Top Chef 12 Seasons 2012

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Season 9
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13. Bike, Borrow & Steal TV-14 CC

In this week's Quickfire, Pee-wee Herman stops by and the chefs are tasked to create his favorite breakfast dish -- pancakes! The Chefs are challenged to be as creative as possible when making their batter, toppings and presentation. In "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," Pee-wee learned a lot about searching the streets and asking for help. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are set loose in downtown San Antonio with a bike and $100, where they must find their ingredients and create a dish for Pee-wee's dinner party. Pee-wee Herman joins Gail Simmons, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi at judges' table.

Starring:
Padma Lakshmi, Nyesha Arrington
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
February 1, 2012

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I sat down to watch one episode and watched them all at once.
Tanya Cornwell
The foods great, the personalities interesting, Padma (need I say more.......) and some insight into what goes into great food, presentation and restaurants.
GHorsfall
They don't have to be blindfolded, shooting, or moving so much!
Cletus van Damme

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cletus van Damme on February 17, 2012
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My wife and I really enjoy this show! We don't have cable so we ordered the season through Amazon. This season really has some great talent. Unfortunately I felt it got muddied up with really gimmicky quickfires and guest judges(sorry pee wee). Still enjoyed the shows! I just hope future seasons show contestants staying in one city for more than 3 episodes and not being put into Survivor type cooking experiences. It's ok to have more strait forward cooking challenges! They don't have to be blindfolded, shooting, or moving so much!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Torres on August 8, 2013
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I love Top Chef. I own all of the seasons and watch them over and over again. This season is by far the most hard to watch because of the constant and unwarranted bullying towards one of the contestants, Beverly. There were so many bullies on this show it made me sick every episode I watched. The chef who won deserved to win because he was consistent and genuinely a nice person the entire show, which is why this season gets an extra star. I am so glad that those who did the majority of the bullying didn't win. They were so fake and deserved to lose. I know this show isn't supposed to be about personalities but the producers really should have stepped in and talked to the contestants about the bullying. Especially with so many stories you hear about in the news these days about bullying leading to suicide. Its not harmless and it brings people down. I will continue to watch this show for its entirety but when stuff like this happens it makes the show so much harder to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JZ in OKC on January 17, 2013
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I actually had to stop watching this show during regular season as the bullying by Sarah, Lindsay and Heather was really distasteful. Not saying that Beverly was perfect, but come on girls, get over yourselves. In the end, the rightful owner of Top Chef won, and I hope the three divas take a look at themselves and their lack of professionalism, and general humanity. All the other contestants brought good qualities and good entertainment...kudos to the rest of the group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on March 17, 2013
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Let's see, I need 20 words... I thought the chefs were particularly whiney this season, and it was more about their drama than the food. Season 10 is the exact opposite (after the over dramatic idiots were eliminated - no spoilers here, but you'll know them when you see them), and so much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Beswick VINE VOICE on May 7, 2012
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It was good to see Texas finally getting the focus for Top Chef and the show did a great job of showcasing local restaurants in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. From The Salt Lick in Driftwood to Citrus in the Hotel Valencia in San Antonio, the producers represented some of the best cuisine in the country let alone the state.

This season also featured some of the most talented contestants I've seen and there was some genuine flair throughout the competition. I won't spoil the surprise of who wins but I've eaten at the winner's restaurant and can attest to their talent. If you're a fan of Top Chef, you won't be disappointed with the Texas series, which brings together all of the favorite challenges in a whole new setting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Owens on January 18, 2012
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It's boys vs girls in every season's most-anticipated episode. I loved this particular R.W., not just for the fabulous food and exciting locale, but to see totally unexpected vindication for a worthy, underdog competitor. I despise bullies, except for the fact that they give us gloriously shining victors in the end; people that make us jump up and shout out loud, "hooray!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara J Conte on May 30, 2013
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I have been a fan of Top Chef for awhile and I never get tired of watching past episodes. In fact, this is just the latest in my collection of Top Chef DVD's (although I wish they would release some of the earliest seasons on DVD - hint hint). Although it was not as great a season as Top Chef Seattle - I still enjoyed it.
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I am a HUGE fan of Top Chef. But this is one of my least favorite seasons.

I really hated the challenges. So many team efforts. Purposefully done to create strife. The Peewee Herman challenge was just awkward, but it wasn't the jump the shark episode - those happened so much earlier. Starting from the first team challenge. Which is why a high caliber chef went home. (Though buying cooked shrimp was really stupid.) And the end - skiing and shooting: what the arse does that have to do with cooking? There should have been a final three. Because I thought Lindsay was just as talented as Sarah.

I love the reunion parts of the show, but there was so much filler. Gail's segment was stupid. I like her but please don't waste time promoting your book. I don't give a crap about the political stuff like Michelle Obama's health initiative. Certainly important, but not the right platform, and yet, another segment devoted to her, which had nothing to do with the season. What about the fun stuff? More judges' outtakes, and snippets from the road trips. Grayson's mouth is a gold mine. There should have been a lot more Grayson, who was so witty and outspoken. I also enjoyed Edward Lee's commentary.

I'm okay with the DVD though if you were going purely by DVDs and not the caliber of the season, Season 5 had the best DVD. I love that Season 5 included interviews of chefs after they had been eliminated. You also got to see where the eliminated chefs went. This season was okay. Glad the DVD included Last Chance Kitchen.

I will say: the right chef won. Paul Qui dominated the elimination challenges. The one time he lost was in a group challenge. He was level-headed and kind, though I saw at times, he was frustrated. He had a better record than even Michael Voltaggio.
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