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Top Chef Texas

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Manton, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    I am not sure if my DirecTV DVR messed up or not but the first episode was just one hour long right? And they only got through 2 groups (out of 3)? Is it safe to assume that next week they'll do the final group and then leave some room for something else?

    On a related note, I like following this site from Chicago called The Chicago Reader, mostly for their food and drinks section. They have a cool ongoing feature called "Key Ingredient" where Chicago chefs challenge each other to make a dish with a difficult ingredient (think rabbit lung). Once the chef completes the challenge, he/she gets to pick the next chef and ingredient. The most recent one is Beverly Kim. I really liked her so I googled her name and found out she's a contestant on Top Chef: Teaxs!

    Chicago Reader: Beverly Kim
     


  2. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    But mgm = that smarmy college kid from Master Chef!


    I find it curious that although the talent level has increased each season, the winners haven't been progressively more impressive. Although I suppose I've never actually eaten at any of the winner's restaurants with the exception of Harold.
     


  3. Bhowie

    Bhowie Senior member

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    I think college-aged is a more apt description.
     


  4. ErnestoG.

    ErnestoG. Senior member

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    kevin and hosea stand out in my mind as two very weak winners.

    this weeks episode was interesting. did anyone notice the judges disagreeing about a decision? i thought it was great how they eliminated that guy after shitty butchering
     


  5. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    The weakest Top Chef winners in my opinion were: Ilan, Harold, and Hosea.

    Have any of the winners, other than Blais, Voltagio, and Izard done anything significant with their careers after the show? I know some of them have restaurants but since I hear pretty much nothing about them, i am guessing their joints are pretty mediocre?
     


  6. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    I wouldn't categorize Harold Dieterle's Perilla as mediocre--I think it's a pretty good little West Village place. Haven't been to Kin Shop, but it generated a good bit of buzz when it opened.

    Ilan and Hosea are worthless.

    Oh, and isn't Hung opening up a place somewhere?
     
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  7. foodguy

    foodguy Senior member

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    ilan's place in la is ... interesting. good nights and bad. always very weird.
    i'm not exactly sure what "success" means in these terms. write-ups? or the old-fashioned thing of running a good, solid, profitable restaurant and pleasing your customers.
     


  8. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    I'd somehow forgotten that Ilan runs a place in L.A. I'll take back my "worthless" assessment and reserve judgment for now.

    Just checked out the menu for The Gorbals. I wish he had ended up cooking at a straight up Spanish food. It's been a long time since I lived in L.A., but there weren't too many notable Spanish/tapas places when I was there. Cobras & Matadors was the hotspot (does that date me?), but I never actually tried it.
     
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  9. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Seems to me like Hosea is in a class by himself as weakest winner. Hung was awesome.
     


  10. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    I would expect to have heard from or about Hung by now. I feel like next to Voltagio, he was the strongest chef. That guy was a real joy to watch. Cocky, yes, but can't doubt his talent. I wish he would just open something up already.
     


  11. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Your cooking looks very good.
     


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    I wrote a post before, but Hung just opened a huge seafood-based place in meatpacking called Catch, and its pretty awesome for a just opened place.
     


  13. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I recently saw Fabio on a Domino's Pizza commercial.

    Yeah, it's always hard to pick out the interesting characters during the first episode or so. At first impression, I like the seafood guy from South Carolina (?). The sous chef sort of reminds me of Marcel. He could be surprising.
     
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  14. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Chicago represented very well. Granted, two of them are douchebags from moto, but still good stuff.
     


  15. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    Yeah, he's whoring himself out to shill "artisan" pizzas. I still can't help liking him though.
     


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