leave your inhibitions at the door
The reunion show was on and, never having seen previous seasons, I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew there would probably be a blooper reel and some funny comments that ended up on the cutting room floor. But I wasn’t sure if it would focus on the food or the relationships. I got my answer – I don’t think there was one moment in the whole reunion that talked about a specific dish.
Then it hit me – the show is not and never will be about the food. I know this sounds a little counterintuitive, but let me clarify. The competitions and the overall subject matter were definitely food-related. It’s was the vehicle to keep the show going. But when it comes to what gets ratings, what keeps us coming back, incites near riots on internet, and what we’ll always remember are the people. Want proof? Quick – what was the winning dish on the episode “Game On”? Right, didn’t think you’d remember. But EVERYONE remembers that’s when Heather started riding into Heather for a perceived poor work ethic. And that’s pretty much the big story from the whole season.
My First Top Chef Journey
I started doing recaps of the show partly out of embarrassment that, as a self-proclaimed lover of all things food, I had never seen any episodes of any season. My friends would always tsk tsk me for never watching so I knew I had to watch this time around. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I’ve seen some really crappy reality TV shows where my faith in humankind gets obliterated. I’ve always hated the contestants who bawl their eyes out over little things and the raging lunatics that make you wonder how they survive day-to-day life without getting pummeled. Though I could overlook all of this if there was some decent eye candy.
I was excited about there being six chefs representing my hometown – Chicago. When people think of foodie havens it’s usually New York or San Francisco. And if they do think about Chicago food, it’s usually pizza or hot dogs. But it’s an amazing food city with a wide variety of ethnic foods and top notch restaurants and here was an opportunity to shine.
I told myself that I’d need to keep going through the season were the Chi-town chefs doing well, availability of eye candy, and limited exposure to psychos. So here’s how it all shaped up –
Although none of this really mattered because I get hooked too easily on TV shows. I actually watched every episode of both seasons of Rockstar. ‘Nuff said.
A lot of people out there are swearing off Top Chef forever after this season. The biggest complaint was that the challenges and gimmicks (Pee Wee Herman as a judge) took away the focus from the food. Others complained that we really didn’t get to see how the contestants were as chefs. I admit I’ve complained about those same things. But in hindsight, we saw who these chefs were as people. And that is what’s going to pull me into watching future seasons. That and boobies.
Random Thoughts on the Reunion Episode
I hope you all enjoyed these recaps as much as I enjoyed writing them. Be sure to check out some of my other posts. There’s something here for everyone.