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Hungry Magazine - All Things Tasty
01.07.09

30 Seconds on Top Chef, brought to you by Diet Dr. Pepper

Bartender, Pour me a Drink: Alcohol and Spirits, Bites: News and Miscellany

Hello Padma, do you have any French in you…

1- As usual, at least one chef is surprised there’s a dessert challenge…dude, there’s been a dessert challenge every single season.
2- Radhika breaks out of the Indian cooking stereotype and wins the quickfire
3- Oh, lord, Stephanie Izard just pimped Diet Dr. Pepper in the commercial break
4- Carla is a total whack-job
5- Shouldn’t they always anonymously judge the dishes?
6- Ha, ha, Toby Young, Anthony Bourdain would like his schtick back.
7- How does Toby know what cat food tastes like? Has he been dining with his pets?
8- Ariane should definitely win Top Chef Obvious – skate wing with brown butter…dude, Escoffier was making that (granted without pineapple)
9- I’m officially printing a “Team Stefan” t-shirt, he’s the most arrogant bastard I’ve ever loved.
10- Colicchio doesn’t like raw garlic in gremolata…I thought that was the classic preparation…either way I love the raw spiciness myself…maybe that’s why I’m not a judge on Top Chef.
11- I bet Toby and the French judge dude Jean Christophe (Jeff Goldblum’s lost twin brother) or whatever would make sweet sweet love together
12- I think most of the judges are acting on prejudice rather than reality regarding the daikon with tomato basil. Daikon is so mild, I’m pretty sure it could be a base for anything.
13- Melissa and Eugene, they gone.
14- Oh, and this has nothing to do with Top Chef, but Oprah just came on, and I know she’s complaining about letting herself become a fatty again, but I think she looks pretty good.

11 Comments on "30 Seconds on Top Chef, brought to you by Diet Dr. Pepper"

send9

Toby Young NEARLY ruined the episode for me and I am scared that he’s now a permanent judge. His comments were so forced and contrived, with obscure references galore (he actually saw Tropic Thunder?) Worst of all, he’s not a food guy and it showed (”This fennel has an anisy flavor!” - no sh*t!). Towards the end though, he was much less annoying but perhaps that was due to good editing.



Sarah

Thanks for the entertaining summary.



pants

Thees ees Top Chef! Eet’s not Top Scallop!



E L

you nailed toby young, send9. he’s a total doofus. i was actually kind of excited to see if he’d be a new bourdain-type irreverent ass. but he’s trying so hard to be harsh. and great call on that fennel comment.

is he an ex-film critic turned food guy? seems like it with all his movie references.



mark mendez

ditto on Oprah



send9

EL: Toby Young, as far as I understand, is just a professional ass. EatMeDaily did a piece on him recently: http://www.eatmedaily.com/2009/01/who-the-hell-is-toby-young/



Jasmine

1. Toby’s “Tropic Thunder” analogy was a reach. And it looked like he knew it even before it fell out of his mouth.

2. I want more Milli Fusilli screen time. If only so I can type “Milli Fusilli” as much as I like.

3. Do you think Stephanie pimped herself for that diet Dr. Pepper promo because they paid her a lot of money, or because Bravo has something on her?

4. Gene said “banana lumpia” when he should have said “turron” so the Filipino people at home could nod in recognition.

5. Promos for next week show Stefan and Jaime getting into a screaming match. Wasn’t this dude trying to hit on her a few episodes back? Lame, or should I say “laime”?

6. Being a fatty myself, I feel for Oprah. But if she ever apologizes for gaining weight again, I’m gonna send her a steak.



Leyla

I missed the Toby Young episode, was this Toby Young, the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People? Though he is my social hero, why is he judging a food show?



Hoogieats

TOP CHEF not TOP SCALLOP…hall of fame line from his Fabio-ness. Thanks for echo on Cookoo Carla “Hooty-Hoo”…totally nuts. Ariane is a whiny caterer. I wanted to root for Eugene from day 1, but wouldnt want to eat much of anything he made. Melissa needs more Boulder therapy & maybe a boyfriend. if she has any talent, her lack of confidence and self esteem prevented her from showing any of it. If they have 2 chefs from Boulder, wouldnt you think at least one of them would work at FRASCA for chrissakes!

I think its the Stefan & Fabio show moving forward.



jesse

i really think this show needs to get back to good food rather than this make drama and comments bullshit and mediocre food the first few seasons may have made for as good tv but at least the food was worthy of the title top chef i mean how do u win a challenge w a seared scallop and a fennel sald that it childs play



anonymous

right on all the way jesse!! this year’s top chef should be called,”Top Shoe Maker” or “Top Bush League”. producers need to get back to focusing more on food and less on drama and one liners. colorful characters may make for nice tv. but trying to find the right tv dynamic instead of looking for talented chefs just appears weak and transparent…



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