With the Longhorns and Cowboy seasons busted, the Rangers loosing the World Series and the Mavs locked out; this will be the closest thing to Texas sports I’ll have for awhile until the UT basketball team gets jobbed by the refs mid-march. Here are my thoughts on the first episode:
- Thirty seconds in and they’ve already said “everything’s bigger in Texas” one too many times. I do like the 30 chef field though.
- “I don’t like having to compete for the top 16″
- Some bitch who probably won’t make it to the top 16.
- BAM! Emeril!
- Pink bandana is the new carpetbag.
- Unemployed chefs on Top chef? Topical.
- The single cut of pig opening challenge is good. I thought they might do something a little more San Antonio-themed, but this is a quality challenge for figuring out where everybody stands.
- Wait- are any of these cooks from the South, let alone Texas? WTF?
- “I’m a personal chef for celebrities and know everything. How do you cut pork chops again?”
- I love you for kicking that dickweed Tyler out, Tom Colicchio.
“You didn’t get to taste my perfectly cooked pork chop I couldn’t make”
- It’s amazing how much trouble group one had. I thought this opening challenge was way more manageable than the previous opening eliminations where they judged everyone on how they chopped onions. I would never get past that.
- Tom is obviously an intimidating judge, but Emeril has some scary intensity bubbling below the surface. If he ever yelled at me in a kitchen scenario; I can’t promise I wouldn’t cry.
- Caribbean cruise thinks she had a good dish. Tenderloin and green beans.
But I repeat.
- I swear, there are STILL NO SOUTHERNERS IN THIS LINEUP!
- Mmmmm, braised crispy pig ears. In soup, no less. Good stuff. Lofty stuff.
- “I feel like this is a Chicago competition”- Sarah
Hey, why don’t you go eat a cat turd covered in neon green relish?
- Kentucky, North Carolina, Atlanta… Much better.
- Nice; different challenge for group two. Rabbit orgy.
- Oh, Rick Bayless is your mentor. Might as well just hand you the prize.\
- “My style is most similar to Richard Blaise and Michael Voltagio.”
Yeah, your hairstyle.
- MY PLAN TO SLOWLY COOK FOOD IN A PLASTIC BAG IS NOT WORKING!
- “Who does chocolate with rabbit? Not a lot of people.”
Yeah, just you and Spain. Very exclusive group.
- Whitney is one to look out for. Keith too. Funny that two of the Southerners would have VERY well received dishes.
- Confit leg of rabbit. Original.
- The no-tattoo crew on the bubble. Cute.
- I just turned into my grandma.
It’s shaping up to be an interesting season. The chefs so far seem to be a talented bunch, more so than some of the barrel-scraping attempts of previous seasons. It’s interesting that they’re stretching this playoff format over two episodes. It’s exciting, even if it means they won’t really explore the setting until the final lineup is decided.
Overall Grade: B+ Maybe.