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Top Chef Q&A

Interesting preview to tonight's Top Chef reuinion on TV Guide's website - http://www.tvguide.com/news/top-chef-...
I agree that this season seems to be more about cooking and less about drama. I'm really enjoying it.

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  1. Interesting, Harold's comment goes along with what Frank Bruni had to say about his experience ar Perilla, he went a few times and never saw Harold in front.

    1. I was annoyed by this only because I was expecting the next Ep of TC. ANNOYING!

      1. Yeah, I was disappointed, too, that this was not a regular episode. But I watched, nonetheless.

        It's always interesting to see these folks outside of the competition. I enjoy seeing what friendships developed and have remained intact. Liked being updated on what everyone is doing. Thought Jean George's comment about Lia was sweet. I enjoyed getting a glimpse at Harold's new resto. (Although it's interesting...I thought he looked very detatched and "above it all" on the show - mainly because of his posture. Well, I read his blog on BRAVO.com this morning and he said he really enjoyed himself...and that it was a good show. Didn't seem that way watching him.)

        I also thought it was interesting to hear the dialog between the judges and the cheftestants. You always get the impression there's a big wall of decorum and propriety between them on the show (and there likely is to an extent), but here they were just one big group of chefs. It was refreshing. And to see Padma, Gail and Tom get razzed (each in a different way) was fun....made them more human.

        Looking forward to getting back to the competition next week....and to seeing the newly "remodeled" Rocco DiSpirito.

        1. well... i knew it wasn't going to be a new episode but i still enjoyed the q&a.

          micah's answers/comments still bug me.. it seemed like some of the other ppl there didn't really know how to respond to her remarks either -- just my opinion.

          1. While it seemed a bit too early for the Q&A "reunion", I did enjoy it.

            Micah still bugged me with her "I'm a world traveler experiencing life vs. the rest of you just living life" attitude. Please get over yourself! Cliff's reaction to her saying "I'm an African-American" was classic.

            The video they showed from TC2's season with the in-suite QuickFire challenge, with Elia as Padma was absolutely hysterical - she really got Padma's timing down pat. Loved the question to the "contestants" - "Why did your meat....taste like meat?"

            Cliff was very gracious in his acknowledgement that he went too far in the head shaving and that it was right he be booted off.

            Harold seemed overly relaxed, but after seeing him throughout TC1 and the Challenge between TC1/TC2, that just seems to be the way he is.

            Dave Martin? Still (and probably always will be) overly frenetic.

            Lee Ann - absolutely stunning woman. Really glad Bravo hired her as a food producer behind the scenes.

            And finally - Sam and Ilan. Sam, still wish he had won TC2. Funny seeing Sam at all of the events with women telling him he should have won, and then Sam turning to the camera in an aside saying "She grabbed my a**!"

            And Ilan - ::::Sigh::::: The tux with no sox, and pants that ended halfway up his calf. You'd think after winning $100K, he could buy a properly fitted tux. Still seems like he hasn't changed. No surprise that Ilan continues to bash Sam - probably knows Sam should have won as well! Ilan's insecurities, which he says Sam has, are shining through bright and clear as a bell! Also very glad Marcel wasn't there - the Marcel/Ilan saga would have just continued.

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              LeeAnn had a great blog on bravotv.com, too...they had all just had a mimosa breakfast.

              I wasn't so annoyed at Ilan this time. I think he was trying to be nice...LeeAnn said he had brought some ham from Spain for them. He is just young and insecure. He also has a blog (hidden, you have to click "and more!") and he goes on a little defensive tirade there. The rest of his post is sort of poorly written and he comes off as just not being as bright or thoughtful as people like Sam, Carlos or LeeAnn. The whole TC experience has been very good to him so hopefully he will find the right way to take advantage of it and not mess up the opportunity.

              It's pretty amazing how the show vaults the cheftestants into the industry at the highest level, at which point it's sink or swim. Season 4 casting is starting, and I think TC's influence is only going to increase. Two emmy nominations!

              1. re: kenito799

                I read Lee Ann's blog - I really enjoy both her blogs and Sam's, as well as Ted's. (Also noticed that Padma is out of the blogging for the rest of the season and Barton G. has stepped in as a guest blogger, just like A. Bourdain has done for Tom Colicchio.)

                Ted Allen definitely has a super-crush on Sam. Who wouldn't? Glad Ted called Howie out on sweating into the food. Yes, I'm sure it happens in many restaurant kitchens. Just don't need to see it!

                Ilan's last blog was from several weeks ago. He's definitely defensive. And I think that comes from his ongoing insecurities. But that's JMO.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I was surprised when Ilan said he's too busy with "other things" to focus on opening his restaurant. By "other things" I'm assuming he's too busy with media and "celebrity" appearances. Either he's going into Rocco DiSpirito mode and eating up the celebrity, or needs the attention to boost his ego/self-esteem. Either way contrast that to Harold who's focused on his restaurant, food, and cooking. Props to Harold and his professionalism, he has a great career ahead of him.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    Insecure and defensive. That's exactly the way Ilan came across during the Q&A.
                    Harold and Sam? Both yummy!

                2. re: LindaWhit

                  Micah is "all about Micah". Tim Allen has a crush on Sam.

                    1. re: melly

                      man, Micah is annoying. I love how Harold was dumbfounded when she said she had never watched the show...he goes on about it in his blog. He also makes fun of the Chaine des Rotisseurs (or whateverthey are) hilariously.

                      1. re: kenito799

                        Yeah I liked how practically the whole cast collectively rolled their eyes at Micah's last few ultra-lame comments about how much more of a life she has beyond the show. I still don't buy that she's never eaten American food, her mom is American and she went to HS here for cryin out loud! What a poseur.

