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Let's Dish: Top Chef 4.1 — The Return

Let's Dish: Top Chef 4.1 — The Return

We've seen the first episode, we took the quiz, and now it's time to discuss. What did you think of this season's opener? I've got a list of questions to discuss after the jump, warning there are spoilers! So if you've got something to say, read my questions and tell us what you think, just


  • Don't you think the chefs would've realized their first quickfire would be pizza?
  • Did you have a hard time keeping all the cheftestants straight?
  • Do you think Jennifer and Zoi have an advantage as a couple? If you were them would you have told everyone?
  • What do you think about the $200 of ingredients? What would you bring?
  • I loved how the contestants had to go one-on-one in the first elimination challenge. I thought it was a great way to keep things fresh. What did you think of it?
  • Were you sad to see Nimma go, or was it too early to tell?
  • Which dish made you drool the most? Mine was Stephanie's winning Duck a L'orange.
  • As much as I missed Gail and Ted, I was glad to see Bourdain on the panel. How about you, was he fun, or old hat?
  • Who's your favorite so far? Which personality do you think will go far?
  • And finally, do you know what chicken piccata is?

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j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Bah! Rocco is NOT hot! :clean:
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
OH, I know what you mean about hubbies not caring - mine's the same way and I always want to talk about the fun little bits from the show!
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
Thanks Thorswitch! I was just very excited to talk Top Chef with others who like it too! My hubby could care less :-( so I'm eager to read and share all about it when I can!
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
CaterpillarGirl - that's funny about Anthony/Tony. I guess this was just the first time it caught my attention. I knew Padma and the others had called him Anthony so it just struck me odd when the cheftestant called him Tony. I guess I would think that "honor" might be reserved for someone who knew him! I'll have to pay more attention in the future! :-)
skiwi skiwi 9 years
oh wow who's the hottie next to padma in the picture?? (I haven't seen the show yet!) :P
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
If you watch Anthonys show, most people call him Tony
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Nimma needed to go, she was annoying. Plus she was way too skinny to be a chef.
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
No need to apologize, IMO, Mel475 - you had a lot to say and you said it quite well :D
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
OMG! I just realized how long my post was...sorry!!!! I'm just so excited over Top Chef!
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
I totally knew the pizza challenge was coming - I can't believe they didn't see it! And I've never made a homemade pizza, let alone a deep dish one but even I know that dough rises and when you fill the pie pan more than half full, you're bound to have a whole lot of crust! It always takes me a couple of episodes to get everyone figured out so I definitely have no idea who is who yet! I think the couple is at a definite disadvantage. Not only will it be difficult to compete against each other but it could put them at odds with the other cheftestants. It will definitely be interesting to see how that all plays out. Loved the head to head elimination challenge! I always love to see how chefs interpret a dish and this one was great. It was especially interesting since they were classics. I don't really know piccata that well but I did know that it had capers in it! I also thought the two souffle dishes were odd. Did he really use mashed potatoes??? I've never heard of that! And Nimma's shrimp scampi? She KNEW it was salty and she sent it out anyway! I knew when Rocco said that he would send it back if he'd ordered it in a restaurant that she was gone. And I was okay with that - she was already bothering me. No personality and, although she may have skills, she didn't show them off during this episode. I also am not a big duck fan but the Duck a L'Orange looked scrumptious! I pretty much figured she'd be the winner after the judges gushed over it. I think she seems cute and personable so I was good with that! I can't decide if I like Andrew or not. I'm over his cursing (which was funny the first few times and then got old) but I like that he's genuine. I think he'll keep the show interesting. Other than that, I'm still waiting for the personalities to develop on air to pick a fave. And while I totally missed Gail and Ted, I do like Anthony and I adore Rocco. I think Anthony (did anyone notice the one chef call him Tony? I bet not many people do that!) brings an increased helping of honesty to the panel and, surprisingly, apparently does Rocco! They can guest judge any time!!!!
haute77 haute77 9 years
I didn't like Anthony Bordain. He nothing interesting to say. The new season of Top Chef is going to get interesting. :)
BostonChick BostonChick 9 years
I LOVE this show. The only thing wrong with it is that the chefs aren't at my house making the food! haha. I get so hungry when I watch it. I'm definitely excited to see where this season goes.
silverpenny013 silverpenny013 9 years
The lasagna looked the best to me... mmm, lasagna. And I think I'm completely alone in the corner on this one, but I absolutely cannot stand Anthony Bourdain. At all. I respect his opinion because I think he knows what he's talking about when he's not being obnoxious. But, I also think he's a pompous jerk. But that's probably (most likely) just me. In fact, I was relieved when the judging portion didn't revolve all around him and Colicchio like it has before. I don't really think Jen (who has become one of my favorites, along with Stephanie) and Zoi have an advantage at all... I think that at least they have some emotional support, but it's neither an advantage nor a disadvantage. I think one of the great things about Top Chef is that usually, it's not about beating everyone else, it's about being the best. Although I did like the head-to-head action. Fun. I would also like to note that Jen's pizza was on the favorites side. And it looked really odd but kinda good - grapes?! I also thought the peach pizza would be really good. So weird. I was not at all sad to see Nimma go. Her dish looked and sounded disgusting. Cauliflower scramble? Ew. And I had no idea what on earth chicken piccata is. And now, I'm going to hide before all the Bourdain lovers come and get me!!
