Top Chef: Spines and Vines
December 11, 2015 11:20 PM - Season 13, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Uni? Vineyard? Yes please.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering (10 comments total)
 
(I haven't even finished watching yet. Just wanted to say I HEART MARJORIE. And Frances.)
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:20 PM on December 11, 2015


This "Surf vs Turf" thing... I'm getting flashes of Texas, when the contestants were put through contests that seemed to have been designed to coax out the maximum possible amount of interpersonal drama.

That said, the contestants seem to have been smart enough to take a pass on the drama. Kwame and Chad were especially sweet.
posted by duffell at 3:43 AM on December 12, 2015


(I haven't even finished watching yet. Just wanted to say I HEART MARJORIE. And Frances.)

oh boy.
posted by tofu_crouton at 12:08 PM on December 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Omg Kwame and Chad. EPIC BROMANCE. That is real competition. Those dudes are great. Wesley's self-doubt, and his honesty at the judgement--yep that was wrong, that wasn't good, yep--are (massaged by producers to be...) very self aware and very honest.

So sad to see Frances go. But Last Chance Kitchen... Are we discussing LCK in these threads?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:18 PM on December 12, 2015


I'm not sure if it was clever or not for some of the teams to still work together, but it seemed to work out for them.
posted by smackfu at 7:27 AM on December 13, 2015


smackfu, I was thinking that too... but then again, abiding by a pact with your opponent to help each other out as much as possible would theoretically increase the quality of both dishes. You run the risk of helping your opponent beat you in your head-to-head competition, but substantially decrease the risk that either of you will be sent home. In theory.
posted by duffell at 1:09 PM on December 13, 2015


I was really glad that Kwame won, since he was the one to help his former partner/competition. I didn't want his helping Chad to be some shitty foreshadowing that "if you help the competition you will looooooooooose!"

Also, it's consistently impressive to me how little bloat there is in this series. Compared to Project Runway, it was like, OK, you won, you lost, go home. Waaaaaaay more time spent on the food instead of the drama, of which there was refreshingly little!
posted by chainsofreedom at 1:19 PM on December 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, after binge watching all seasons of the Great British Bake Off I searched high and low for another reality show that I could tolerate and Top Chef seems to be the only other one that isn't full of fluff especially amongst cooking shows. There is no constant recap of what just happened and very little of what is going to happen and they focus more on the food being made than created drama amongst contestants. These shows are a balm for my SAD blahs and I really enjoy when they help each other out and seem genuinely sad when another competitor messes up. I wish I could find more shows that are less NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS drama and more work hard and help each other and let our final product speak for itself.

Messy guy being genuinely upset about what went wrong with his dish swayed me over the liking him. It was nice to see him not being defensive but really crushed and mad at himself for what personal standards he failed to reach. I'm hoping it is just producer manipulation but still can't personally stand manbun vegan guy.
posted by kanata at 3:44 PM on December 13, 2015


Messy guy being genuinely upset about what went wrong with his dish swayed me over the liking him. It was nice to see him not being defensive but really crushed and mad at himself for what personal standards he failed to reach.

That hit home for me because I have been in the same situation. Not with the same stakes, obviously. I was working on a new dish and I made a stupid rookie mistake and said all the same things he said--this is garbage.

I still don't think he's long for the competition, and I totally and completely get where he's coming from.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:10 PM on December 13, 2015


(Oh hey, I didn't know we were FanFare-ing Top Chef... cool!)

I still don't like man bun guy, (the one who bragged about Food TV shows he's been on, suggesting he's more interested in being on TV than cooking) - but at least he was less obnoxious this week than he was in weeks one and two.
posted by dnash at 8:49 AM on December 14, 2015


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