Top Chef: Discussion - Bravo

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Alright. I have just settled in and have readied myself for Top Chef. The field has been thinned and it should be a real battle from this point forward.
I really enjoyed both the challenges they had on tonight's show, definitely want one of those cookies that Atonia made. And I really really really enjoy Target so it was great to see them having to run around in the middle of the night using anything they could fine. Another thing was that this episode really made me more hungry than normal after watching it. I actually went and made myself a grilled cheese, although didn't use an iron to cook it. I wasn't too happy with the elimination, but there isn't anyone left that I don't dislike. I think at this point I'm rooting for Antonia. She's definitely my favorite. And I'm seriously excited to see Paula Deen on the next show. That woman cracks me up. Let's hope they don't forget to add the butter. I'm also excited to see Fabio once more <3
I absolutely loved this episode the quickfire challenge was cute. At this point I'm rooting for Antonia and Karla I hope both of them are in the finals. Sad to see Angelo bite the dust.
I'll be fair and say I was a bit disappointed that this far into the competition they are doing elimination challenges that should at most be quickfires... My belief is that when the game advances to this point, we should see chefs cooking amazing food, not trying to prepare some crummy soup in a $12.99 plastic slow cooker on a shaky table at 3 O'clock the morning in a Target. I understand that advertisers like Target pay the bills with their placements, but a task like this would have been much more appropriate in week 1 or 2.
What shocks me the most was that they were able to do anything at Target. To have so much stuff in it, that store is a bunch of nothing. They never have half the stuff I am looking for that they should carry.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;234866] That said, I see still see an Angelo, Dale, Blaze finale.[/QUOTE] Quickly falling apart...
[QUOTE=molds13;237793]Quickly falling apart...[/QUOTE] Dale took a nose dive, just like Angelo the week before. Blaze is going to be tougher to get rid of... I still think they are probably the best three chefs, just not in the context of this game being it is such a fickle beast. This week it was Top Caterer, rather than Top Chef and that looks to be what caused Dale to break down. That's just how it goes. BTW: I really got a kick out of Mike "stealing" Richard's recipe and then winning. ;)
I'm not having any more favorites, first Angelo and then Dale lol. Even though Dale had been slipping lately; I just hate seeing chefs barely survive week to week and get to stay on the show.
[QUOTE=DScott;237796]I'm not having any more favorites, first Angelo and then Dale lol. Even though Dale had been slipping lately; I just hate seeing chefs barely survive week to week and get to stay on the show.[/QUOTE] In my opinion (which admittedly, is somewhat biased) I think that Richard and Antonia are head and shoulders better than any of the other chefs left. Mike has his moments, but Tiffany and Carla appear to barely be hanging on.
[QUOTE=molds13;237798]In my opinion (which admittedly, is somewhat biased) I think that Richard and Antonia are head and shoulders better than any of the other chefs left. Mike has his moments, but Tiffany and Carla appear to barely be hanging on.[/QUOTE] That is exactly how I feel. I really love Richard and Antonia, but I'd rather see Antonia win. Mike is meh, Carla is just there for hysterics at this point, and Tiffany really should have been gone a fews ago.
One thing they could do to attempt to even out the episodes would be to incorporate the Top Chef Masters means of scoring (i.e. weighted scores for the quickfire and elimination challenge, totaled at the end.) That would at least add a level of "fairness" to the segment of the game as a whole. It probably wouldn't have made a difference this week (Dale and Carla were in the bottom of both) but does seem somewhat unfair when a chef hits a home run in a quickfire and then goes home later that episode, while surviving chefs were bottom placers throughout - no harm no foul.
The only thing that I took away from this season is an obsession with the idea of trying to deep-fry a pickle. It is gonna happen soon.... I find that whole "he stole my idea" laughable, as if Richard's food is so unique that his ideas are patented. It isn't as if we haven't seen the same scallop dishes a billion times over the course of the series and there are just so many ways you can fry a shrimp or an oyster.
