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Top Chef Texas - Season 9 - debuts on Wed., November 2nd!


Yes, I know it's been discussed before, but just thought I'd throw a reminder out there. ::::Squee!:::

I'm looking at new laptops to be able to comment on the recap thread without running up and down the stairs every 5 minutes. :-)

Looks like Bourdain is out as a semi-regular judge and Lagasse and Acheson are in as semi-regular judges. And they don't yet have the bios up of the potential cheftestants - because they'd have to take down 13 of them the first night. :-)

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  1. ohboyohboyohboy!

    I can't wait! :)

    1. No Bourdain? total bummer.

      I still fondly remember the comment he made about Marcel's dessert--"perfect shitstorm of f'ing awfulness". That's poetry.

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      1. re: coney with everything

        LindaWhit is sadz her boytoyfriend isn't going to be on this season. Perhaps they'll surprise us and he and her other boytoyfriend, Chef Ripert, will be surprise guests. That would make her VERY happy. :-)

      2. Thanks for the reminder! I've been so busy with work, I didn't even notice that a new season was upon us. I'll be able to catch the first episode, but I'll be traveling on business for both the second and third weeks, so I'll miss your recaps and talking to you about the episodes. I'll be back after that, though. Yay to Top Chef!

        1. I've mixed feelings about it being in Texas.

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          1. re: huiray

            I do too and I live here. Re-watching Top Chef All Star marathon today, so plenty of Top Chef Texas commercials. Some of the stupid, sterotypical scenes I've seen are Padma and Tom in their western duds, lots of hay bales, calf roping, chefs in a field of dirt, Padma gnawing on a rib while bad country music plays, I could go on. I'm trying to have an open mind, but don't have much faith in Bravo. At least they're staying out of my city, Houston.


            1. re: James Cristinian

              I saw one of the TC-AS shows this evening around dinnertime, and saw a preview with Tom C. in jeans and cowboy boots and Padma in a country-type dress. Gah. Please, dear Food Gods, do NOT go there with Top Chef!

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Oh believe me they will go there. Everyone that comes to Texas on TV has to show everyone what they think Texas is all about, even though it is a cliche. Nobody in Houston wears boots and cowboys clothes except for the 2 and 1/2 weeks of Rodeo, and then it's pretty much held to Reliant Stadium. Baseball came for the All Star came and did a real nice spot on Houston, then went to the "real" Texas, a dirty gnarly pig farm. Let's hope they tone down the faux Texas angle and let the chefs cook, but I expect to see a heavy dose of silliness, every show that comes here does it.

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  i was in Houston probably 6 years ago, twice within 2 years, and i did see people in cowboy boots and even hats. not everywhere, but in malls, and elsewhere. now, i was visiting a friend in Katy, which i know is a pretty suburban place..... but you can't say it doesn't exist at all.... can you?

                  but yes, of course it's a total stereotype, and yes, of course Top Chef will run with it. and yes, it will be really annoying!

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    And yet with all the Texas yee-hah they're going to do 95% of all their shopping at Whole Foods, avoiding local markets at all costs. So it hardly matters where the show is actually shot, in a way. Really annoying every single season.

                    1. re: ratgirlagogo

                      You do know that Whole Foods is one of the sponsors that makes the show possible?

                    2. re: mariacarmen

                      It does exist to a very small degree, but not the hype the national media puts on it. I work in a very large non mall retailer, ando I see boots every 2-3 days, the full outfit every week or more. My sample IS hundreds a day, and not thousands like the mall, but it is largely non-existent.

            2. oh thanks for pointing me to this thread Linda.

              Ok, the fact that you were running up and down stairs to do those recaps for us,
              and the fact that you are thinking of purchasing a laptop to do more recaps for us....
              i just don't know how we can thank you!!
              anyone out there want to give Linda their firstborn? nah, she probably doesn't want that.
              THANKS LINDA!