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
Whenever Nimma opened her mouth, I couldn't help thinking of Jillian from Project Runway. At least Jillian made cute clothes — Nimma's dish didn't look appetizing at all!
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
(smacks forehead)I'd forgotten the mayo thing - I actually yelled at the tv when he said he didn't know how/what was in mayo! Seriously, I don't even *like it* and I know how to make it! I can't see him lasting very long.
curvylibrarygal curvylibrarygal 9 years
I was surprised too, shopper10024. Ironically, Rocco mentioned the same thing on his blog, so we're not the only ones.
shopper10024 shopper10024 9 years
I was really surprised by the number of f-bombs on a cooking show. Have they just edited them out in the past?
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
Reading Rocco's blog at the Top Chef page on Bravo's site was pretty interesting. He commented that Andrew talks a lot, but so far doesn't seem to cook very well; that he definitely didn't "show strong" and that - in Rocco's opinion - he's not going to last very long. He also noted that they spent quite a bit more time trying to get Ryan to understand what was wrong with his not-exactly-chicken-picatta dish, but that he just kept getting defensive and wouldn't listen to them. As for my own thoughts on the show, oh wow! It's great to have the show back! I've missed it far too much :) It is really hard to tell everyone apart at first, but a few stood out. Andrew is going to drive me nuts. Eric looks like he'd be kind of bullheaded, but seems to be something of a softy. He also remind me (lookswise) of Michael Symon, the new "Iron Chef." Stephanie's Duck dish looks really nice, and I don't even like duck! hehe The idea of peaches on pizza, though, blech. I LOVED LOVED LOVED seeing Tony Bourdain again - he's always so much fun, and it's great to see that he and Rocco had set enough of their spat from this summer well enough to be able to work well together on the judging panel. They need to get Ted back on soon, though - he's majorly awesome :) I was shocked that Ryan didn't know what chicken picatta is and that Andrew wasn't familiar with how to make mayonnaise. I'm nothing of a cook, but I knew not to use breadcrumbs on chicken picatta, and that the sauce had lemon, butter and capers in it (though whether I could have taken those basic components and actually made an edible dish of it is a whole different matter.) At any rate, it's great to have it back, looks like it should be a fun season!
curvylibrarygal curvylibrarygal 9 years
Brandi13jrm, I also was really surprised that a chef didn't know what mayonnaise is made of. The chicken piccata guy -- was it Ryan? -- irritated me because I wish he would have just come clean about not knowing what the dish was, instead of his ridiculous 'oh, I was just trying to be innovative with the starch' approach. It was absurd and made him look even more foolish than if he'd been honest, imho.
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 9 years
It seems to me that there are a couple of morons on the show... 1. one guy didn't know what chicken piccatta is and 2. another guy didn't even know what mayonnaise is made of... did any one else notice the same thing?
bealotus bealotus 9 years
Oh and I love having Anthony Bourdain in the show!
bealotus bealotus 9 years
It was a great show last night. I thought it was hilarious when Andrew said ''Padma,casa..motherf*uckers..'' line. He seems kinda crazy,I don't think people are going to get along with him in the kitchen. Oh and Nimma,she definetely deserved to go home,she seems so boring also! What about Ryan,doesn't know what chicken picatta is but he seems so full of himself!
vinnie vinnie 9 years
It was so cruel to make them stand in front of the judges while they tasted and commented on their dishes (but I enjoyed it!). They were not holding back!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
• Some of those deep dish pizzas were downright pitiful. I was yelling at the screen “too much dough lady!” and yep, her pizza looked like a dough tsunami rolling onto some poor island.I would have made a greek inspired pizza with feta olives red onions maybe throw some kind of greens on top, seafood. • The first show its always difficult to keep track of the cheftestants, especially when two of them decide to do the fauxhawk. • I don’t think they have an advantage, both placed in the loser pizza group straight out of the gates, and I am glad they told everybody so its out there • The 200 bucks of ingredients is a cool idea, IF you even use them. I would have brought a lot of different rare unique herbs and spices, oils, maybe some good old Norwegian items. • I like the “classics” elimination challenge, it was cool to see one dish done two ways, and I was also yelling at the screen when that dude was telling us what was in his version of piccata. • I wasn’t sad to see Nimma go, she had ZERO personality and even less passion about cooking. “I thought the cauliflower scramble really had a lot of cauliflower taste to it” Wha? • Oh yea the Duck a’l Orange looked like freaking heaven. Especially the sauce, and skin on it. Although I was curious to how the marmite tasted. • The Second I saw my Tony Bourdain I was wriggling in my britches with Joy. • I don’t have a favorite so far, at this point I am usually missing the chefs from last season, for instance last night I kept saying “I miss CJ” • I know how to speak piccata. And I do put capers in mine.
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
Still having a hard time remembering who was who. I know I was fine with that girl leaving (not enough salt, too much salt, scrambled cauliflower? - sounds like she needs to work on her basic seasoning skills). My husband kept getting the cute greek guy (Spike) mixed up with Andrew (f-bomb as I call him) which made him confused and annoyed me! LOL! Too soon to tell on most of them. I don't think it's much of an advantage for the couple, it will be a distraction to them I bet. Bourdain - old hat?! No, no, no - best part of the show as always! ;)
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