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Top Chef 5.6: 12 Days of Christmas

Every week before I watch Top Chef, I head to Bravo.com to find out who won. Since I'm on the West Coast, the episode has already aired and the recaps, photos, and losing contestant can be found on the website. However, this week when I went to check out the exit interview, I couldn't find one. If you watched the holiday-themed episode, which had Martha Stewart as one of the guest judges, you know why! To discuss in more depth (warning: spoilers ahead),

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  1. Isn't it weird to think the contestants had to shoot these holiday themed episodes in the middle of August?
  2. Ariane: Love her or hate her? She's totally grown on me!
  3. What's your go to one-pot dish?
  4. Wasn't it nice to see the chefs tasting each other's dishes?
  5. Was the gospel choir really necessary?
  6. Which of the 12 days was the hardest?
  7. Didn't you feel all warm and fuzzy when the entire crew got into the holiday spirit and came together to make Radhika and Hosea's ruined dishes work?
  8. Which dish looked the best to you?
  9. Were you surprised no one was sent home?
  10. Who do you think will go next?

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mannylove mannylove 7 years
It's so strange watching all these holiday shows knowing it was filmed months ago & you can see on the cheftestant's faces how bizarre it is for them too. Especially strange all the xmas decor at that fundraising party...that's a bit much! I am liking Adriane more & more, and disliking Jamie more & more too. Very strange no one went home especially since the food was so bad, but they did good helping everyone out w/the fridge disaster, so I guess it was kind of fitting in a way...maybe 2 people will go next week...
mannylove mannylove 7 years
It's so strange watching all these holiday shows knowing it was filmed months ago & you can see on the cheftestant's faces how bizarre it is for them too. Especially strange all the xmas decor at that fundraising party...that's a bit much!I am liking Adriane more & more, and disliking Jamie more & more too. Very strange no one went home especially since the food was so bad, but they did good helping everyone out w/the fridge disaster, so I guess it was kind of fitting in a way...maybe 2 people will go next week...
Anne-B Anne-B 7 years
1. Isn't it weird to think the contestants had to shoot these holiday themed episodes in the middle of August?Yes! I was watching one of the shots of traffic and thought "that's totally summer/fall weather!" 2. Ariane: Love her or hate her? She's totally grown on me!She's grown on me. Maybe she's just less whiny because she's winning so much. 3. What's your go to one-pot dish?Made during today's snow day: chicken and dumpling soup. 7. Didn't you feel all warm and fuzzy when the entire crew got into the holiday spirit and came together to make Radhika and Hosea's ruined dishes work?I'm glad that this group works like this.
Anne-B Anne-B 7 years
1. Isn't it weird to think the contestants had to shoot these holiday themed episodes in the middle of August? Yes! I was watching one of the shots of traffic and thought "that's totally summer/fall weather!" 2. Ariane: Love her or hate her? She's totally grown on me! She's grown on me. Maybe she's just less whiny because she's winning so much. 3. What's your go to one-pot dish? Made during today's snow day: chicken and dumpling soup. 7. Didn't you feel all warm and fuzzy when the entire crew got into the holiday spirit and came together to make Radhika and Hosea's ruined dishes work? I'm glad that this group works like this.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
1. Isn't it weird to think the contestants had to shoot these holiday themed episodes in the middle of August?I think it is interesting. I never really thought about it. 2. Ariane: Love her or hate her? She's totally grown on me!Love her! 3. What's your go to one-pot dish?N/A. I don't cook. 4. Wasn't it nice to see the chefs tasting each other's dishes?Yes!! I think it is so cute and nice that they will take care of each other even though it is a competition. IMHO, it doesn't matter who wins the title because who you win as a friend is the most important thing as cheesy as that sounds. 5. Was the gospel choir really necessary?Eh, I didn't think so. 6. Which of the 12 days was the hardest?Fabio's. 7. Didn't you feel all warm and fuzzy when the entire crew got into the holiday spirit and came together to make Radhika and Hosea's ruined dishes work?I LOVED THAT PART! I put off my bath for that and it was worth it - back pain and everything. 8. Which dish looked the best to you?Hmm..I can't remember them. 9. Were you surprised no one was sent home?Nope. I figured that they would do that. 10. Who do you think will go next?Beats me. Probably Eugene.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
