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Jan 31, Top Chef -- Stefan Richter's exit interview really went down during the challenge, as well as his relationship with the much-missed Kristen. Apr 1, "Top Chef" champion Kristen Kish has come out in a unique and subtle Similarly, she. Jun 27, The competition show has put many chefs through the ringer. Those who made it out on the other end have been launched into fame and. Jan 17, Instead, Kristen took full responsibility as executive chef on last SPOILER ALERT) "Bite my tongue, bite my tongue," was all Kristen Kish could whisper to And what of her relationship with fellow contestant Stefan Richter.
His refusal to surrender his immunity despite being the clear loser resulted in Cmar, who performed well in the challenge, getting sent home. It may have been a good game move, but it made him feel more like a player than a great chef. It's tough to rewatch knowing how it ends, but Compton and Chung almost make it worth the trouble. Empty calories 'Top Chef: Boston season 12 Challenge design: That said, this season generally got the New England vibe right.
What this season really got wrong was introducing Sudden Death Quickfires, or Quickfire Challenges that lead to one contestant's elimination. These were mostly decent people cooking their hearts out, particularly in the top five. Katsuji Tanabe was a love-him-or-hate-him bit of spice, but otherwise, this was a pretty bland cast. You need a bit more drama to raise the stakes.
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Mei Lin is a good chef, and it's a thrill that the show finally got its third female winner in its 12th season. But she's not one of the most remarkable winners; she's just solid all around. NYC season 5 Challenge design: Additionally, the elimination pattern, with multiple double eliminations, a non-elimination and a return to the competition Jeff McInnis, quickly re-eliminatedwas too erratic.
They both returned for All-Stars, and for good reason. Stefan Richter would return in Seattle, where he was far more likable than he was here. But the real bummers this season were Hosea Rosenberg and Leah Cohen, who took up most of the oxygen in the season with their inappropriate hookup.
Both had significant others. They — and the story editors who focused on them — drained the life out of the season. Rosenberg held the worst-winner title for a long time, and he's still a threat for it, up there with Elmi and season seven winner Kevin Sbraga. His cooking wasn't inspiring, and that's not even considering his behavior outside the kitchen. Watch it for Viviani and Hall, who are truly enjoyable even when everything else is unpleasant. Color me surprised, then, that the producers used the city really well.
The challenge held at the CIA, during which then-director Leon Panetta had to be excused from the table to take care of some official business, was particularly thrilling. There, they made sense because of the Vegas theme; here, they were glorified leftovers. This season suffered from a really bland top four. Meanwhile, Angelo Sosa, who was anything but dull more of an odd duck than anythingwas sick during the finale, leading to a lower-key final few episodes.
Again, Sbraga was a solid chef who made his way up from a mediocre pack. He wasn't anywhere near as thrilling as Sosa, Gilbert and Derry.
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This is basically a next-day meatloaf of a season: It's easy to forget that season two was even shot in LA. Because the show was still getting its sea legs, it didn't use the city well, but it did craft a lot of the challenges that would become regulars in the following seasons. It's a formative season, particularly because it introduced host Padma Lakshmi, who did not host season one. The cast was more like a traditional reality show than a cooking show, with a lot of big personalities that chafed against each other.
This all came to a head in the top five episode, where contestant Cliff Crooks was disqualified for trying to forcibly shave fellow contestant Marcel Vigneron's head. The incident, along with the infighting that took place all season, leaves a bit of a bad taste when remembering this cast. Ilan Hall, who was involved in the head-shaving incident filming and egging Crooks onwas a jerk who cooked Spanish food for nearly every challenge.
The older seasons are harder to watch because they simply look so different — they're technically on a whole different level. But if you can get past that, this season is a fine watch. From top five beyond, however, it's pretty unenjoyable.
God bless California, a big ol' road trip across the state, for fixing the problem with the number of challenges. It also used the Sudden Death Quickfires much more intelligently and sparingly than Boston. Additionally, the season's path felt like a better flow between cities than Texas' did, using each location smartly while they were there. But the still-too-frequent lack of a formal judges' table stung. God, what a great season this could've been with a better cast.
