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Top Chef: Seattle Entire Season Thread

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by pmyers, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Mar 3, 2013 #341 of 349

    etexlady Active Member

    Jun 22, 2002
    East Texas
    I really felt bad for Brooke. I like Kristen but it just does not seem right that someone that gets eliminated can swoop in at the last minute and compete for the win. Kristen should not have gone when she did and I think the show knew that. Sheldon seems like a nice person but I have a real aversion to guys who wear those skullcaps...to me they look so sweaty and nasty but that's my problem. Hated, hated, hated the finale format.
  2. Mar 3, 2013 #342 of 349

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    I've just gotten around to reading the blogs. I didn't realize in the finale that Brooke and Kristen were both _required_ to use scallops in the 2nd course and red snapper in the 4th course. They didn't have a choice. Was this mentioned at all during the episode on tv? If it was, I don't remember it. It wasn't coincidence they were using the same protein.

    Gail's blog states they were cooking for 160, but it didn't look like that to me. Look at the dishes as they were being plated. They didn't even have room to plate near that many dishes. It looked nearer to 40 plates, max. I seem to remember hearing a number around 40, too, probably before Kristen said that she'd only been cooking for ten people for the past two years, but either way, 40 or 160 was more than she was accustomed to.

    Maybe I should watch the episode again and pay closer attention. ;)

    [edit] I too hated the format. I am glad that Kristen won. I thought she was unfairly booted when Josie should have gotten chopped instead.

    On further thought, it is possible they plated for the judges, past winners and families at one time, and then plated up three more rounds of 40 plates for the rest of the diners, and this was just edited out.

    One blog (Hugh's) mentioned they got live, in-the-shell scallops for round two. I don't remember see anybody shuck (or whatever it is called for scallops) the scallops.
  3. Mar 3, 2013 #343 of 349

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    I thought I recalled seeing a brief scene/shot of someone from one of the two teams shucking a scallop. But I don't have it on the TiVo anymore to re-watch.
  4. Mar 3, 2013 #344 of 349

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    Re-watching... Apparently I wasn't paying close enough attention to the details on my first viewing...

    Padma states less than one minute in that the chefs are preparing five courses for 160 diners plus the judges.

    A few minutes later, Brooke states that they must use scallops for the 2nd course and red snapper for the 4th.

    [edit] At 14 minutes Kuniko (team Brooke), and then Sheldon (team Kristen), are dealing with the scallops.

    I really must have been sleeping the first time I watched this episode.

    I've been watching them plate. The most plates I've seen on screen at once has been 48 or so. I counted and extrapolated to account for those off camera. Unless there were whole tables that I couldn't see.
  5. Mar 3, 2013 #345 of 349

    Tracy Truly TCF Club

    Mar 12, 2000
    Galena, IL
    I was pulling for Brooke but wasn't sad to see Kristen win. It does bug me when someone who was eliminated comes back and wins, though. Maybe if Last Chance Kitchen were a part of the show, I would have been more invested in Kristen.
  6. Mar 4, 2013 #346 of 349

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    I agree with this. By putting it on the web we (the people who don't watch LCK) don't get a sense of how much butt Kristen supposedly kicked and earned her spot back. AFAIK she could have gotten lucky against some bad chefs and lucked backed into the show.
  7. Mar 4, 2013 #347 of 349

    JoBeth66 Temp

    Feb 15, 2002
    I'm happy Kristen won, but like everyone else, hated the format. I haven't seen anyone post anywhere that they LIKED the format. And yeah, we knew after the 3rd course that Kristen was winning, because there was no time left for anything else. And way too much filler.

    I think we watched the whole show in less than 20 minutes.
  8. Mar 5, 2013 #348 of 349

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    I liked the idea of the format, but the execution was horrible. Even the filler was poor and didn't give us any useful information about the contestants like it normally does.
  9. Mar 6, 2013 #349 of 349

    jbiggs19 New Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Was bummed Sheldon didnt get to the final final and the new format was ok. Kinda cool Iron Chef style but did lack the polished editing.

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