'Top Chef' season premiere recap: Cattle Call

We have all season to overuse Texas-themed aphorisms ("God bless Texas"; "Don’t mess with Texas!"; "I’m a Texan first, an American second"), but the one most befitting of tonight is clearly "Everything’s bigger in Texas." For the Lone Star State edition of Top Chef, we’re getting a Longhorn Steakhouse-sized serving of cheftestants. At the top of the season opener, a herd of 29 culinary hopefuls approach the Alamo like cattle making their way to the slaughter. Padma, looking like a beautiful desert rose, "walcomes" the chefs to San Antonio and informs them that they’re not quite finalists yet. The casting team apparently didn’t quite finish its job, so the 29 (why not an even 30?), split into three groups, will have to cook their way into the final 16. Read More...



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