No, it's not a crossover with the ABC reality shows. On tonight's episode of Top Chef, the men take on the women as they prepare competing events for a bachelor and a bachelorette. The quickfire challenge offers a very apt reward for the town in which it's located. So that means Vegas? Sin City? Sitting on the judging panel is Todd English, a Boston-based celebrity chef who is best known for his cooking show Cooking With Todd English.
One week into the competition, I think we pretty much have an idea how this season will go. Padma claimed that Top Chef has lined up their best group yet, including James Beard nominee Kevin (who coincidentally sports a beard), executive chefs, those who've trained under the best, and two rival siblings who cuss like sailors. There was also someone from France, Haiti, Michigan, one from New York, and a whole bunch from Atlanta. In consonance with its chosen city, luck also plays something major in this season.
Right off the bat for the quickfire challenge, we saw some friction and potential douche bag candidates thanks to the clams . Preeti obviously had never shucked clams in her life but didn't say anything, while Mike I. said something like, "I look next to me and Jennifer has the same amount of clams, and I figured there I'm doing something wrong - no offense - because a girl shouldn't be at the same level as I am." So does interjecting "no offense" make the sexual slur better? I don't think so. But karma isn't anything if accurate and fast, because the Jennifer's team won and Jennifer won the $15,000 chip.
Yet the more interesting stuff for foodies came at the elimination challenge, when the chefs are to cook a dish based on one of their personal vices at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant Cut. A lot gushed when they heard that it was Wolfgang who'd be judging. In the end, however, Jennifer Z. was booted out for using Seitan (some sort of weird meat substitute?) for her Chile Relleno, which obviously didn't work.
Catch Top Chef tonight 10pm on Bravo.