It’s time for a new season of Top Chef! This season we are in Colorado. All of the chefs are either west coasters or yankees, so I have no hometown chef to pull for. There is someone named Brother Luck that might be interesting.
Instead of introducing everyone upfront, this seasons starts with a quickfire. The chefs can cook whatever they’d like to represent their style of cooking. They are going to have potluck dinner. Christopher Scott is cooking “Amish soul food.” That should be interesting. These chefs seem very qualified. They have 45 minutes for this challenge. One guy is making pasta. That’s risky! One of the chefs is making a seafood stew. That would take me three hours. I’m loving the snapper cooked in the wood stove.
Rogelio made a chorizo stew with jalapenos. He has worked at French Laundry in the past. That’s quite the name drop! Padma loves it.
Tyler made some weird kind of potato salad. Whatever that is, it’s assuredly NOT potato salad.
Christopher did Amish dumplings with broccoli rabe and mushrooms. Not soul food, Christopher. But Christopher is fine as frog fuzz and he’s already my favorite.
Bruce made skirt steak with salsa verde. All the judges know Bruce as do most of the chefs. I too, know who he is because he was on restaurant wars.
Joseph made the snapper in the wood oven.
Joe with the fancy mustache made the pasta with Pork and roasted cherry tomatoes.
Tanya made chicken wings and slaw. Apparently her Brown Sugar Restaurant is very popular. Joe with the mustache says it’s one of the few places he would wait an hour to get a table for brunch.
Brother Luck (it’s his real name) made pork carnitas. His restaurant just opened this week.
Claudette made skirt steak with a mole.
Tu David made some sort of a chopped salad.
Laura made an eggplant and chick pea dish.
Melissa made a pancetta and potato chowder. She’s the one who was making seafood stew I think. Looks like this is a last minute change. She’s very nervous and intimidated by all the other chefs big qualifications. I’ll be pulling for her as the underdog. She also seems very young compared to most of the others.
Carrie made a bruchetta with jalapeño and blueberry jam. That just sounds gross. The very hot Christopher Scott agrees with me. So he is smart and hot!
The judges have to judge each other. They will pick one favorite and one least favorite.
Melissa and Carrie are the bottom two. Poor Melissa.
The top three were the two Joes, and Tu! That must have been one hell of a flavorful chopped salad! My favorite would likely have been Joseph’s snapper. But apparently Joe’s pasta dish was very good as well. Tom says he really liked Christopher’s Amish dumplings. I would not like them as I don’t care for mushrooms. Tom loves wild mushrooms.
Tu won? He is as surprised as I am.
The elimination challenge is meat and potatoes. They have to serve to over 200 guests, many of whom will be chefs.
Fatima is Indian and grew up watching Padma on BBC Food traveling all over India. Padma loves Indian food so this will be a mutual love affair. Laura is from Alaska and well, she’s a bit different. She’s never been to a whole foods. They haven’t made it to Alaska yet.
There is a whole lot of pork going on. Both Joes are doing tartare. Yuck. Melissa is going to puree her potatoes. This doesn’t seem wise to me. Carrie is doing braised short ribs with potato chips with a feta dip. Rogelio is making a potato croquette with sirloin inside. This sounds dumb. Chef Tom seems concerned as well. It looks like they only have six ovens for the 15 chefs. This is a problem. Tu David gets finished early, so he is doing a lot of Bruce’s work. This displeases the other chefs.
Bruce and Tyler both sleep with sleep apnea machines making them less than ideal roomates. Claudette is very opinionated. She’s only had one roommate in her life. I’ve never had any unless you count that one boyfriend who would not ever leave my apartment. I would throw him out and he’d come back an hour later.
Tu David lets Joe have one of his induction pots. Tu is very helpful to the other chefs. Perhaps too much so.
Fatima made sort of a Pakistani tostada, she calls it a deconstructed samosa. Tu makes a beef and potato stew. He had a scorched flavor because he gave away his pan to Joe and the other one burned. Luckily he has immunity. Joe with the mustache made a tartare that was well received. Bruce made gnocchi, they loved it. Carrie’s potato chips were burnt. Brother Luck did a purple potato puree with lamb. Graham loved it. Rogelio croquette turned out very well after all. Tanya’s jerk seasoning was not as flavorful as they’d like. She may be in trouble. Tyler did sweet potato and pork gravy. Sounds yummy. Chris did a a potato waffle with corn chow chow. Claudette also did a tartare. It needed more salt and acid. Joseph did a lamb tartare that Tom liked. Laura did a potato bread and flank stank. Gail wanted some sort of sauce. Melissa did a braised pork shoulder with a potato puree. They didn’t like it. Everything was way underseasoned. Adrienne did a sweet potato tostone with pork belly. Padma is not a fan.
Padma loved Fatima. Joe’s tartare, Chris’ waffle and Tyler’s dish. Carrie’s potato chips were not a hit. Rogelio’s croquette is on the bottom and So is Melissa’s dish. I fear Melissa will be the first one out. Right after the tastings the bottom fell out of the sky and the event was rained out.
The top three are Tyler, Chris and Fatima. Joe barely missed it with his tartare I suppose. Tyler won! Tyler says that the person who wins the first week often wins the whole thing. He is swinging for the bleacher seats.
Adrienne, Melissa and Carrie are the bottom three. Let the vagicide begin. Padma points out that Tu might have been on the bottom were it not for his immunity. Melissa is terrified. Carrie thought her potato chips were great. Melissa seems like a goner.
Melissa is out. She was sort of over her head. Melissa is devastated. She packed her knives and headed over to Last Chance Kitchen. The season preview looks fantastic! The last chance kitchen has Jen, Kuame and two other former chefs. I am watching now and I still don’t get how it works.