              1. I noticed a promo for TC Texas where (presumabely the first episode) apparently a contestant did such a crappy job of breaking down a beef tenderloin, professed not to be a butcher, and Colicchio told him "...it's a basic skill..." and tells to leave right then and there. It reminded me a little of the first episide of the first season of TC when Hubert Keller ejected a contestant from his kitchen for tasting a sauce with his finger.

                1. Emeril is a judge?

                  Pee Wee Herman is involved somehow?

                  I'm strapping in for a wild ride.

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                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    I have to say - I *think* I'm most looking forward to the Pee Wee Herman episode. :-D

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      A corn challenge!

                      "There are thousands and thousands of uses for corn, all of which I'm going to tell you about right now!"

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        I hope they're going to do a challenge in the basement of the Alamo!

                        1. re: ratgirlagogo

                          Why else would they bring in Pee Wee Herman as a judge?

                          1. re: ratgirlagogo

                            The Alamo has no basement, and there is no filming inside. It is a shrine to the soldiers and civilians that fell on both sides. There will be no quick fires or eliminations inside it's remaining walls. However, from the brief glimpse I got during the preview, it looks as though all twenty-nine contestants are lined up in Alamo Plaza, part of the actual battleground. and indeed within the original walls of the Alamo. If this is so, I'm still not sure if any competition will be allowed there.

                            1. re: James Cristinian

                              i believe that was a joke - from the Pee Wee movie - that there is no basement.

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                Went right over my head, sorry for the history lesson

                          2. re: LindaWhit

                            Does anyone know the Pee Wee Herman connection to Texas?

                              1. re: soupkitten

                                I watched the video, but I still don't get the connection to Texas. Was the Pee Wee Herman movie set in Texas?

                                  1. re: MplsM ary

                                    god i love him! thanks for posting those videos, MpisM ary and soupkitten. can't wait to see him on the show.

                                    one of my favorite moments of Pee Wee's, when hosting the Oscars one year, i believe, was his opening line (and this was after "the incident")... in that Pee Wee voice, "Heard any good jokes lately?"

                                    and to bring it back to food... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVdqwD...
                                    love this breakfast scene.

                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                      There are thousands of ways to make corn ...

                                      maybe Pedro and Inez will guest judge

                                    2. re: John E.

                                      I also had no idea of what the connection was but a quick Google search ("pee wee herman texas alamo") brings this up as the third result: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee-wee&...

                                      p.s. Not a fan of this character Pee Wee Herman. I've never seen any of "his" movies and have no desire to.

                                      1. re: huiray

                                        Thanks, now I get it. After going to your link I found out there are actually two basements at the Alamo, possibly not in the main structure however. This is one situation where I am a little proud of my ignorance. Like many others, when I hear the name 'Pee Wee Herman' I still think of his, ahem, unfortunate incident in a Florida movie theater some years ago.

                            1. wishing you laptop luck since your wrapups are a treat!

                              I'm hyper excited since my favorite local chef, Heather Terhune of Sable Kitchen here in Chicago is on ... her food is stellar and her attitude is too so it will be a treat to see her compete.

                              1. <because they'd have to take down 13 of them the first night. >

                                Huh? What? They're tossing out half of them the first episode? Who dreamt up that idea?

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                                1. re: ChefJune

                                  They'll have 29 cheftestants to start on Ep1 - essentially some kind of a cook- or prep-off to make the top 16. Can you imagine the excitement of being one of the chosen cheftestants and then being told "Sorry, you're not going to get to play. Bye-bye!"

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    And I don't know if this was a mistake or what, but the description on TV for the 2nd episode says "The final 10 chefs must decide amongst themselves which one of among 10 ingredients they will use to create a dish."
                                    10? Do they cut it down that quickly?

