Friends, I am getting a bit worried, and it has nothing to do with this or this. In the world of Top Chef, well, this season is starting to get boring. Try to come up with anything of real interest that happened this week. Go ahead. I’ll get some chores done while you chew on that. Or on the aforementioned bull’s testicles.
Nothing? Thought so. This week’s episode was really all about the long overdue demise of Kingpin (and Daredevil was nowhere to be found.) Or sadly, Electra), the relative out-of-nowhere animosity towards Robin, and Penn and Teller killed some time with magic and antics. That’s it. Even the challenges were somewhat dull – a duo based on the Angel/Devil shoulder battle (which will never be better than this version), and the deconstruction of a favorite dish. The latter at least seemed to be quite challenging, especially for those not classically trained, but not all that interesting to watch.
So, I’ll just look at what appears to be a distinct pecking order of the remaining ten chefs before looking at the Robin situation. Barring anything crazy, this pecking order should closely resemble the boot order.
Now, regarding Robin. Why all the hate? Everyone seemed to have a problem with her this week. While I would expect it from MM – he is Misogynist Mike for a reason – we also got biting comments from Laurine and from Eli. Laurine was on edge and Robin did bring some of that on herself from her constant nattering, but still. At least she was complaining about personality quirks.
MM and Eli were not only disparaging to her talent, but Eli would later come out and say that she won solely because she mentioned her cancer to Padma and guest judge Michelle Bernstein (a dream duo, I might add). Ash would also pile on by implying that her winning dish was weak. Ash. A guy who couldn’t even plate his dish was chirping about her dish, the one that impressed the guest judge.
While I have little use for Robin as a Cheftestant, the criticisms seemed petty. And not coming from a group who has earned much credit to be doing much criticism of their own. Not to mention, I refuse to comment on someone else’s cancer. She was inspired by her ordeal – I take her at her word. If she tries to repeatedly play that card, then she deserves a hit, but this was the first time we as the viewing public witnessed it.
So, the dishes…
Quickfire – Padma and Michelle tell the chefs to create a duo based on the old Angel on one shoulder, Devil on the other device. This would be representative of being in Vegas.
Mostly everyone went with the Angel/Devil theme of Angel = Light and Healthy, with Devil = Heavy and Fattening. This is except for Robin, who added to hers that having cancer inspired her to eat more healthily. Did that help her win? Who knows. Also, Hawk said that he used Traditional/Modern as his dichotomy.