I just watched a first look for Top Chef and this looks like a very qualified bunch with a lot of characters. Of the 17 that start out on the show, all but one claim to be “executive chefs” and more than half have been nominated for a James Beard Award. Actually, Bravo cruelly planned to film the first episode on the day of the awards. At least one chef is missing the show to be on Top Chef. She didn’t win. I just checked.The lone sous chef, Frances, is offered up very quickly as the underdog.
The first person to introduce themselves is a super sassy chef from Kansas City named Renee. We know she is “super sassy” because she introduces herself that way. She also tells us, the viewers, that she has the best life in the whole wide world and is super happy. I hate her. All the other contestants hate her, and Bravo will make sure you hate her too. She is going to get the bad edit.
Angelina is only 24 and is not exactly an executive chef but a Chef de Cuisine. She too is an underdog and will get the good edit as the youngest. Grayson from season nine (New Orleans) is back for a second shot. And there is a guy named Phillip who has already won on Chopped! Guy’s Kitchen Games and Cut Throat Kitchen. They really would not have told us that if they wanted us to like Phillip. We do not like Phillip.
Wesley is my homeboy “from” the ATL. Which means that despite the fact he is a two time James Beard nominee and the new executive chef at The Spence, where Richard Blais was previously head chef. It’s not a southern type place at all. I don’t think he is southern either. But they hate people from Atlanta on this show almost as much as Tom Colicchio hates women.
The season is repeating it’s “on the road again” theme and this time they are traveling across California. Fun fact: They do this to collect a big fat paycheck for the tourism department of each city. This was revealed during the controversial New Orleans season when chef publications were outraged that Top Chef took a check for New Orleans instead of making a donation to help with the ever-ongoing Katrina recovery. Did I mention that even the measly $125K is paid for by a sponsor? This year San Pellegrino has that honor. What does Bravo pay for again?
Top Chef has a two part premiere this Wednesday and Thursday night on Bravo.
Warning: that idiot Hugh Acheson is back.