Top Chef: The Greatest
February 15, 2019 6:47 PM - Season 16, Episode 11 - Subscribe

The chefs compete to impress the judges and the daughter of a Louisville hero. Nilou Motamed returns to judge.
posted by Emmy Rae (10 comments total)
 
Wow did not expect it to be Eddie. Who's the favorite now, Sara or Eric?
posted by Carillon at 8:58 AM on February 16


Favorite to win I mean, my personal favorite would be Adrienne.
posted by Carillon at 8:59 AM on February 16 [1 favorite]


It was a SUPER cringe to see Adrienne just assume filipino food is southeast asian, and try to pass off a vietnamese dish as such. Glad the chefs called her out on it, and she did make the change but still ughhhh. In contrast to this, it was great to see Eric shine on his heritage food.
posted by xtine at 10:20 AM on February 16 [2 favorites]


They definitely went with "cook what I want then come up with a story to justify the choices I already made."

Did not expect this ending.
posted by tofu_crouton at 12:58 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Our family had to do the blind-folded herb and spice taste test. It was really fun. I was suprised to see Eddie go, but no one made any glaring errors so they were nit-picking. Anyone suprised by the result of Last Chance Kitchen?
posted by gryphonlover at 6:44 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Corn again!!! In the quickfire. Actually I really want to try corn and blackberries together now.

The herb and spice challenge seems so hard. Once upon a time I did something like that. For one spice everyone guessed different things - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice. The answer turned out to be "pumpkin pie spice", as in, a mix. Infuriating.

Eddie gave someone else his extra money... paging kanata... please offer commentary on this development.

When they said nitpicking, they weren't kidding. Pointing out that Justin chose to do seafood even though the city in Maine where his fight took place is nowhere near the ocean? Damn. That is a stretch as far as criticism goes.

I'm very biased when it comes to LCK - if I like the person making a comeback, I am all about it. This time the person coming back is the most boring member of the cast. So I oppose the existence of LCK. Also, I think the LCK results this time were sort of repetitive because they tracked the regular show so closely.

I keep expecting them to be told to use stuff from their garden. What season was this filmed in, anyway? Their gardens look so green!
posted by Emmy Rae at 6:56 PM on February 16 [2 favorites]


Was surprised at all the people who didn't know what fufu is.

They should do the spice challenge regularly. Like the mise en place challenge, it reflects very fundamental chef knowledge.
posted by praemunire at 8:08 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


I was surprised at Eddie going home and do give him credit for sharing his money on this team challenge - though I would have liked him to admit that he did fuck over his team again but I'm petty about reality show competitors. I'm actually more surprised he lost in LCK as I expected him to bounce back quick.

I do think he lives in his head and as a similar type person could see he was struggling to connect emotionally with the challenge or at least come up with a way to connect with the challenge. That seems to be a thing that takes down someone every year - not being able to find a way to fit their cooking into a specific challenge that the judges want. Brother being the prime example of this I think.

I have a soft heart for chefs who cook from the heart and who cook more "homestyle" from their cultures that don't normally get praised for "fine dining". I suppose it is the TV filter but I root for those who are overwhelmed when the judges say that their cultural food is needed. If that makes sense. Brain fog today. Anyway, I am getting behind Eric more and more. Steaks and pasta are just done to death and I want to see more of the worlds cooking included in what is considered top.

I'm still uncertain about Adreinne and her just not knowing what culture she is cooking from kind of just made me shrink inside myself of embarrassment. Something about how she comes off is very off-putting. And yeah, I'm judging based on what the TV show tells me. She seems more of a technical chef. I get Brandon whiffs.

I'm thinking top 3 will be Eric, Justin and maybe Sarah. And I'm at a toss between Eric or Sarah as being my favourite.
posted by kanata at 1:11 PM on February 17 [1 favorite]


Justin's main explanation for tying that dish into his Ali fight was it packed a bunch of flavor into one punch and then he didn't say that to the judges!

I liked Sarah in the beginning but every episode I like her a little less, and I still can't get over the box mix.
posted by lyssabee at 10:42 AM on February 19


I liked Eddie, he was so full of complicated thoughts and not able to express them. I think we're all a little Eddie some days. I liked that they drew him out a bit in the one-on-one interviews.

I'm all-in for Eric here. He's super appealing on TV. Also like his take on food, I'm excited about his bringing in more African influences on American fine dining. WashPo did a nice profile on him when this season of Top Chef started. He's also got a fancy website and had a lovely fancy wedding last year.
posted by Nelson at 7:24 AM on February 23 [2 favorites]


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