Top Chef Chicago: Week Four Reflections

| April 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

When I decided to blog about Top Chef this season, it was because I have been enthralled with past seasons. But little did I know that Bravo was going to turn my favorite food competition into a catty free-for-all. I am having a very hard time connecting with the Top Chef stars this season. There seems to be a lot of crass behavior and a lack of vibrancy (in the food and the people!). It’s really disappointing to be this far into the season and not give a hoot about any of the people on the show.

Is it a different production team this season or something? The show was fine this time, albeit not as good as in the past, but the hey-let’s-find-all-the-curses-on-the-tape-we-can-and-show-them-all-at-once reel at the end of the show was a head scratcher. Why was that necessary?

Anyway, onto the actual episode:

David Boulud, a top French chef, was this week’s guest judge.

The quick fire? A vegetable plate. Three techniques. Pretty simple. They couldn’t possibly mess this one up . . . or could they?

“I’m not that into the classic techniques,” Lisa said. And all I could think was, you aren’t that into them, or you just don’t have a clue as to what they are. No wonder she was one of the bottom three of the quick fire. At least Zoi admits that she isn’t trained in the techniques . . . and she managed do get a top spot – perfect poached egg? Go girl.

I almost wasn’t going to talk about Andrew at all this week . . . then he made some insinuation that he was among the “strong” cooks while Dale was “the weak.” Pfft. This guy might be dropping fewer f-bombs, but he’s still pretty bizarre.

Moving on. Is it just me, or does Ryan totally remind you of the high school quarterback who has been sacked one too many times? A-duh? Seriously.

I’m not even going to comment on the movie-themed dishes themselves . . . it’s a weird one. Frankly, I have yet to see anything I would want to recreate at home. Where’s the innovation? Where’s the delicious results?

Category: Top Chef

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Tonia says:

    Sarah – I love that you’re posting about Top Chef. I was so excited to have a new season start, but the show is definitely lacking something. I get so tired of hearing curse words words beeped out. The quick fire challenge goes by so fast, it almost doesn’t even happen. Hopefully we’ll see some good food & more of Tom pretty soon.
    Take care,
    Tonia

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