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Friday, April 18, 2008

Top Chef, anyone?

Any Top Chef fans, here? My husband and I are avid fans, despite the fact that 99 percent of the recipes featured are meat-based and that even if we weren't vegetarians, we are total and complete culinary dullards.

We started watching at the conclusion of season one and quickly caught up. We really got into seasons two and three, but we're having trouble rooting for anyone in particular in season four. Although they appear to be more skilled, the current competitors seem to be lacking the character and charisma of previous contestants. Sigh, it's just not the same without Mikey.

So, who are you rooting for? Have you ever tried a recipe featured on the show? Do you really care what Padma is wearing? Which judge are you?


at 10:03 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I just find it kind of crazy that Padma is married to Salman Rushdie.

at 10:13 AM Blogger valereee said...

I love Top Chef! I've made Seafood Sausage several times, and it is very, very good. Last year when I could get them fresh I ordered six pounds of seabass and three pounds each of scallops and shrimp and made a sextuple recipe and froze it. HINT: DO NOT multiply the ginger proportionally. By the time you've gotten to a recipe as big as I made, you need only about half the ginger.

at 10:24 AM Blogger Rachel said...

I found that odd, too, Polly. I wonder if they ever finalized their divorce...

at 10:58 AM Anonymous Cincinnatus said...

Love Top Chef, and watch it every week. I find this season to be a bit weaker than past seasons though. Padma is getting to be very annoying, she really thinks that she is an A-lister these days. Now that she is getting her 15 minutes, she's divorcing Rushdie, by the way.

Collichio comes off as a real douchebag. Have you noticed how he's not on the show nearly as much as he used to be? Is it just me, or does he act like he is tired of doing this show, or what?

As to this season's crop of contestants, Spike needs to go, he's been nearly thrown off each of the the last 3 weeks. An his goofy hats are an annoying affectation.

Henceforth, any contestants with a faux-hawk or other 'artsy' hairdos need to be thoroughly beaten with a frozen halibut.

at 10:59 AM Anonymous S03 said...

Wednesday is the only big TV night of the week at my house, Top Chef, Flavor of Love, and Americas Next Top Model....very fierce.

at 1:27 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

Oh, I'm so out of it. I didn't know they were divorcing. I need to renew my subscription to the pretty woman/ugly man newsletter.

at 4:09 PM Anonymous lauren said...

I love Top Chef! It is easily the show I anticipate most each week. I get great ideas from the recipes, though I've never tried any of the "real" recipes myself.

I like Richard or Stephanie to win this year. It's time for a female Top Chef and she seems the most talented by far.

at 5:16 PM Blogger Rachel said...

Ugh, Richard. I think he's incredibly self-conceited and ever since he took Andrew's skillet in the first episode, I haven't liked him. And I agree, Spike is just annoying.

Does anyone else notice that there seems to be a stereotypical contestant? Like compare Hung with Dale. Marcel with Richard, etc... It's like they go for a certain stereotype and find contestants to fill them.

The one we most like this season is Jennifer, whose partner was just voted off last week. She seems incredibly talented, but not narcissistically so.

In the podcast with Mikey I linked to, he said that Padma isn't even a judge, but that she acts like one. Mikey said that at the judge's table, Padma would go on and on, while Tom would roll his eyes and sigh as if wishing she would shut up. Of the judges, Mike liked Gail the most, which is odd, because she annoys me the most. I really like it when Ted Allen judges.

Mikey also said the show plied contestants with lots of booze and tobacco products. It's a really interesting expose; you should listen to it.

at 8:32 PM Anonymous Mary D said...

LOVE IT when Anthony Bourdain is on the show as a judge! He is a fraking hoot!! His show, No reservations, on the Travel Channel, is easily the best show on television right now.

at 7:10 AM Blogger Earl said...

Top Chef is one of our must DVR shows. I'd tend to agree there aren't as many strong characters in this season -- although Andrew does have his moments. I think it'll be Richard and Stephanie in the final.

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