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You Know You've Watched Too Much Top Chef When...

...your five year old (who had been eating pistachios) comes back from futzing around in the kitchen and proudly presents "Stuffed Pistachio Shells, Five Ways." For the curious, they were stuffed with edamame, quinoa, corn kernels, saltines, and crushed pez candies. Very nicely plated, if I do say so myself.

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  1. That's hysterical! My four year old begs to watch it too. Some seasons are a little risque language wise, but I am hoping the interesting cooking technique words stick more.

    1. That's great! So cute.
      You know you've watched too much Top Chef when... you wish Tom would come to town and sort out the local police department.

      1. I *LOVE* this! LOL Please tell us that you took a picture of it!

        You know you've watched too much Top Chef when...at the end of a season finale, you can't wait for the new season to start up...only to realize it's going to be another 4-6 months before it does! (Thank goodness for TCM this season!)

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          I did take a picture! This was after she'd decided that something was still missing, and added pretzel bits and cookie crumbs to the plate.

            1. re: newhavener07

              I hope with immunity and $15k!

              Very cute, modthyrth!

              1. re: newhavener07

                Quickfire winner yes. But definitely not a challenge winner. She didn't "cook" anything ;)

                ( just watched season two finales last week. Still pissed Sam got eliminated for not "cooking")

                1. re: viperlush

                  Don't even GO there - I completely agree with you...not on the OP's daughter - she's only 5yo../but on Sam being eliminated! Especially with the amount of non-cooking that's being done *this* season! LOL

              2. re: modthyrth

                Very artful arrangement! I think someone needs to start helping in the kitchen if she already hasn't! :-)

                1. re: modthyrth

                  This is wonderful! So adorable and creative!

                  1. re: Cachetes

                    This is Top Chef not Top Pistachio Stuffer! She also didn't Honor the Protein!

                    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

              3. Once dinner is served I have to fight the urge to sit in the garage and wait until the dinner guests call me in to the dinning room to explain my dish.

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                  1. re: Withnail42

                    Thanks, I needed that! I even laughed out loud.

                    1. re: Withnail42

                      Great laugh to start a Saturday morning.:-)

                    2. What a great story and picture. Thanks.
                      You know you've watched too much Top Chef when...the hubby (who has never cooked and loves Ruby Tuesdays) knows what an Amuse Bouche is.

                      1. Cute, cute story. For me, I keep trying to foist Tony Bourdain on my 4 -year-old with a "Come on, honey, he's really funny," but Sponge Bob wins every time.

                        1. When you nearly hack your finger tips off while chopping vegetables and then realizing that you DON'T have to prep all the food in your grocery bags in an hour and then come back tomorrow to cook it.

                          1. ...when a friend or relative offers to help you with the meal prep, and after witnessing their abominable knife skills you ask them to "please pack your knives and go."

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                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              to add to that, you tell an ex to "please pack your knives and go".

                              1. re: edible complex

                                Actually, if it's an ex, would you want them handling knives around you? Better to pack them for him/her yourself. :-)

                            2. Oh your child is so cute! What a great story, thanks for sharing

                              1. When someone you're working with on a group project for a law school class doesn't do as much work as the rest of the group, and you say "Look, I don't want to throw you under the bus...."

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                                1. re: Brianne920

                                  you know your watching too much top chef when....i was at work last week at a banquet hall catering- (waitress side, im NOT a chef ) and i was helping the kitchen out by plating 100 salads and i was trying to make them nice and the boss/owner ( who is NOT a chef and kinda a d*ck ) walks by and says: "who plated these salads?" and i said: "me" and he said: "they are perfect" and before i could stop myself, i said "THANKS CHEF" i felt like a dork to him but was laughing very hard inside thinking about TC.

                                2. A little ancient of a post since the masters series was just one season - but here it goes:

                                  You know you've been watching too much Top Chef Masters when - everything you now cook, you're DH says "that's sss-pectacular 3 1/2 stars" - or - your disssplay of side dishes was sssuperb - 4 stars. HA!

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                                  1. re: berrydawnmarie

                                    When you try to force Jay Raynor's pana cotta line into a conversation:" a perfectly prepared pana cotta should wobble like a woman's breast."

                                  2. You know you've watched too much Top Chef...

                                    when you dream about it.

                                    Dream #1 was a few weeks ago, it was season 1 chefs, and they had to make a dish depicting their spirituality. All I remember was a big white oval plate, with a scallop in the middle and a yellow comet like streak on the plate. I dunno who made the dish, but Harold was there.

                                    Dream #2 was again spirituality and Top Chef, this time an all meat edition. It was after Hector's hack job on the beef.

                                    I guess you can tell my priorities in life! Spirituality and Top Chef! hahahaha