate food trucks to serve Habitat for Humanity volunteers working in New Orleans; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

    Discuss.

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “Commander’s Palace”

    Synopsis: The remaining chefs reinvent items on a worst-food trends list in the quickfire challenge; in the elimination challenge, they must replicate dishes from a famed New Orleans restaurant; Paul Prudhomme and Tory McPhail serve as the guest judges; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    vinny
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    gotta love a double elimination but the bret/brant/whatever his name was really should have listened to the judges.

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    Film Turtle
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    It astounds me when the chefs are given pointed advice and then shrug it off, saying “I’m going to do what I want anyway.” Just like when designers on “Project Runway” receive good, pointed advice from Tim Gunn and then shrug it off.

    Again, I say: the challenges on this show are seriously insane. Reinvent a tired food trend with no time to plan or prepare for the editor of “Food & Wine” magazine and if she doesn’t like it, you’re fired; taste a dish from a fabled restaurant ONCE and then recreate it EXACTLY—for the chef who invented it, who happens to be one of the most famous in the country!—while sharing the kitchen with 15 other headcases, and if you fail, you’re fired.

    Dayum… 

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    vinny
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    It just hit me one of the contestants is the guy who was one of the sous chefs on top chef masters. Bene. I knew I recognized him from somewhere

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