                                    1. re: sibeats

                                      I think I have it figured out. Comcast On-Demand has a 12 minute preview available. It appears to be the first 12 minutes, depending on editing, of the first episode. I think they started with 30 contestants. They are separated into three teams of 10 chefs. Each team is assigned a different animal protein and they each pick a cut of meat to cook. In the preview the first team of 10 is assigned pork. An arrogant 22 year old starts to butcher the bone-in loin to get a pork chop. In the process he butchers, as in destroys, the tenderloin that another contestant needs for her dish. She is left with about a 3 ounce piece of the tenderloin. Tom is so dismayed at his ability to break down the meat that he kicks him off right then and there. That is how the show has 29 contestants rather than 30. The confessionals that were included in the preview had quite a few comments from the kid that got booted early. He made Marcel Vigneron look humble.

                                      1. re: John E.

                                        ** An arrogant 22 year old starts to butcher the bone-in loin to get a pork chop.**

                                        **He made Marcel Vigneron look humble.**

                                        You called that last one. Poor guy though. Didn't get to plate. Nothing in a pan, bowl, nothing...

                                      2. re: sibeats

                                        Good lord, I hope not! I just read TV Guide's brief synopsis of the 11/9 show, and it says "Aspiring culinary contestants try to win a spot in the final 16." So it looks like perhaps a two-part premiere?

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          It appears they do not get down to 16 until the end of the second episode. That doesn't really bother me but I suppose I'll have to deliberately forget the other 20 contestants. I still find myself confused as to who is who until they get down to about 10 contestants. I remember getting the Voltaggio brothers confused at the beginning of season 7 which seems silly looking back on it because they are so different.

                                          I wish Brava would repeat early episodes of the early seasons. I have seen the last five episodes of every season by now but did miss out on the early episodes and so far, I have not found them available at the library. Even if DVDs were available for purchase I wouldn't buy them because I don't really care that much. I've seen some episodes available on iTunes, but I don't like watching TV on a computer. I wonder if there is a way to hook up my laptop to our HDTV?

                                          1. re: John E.

                                            Keep your eyes peeled on Bravo on Wednesdays when the show is aired. They frequently show entire seasons during the day of the show. Your post inspired me to put on Season Three, Miami, and later New York, with some of my favorite scenes, Hung butchering a chicken, Bourdains famous "texture of dollhead," too many to mention. I recorded it in July this year, and if you check listings, I would bet you can catch all the seasons. Bravo loves, loves Top Chef reruns.

                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                              considering the content of the rest of Bravo's programming, those reruns still qualify as their high quality material. the worst aspects of TC's production and editing are probably the network bending over to its 'real housewives' demographic. Considering the chatter on this site over the show, Bravo and the sponsors love having the rubes and marks and fans of cooking-as-perfromance art lining up for their carnival.

                                              1. re: James Cristinian

                                                I have been doing just that the last couple of years, but they never do show the early, say the first 4 or 5 episodes of the early seasons.

                                        2. re: LindaWhit

                                          They eliminated a bunch of contestants on episode one of Project Runway this season, too - bad start to what turned out to be a bad, lackluster season. Hope this isn't true for Top Chef.

                                        1. "I'm looking at new laptops to be able to comment on the recap thread"

                                          Yay! I'm in!

                                          I almost didn't taket his as the "real thing" because of the Texas part.... then I noticed how "Next Iron Chef" seemed to be taking it seriously so.....

                                          1. Ok, according to my Direct TV on air guide, what I believe is Season Two will be on this Tuesday at 8 am Central, all day long.

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                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                              I saw that too. Again, Bravo is showing episodes 6 through 13 but not 1 through 5. I remember seeing episode 4 of season 2 because nobody was eliminated, but not the others.

                                              1. re: John E.

                                                I never noticed they didn't show the whole season until you mentioned it. Oh well, thought I was on to something. One thing about the early seasons, the quality of some of the first to go was pretty weak. Sandy and Clay from season three were not good. Clay brought out an amuse bouche the size of a small football. It was clear the poor guy had no clue as to what one was. Still, like you I would like to see the entire season again.

