Top Chef: Kentucky: Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo
December 14, 2018 12:26 PM - Season 16, Episode 2 - Subscribe

A very pregnant Gail Simmons asks the chefs to feed her cravings in a special Quickfire delivery. Then it’s time to celebrate two iconic Kentucky mainstays: local cuisine and bourbon. The Chefs head to Makers Mark, the oldest distillery in America to put their spins on a meal full of Kentucky classics including burgoo, Benedictine, mutton, hoe cakes and dumplings. This is a true battle for Kentucky as the chefs navigate their first team challenge – and one chef makes a potentially fatal shopping error. Can they recover or will they be scraping the bottom of the barrel to make it through? Food and travel editor, Nilou Motamed joins the judges this season, and Maker’s Mark’s in-house Chef, Newman Miller, sits on the panel as a guest judge.
posted by xtine (9 comments total)
Ok, did anyone else see the commercial where they actually drank Bailey’s out of a shoe like Old Gregg?
posted by chainsofreedom at 3:25 PM on December 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

It's a load of crap that Eddie didn't go home for this. They really sabotage any talk of teamwork when they make these decisions. Why make any choice at all to be a team player if they're gonna ignore why the team is or isn't successful.
posted by Carillon at 9:29 PM on December 14, 2018 [3 favorites]

Why not spend 1400 bucks so your competitors only have 100 bucks between them? What an advantage!
posted by Carillon at 9:32 PM on December 14, 2018 [1 favorite]

Based on interviews, I think that when the judges make the decisions they usually are not aware of all the drama that led up to the final dishes. Tom has also said that they try to judge as much as possible on food alone.
posted by tofu_crouton at 1:21 PM on December 15, 2018

How did Eddie not know at the meat counter that his lamb was $500? Does Whole Foods not price meat when they weigh and wrap it like every other grocery store I’ve shopped at? It seems to me this entire problem could’ve been averted if Eddie had paid attention!
posted by epj at 11:16 AM on December 16, 2018 [3 favorites]

Both teams bought lamb. Why did only one have this problem?
posted by tofu_crouton at 3:39 PM on December 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Ok, now that I have gotten over the Bailey's in a shoe commercial . . .

I think that Brandon was less obnoxious this week, but I was still so hopeful we were going to get rid of him after only two weeks. My favorites are Nini, Eric, Kelsey, and Pablo (poor Pablo). I am so over Sad-Sack Eddie Money.
posted by chainsofreedom at 4:33 PM on December 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

YES we too had to rewind to see if Baileys had embraced Old Gregg.

I'm also confused by the lack of repercussions for Eddie. I wonder if we'll see some residual bad feelings pop up as the season continues - if he's not picked for teams, or something (is that ever not done by knife draw? Why can't I remember anything about this show.)
posted by everybody had matching towels at 7:09 AM on December 17, 2018

One of my favorite aspects of Top Chef is the prize disparity. Man it must suck to win the first episode and get...nothing? when the winner of the second episode walks away with 10k.
posted by graventy at 7:13 AM on December 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

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