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Top Chef Recap 5.10: Super Bowl Chef Showdown

The outcome of last night's Top Chef surprised me: I was certain another cheftestant was going to go home. Did you catch the competition? Quaker Oats was the obvious sponsor of the quick fire challenge and the chef, Scott Conant, of New York City's Scarpetta acted as guest judge. What did you think of the Super Bowl themed episode? To discuss in more detail (warning: spoilers ahead),

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  1. What did you think of the anti-climatic quickfire challenge? Were you surprised Stefan won the quickfire?
  2. Is this season so boring that Bravo had to bring back old cheftestants?
  3. Are the all-stars really stars? (I only remember the season 4 cheftestants)
  4. How could Jamie not know what to make for San Francisco? She is representing SF!
  5. Were you as happy as I was to see Andrew and Spike?
  6. Carla: crazy or cool?
  7. I was confused by the crowd judging. Did they get to taste the food?
  8. When Carla said, "a 20 minute gumbo? It's going to be a little bit daunting." All I could think about was Rachael Ray. She could definitely make a good gumbo in a mere 20 minutes.
  9. Does warm ceviche sound appetizing to you?
  10. Were the judges right to send home Jeff?

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pinchbuggies pinchbuggies 7 years
Actually the comment about the "bunky bed" has been in the back of my mind too! too funny! I also thought that Jeff would be deflated by the judges comments-hopefully he'll go home & straighten out his complexities & run his food bizness better. And Hosea is talented but cocky & before Jeff left there were too many roosters in the hen house! PoorLeah! Carla is funky but she's liveable. I do say that this season's cheftestants are a weird bunch! It was a large handful of confidence boosting comments that he made to Jamie but yes she's talented just a weird package!
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
1. What did you think of the anti-climatic quickfire challenge? Were you surprised Stefan won the quickfire? Eh, whatever. I was kinda surprised. 2. Is this season so boring that Bravo had to bring back old cheftestants? No! This season has it's ups and downs, but I believe that bring back old cheftestants was awesome! 3. Are the all-stars really stars? (I only remember the season 4 cheftestants)'' Nope! 4. How could Jamie not know what to make for San Francisco? She is representing SF! I dunno? Jamie should have thought of something to do with soup or scallops. 5. Were you as happy as I was to see Andrew and Spike? Um, who wasn't?! I love Andrew and Spike! I get a culinary boner when I see them. Ugh, and Twitter! I just love them. I want to make a sandwich with them. 6. Carla: crazy or cool? Crazy cool. 7. I was confused by the crowd judging. Did they get to taste the food? Yes. 8. When Carla said, "a 20 minute gumbo? It's going to be a little bit daunting." All I could think about was Rachael Ray. She could definitely make a good gumbo in a mere 20 minutes. Carla > Rachael Ray. Giada >>>>> Rachael Ray. 9. Does warm ceviche sound appetizing to you? Ceviche never sounds appetizing to me...although I do love saying it. 10. Were the judges right to send home Jeff? Well, I know I sound indecisive, but I kinda do and don't. I think it is a "You had to be there kind of thing".
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 7 years
This is my favorite episode of the season so far. It was very Carla-centric. She's only been seen as the crazy cooky one (she still is), but she's just a happy person. She has a family and a career and isn't really on the show to show off or make a statement. She reminds me of a friend of mine: people are off-centered by actual happy people. I feel bad that Jeff left (definitely noticed the Chase resemblance), but he really wasn't outstanding. I'm hoping Leah leaves next. Even if it is Carla, I'll be okay with that because she got Super Bowl tickets! GO CARLA!!! Also, it was great to see Spike and Andrew. Make favorite on the show were the :who has the s@#$ stick" especially when Stefan and Fabio received a bit of humility.
