Did he ass-whup himself?]]>
The script, personalities, and even the host’s verbal delivery are clearly derivative of “Iron Chef”. Allen can’t back flip up the center cooking counter and bite into a bell pepper the way the Chairman’s nephew can, but he’s asking pretty much the same questions with somewhat subdued gestures.
The contestants are junior varsity. True, they’re less effusive than the musical theater-type cast assemblages on “Top Chef”. They’ve got considerably less time to devote to back-biting, what with the 15 nanosecond braising assignments. The do, however, find time to let us know that they each have deep commitments to the food, farm, form, and freshness.
The “panel”…..second string. Anna Maria Whatshername seems to be on every panel. Look for her on “Popeil Gourmet” soon airing on a infomercial near you.
True….there is a hint of food discussion. Attacks are less venal and personal. The commentary is actually restrained. No one apparently has the temerity to question the logic involved in the assigned ingredient baskets. That might be valuable.
In the absense of all the dry ice and hysterical war cries, “Chopped” is just that…..somewhat less than the whole.
I give it one season.]]>
I like your 30s Top Chef rundown, its hilarious every week! Good stuff.]]>
Poor Jeff: He’s been talking to himself about the same issue since the first episode and still couldn’t resolve things. He belongs back on “House”.
Super Bowl motiff was a bust…..perhaps more telling about the Super Bowl than Top Chef…nah, it was a tie.
What’s with all the alumni reunions? I thought the alumni voting technique was particularly insightful…the giant foam finger….how discerning…….and lame
I’ve been to better birthday parties as a kid….
Top Chef Producer Brain Trust: Find another event/holiday ……….Watch for the big Purim Special with prunes as the [sic] quickfure ingredient.
Yes, Bormann’s Bistro seems destined to be a reality. I’m looking for Stefan to blitzkreig to the finish.]]>