                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                  It is clear that the quality of the contestants have been improving over the years, although it seems that every year they choose some chefs that appear to be underdogs.

                                            2. I'm still without power at my own house, and those *lovely* people at National Grid are saying it might not be until Thursday late in the evening before power is restored to my town.

                                              Do they NOT understand that I must have power by Wednesday evening?????

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                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                I can't remember where you live Linda. Did you get ice along with the snow? I have lived in the Twin Cities for almost 21 years and we have yet to have a blizzard here and I have lost electricity for a total time of maybe 5 hours in all that time. I guess we've been lucky as other parts of the Twin Cities have lost power for days at a time, usually a summer storm with downed trees knocking down power lines or an ice storm doing the same.

                                                1. re: John E.

                                                  Just north of Boston, John. No ice, but the problem with this snow on Oct. 29th was that it was heavy and wet (similar to what we get here in March or April). AND the leaves were still on the trees, which weighed down branches much more than if they had been bare. So branches were cracking and snapping off under the weight, taking down power lines all over the place.

                                                2. re: LindaWhit

                                                  DAMMIT!! this is a national emergency!! GET LINDA POWERED UP!

                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                    Damn. I really wish that virtual foot stomp *worked*, mc. :-)

                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                      oh no, i'm following it up with an Occupy National Grid!

                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                        Dang girl! You're goooooood! They obviously HEARD that foot stomp all the way over here in New England!

                                                        Houston (technically Dallas, since that's where TC-Texas is set), WE HAVE POWER! :-)

                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                          AWESOME! never underestimate the power of a Top Chef fan about to be thwarted.

                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                            Excellent! I was about to invite you over, but on Monday, inviting a friend over for wifi and warmth apparently jinxed us our power went out again for a couple more hours, so here's hoping yours is stable ;-)

                                                  2. Yay Linda recapping -- and yay Linda has power! Two excellent things that go hand in hand.

                                                    Did anyone see the preview that had Tom looking very stern and serious seeming to tell a cheftestant that he "might as well leave now"? I wonder what that's about??

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                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                      My October 30 response to Sibeats above explains what happened with that contestant. Comcast On-Demand has a preview that shows the situation in its entirety.

                                                    2. Does anyone have suggestions about the best way to watch Top Chef without cable? We gave it up earlier this year and now rely on a Roku box and a Hulu subscription, but apparantly Top Chef is not on Hulu (boo). I can't tell from the Bravo site if they post full episodes online. I guess I will have to buy the episodes from Amazon or iTunes?

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                                                      1. re: DeeCee

                                                        The only better solution I can offer is to find someone with satellite or CATV willing to record the episodes for you.

                                                        1. re: DeeCee

                                                          Bravo does not post full episodes, unfortunately. Hulu doesn't consistently have Top Chef, either. Only way to access it for sure is to buy it.

                                                          1. re: DeeCee

                                                            You can buy them on iTunes. I was just briefly looking at my phone so I can't tell if you can buy single episodes or if you have to buy the season. They have a couple of previews on there for the new season though.

                                                            1. re: jcattles

                                                              You can get it either way, $1.99/episode or $29.99/season.

                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                Thanks everybody. This is the only show I miss watching "live."

                                                          2. If you check out mysa.com, the San Antonio Express News website,they have an article about it.In fact there is an article about Top Chef in San Antonio on the bottom left column of today's paper.It continues inside the front section,plus in in the SA Living section there is a mention of it as well.And of course they mention Austin and Dallas.There is even a photo in the paper of Padma in front of the Alamo.KSAT12 and WOAI have about it on their website.One of them did an interview with her and Tom. Don't know if KENS5 or KABB news has anything on this.
                                                            Can't wait to see it tonight.

                                                            1. Ohferpity'ssake! I totally forgot it was on! How could that happen!?!?! thank goodness for ondemand, but I don't think I have time to catch it until... omg Saturday! jeez.

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                                                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                LOL! well, juju, when you need it, the recap thread is here: