December 19, 2016 at 6:05 pm #1201972462
Seems like the season is already underway! Ugh, I hate that I didn’t find this out until now. Oh well. I’ll catch the marathon whenever Bravo sees fit to air that. Alums vs. Newbies. Set in historic Charleston, SC.
Discuss.December 24, 2016 at 9:49 am #1201974497
Didn’t even think to check here for a Top Chef thread but glad I’m not the only one watching this season here 🙂 . So far the eliminations have been pretty predictable…with the exception of episode three (still pissed off). But these are just my initial thoughts so I’m sure that will change. The newbies are great. The alum are great. Only four I dislike are Brooke, Emily, Sylva, and Silvia.December 25, 2016 at 5:08 am #1201974750
The Alums vs. Newbies twist is a nice touch that I wasn’t expecting this season. Couldn’t find the premiere to tape, but I have seen the last two episodes. Really liked both the “trash fish” competition (never heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes before) and the radishes best four out of seven challenge. At first, I thought the two factions would be split up initially, but that doesn’t look like how this will work. The teams mingle with both, and once the numbers start to dwindle, everyone will truly have to live or die individually. Katsuji again is just a nightmare that I’d dread cooking with in any kitchen, but he’s a bold “personality” that TPTB signed on for a reason and will keep around for that reason for many episodes. That’s the game he’s playing now this time around. Amanda should have gone home for her frantic behavior in the kitchen and cardinal sin of undercooked beans. In Sam’s situation, you have to call your dish the appropriate moniker. Otherwise, not meeting the established expectation of the báhn mi is too much to overcome. He seemed like such a good dude that I would have hoped could redeem himself from his earlier season. Oh well. There’s always “Last Chance Kitchen.” Strong opening episodes for the season! Welcome back, “Top Chef”!December 29, 2016 at 10:10 am #1201976969
New episode tonight! 10 pm for those on the East Coast.December 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm #1201977103
The season has been great so far. I’m enjoying it a lot. I can’t stand Katsuji or John Tesar, so it was annoying that they ended up together and winners this week. I will say though, theirs was one of the dishes that came up on screen and I said “daaaamn!”, I really did want to try it, funny that Tom ended up saying “it looked like a mess”, when that’s all we can go by and I did like how it looked.
I’m liking these contestants, and the old people are great. Can’t really get over how much Casey looks like Connie Britton, I’ve been saying it since All Stars. Not as much as that Sandra Bullock clone from Survivor, but enough for me to never get over it.December 30, 2016 at 9:14 pm #1201977703
The barbecue challenge was a tough one, but I liked how most of the teams rallied at the end to make it all work. Green team was a mess from start to finish. I would have sent Katsuji packing for making those sour beans, but TPTB probably said to keep him around for drama as long as possible, so eliminate a newbie nobody instead. Sad that the “birthday curse” struck again, this time with Sylvia (either that or Silva … such close-sounding names, but the foreign black guy was just as bad in making a bad sauce that wasn’t vinegar- or mustard-based but a hoisin sauce with ketsup? Noooo.) The editing wouldn’t have made it a thing unless that was the result of the episode, so whatever. I doubt she makes a mark on “Last Chance Kitchen” either. I’m thinking about keeping up with all of that this season. Sam or B.J. right now? Bravo’s web page is so horrible though, ughhhh.December 31, 2016 at 8:19 am #1201977804
Finally watched it this morning and not gonna lie, as much as I wasn’t rooting for her…that is how they make potato salad in Italy in a lot of places. Pretty much how my whole family makes it…they would rather be tortured then use mayo. Saying that, she should have called it something different and she probably would have been safe and Katsuji would have been gone. LCK was interesting as well. Didn’t think the result would be that.January 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm #1201981133
Well that elimination was not a shock. Don’t think that she seemed to care though since she got her mojo/confidence back so 🙂January 12, 2017 at 7:20 am #1201986213
Episode Title: “Booty”
Synopsis: For the Quickfire Challenge, Padma and guest judge Chef Michael Cimarusti challenge the chefs to cook dishes using ingredients corresponding to the element of their zodiac sign: earth, air, fire, or water. The bottom two chefs square off in a Sudden Death Quickfire, where one chef will be eliminated immediately. Later, returning guest judge Graham Elliot splits the chefs into teams to throw a pirate-themed party in honor of Blackbeard. They’ll have to race through the stormed-out streets of Charleston to collect their ingredients on a treasure hunt. After service, the chef with the worst dish on the losing team will be forced to walk the plank.
Discuss.January 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm #1201986852
What an episode! Jim was one of my early favs to make it to the finals, and Jamie giving up his immunity to fall on his team’s sword is absolutely unprecedented. Love seeing the group rally in Sudden Death Quickfires. The team challenge was good, though these weren’t my favorite judges. Two chances to finally get rid of Emily and they blew it both times SMDH. Time for Restaurant Wars next week!January 13, 2017 at 7:16 am #1201987068
I have to give Jamie credit but John was really annoying me. And Casey kinda pissed me off too.January 19, 2017 at 4:13 am #1201990690
Restaurant Wars tonight!January 20, 2017 at 9:57 am #1201991349
John and Katsuji both deserved to go but Sheldon prevented that from going completely insane. Give that man a drink lol.January 21, 2017 at 9:40 am #1201991912
Best Restaurant Wars ever? Holy shit! And I thought last week’s epic episode with Jamie’s unprecedented exit would be the series tape this year. I might reconsider that now. Katsuji is just a horrible person in general, which is a shame when he’s one of the most talented chefs the show’s ever had. He knew exactly what he was doing in setting John up for failure and propping himself up as the victor. John was one of the worst expediters I’ve seen to date, so his exit would have been just as deserved. Not diminishing the role of front of the house, but when someone wins or loses for it, it always feels weird to me? Cheers to Brooke, but if Shirley’s panna cotta turned out better (and she altered it at her teammates’ urging, mind you), I’d picked her as the winner. Great episode! I wanted to keep up with “Last Chance Kitchen” but haven’t had the time or patience to deal with Bravo’s shitty web site. I think I like the surprise of seeing who made it in the finale now anyways.January 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm #1201992081
Katsuji is the worst. John is not far behind. I was hoping for a double elimination, but I was ok because it was obvious one of the two was going to get voted out. Of the two, Katsuji was the obvious choice and the most annoying.
Can’t believe Emily keeps escaping her obvious elimination.