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Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #1 - 06/16/10 (Spoilers)

And we're off! :-) We get a brief introduction to the chefs...and then Padma and Tom show up - holy smokes, Padma's wearing towering heels and it looks like she can barely walk in them. We'll blame it on the rough roof surface they're on. :-) And they're right off to the Quickfire. It's a mise en place tourney:

Leg 1 - peel 10 potatoes - Kenny kicked BUTT!

Leg 2 - brunoise (1/8" dice) 10 cups of onions - and damned if Kenny doesn't win again!

Leg 3 - break down 4 chickens into 8 parts - I have visions of Hung making short work of this - and Kenny did it again???

Leg 4 - use the mise ingredients to create a dish - and the winner will get $20,000! They've seriously amped up the QF prizes - and it seems that when they give a prize, they're going to take away immunity! Let's see what Kenny does here - his bio says "His cuisine ranges from American Regional, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Native American, Moroccan and African." An interesting flavor mix!

He goes with Moroccan-Spiced Chicken with Cherries Two Ways. Sounds good! And how can Angelo Sosa do a chilled onion jam in 30-40 minutes? Did I hear correctly - a chilled onion jam?

And it's between Angelo and Kenny...and Angelo wins the $20K.

The Elimination Challenge is to cook food that represent the region they're from at the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival for 300 Washingtonians. They cook in 4 teams, but are still competing against those that are on their teams as well. One from each group will be in the top group and one from each group will be in the bottom.

The Top 4 in the QF get to pick their teams. There's one left over (Ed) and Angelo gets to assign him to a team - he chooses to send him to Kenny's team. Looks like a rivalry is already on between those two.

And Tracy from Atlanta seems, ummm, slightly abrasive or perhaps very outspoken? LOL

And ALL of the judges are there - Tom, Gail, Eric and Padma. The lamb dish from Kevin looks absolutely fabulous! But I'm a pushover for lamb. Alex's deconstructed borscht and beef short rib also looked superb.

The Top 4 are Kenny, Alex, Angelo, and Kevin. Chef Ripert gets to announce the winner, who is Angelo yet again!

Has anyone who's won the first elimination challenge won the entire thing? Yes, Harold Dieterle from TC1, Ilan from TC2, and Stephanie from TC4, so perhaps it bodes well for Angelo!

The Bottom 4 are Steven, John, Jacqueline, and Timothy. Yowch. Timothy was one of the QF top 4 and got a chance to choose his team, and he's the only one in the bottom from the QF top group. And Colicchio rakes Jacqueline over the coals for not having memorized a dish she's made and served hundreds of times.

So who's going home first? I'm thinking John/dessert guy....and yup, he is the first one out! That's gotta suck for anyone - but a 2-time James Beard nominee? Not fun.

OOOHHHH!!!!! Previews show that Anthony Bourdain is back - YAY!!!!! Oh please have Ripert on the same show(s)? LOL

And of course, the previews show the DRAMA! as well. Of course, of course. :-)

SO happy TC is back!

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  1. Looks like Kenny and Angelo are the ones to watch...

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        1. Following hot in the heels of Ann Arbor-based Eve (an early departure from last year's Top Chef), John from Detroit goes home first. Not the best start for Michigan, my new home state.

          And why dont they ever mix up Judge's Table? Everyone knows that the first chefs who are called to appear are the winners.

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          1. re: ooroger

            Ha HA

            So great episode

            I think the battle between Kenny Gilbert and Angelo Sosa will be great. Which will last longer? I think Angelo ..but its still early. My pick for the Dark Horse , because I always love an under dog is Kelly Liken. I also have to think Stephen Hopcraft should do well.

            1. re: ooroger

              ooroger, I felt the same way. The Lark is so well-regarded, I was sad to see him do so poorly.

              And welcome to the Great Lakes state!

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