Mel475 Mel475 7 years
kred - it's the DiLido Beach Club! But honestly, I kept reading it as Dildo everytime it flashed on the screen too :-) Also thought Jeff looked like Chase from House! Glad I'm not the only one. I figured Jeff was going home but I agree with others that he has more talent than Leah and I would have liked for her to have gone first (although I also thought Hosea sounded like a jerk when talking about her fish). I didn't mind the idea of past chefs coming back on to compete if only they had really been all-stars! I recognized all of them but didn't feel that they were all representative of an all-star cast. And I think that was proven when only 3 of them beat this season's chefs. Carla has grown on me too! Not sure when that happened but she did. I don't think she'll win and if I ever had to spend more than an hour with her in real life, I might freak out but I enjoy her crazy optimism on the show. Looks like the question re: the crowd tasting the food has been answered but yes, a few got to taste the food each round and vote for the "field goal." Side note - I agree with Shoneyjoe regarding the points - if the judges were tied, I think the "touchdown" points should have been forfeited and not gone to the winner of the "field goal". Minor but still... No surprise at all that Stefan won the quickfire but I was very surprised when he lost his main challenge! I think it was good to have him humbled a bit - I think he was getting a little too sure of himself and he's very lucky that he didn't become "that" chef who gets booted off after weeks of acclaim. I'm thinking that Stefan or Jamie will win it. I do like Fabio but he's been having a tough time lately and I don't think he can pull it together in time (although I'm gonna miss his little stories and mispronunciations - "bunky" bed!). I'm not sure that other chefs are quite talented or confident enough to make it all the way through. We'll see!
kred kred 7 years
Did anyone ever notice that Jeff works at the "Dildo Beach Club"? Hmmmmmmm.....
millysaps millysaps 7 years
No more shirtless shots of Jeff? Aw sad. When it got down to the three guys who lost their challenges I pretty much knew Jeff would be the one to go home. The thing that annoys me is that Leah is still on the show when some one like Jeff got kicked off.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i didnt get to watch this episode, but im sad that jeff is gone, i liked him alot!
pinky8486 pinky8486 7 years
It only took 5 seasons for them finally to acknowledge New Orleans cuisine!
divinelight divinelight 7 years
At the beginning of the season, my friend and I always called Jeff "Chase" because we couldn't remember his name. I'm glad he went home. I don't know why it never clicked that he needed to be more simple and just use one of his ideas when he was told during every challenge!
lynp lynp 7 years
I just rewatched last night's episode and the audience did get to taste the food. It looked like different groups of 5 got to taste each of the different plates. Then they voted on them.
SweetSaucy SweetSaucy 7 years
I, too, love the "bunky bed" exchange! That was so cute.
SweetSaucy SweetSaucy 7 years
I really like Jeff. I think he took his cooking seriously and did a good job. He definitely should NOT have gone home. Leah, Carla, and Hosea should have gone home before he did.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
1. It had been refreshing not to have a branded challenge the last couple of weeks. But they're back! 2. Yes. Next question. 3. Camille - out in episode 4 (of 15); Josie - out in episode 5 (of 13); Miguel - out in episode 7 (of 12); Andrew - out in episode 10 (of 14); Nikki - out in episode 9 (of 14); Andrea - out in episodes 2 and 6 (of 12); Spike - out in episode 12 (of 14). Hardly all-stars. Says Tom on his Top Chef Blog: "Top Chef All-Stars? It might be a stretch to say so: Some didn't make it more than half-way through their season's competition. Andrea was eliminated not once but twice, and not one of the members of the "All-Star" team made it to their season's finale." 4. Jaime's response was a little odd, I will admit. 5. I was very glad to see Andrew. As I made abundantly clear last summer, I dislike Spike. 6. Carla is a big steaming pile of CRAZY. 7. During the plating, it looked like the chefs made more than just one plate of food, and I think the randomly selected ICE students did get to taste. 8. 20 minute gumbo sounds pretty hard, given that roux takes ages to make. Rachel Ray could make a 20-minute gumbo-like substance, but I'd be hard-pressed to call it "good." 9. Warm ceviche sounds wretched. 10. I think that Jeff's food was the best of the bottom 3, but his performance through the past few weeks has been weaker than that of either Fabio or Stefan. As such, I am suspicious of the judges' statements that they judge on the dish of that particular week. A few points of my own: I was annoyed at the point totals. If there's a tie, the whole 10 point stash shouldn't rest on the ICE students - the 7 point "touchdown" (also: lame) should have been forfeited. This was the second episode in a row where Fabio has contemplated serving monkey ass. I'm still rooting for Stefan. I'm still rooting for Jaime. And I still want Carla to go away.
nancita nancita 7 years
Carla is crazy and I love her. I can't help it; she cracks me up. My boyfriend, however, can't stand her. At least she is interesting.