                      2. re: melly

                        I MIcah is gorgeous. I kinda like a little attitude in a girl

                    2. This episode showed me why I continue to be impressed by Season One and underwhelmed by Season Two. The contenstants from Season One came off as nice and good humored. Even Steven, who they are always trying to portray as the villan always comes off looking like he is a decent enough guy in real life. I thought LeeAnn was stunning... such a transformation from her earlier casting video that she showed!

                      I am sick of how Season Two became so Marcel-focused. That really shows that it was more about the drama than the food. And Ilan is really an arrogant a**. His tuxedo get-up was just pathetic and he really came off like a jerk.

                      The Season Three contestants really came off as boring. Camille is the all time most forgettable person on that show. Micah is downraight crazy, arrogant, and full of herself.

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                      1. re: AmblerGirl

                        Camille? There was a chef named Camille? Where?

                      2. Somehow I thought interviewing the Season 3 Castoffs should have waited until this series was over.

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                        1. re: ChefJune

                          I agree, that bothered me because I don't care about any of the Season 3 castoffs yet. I'd prefer to hear from the eventual fan favorites and villains who get axed. Who gives a rat's a** about Camille, Micah and Sandy? The only one so far this season who I think kind of got the shaft is Lia, and she's not that interesting. This set-up validated the Season 3 castoffs-so-far more than they deserve by putting them with the likes of Dave, Sam, Cliff, heck, even Mikey who was always entertaining.

                          Also, the timing was strange - my DVR season pass is set to start and end exactly on time which usually works, but this episode had already started and also ran late. I had to program another recording and this time I set it for 2 minutes early and late, so I can see what I missed (not that the world will end if I don't).

                          1. re: Debbie W

                            don't worry, it will be repeated endlessly...

                        2. I didn't get this special this week. Why did we have to take a break from the current season? It was annoying programming to me.

                          I agree with everyone that Ilan didn't come off well, as usual, and his insecurities over Sam is very obvious. I think he may go the Rocco Dispirito route and focus more on his celebrity chefness than like Harold and focus on a good solid restaurant. May be a sign of age like others have mentioned.

                          I thought all of the Season 3 people they invited were boring.

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                          1. re: singleguychef

                            At least that a-hole from Season 1 who got kicked off first wasn't on the reunion. He was a complete tool, and is probably frying fish and chips somewhere.

                            1. re: Rocknrope

                              You mean Ken? Dave was saying something about having to room with him and how he was whacked out and sleep talking. They had to call the cops on him.

                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                Not cops, doctors - he was having night terrors, which can be pretty serious as well as dangerous.

                                1. re: heathermb

                                  Hmmm, no wonder Ken was such an abrasive, loutish @ss. He obviously has some deep-seated emotional issues behind that 'tough-guy' attitude.

                              2. re: Rocknrope

                                The Irish guy - they showed him briefly talking back to Tom Colicchio after he had talked back to the guest judge. Complete idiot.

                              3. re: singleguychef

                                I think its hilarious to hear that Marcel was on a fishing trip. I picture Marcel fishing like I picture myself as a ballet dancer-awkward and out of place

                                1. re: evilcatfish

                                  Marcel's extended fishing trip was to Alaska, and I am both respectful and envious of him for that opportunity to be in the wild.

                                  As for the lame Watch What Happens show last night, it wasn't really about Top Chef, it wasn't really about food, and I question whether TPTB ever intended it to be.

                                  The timing was disappointing to TC fans, but my theory is that Bravo's objective was to use it to promote its new reality shows starting this and next week (along with a little Tim Gunn), along with its relentless sponsors, and "gifting" us with an extended promo for "No Reservations"- (the movie that premieres tomorrow, not the Anthony Bourdain show). Does anyone know if NR-the-movie is under the Bravo/NBC/Universal umbrella? One would think so.

                                  And if I were in Marcel's shoes, or even in just my own, and had an opportunity to go to Alaska to do some salmon fishing, I'd do it in a heart beat. Especially instead of being part of last night's shilling for Bravo.

                                  1. re: intuitive eggplant

                                    Hmmm, that makes sense that LeeAnne did some consulting for that movie too. Just saw the Unwrapped special on FN and she apparently taught Abigail Breslin how to make pancakes.

                                    1. re: intuitive eggplant

                                      I couldn't eat salmon on the east coast for a few years after returning from a week in Alaska and eating it at least once a day; I knew it couldn't help but be a disappointment.

                                      But I can sure see Marcel fishing before I can see Stephen...I can't shake the image of the large tie knot over the waders ;-)

                                      1. re: momjamin

                                        Ya, Stephen would be horrible to fish with. Although I don't see him as much of a fisherman I think Dave (Season 1) would be a blast to fish with. I'm sure he'd have some good jokes or something

                                        1. re: evilcatfish

                                          he would definitely bring a case of beer along...or a cooler filled with gin and tonic...

                                          1. re: evilcatfish

                                            Well, bring Stephen along, anyway. Even if you had to leave him back at the cabin, you could count on him coming up with the perfect wine pairing out of thin air for whatever fish you and Dave managed to catch.

                                            1. re: revsharkie

                                              Don't forget that you will also get a didactic lesson on the pairings, the history of the vinyard the wines came from, the life story of the Frenchman who picked the grapes, his secret liaison with the comely French maiden who stomped on the grapes, the exact chronology of the yeast used to create the alcohol in the wine, and a proper French wine service. And if you are really lucky, he will perform a saber service of your Bud Lite.

                                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                                If he keeps the glasses full, I think I could probably tune out the lecture, or at least find the humor in it.