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Top Chef Canada, Season 3, Episode 1

chefhound Mar 18, 2013 08:58 PM

I don't have the energy to do a recap a la LindaWhit so I'll be brief.

Quickfire: Skills relay. Three teams. Shuck oysters, prep mirepoix, segment lemons, and prep and tie a beef tenderloin. Red team wins.

Elimination: Make a dish inspired by the first dish that made you want to be a chef. Chuck Hughes is guest judge.

On the top: Matthew, Daniel and Rebecca.
On the bottom: Frederick, Chris C. and Kayla.

The winner is Matthew and Frederick goes home.

First impressions: Jonathan seems to be pretty arrogant. I hope he lives up to it, though his first offering didn't live up to his big talk. Chris C. seems out of his depth. Let's hope it was just first-time nerves. Caity seems to have an attitude.
Loved the top three. Impressed with Rebecca's deconstructed lemon meringue. I'm a sucker for an English accent so I love Daniel. Matthew is gorgeous, he can cook and he works with Rob Feenie - a win-win-win for me.

Looking forward to seeing what Rory has to offer. I've been to George Restaurant a few times and the food is great. I hope he performs up to that level. Also wondering if Kayla can get it together for the next challenge. The judges enjoyed her fried chicken. She might make great food if she can pull herself together.

Can't wait for the next episode!

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    ElizabethS Mar 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    Thanks Chefhound for the update - just watched it today online. The usual flurry of new people, half of whom I don't remember but looks like some strong skill sets this season. But oh I was so hoping for some new judges. Hopefully LA Lady (can't remember her name) will have something more than just facial expressions this season.

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      piccola Mar 23, 2013 04:34 PM

      Re: judging: I actually liked Chuck much more that Mark McEwan. He was more lively and more specific about what he did or didn't enjoy in a dish.

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        ElizabethS Mar 24, 2013 08:33 AM

        I agree.

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          chefhound Mar 25, 2013 08:35 AM

          Who doesn't love Chuck? So boyishly charming.

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      piccola Mar 21, 2013 08:10 PM

      I'm rooting for Daniel and Kayla based on first impressions alone. We'll see whether that holds up as the season goes on.

      1. chris2269 Mar 21, 2013 02:27 PM

        Thanks for the heads up the new season has started.

        1. cellophane_star Mar 21, 2013 12:41 PM

          I felt very embarrassed for Chris C. I always root for the fellow Newfie but his nervousness was hard to watch.

          No favourites yet. I can't remember their names just yet. I usually get attached to the Calgarians since I live here and can eat at their restaurants (even though I liked Xavier but never went to eat at Muse...) I have plans to check out at Market (Geoff Roger's new restaurant) next week. I thought he came off well in episode 1.

          1. dbrodbeck Mar 21, 2013 04:49 AM

            The best line of the episode goes to Chuck Hughes "This is like what my Mom used to cook on Tuesday night, and my Mom is not on Top Chef".

            1. sgogo Mar 20, 2013 08:05 PM

              Daniel comes off as quite charming and funny, hope he sticks around. Chris C. looks so familiar - was there someone really similar to him on TC Canada before? His dish looked crazy.

              The girl who wants to marry Lisa - Kayla? - I hope she can pull it together. Sucks when nerves and poor timing get in the way. Her chicken looked delicious.

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                catroast Mar 19, 2013 05:51 PM

                gah poor fred! don't let this mislead you away from his restaurant in montreal dear tourists!

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