[QUOTE=SeanDaniel;237810] there are just so many ways you can fry a shrimp[/QUOTE] True, but shrimp [I]is[/I] the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That's...that's about it.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;237814]True, but shrimp [I]is[/I] the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That's...that's about it.[/QUOTE] You left out shrimp pizza. I have had a shrimp pizza, which was only slightly less vile than the full-board seafood pizza (great when scalding hot--horrible when it passes through warm and toxic as it reaches cold).
[QUOTE=Bacchus;237814]True, but shrimp [I]is[/I] the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That's...that's about it.[/QUOTE] Hit the nail right on the head Bubba ;)
1. After I saw two good dishes in a row, I knew they were all going to the finals. They always alternate between good and bad food. 2. All of those plates looked **** delicious. 3. Them going up against the chef that won their season looks AWESOME (and I think Mike and Tiffany are in trouble).
[QUOTE=molds13;239100]1. After I saw two good dishes in a row, I knew they were all going to the finals. They always alternate between good and bad food. [B]2. All of those plates looked **** delicious. 3. Them going up against the chef that won their season looks AWESOME (and I think Mike and Tiffany are in trouble).[/B][/QUOTE] The plates definitely did look delicious. I was starving by the time I finished the episode. And I cannot wait to see them compete against the people that won the season they were on. Even though I haven't seen the other seasons I bet it will be good anyway.
[QUOTE=fabulous788;239102]The plates definitely did look delicious. I was starving by the time I finished the episode. And I cannot wait to see them compete against the people that won the season they were on. Even though I haven't seen the other seasons I bet it will be good anyway.[/QUOTE] While I thought Steph was a great chef, I thought Richard and Antonia showed flashes that were better. Hosea was a joke of a winner so I don't think Carla should have much of a problem against him (after all, he did have Richard as his sous chef for the finale). But Voltaggio was legit and even though I didn't see Kevin's season, heard he was a very good chef as well.
I think they just didn't have the heart to send them home with their family there short an obvious disaster. I hate these big field finals because they will end up either doing ****** tasting menus where we don't get the see the full dish or they get limited to a certain number of dishes using a certain type of ingredient. I want a "Cook as a freaking big old meal using whatever the heck you can find at the store" finale.
I thought Antonia was a goner for sure last night!!
[QUOTE=molds13;239982]I thought Antonia was a goner for sure last night!![/QUOTE] I was positive she was going to go as well. I know they are only supposed to look at the current task, but I have a feeling they made their final decision based on Antonia's body of work throughout the competition in comparison to Carla.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;239985]I was positive she was going to go as well. I know they are only supposed to look at the current task, [b]but I have a feeling they made their final decision based on Antonia's body of work throughout the competition in comparison to Carla.[/B][/QUOTE] Oh I don't know about that... Challenge wins to date: Carla - 3 Richard - 3 Antonia - 2 Mike - 1 (last night) Tiffany - 0 Quickfire wins (including last night): Richard - 4 Mike - 3 Carla - 1 Antonia - 1 Tiffany - 0 Tiffany needs to go, like yesterday. She has been on the bottom 7 times (and only high 4). If you were to give 2 points for a win, 1 for being on the top, and -1 for being in the bottom (with 0 for being "in"), she would be the only one left with a negative rating (Richard +10, Antonia +4, Mike +3, Tiffany - 3)
next week's competition looks stupid. Cooking over open fire with whatever you catch in the ocean is more reality show than cooking competition IMO.
[QUOTE=molds13;239988]Oh I don't know about that... [/QUOTE] Just look at the placements over the home stretch... Antonia: WIN HIGH HIGH HIGH WIN LOW Carla: HIGH WIN LOW LOW HIGH LOW So basically this was Antonia's first time in the bottom since week seven, and Carla's third time. Body of work was not the right phrase. I should have said the judges probably looked at the recent trend in formulating their decision. Clearly Antonia has been outperforming Carla over the last 6 weeks.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;239994] Body of work was not the right phrase. I should have said the judges probably looked at the recent trend in formulating their decision. Clearly Antonia has been outperforming Carla over the last 6 weeks.[/QUOTE] I can't disagree with that one. She definitely has. I remember seeing Antonia crying in the preview for last week, so I thought she would be gone for sure after seeing her food was not good.

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