Abreen Abreen 7 years
Ugh, I totally agree that Hosea was being a major jerk to Leah. He was an immature jackass...if you like someone enough to hook up with them, you should like them enough to treat them respectfully after the fact...it takes two to tango. He is by far my least-favorite now.
aspenskibabe aspenskibabe 7 years
OmG, somebody finally said what I have been saying about Jeff aaaall season.. that he looks just like Chase from 'House'! ahaha the resemblance is almost scary But, I love Chase and think he is adorable (not the mention, he has a hella sweet accent), so I am definitely a Jeff-lover. Jeff for fan favorite! :D
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I almost forgot about the "bunky bed" moment. There were so many good Fabio quotes last night.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I almost forgot about the "bunky bed" moment. There were so many good Fabio quotes last night.
mswender mswender 7 years
He looks exactly like Chase!!!
mlen mlen 7 years
i liked seeing andrew and spike again. so that was fun. i don't eat cerviche so that is lost on me. carla is crazy lol but she's entertaining. but if i hear her send the love out one more time i might scream. and everytime i see Jeff i think Chase- as in Chase from House. anyone else? lol. haha greenhighlight, i laughed at the bunkybed comment too. stefan is arrogant but i kinda like him- and i find it amusing how first he loved jamie and now he loves andrea "call me" lol
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Need to catch up on this...
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I was glad to see Jeff go bc he really was trying to much all the time. He never understood that LESS is sometimes more. Plus, he was always so debbie downer to me. I am not sad to see him go. I am happy that Carla really stepped up her game last night! I am also happy that Stefan was in the bottom three, he really needed to be taken down a little in his cockiness. This will be good for him. I loved how Fabio was like "my meat was cooked perfectly" hahaha got to love him. I know he won't win Top Chef, but I appreciate him being on. :) I really think that the challenge was odd-- the whole touchdown vs fieldgoal... why not just have the judges judge?? SERIOUSLY. The all stars were not stars, they were has beens that happen to say yes and do it for free.
greenhighlighter greenhighlighter 7 years
tlsgirl, "him and his giant head" just made my morning. He DOES have a huge head! Last night's episode wasn't the most suspenseful (or creative), but I was definitely sad to see Jeff go, if only because, compared to a couple of the other chefs, he always seemed so spunky about his dishes. When he left, he just sounded so... I don't know, deflated. I thought Fabio was going to go, too, but I'm glad he didn't. He and Carla are just naturally entertaining people to watch. :) I also thought that the compliments Jamie received from Scott Conant were sort of a win in themselves--I mean, to not only make a good dish (like she always does), then be praised for your actual style in the kitchen by a renowned chef? Whether she wins Top Chef or not, the girl's got talent. My favorite moment, though, might have been Fabio's comment about being 30 years old and having to sleep on a "bunky bed." Then Jeff, half-asleep on the bottom bunk, repeats "bunky bed"... Don't know why, but that little moment just cracked me up.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
1. I'm never surprised that Stefan wins anymore, although I thought that Jamie had a really good chance too. 2. I don't think this season is boring actually. Now last season? That was boring. 3. None of them, with the exception of Josie, could possibly be called All-Stars with a straight face! Most of them were eliminated early and weren't that good. Like Nicki? Please. 4. She figured it out eventually. 5. Not Spike, but Andrew? Definitely. He's such a whackjob. 6. Both. Sometimes her craziness bugs me, but she's definitely entertaining. As long as she doesn't go too far with the crystal gazing, New Age stuff I can deal. 7. I think only a few of them got to taste the food, which is kinda weird. 8. When she said "20 minute gumbo" I was so sure she was gonna lose. I lived in New Orleans for years and that's usually a slow simmered meal. 9. Ew. No. 10. Maybe. I'm glad it wasn't Stefan, for obvious reasons, or Fabio, 'cause I just adore him, and I hated that Jeff always made about 10 dishes for the quickfire, but Fabio honestly deserved it almost as much. Did anyone think Hosea's comment that Leah was having a problem with her fish was kinda jerky? I really hated on him this week. He just seemed extra cocky and really obnoxious. I so hope to see him and his giant head go home soon.
amelioratelj amelioratelj 7 years
I loved Jeff, but agree that he was the one to go home-he just could not seem to understand the concept of simplicity.
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