1. Isn't it weird to think the contestants had to shoot these holiday themed episodes in the middle of August? I think it is interesting. I never really thought about it. 2. Ariane: Love her or hate her? She's totally grown on me! Love her! 3. What's your go to one-pot dish? N/A. I don't cook. 4. Wasn't it nice to see the chefs tasting each other's dishes? Yes!! I think it is so cute and nice that they will take care of each other even though it is a competition. IMHO, it doesn't matter who wins the title because who you win as a friend is the most important thing as cheesy as that sounds. 5. Was the gospel choir really necessary? Eh, I didn't think so. 6. Which of the 12 days was the hardest? Fabio's. 7. Didn't you feel all warm and fuzzy when the entire crew got into the holiday spirit and came together to make Radhika and Hosea's ruined dishes work? I LOVED THAT PART! I put off my bath for that and it was worth it - back pain and everything. 8. Which dish looked the best to you? Hmm..I can't remember them. 9. Were you surprised no one was sent home? Nope. I figured that they would do that. 10. Who do you think will go next? Beats me. Probably Eugene.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
1. it definitely is a bit odd - but at least they are pretending to be in the spirit of things! 2. i LOVE her. i think that she's really consistent, and maybe not the most innovative, but she's got some talent...obviously 3. i don't really have one. i'm a veggie which means that i get stuck with the go to tomato veggie pepper mixtures 4. it was nice - they are finally acting like a family 5. to be honest - it was a bit distracting and to see the chef's faces - it wasn't like they enjoyed it either 6. i think that some were too obvious and those were the worst - like the partridge...and the eggs.. 7. i really thought that it was a nice gesture - it's not often that you see that happen on this show. 8. i don;t know ....um....maybe rhadika's 9. not at all. that happens at least one time a season, and they were due 10. i think that carla or melissa should go. they just don't inspire me and they don't do anything great
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
1. it definitely is a bit odd - but at least they are pretending to be in the spirit of things! 2. i LOVE her. i think that she's really consistent, and maybe not the most innovative, but she's got some talent...obviously 3. i don't really have one. i'm a veggie which means that i get stuck with the go to tomato veggie pepper mixtures 4. it was nice - they are finally acting like a family 5. to be honest - it was a bit distracting and to see the chef's faces - it wasn't like they enjoyed it either 6. i think that some were too obvious and those were the worst - like the partridge...and the eggs.. 7. i really thought that it was a nice gesture - it's not often that you see that happen on this show. 8. i don;t know ....um....maybe rhadika's 9. not at all. that happens at least one time a season, and they were due 10. i think that carla or melissa should go. they just don't inspire me and they don't do anything great
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
I wish I could have seen it, but I was in the 20-hour trench between two giant law school exams. :(
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
It was pretty low, but she definitely pulled it off.
skiwi skiwi 7 years
I love the European dynamic duo! :) Oh and did anyone else think that Natasha's red dress was wayyyy too low-cut??
skiwi skiwi 7 years
I love the European dynamic duo! :)Oh and did anyone else think that Natasha's red dress was wayyyy too low-cut??
verily verily 7 years
This particular show was insanely predictable. With the Harlem Choir WTF moment, I guessed that they'd have to do the lyrics for their challenge. And when that fridge mishap happened, I figured there was no way they could penalize anyone at that point because everyone used up their prep time to help out the worst hit contestants. I disliked the one pot challenge. Martha rewarded two people who didn't really make a one-pot dish. Technically, they used one pot, but one-pot cooking is about cooking the ingredients together at or around the same time...like the stew or the paella.
verily verily 7 years
This particular show was insanely predictable. With the Harlem Choir WTF moment, I guessed that they'd have to do the lyrics for their challenge. And when that fridge mishap happened, I figured there was no way they could penalize anyone at that point because everyone used up their prep time to help out the worst hit contestants.I disliked the one pot challenge. Martha rewarded two people who didn't really make a one-pot dish. Technically, they used one pot, but one-pot cooking is about cooking the ingredients together at or around the same time...like the stew or the paella.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
wasnt it last season with the "banana Scallops" being done every challenge? they should ban them altogether.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
wasnt it last season with the "banana Scallops" being done every challenge? they should ban them altogether.
chicsugar chicsugar 7 years
ugh, I really dislike Jamie. I was hoping she would get the boot this week. She comes off so condescending to the other chefs but then all she cooks are scallops!! In the words of Fabio "This is Top Chef, not Top Scallop!"
