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Top Chef Season 5.

post #1 of 173
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this season seems to be pretty good so far...
post #2 of 173
bets on leah, stephan, and fabio top three....possibly josea or the whiney lesbian.

top "hates" in order
The whiney lesbian
the trucker hat girl.
the scary ostritch
the jersey girl....i want to like her because she pulls out the basics all the time (the turkey, the lamb), but....
post #3 of 173
Honestly, I am having a hard time getting into this season. The players dont seem to have the charisma of the past two seasons. They all seem fairly ordinary to me personally.
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post #4 of 173
yeah ,but you usually don't see that right off the bat yet.....give it a few episodes.
post #5 of 173
I don't know their names yet, it takes me a while. Everyone thinks the Finnish guy (stephan?) is cocky but he's just competitive. The Fabio Italian guy is the real cocky one, I don't find him charming at all and he always has something bad to say about anyone that criticizes his food. I like the whiny lesbian though she's cocky too. Definitely do not like the man crazy flirty girl, don't find anything interesting about the guy she flirts with. I want to not like the guy from Miami but he's too pretty to dislike, I also like the Jersey girl, I'm rooting for her. I was so happy to see NY guy get the ax last night, his accent and attitude were beyond annoying.

My favorite season was Season 2, I think they were extremely talented chefs and were definitely the craziest.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #6 of 173
Thread Starter 
i agree with you... hopefully fabio takes it.

i can live with out seeing marcelle again... his hair and personality annoyed me... however the kid could cook.
post #7 of 173


Best picture ever I've seen of her but.....

Thats a man baby! :rolleyes:
post #8 of 173
Well Doc Hmmmmmm,
I just find these people not that skilled and a bit of pressure throws them off?
For the shower lunch, I heard several times "45 people" ??? I serve 30, three meals a day. And yes, they aren't party meals, but two courses, three if there is a special diet person, two starches, two veggies, a salad bar, and one or two desserts. Can't say it's easy, but love my job. There are moment of panic--I have about 15 regular soups, but some mornings????
I would probaby fold under some of these challenges, but seems like some of these guys shouldn't be there.
I like the cute dude from Florida, the tall funny lady, the NJ gal is ok? The other dark haired girl seems to have some skills. The blonde who keps ending up in the top three needs to relax? The other dudes are just obnoxious.
Merry Christmas,
Nan
post #9 of 173
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lol...lol...lol
post #10 of 173
saw the Foo Fighter's thanksgiving last night on HULU....ouch, reemed out on television....and people sign up for this?!!!:crazy:

They sure get in some interesting guest appearances....Opra's personal chef, Greg Anchatz, etc.....people I'd not expect to see on a cooking show.
cooking with all your senses.....
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cooking with all your senses.....
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post #11 of 173
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the product placements in this season are unreal... but i guess its expected, they need funding from somewhere...
post #12 of 173
I think they are #1 for product placement in TV...i read that somewhere.

I don't mind....WE know that swanson stock is ...uh....well....:lol:
post #13 of 173
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lol. exactly. in a pinch or if you dont have the time to make your own i prefer the college inn (low sodium low fat) broth, or kitchen basics. i never liked the swanson one.
post #14 of 173
I COULDNT AGREE MORE! I said the exact thing to my wife on the first episode!! HAHAHA
post #15 of 173

Fabio!

Fabio is so cool though. Yeah maybe a little arrogent, not nearly as much as Stephan though.

Leah is tough too.

LEAST FAV:

I forget her name...ever see that sitcom, Girlfriends? I the lady who is the caterer from NJ who looks like "Joan"(Diana Ross's Daughter) on speed has to go! Oh man, everytime I see her...scares me!

And the blond girl that is really a man...whats with those bangs? Please join the 21st century!
post #16 of 173
to me the show isn't about arrogance.......it's about cooking, and stephan and fabio seem like they could cook .