Perhaps best known as the Year of the Brothis season was just way too heavy on very similar kinds of chefs: When only one woman remains in the top six, you know something's gone wrong in casting.
I still can't quite wrap my head around how Jeremy Ford won this season. He basically took the title with no narrative — no arc to his story on the show. To some extent, that's refreshing; his win feels less manipulated and more a reward for good work. It feels like this should have been Onwuachi's year.
Despite the frustrating casting making this just a decent season, it remains an immensely watchable one, and I'd argue it only gets better on rewatch. The challenges featured fairly clear winners and used the city of Seattle well.
The second-chance competition web series got hawked at every turn, at times seeming more important than the actual competition. It all felt a little angled toward a Kish win, leaving viewers with a bittersweet feeling. This cast is adorable! Three of these came back for the rookies vs. Williamson, Simeon and Lizzie Binder were all wonderful to watch. His chemistry with Kish was a particular highlight.
Though Kish's win condition was a bit tenuous, it's hard to argue with her talent. She's one of the best winners ever — and, as the second woman to win, so overdue. Maybe one of the most watchable seasons of all.
Skip the finale, though. It still feels like classic Top Chef, but used the location for more than just surface-level flourishes. Only Sylva Senat felt like a real threat to make the finale; instead, he fell out at fifth place.Life Stories: 'Top Chef' Winner Kristen Kish - NBC Asian America
Only Casey Thompson, a fan favorite back for her third go-around after seasons three and eight, felt like an odd choice. But whether or not it's Williamson or Shirley Chung, it will be one of the show's all-time great winners.
This was the rare year when the entire top three was extraordinary. Obviously we haven't had a chance to rewatch this one with some perspective, but my instinct is that it'll hold up remarkably well over time.
Top Chef original recipe season 1 Challenge design: Certainly there was some early-installment strangeness, but this season introduced standby challenges like Restaurant Wars. Judged by the standard of being the first, it was revolutionary. There were lots of big personalities in this season that help it stand out in memory. Tiffani Faison was a brassy villain-type who earned her redemption in All-Stars.
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The cast feels very season one, but not in a bad way. Harold Dieterle beating Faison set the stage for the series' alarming preference for male winners over women. That said, Dieterle is a lot better than most of the men who have come since. His win may be the franchise's original sin, but he's not to blame. Like mentioned with season two, the early years make for tougher viewing experiences. But fans who haven't seen it before owe themselves a watch.
Regardless of whether you got eliminated or you won the whole thing, we were in a very fortunate situation to be given that platform to do what we love.
The last thing I wanted to do was to go out there and look like a mess, or come off as a bitch. How was the cast? Were you guys close? Did you have a best friend on the show—or an enemy?
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We were all pretty close, except for maybe a couple people. Does it rhyme with Mosie? There are a few more [work-related] things coming out. Formal press releases will be coming out. New York, London and a lot of trips to Vermont and Maine, and all that jazz. So are you getting enough sleep? I actually found time for a four-hour nap yesterday, and I was in heaven. When we were in Arkansas, we bumped into this radio DJ who was half-Korean. Is there any story that kind of hit hard?
Yeah, I got a very, very long letter on Facebook. And it inspired her to embrace it a little bit more, and not be afraid of facing all of that. That actually kind of made me cry because it was so touching. I started getting marriage proposals from men and women. So are you single, Kristen? But are you ready to mingle? Does he have to know how to cook? All he has to do is to be good at something and have a passion for something.
Yong is good at video games. Oh, maybe not that either. Other than us, obviously. I have to say Daniel Boulud. That would be a huge honor for me.
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Julia Child would be amazing. And I love artists. Inspiration as in flavors? No, I can look at a painting that has nothing to do with food and come up with a dish because I would be inspired by the colors, the textures and also layering.