I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef Premier June 17, 2010
I got home tonight just in time to catch the last 40-minutes or so of that crazy art show on Bravo. I admit it is interesting but it isn’t really what I expected. When I think of art, painting and sculptures, I guess I think of them more in a traditional sense and was expecting landscapes, seascapes and portraits. Not the crazy stuff we’re seeing and there are some “out there” contestants. This must be the crowd that Kelly runs around with.
I will probably continue to watch it to see if it improves, I absolutely hated the winning art piece tonight but quite honestly didn’t see anything better either. I guess I’ll watch what happens.
This is probably one of the most anticipated seasons of Top Chef due to the unbelievably high quality of chefs that were on last season, I for one, was really interested to see if they can possibly keep it up. The final four on last year’s season were unbelievable and I believe that had any one of them been on any previous season, they would have beat the winner. That’s how strong they were.
It is difficult to tell how this season’s chefs will stack up with only one episode, but just looking at the group, I wasn’t surprised by the first elimination. He seemed like a nice guy and all, but John from Michigan wasn’t going to be Top Chef, I think we all knew that going in.
The quick fire was surprising and I’m no chef, but how is that a measure of a good chef? It seems to me that it’s a measure of a good suet chef, isn’t it? Like I said, what the hell do I know? Reading Head Judge Chef Tom’s blog we learn that not only one person cut themselves, but three of our sharp contestants let the blood flow. He told us that contestants show up to the competition with dull knives. “Sharpen your knives before you get here people” Tom says. How funny!
The top two are already evident out of a sea of seventeen. Kenny and Angelo are quite clearly the two that have talent, drive and are serious about this competition. These two gentlemen are going to give everyone a run for their money. Strange things have happened on Top Chef in the past, however. Remember Chef Sam Talbot? I really thought he was going to win that whole season, or at least be in the top two but alas, he must have had Kelly Bensimon on the brain because he was eliminated earlier than I thought.
There were a few past contestants that I imagined were going to go farther than they did but last year’s final four, Brian, Michael, Kevin and Jennifer were no surprise. Almost from the first quick fire you could see that these four chefs were going to outshine them all. Yet they had a lot of respect for one another. There wasn’t a lot of snarky, cocky talk from last season’s group. I know it seemed like Michael was a little biting to his fellow contestants but in comparison to previous seasons, Michael was tame.
We will see how this season plays out, we have nine men and eight women but the top four in the first elimination challenge were all men, Kenny and Angelo along with Kevin and Alex so we’ll see if the men dominate the entire competition.
Bravotv.com has complete bio’s on all the contestants but here they are along with the cities and states that they represent.
Stephen – Las Vegas, Nevada
Tracey – Atlanta, Georgia
Kenny – Telluride, Colorado
Alex – Hollywood, California
Kelly – Vail, Colorado
Lynne – Highland, New York
Arnold – Nashville, Tennessee
Jacqueline – Brooklyn, New York
Timothy – Washington D.C.
Angelo, New York, New York
John – Detroit, Michigan
Amanda – Los Angeles, California
Andrea – Miami, Florida
Tiffany –Dallas, Texas
Tamesha – Washington D.C.
Ed – Queens, New York
Kevin – Willingboro, New Jersey
The show looks like it is going to be great! I love Chef Tom Colicchio, he’s fair and encouraging with the contestants. He writes a great blog. Whenever I feel someone has been unfairly eliminated, I read Chef Tom’s blog and he explains it so well that you then “get it”. His blog really adds to the enjoyment of watching the show!
Padma I could live without but she doesn’t offend me all that much. She is better than the very first season’s host but I don’t think Padma adds much to the show. I’m sure we’ll get into that more as the season continues.
I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on the show and your predictions for the top two.
Until Next time…………