She-man is out next 1or2 episodes.
post #17 of 173
Oh, I agree totally. Fabio can cook his butt off! He's my pick to win
post #18 of 173
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Gene sucks... his attitude is sh!t, his food doesnt look that great... idk how hes still there...

post #19 of 173
Some of them look so bad, I think I as a home cook could keep up with them. I think they are selected for drama potential as much as anything.

As the last season showed, the best chef won't always win.
post #20 of 173
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i agree completely... some of these contestants have mass appeal or are easily marketable to certain audiences... so they put them on to draw an audience then slowly trim the fat.
post #21 of 173
pumpkin mousse with berries....:crazy:

Just by the discriptions, you know it can't be good.....
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post #22 of 173
Personally I think they are trying to make a more appealing version of Hells Kitchen. The food just isnt there like it was in the first couple of seasons. These last two have really fallen off. I am still having a hard time watching, I seem to catch every other episode at this point.
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post #23 of 173
Yea pretty much.

Hells kitchen 98% drama 2% cooking skill.

Top Chef 40% cooking 60% drama.
post #24 of 173
Thread Starter 
wait 'till next weeks episode... and the guest judge... its going to be a hells kitchen/american idol style episode.
post #25 of 173
yeah next week looks cool...arent they brining back past contestants to compete?
post #26 of 173
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tony jones stepping in for gail, since she was away on honeymoon... iirc.
post #27 of 173
Ok I just saw Wed's episode on Tivo, I won't give anything away just in case.

Let me state, that was the most contrived 'accident' ever, and I picked the ending as soon as I saw it happen. Utterly predictable.

Also since this was filmed maybe August, its getting kinda silly with them pretending like its Thanksgiving and now Xmass.

I did think of the best drinking game though.....

Every time you see a blatant product placement, like the one for the sidekick, you drink.

If you drink anything beyond a light beer you will be completely toasted by the half way mark.
post #28 of 173
Thread Starter 
i thought the exact same thing... it was convenient for that lil 'accident' to happen... makes for good tv...

*btw great idea on drinking game... i thought of one when watching sandra lee/giada on food network...everytime one of them says 'my' take a shot or a sip of booze... they say the word 'my' in every sentence... by the time youre done watching youll be hammered enough to tolerate another episode.
post #29 of 173
I'll be honest here,

I LOVE Top Chef. I think seasons one and three were the best, followed by two and four. Two and four, in my opinion were equal. Season three I think was my favorite, probably had the most talent. And of course, season one. I think Tom said it best, "Harold is a chefs chef" I just wish with all the re-runs bravo does that they would play a little more of season one.

This season doesn't seem to have the talent that one and three had, but it's still good. I'm liking it so far, and I don't really start to make bets on the contestants till later on, but as for now.. I think Stephan and Fabio will be there for a while. Leah and Hosea also. Jeff is doing some cool stuff, and while Ariane (NJ cougar) does a lot of basics, sometimes thats all you need. Eugene, I can sympathize with him, because I also didnt go to culinary school, and have had his problem in the past. He finds it very hard to take criticism and thinks his food is the "be all and end all", even if it is lacking SALT or PEPPER. But I got over that real quick, and I think he will too, or he will go home.

This weeks episode, Christmas Eve, Im really looking forward too, mostly becaue I cant wait to see what kind of foam marcel puts up for the judges, you know he will!!

All in all, If I had to pick between Top Chef and Hells Kitchen, Id pick Top Chef. Hells Kitchen contestants, at least 80% of them, cant work together and so many of them try and pass off food that is clearly crap.. Do they really think Ramsey WON'T notice??

Either way, Merry Christmas!!!
Jeff

P.S. If that whiny lesbian cooks one more scallop dish, Im going to go mad. That warm scallop in vichysiosse(sp? idk) made me want to vomit. Even if they were ice cold, It still didn't look good at all, aside from the fact the Top Chef kitchen clearly stocks plenty of protiens, THAT ARE NOT SCALLOPS! And for the record, I love scallops.
post #30 of 173
Pretty much any idiot can cook a scallop, even me.

I think people are playing to not lose. Don't do anything great, just don't totally suck and hope someone else screws up.
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