Top Chef 11 Seasons 2010

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Season 8
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For this Quickfire, all of the toys in the kitchen are taken away, and for $20,000, the chefs must create a delicious holiday stuffing dish using only their two hands. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs cater a launch party for the US Open, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.

Starring:
Spike Mendelsohn, Antonia Lofaso
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
December 22, 2010

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Season 8

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This is the best season thus far.
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The second team, Bodega, comprises of Dale, Richard Blais, Fabio, Tre, and Carla.
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Plenty of personality & talent shown by the Chefs!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Blanchard on December 6, 2010
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What better than having the best chefs who almost won from seven seasons get together to compete? You know you're going to see some amazing dishes and cooking techniques, and hopefully at least a little more maturity among the contestants who are presumably older and wiser. In this episode the elimination challenge was very well chosen -- we can tell by the stares of our old friends as they look at what's under that silver lid that they aren't looking forward to cooking this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Chen on January 26, 2011
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This was one of my favorite episodes of top chef, this season, because of the creativity involved. It is Restaurant Wars! The chefs are divided into two teams. One team, Etch, comprises of Marcel, Angelo, Mike Isabella, and Tiff. The second team, Bodega, comprises of Dale, Richard Blais, Fabio, Tre, and Carla. The teams compete head to head by forming a 24 hour pop-up restaurant, which is a restaurant that literally pops up in the middle of the night to give service for that one day only. This time, restaurant diners vote to decide which team has the best food, service, and concept.

My favorite chefs are Angelo, Richard Blais, and Fabio! This episode featured bits of all 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Chen on February 3, 2011
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This episode was a little weird. It started with a bizarre quick fire. Contestants weren't going to be judged on the way their food tasted ON A COOKING SHOW. Instead, the guest judge, a famous fashion designer, would judge the food on appearances. The guest judge basically just went with what he thought looked good, basically something black and icy, like the clothes he wears. It was kind of a bizarre challenge.

Next, the chefs were asked to prepare a traditional Italian meal. Chefs had to draw lots to see if they would have to create the first course, pasta dish, or meat dish. Interestingly, the best chefs in my opinion, ended up together. Fabio, Richard Blais, and Angelo ended up having to go against each other.

I'm a little disappointed in who won because I kind of agree that the person who won shouldn't have. The rules weren't really explained too well. Padma, the host, said that the contestants would be judged on who made the most authentic Italian dish. The guests said the dishes needed to be comfort food and remind people of family. These are very vague concepts.

I thought this episode was just ok.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Chen on January 6, 2011
I was waiting for this episode to come out for 2 weeks - ever since I saw the preview!

Sometimes I go to Chinatown for Dim Sum. It really is all about fast paced cooking; food that's cheap, quick, and plentiful. These chefs were definitely put to the challenge. They had to cook for a very demanding crowd. The Chinese people love to eat. It is like a national past-time.
There was a lot of tension in this episode as some chefs cracked under the pressure.

My favorite chef is starting to be Richard Blais. Fabio is hilarious. Jamie seems to always squeak on by through the skin of her teeth. There was a lot of drama. Some of the chefs were such pigs. They did little to help their fellow contestants. Others, tried to help and do too much. They ended up suffering for their good deeds.

If you like Top Chef, you will probably enjoy this episode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on February 18, 2012
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I love to watch this show because I am amazed at how these people can take a few simple ingredients and so little time to make some of the most amazing food I have ever seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Chen on February 27, 2011
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The wrong person went home!!! The one thing that bugs me about Top Chef is that the episodes are not cummulative. If a chef does really awesome 5 times in a row, but on the 6th time makes a crappy dish, the past doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if the chef is one of the top performers and is overwhelmingly consistent. It just matters how he or she does on the 6th dish. I was really upset to see one of my favorites go.

Otherwise, this episode was mediocre. The QuickFire was basically a Sesame Street Themed cookie making challenge. It wasn't terribly creative or interesting of a challenge. I think the Producers were trying to make something cute with cross-marketing potential, again, like they did with the Jimmy Fallon episode. The chefs were asked to make cookies for muppets.

The Elimination Challenge had a somewhat interesting concept. Chefs would be free to raid Target for food supplies. The catch was they had 3 hours at midight to find whatever they would need in the store to make food for 100 people. I think Top Chef episodes are starting to focus more on different ways they can stress the contestants and different ways of product placement. I didn't mind so much because I thought the idea of a shopping spree in Target was intriguing. I would just like to see more challenges that were actually pertinent to showcasing the skill of the chef. I don't think it's fair to handicap chefs by taking away cooking utensils, sleep depriving them, and then asking them to rise to the occasion.

Maybe, I'm still upset that one of my favorites just left the show... The two that were spared I didn't think should be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Chen on February 12, 2011
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If you like this show, then you'd want to watch. I was sad to see one of my favorites go. The quick fire and the elimination challenge though wasn't setup that much to create as innovative food as some of the other episodes. This episode seemed more focused on cross-market promoting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Top Chef than on making interesting food.

The quickfire involved fondue. The chefs all put their own twists on the melting pot. The dishes looked ok, but I think it's hard to make a pot of some mix look appetizing. The quickfire was just ok.

The elimination challenge involved contestants being randomly assigned items to cook, ranging from the weird (beef tongue) to the normal (burgers). Not a lot of action happened. It was not a bad episode, but I just wish there was more focus on the cooking and the chefs than having extra celebrity guests. I like Jimmy Fallon and I think he's funny, but I think that this is Top Chef and I'd rather it have been more focused on the contestants and their cooking. Some of the dishes looked like they were uninspired.
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