“Top Chef” is back for yet another season, which means we get yet another example of how a good reality TV competition can be done on cable for a limited budget. Everything about the show screams professionalism, from the sets to the judges to the classy editing. People yell when they are angry, and cry when they are sad — there is little that feels forced.
This season, the hopefuls were all ushered in to Washington, D.C. by Padma Lakshmi and the judges, and were given two tests over the course of the hour:
- Try to show off your skills in a speed challenge, where contestants had to show their cutting ability before making a dish with the ingredients. The winner here receives a $20,000 bonus.
- Making a dish that showcases their own cooking and their part of the country.
Even though these challenges were simple, there was plenty of drama. We also clearly learned the to people who seem at this point to be head and shoulders above the rest — Kenny and Angelo, with the former being a bit more likable since Angelo (who seems just a bit cocky) won both of this episode’s challenges.
In the end, the show unfortunately decided to get rid of the craziest-looking contestant in John. With his dreadlocks and hippie sort of personality, he was one of the few people that was easy to remember so early in the competition. However, he didn’t really show much of anything after he made a maple dessert lacking in maple flavor, and also pre-purchased the pastry for the dessert (which was a third of the total dish) rather than making it himself.
Who is your favorite right now on “Top Chef”? Stay tuned throughout the season for full recaps and coverage, and feel free to share your thoughts below.
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