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
First, Martha Stewart is creepy. "we go diving for scallops every year in maine" and her other personal tidbits to tell the chefs in her monotone voice, good for you martha your a rich celebrity who does all sorts of amazing things we get it. I thought her criticism of Fabio was way out of line "your mushroom polenta, i wanted to SEE the mushrooms" WTF? her choosing Arianne was a no brainer, she hates men so none of them would win. The Choir? overboard. The challenge? ridiculous. And then Tom has the Balls to chide them about not putting their all into the dishes, that they arent showing enough of themselves, How could they Tom? your tossing at them food challenges that are a) catering jobs , where they have to prep their food ahead of time, and then make onsight in big numbers, alot of times the love gets lost in that equation and b) set up to fail, dishes inspired by the 12 days of christmas? really? I dare anyone to put "themselves" into a challenge that is so uninspired and laughable, Its why not ONE dish was amazing. I am dissapointed that No one went home, Jamie needed to be gone.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
First, Martha Stewart is creepy. "we go diving for scallops every year in maine" and her other personal tidbits to tell the chefs in her monotone voice, good for you martha your a rich celebrity who does all sorts of amazing things we get it. I thought her criticism of Fabio was way out of line "your mushroom polenta, i wanted to SEE the mushrooms" WTF? her choosing Arianne was a no brainer, she hates men so none of them would win. The Choir? overboard. The challenge? ridiculous. And then Tom has the Balls to chide them about not putting their all into the dishes, that they arent showing enough of themselves, How could they Tom? your tossing at them food challenges that are a) catering jobs , where they have to prep their food ahead of time, and then make onsight in big numbers, alot of times the love gets lost in that equation and b) set up to fail, dishes inspired by the 12 days of christmas? really? I dare anyone to put "themselves" into a challenge that is so uninspired and laughable, Its why not ONE dish was amazing. I am dissapointed that No one went home, Jamie needed to be gone.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
1. I was thinking the same thing when they were shopping in shorts, since it's definitely not that warm in NYC in Dec. 2. Yep, still hate her. Seriously? You did deviled eggs? And her cheerleading with Carla is irritating. 3. Mine is a shrimp curry with apple. 4. I thought everyone behaved really well this week. 5. Yeah, no. 6. I'd say the Leaping or Dancing chef got it the hardest. 7. I was so glad that they did that. If they'd just let them try to fix it themselves I'd have been really disappointed. 8. Stefan's. 9. Not really. I sort of saw it coming as soon as Padma said to take into account that they all pitched in. 10. I hope it's Eugene. He's so cranky and cocky and it's really off-putting. - Hosea and Leah together creep me out. Also, Hosea, you have a girlfriend at home! Stop being such a flirt on national TV.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
1. I was thinking the same thing when they were shopping in shorts, since it's definitely not that warm in NYC in Dec.2. Yep, still hate her. Seriously? You did deviled eggs? And her cheerleading with Carla is irritating.3. Mine is a shrimp curry with apple.4. I thought everyone behaved really well this week.5. Yeah, no.6. I'd say the Leaping or Dancing chef got it the hardest.7. I was so glad that they did that. If they'd just let them try to fix it themselves I'd have been really disappointed.8. Stefan's.9. Not really. I sort of saw it coming as soon as Padma said to take into account that they all pitched in.10. I hope it's Eugene. He's so cranky and cocky and it's really off-putting.- Hosea and Leah together creep me out. Also, Hosea, you have a girlfriend at home! Stop being such a flirt on national TV.
