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03.11.08

30 Second Commentary on Top Chef Chicago

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The dreaded moment has come. Top Chef Chicago airs tonight on Bravo. Since everyone else is going write about the whole thing ad nauseum, this will most likely be my first and final word on the topic. The show deserves some credit over other reality shows like say Hell’s Kitchen, because the talent is unmistakably legitimate, and the production values are high.

That’s about it though. At the end of the day, it’s still a reductive made for TV affair that takes great chefs and reduces them by pitting them in a bunch of ridiculous challenges.

Are you really a top chef if you can make a perfect soufflé on the heated engine block of a Volkswagon Jetta as it rockets down Lake Shore Dr.? I have a lot of respect for Tom Colicchio. He is the godfather of New American cuisine. He is undoubtedly a top chef, but I bet he wouldn’t make it through week four of such a ridiculous affair.

Our major fear is that quick fire challenges will revolve around hackneyed ideas like re-inventing deep dish pizza or the Chicago style hot dog, or make the ideal steak and potatoes dish, while the Gibson’s head captain judges the quality of your dish. I’m concerned that Chicago will come off as the meat and potatoes town it once was, rather than the inventive top food town it is. I hope I’m wrong.

2 Comments on "30 Second Commentary on Top Chef Chicago"

Jasmine

I think tonight’s episode is actually going to kick off with a reinvention challenge, namely deep dish pizza. Which is what I would expect, but I’m still disappointed.

I still look forward, though, to cheering on the hometown contestants. Oh, and the one dude who might be Filipino (holla!).



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[...] candy machine or supermarket aisle will be, but Michael Nagrant at hungrymag.com has far funnier remarks about possible Chicago quick-fire challenges than I do. Our major fear is that quick fire challenges will revolve around hackneyed ideas like [...]



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