Isaac the bayou chef got the hero edit this episode; the gruff, non-fine-dining chef proved to be a feminist, an ace expeditor, and the anti-bro. He got so much screentime I started worrying that our intrepid banannaise inventor might be getting eliminated at the end of Restaurant Wars.
We started out the episode with a shellshocked Kwame, who was dazed after coming so close to elimination after being a frontrunner for so long. He then dropped the bombshell that 10 years ago, he was a drug dealer. Whoaaaaa. I thought his whole 10-years-ago story was that his dad kind of didn’t like him that much for a while. But the Kwame of today could not be more of a docile nerd (in the best sense). Let’s hope he can get back on track.
To celebrate Top Chef’s decade on the air — let that sink in for a sec: a decade — tonight’s episode’s theme was all about the mid-2000s, when Tom Cruise was still “excited” about Katie Holmes and MySpace reigned supreme over the Internet. But how could you celebrate Top Chef’s 10th birthday without a very special person? A person formerly known as Katie Lee Joel, now just Katie Lee, who was the first host to ask chefs to please pack up their knives and go? I kept waiting for her to make an appearance, beep out a few pre-programmed words, and go.
Nothing turns up the heat in the Top Chef kitchen quite like a surprise guest or two, and judging by a clip from an upcoming episode, it seems like things are about to get scorching hot.
Oh Wesley, Wesley, Wesley. Even though he’s (very) far from being one of the worst chefs in Top Chef history, he was probably the biggest mess in the kitchen. There might as well have been a goofy trombone honking every time he came on screen, but more on that later.
After Grayson left us after pretty much telling Tom Colicchio to talk to the hand last week, we lost this season’s resident enfant terrible. Luckily, we still have Angelina and Giselle to cause some drama and be the cooking partners everyone else avoids like lepers. Speaking of partners, the Quickfire Challenge was all about dates — both the bite-sized, wrinkly fruit and the romantic ritual.
There’s only one thing hotter than Chrissy Teigen, and that’s Chrissy Teigen in the kitchen. (Seriously: just check out her Instagram for proof.) So it’s only fitting that for her gig as quick-fire guest judge on Top Chef, things definitely get, in Teigen’s words, “sweet and sticky.”
The culinary road trip continues this week on Top Chef, as our contestants find themselves in the middle of the desert in Palm Springs, or as Jason calls it: the gay mecca. Jason knows Palm Springs as the magical land where he and his friends come to sip on white wine spritzers. It sounds delightful. Alas, our chefs have no time to experience the healing power of a good spritzer; they’re dropped off in the middle of the desert, literally on top of the San Andreas fault line.
For the past two episodes, our Top Chef contestants have been battling it out in Los Angeles, but Padma thinks it’s time for a change of scenery: We’re off to Santa Barbara! The cheftestants seem pretty pumped about this little road trip up north. It gives them time to bond outside of the kitchen and us time to learn things, like the fact that Hot Dad Jeremy named his daughter after madeleine cookies. Stop being so perfect, Hot Dad!
First things first: Why was Padma wearing what looks like a motorcycle jacket made out of an oven mitt? She rocked that odd patchwork ensemble the entire episode, and it momentarily distracted me from Phillip’s endless references to his place inside the Los Angeles foodie world. I guess for that reason, I was glad for it.
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