lynp lynp 7 years
1.Yeah, I think its funny to seem them all trying to be in the holiday spirit in August. 2.I am happy Arianne has redeemed herself. I don't know if she'll win, but I like her winning for now. 3. My one-pot dish is roast beef in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots. Yum! 4.i like that they trust each other to taste the other's dishes. 5.The gospel choir was weird and just seemed to eat up time. 6.i think the Ladies dancing or the Lords a leaping were the hardest 7.I LOVED that they all helped Rhadika and Hosea. You know if Marcel or Hung had been in that cast they wouldn't have helped. Stefan had the best point, you want to win on fair terms, not because someone else got screwed 8.I either wanted to try Stefan's or Rhadika's dishes. 9.Ok, this pissed me off! You make a point to show how much everyone sucked and how disappointed you are, then you say no one has to go home! It was stupid! 10.I think at this point Eugene will go home, though I'm REALLY sick of Jaime's whining.
lynp lynp 7 years
1.Yeah, I think its funny to seem them all trying to be in the holiday spirit in August.2.I am happy Arianne has redeemed herself. I don't know if she'll win, but I like her winning for now.3. My one-pot dish is roast beef in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots. Yum!4.i like that they trust each other to taste the other's dishes.5.The gospel choir was weird and just seemed to eat up time.6.i think the Ladies dancing or the Lords a leaping were the hardest7.I LOVED that they all helped Rhadika and Hosea. You know if Marcel or Hung had been in that cast they wouldn't have helped. Stefan had the best point, you want to win on fair terms, not because someone else got screwed8.I either wanted to try Stefan's or Rhadika's dishes.9.Ok, this pissed me off! You make a point to show how much everyone sucked and how disappointed you are, then you say no one has to go home! It was stupid!10.I think at this point Eugene will go home, though I'm REALLY sick of Jaime's whining.
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 7 years
1. Yeah, pretty weird, and the fact that they are in NYC running around/shopping in shorts I thought was funny... because we all know it's not warm in NYC during Christmas. 2.I like Ariane, but I don't think she will win or even have a chance. She can cook meat really well, and I'd definitely let her cook a steak for me, but otherwise she's not creative and definitely not what a Top Chef should be. 3. Arroz Con Pollo, sometimes if I'm wanting to get rid of other stuff in the fridge I'll add other veggies and meats... sometimes it will even resemble a homemade jambalaya. Also, chicken noodle soup.... there's soooooo much you can add/get away with. 4. Yeah, I thought it was nice but I doubt it will last. Once they weed out the last few "wannabe chefs" then the hardcore competitors aren't going to be so "helpful" to each other. 5. I thought the gospel choir was weird and unnecessary. 6. The ladies dancing I think is hardest. 7. I thought it was great that they helped out, but call me pessimistic, I don't think that "team work" and desire to help will last much longer. 8. I liked Hosea's dish a lot. 9. Yeah, I was surprised and disappointed. 10. Hard to tell, with the editing I think most likely Eugene or Rahdika... they seem to be two of the weakest.
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 7 years
1. Yeah, pretty weird, and the fact that they are in NYC running around/shopping in shorts I thought was funny... because we all know it's not warm in NYC during Christmas.2.I like Ariane, but I don't think she will win or even have a chance. She can cook meat really well, and I'd definitely let her cook a steak for me, but otherwise she's not creative and definitely not what a Top Chef should be.3. Arroz Con Pollo, sometimes if I'm wanting to get rid of other stuff in the fridge I'll add other veggies and meats... sometimes it will even resemble a homemade jambalaya. Also, chicken noodle soup.... there's soooooo much you can add/get away with.4. Yeah, I thought it was nice but I doubt it will last. Once they weed out the last few "wannabe chefs" then the hardcore competitors aren't going to be so "helpful" to each other.5. I thought the gospel choir was weird and unnecessary. 6. The ladies dancing I think is hardest.7. I thought it was great that they helped out, but call me pessimistic, I don't think that "team work" and desire to help will last much longer.8. I liked Hosea's dish a lot.9. Yeah, I was surprised and disappointed.10. Hard to tell, with the editing I think most likely Eugene or Rahdika... they seem to be two of the weakest.
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