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A truly satisfying episode of Top Chef tonight…
Winner, loser, and challenge. Excellent!
Some sites to check out for Top Chef DC recaps and snark—any great ones I’m missing?
With the new season of Top Chef rolling out here in the nation’s capital, thought I’d share some of the blogs I’m definitely looking to for recaps, local insights, and lots of delicious snark throughout the TCDC season:
Capital Spice: A great DC food blog for finding great restaurants, recipes, and purveyors of fine foods, Cap-Spice is using the home-team status (as neighbors of Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery) to help educate fans on some of the local people and places that are shown briefly in episodes of TCDC. They also came up with this sweet graphic:
Metrocurean: Amanda gets great scoops on DC restaurant openings and news, and her new restaurant roundups are a favorite feature. Looks like she may be doing the same thing with her “Morning After” roundup of local Top Chef reactions.
Endless Simmer: A foodie blog written by a group of folks in DC and, well, other cities, the Simmer will be doing weekly interviews with the most recently “offed” contestants, which provided some great Stefan and Fabio quotes last year, and so far this year, a bizarre if admirable declaration of confidence in the face of results from Dreadlock McGee:
Who’s the most talented?
From what I saw, I’m the most talented. Being first eliminated, might be hard to swallow.
The D.C.-based location lets us watch the show while combining two of our favorite activities: judging contestants on Top Chef and judging outsiders for totally misunderstanding D.C. And, fear not, you’ll hear plenty of both.
Relatively Entertaining: A general TV blog run by three Bahstin-area “quibbling siblings,” who among them, cover a remarkable number of TV shows. Also provide a non-DC-based opinion of things DC, as below:
Tell me, did you think it was odd they continued the Vegas tradition of high stakes Quickfires? I was a bit shocked to see bundles of cash under the last dome. Would it have been more appropriate if they’d put it in an envelope, as if it were being used as a bribe?
For the Elimination Challenge, we viewers got to know a bit more about the contestants’ backgrounds when they had to cook a dish that represented where they’re from. “Rasta Lurch” (John Somerville), sporting his long, nappy dreads, decided to use pre-made puff pastry in his Michigan-inspired dessert. Big mistake.
And certainly not least, one of my favorite Top Chef fan blogs, Please Pack Your Knives and Go, who offered up their Week 1 Power Rankings, which included:
1. Padma’s boobs: Need we explain?
2. Angelo: We wanted to hate him when he said he was planning on winning every challenge. Then he proceeded to … win every challenge.
3. Kenny: Kenny’s so good, child protective services looked the other way when he was cooking eggs at three years old.
4. Kevin: Top-4 in the Quickfire, Top-4 in the Elimination, good enough for No. 4 in the first Power Rankings.
5. Alex: Yay Russia.
6. Tamesha: We thought her jerked chicken looked like the best dish.
7. Andrea: Not going to lie, we don’t even remember most of these people.
8. Kelly: To show off her Colorado roots, made … New York strip steak.
9. Amanda: According to Tom, would be dominated by Wolfgang Puck in a seasoning-off.
10. Lynne: Her hometown is apparently the “Culinary Institute of America in New York.” Can’t wait until she’s eliminated so we can ask her what it was like using a mixing bowl as a pillow all those years…
Which great sites am I missing?
This just in…
Silver Spring Whole Foods is the Top Chef DC Whole Foods.
PS - This is the worst Whole Foods in history. Small, cramped and terrible produce. And the cheese department is seriously lacking. Maybe they are spiffing it up a bit for the show. I hope.
Booo! (Not that my Whole Foods needed any more traffic, though).