Top Chef New York: Week 1

| November 13, 2008 | 4 Comments

It’s baaaacccckkkkkkk!

Top Chef returned on Wednesday night, with a whole new cast of characters. This time the chefs are tackling New York, the city that never sleeps.

Did you watch the episode? If so, read on after the jump.

It’s hard to get a grasp on the personalities and talents of the chefs after only one episode. Just think about last season – Richard Blais seemed quite irritating at first blush, but he became a fan favorite by the end.

So, here’s my few thoughts after this premiere:

  • Carla really threw me off when she talked about her “spirit gods.” I just wasn’t sure what to make of that. At all.
  • I would have liked to see Lauren stay, but was happy to see Patrick go. Nice guy, but I think he needs to stay in school and learn more first.
  • Fabio and Stefan add an interesting dynamic to the show with their accents and sometimes hard to understand language.
  • Someone needs to tell Jeff that hair and food don’t mix. Forget the comb in the kitchen.
  • My early favorites are Radhika, Gene and Jamie. I think Alex won’t last long.

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Tonia says:

    Hi Sarah. I was hoping you’d be covering the show again. I thought the premier was great & really liked the way the quickfire challenge was done.

    Carla came across as quite odd to me. I don’t see her lasting that long, along with Ariane. I would have liked to see Lauren stay a while too.

    Jamie, Radhika and Jill are my early favorites.

    Can’t wait til next week!

  2. Amanda says:

    Oh no, I didn’t realize it started this week! I’ll have to catch the rerun this weekend.

  3. Did I tell you I cancelled my cable??? It’s so depressing. I’m going to have to watch it on the website so I’ll be a little behind, but I’ll try to keep up!!

  4. I was just able to watch it on DVR, and I’m soooo happy it’s back. Glad with the two that got sent home, especially Patrick. Totally freaked out by the spirit god girl, too. Stefan actually reminds me of Blais a little. And I wish I had Padma’s metabolism. Holy cow, woman. And I heard she used to be married to Salmon Rushdie. Umm, wha?!?

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