Top Chef: It's a Dry Heat
December 20, 2015 4:41 PM - Season 13, Episode 4 - Subscribe

The chefs hang out with Jose Andres in the desert. Teams compete in a progressive meal competition. Padma goes golfing.
posted by duffell (17 comments total)
 
How the hell is a solar oven supposed to be a good fit for a disaster area or a low-income area if it's so dramatically susceptible to thermal shock?
posted by Small Dollar at 7:49 AM on December 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


I think we should each take a moment in the comments to acknowledge JUST HOW MUCH we will miss our favorite contestant after this week's elimination.
posted by duffell at 7:51 AM on December 21, 2015


That was largely a hot mess. Interesting to see the powerhouses really start to emerge--if Jeremy isn't in the finale I'll be shocked.

I really would like to see them dial down the EXTREME! stuff though. Give these chefs a real kitchen properly equipped and let them go to town with what they can actually do.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:51 AM on December 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


on postview, duffell HA. I mentally said "Bye, Felicia."

Watch Last Chance Kitchen.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:52 AM on December 21, 2015 [1 favorite]




Why the hell did Grayson even come back on the show? Pretty much from day one all she's done is complain about everything she's had to do. Was she this thoroughly unpleasant last time? I really don't remember her.
posted by dnash at 8:44 AM on December 21, 2015


fffm, at this point I'm betting the next elimination challenge will involve the chefs constructing their own outdoor stoves out of rocks and sand & using them to bake souffles. It'll make Phillip happy, at least.
posted by duffell at 8:57 AM on December 21, 2015


How the hell was Phillip not DQ'd for not being ready when the judges showed up?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:04 AM on December 21, 2015


I was fully expecting Phillip (that's manbun's name right) to start plating on grass when his dishes blew away. I think the only thing that stopped him was fear of irritating the golf course gods. I'm hoping they are missing the steps where he sanitizes his rocks because the idea of eating oysters off rocks made me queasy.

I'm also tired of the EXTREME challenges. I watch the show to see what professional chefs do in a well stocked kitchen. I hope Top Chef doesn't go down the route of trying to *spice* up their competitions. I really enjoy shows that just focus on the product made and less on personalities and gimmicks.

No idea how Grayson came back. She seems to only be happy if she was allowed to cook "her" way.
posted by kanata at 9:43 AM on December 21, 2015


There was a brief shot of Phillip rinsing off the rocks with water. He's what happens when you ape Redzepi and Achatz et al without solid technical fundamentals and a basic understanding of how to serve food. If you're serving oysters, they must be fresh and cold, period. I am eagerly awaiting his comeuppance.

I strongly suspect Grayson was invited back directly by the producers to provide conflict and a redemption narrative. When Tom fucking Colicchio is trying to tell you what you did wrong, listen FFS.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:06 AM on December 21, 2015


I strongly suspect Grayson was invited back directly by the producers to provide conflict and a redemption narrative. When Tom fucking Colicchio is trying to tell you what you did wrong, listen FFS.

I totally agree, especially after watching Last Chance Kitchen.

My favorite part of this episode was "Clean energy, clean energy, CLEAN ENERGY, THE CLEANEST ENERGY THERE IS THE SUN......ok, now go cook on a lush, green, manicured golf course in the middle of a desert"
posted by primalux at 10:35 AM on December 21, 2015 [7 favorites]


I can't help but feel that the "Tour of X" format encourages gimmicks, because they feel the need to show off the location, and just going to a restaurant in the city to cook doesn't do it.
posted by smackfu at 10:38 AM on December 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


Padma is so done with Phillip. And Tom is so done with Grayson. Watching them interact, with him still attempting politeness, is the most enjoyable part of her return.
posted by tofu_crouton at 3:10 PM on December 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


And Tom is so done with Grayson.

Well... Last Chance Kitchen might suggest otherwise.

(ugh.)
posted by dnash at 6:13 PM on December 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


This episode, oh man. Grayson's sass just made me go "Oh SNAP" a million times. I can't even IMAGINE being that sassy to someone who was evaluating my work. Oh man.

Last Chance Kitchen just made me miss Frances.
posted by chainsofreedom at 8:17 AM on December 23, 2015


And I am also SO DONE WITH PHILLIP. Ugh. Snot on a rock, who would think that was a good idea???
posted by chainsofreedom at 8:18 AM on December 23, 2015


There's one thing that makes me like Phillip quite a bit more than I thought I would: he seems to be a good competitor and good loser. He never snipes other contestants; he congratulates the winner; he's never defensive and he takes his losses in stride. Sure, he's an LA starfucker and a braggart, but he mostly seems like a decent guy in his interpersonal interactions. He wants nothing more than attention, but not by hurting others. Maybe he'll break down later on and be shitty to the others, but it doesn't really seem to me that he has a black heart, like a lot of other chefs who have been on this show.
posted by painquale at 7:35 PM on December 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


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