by Ben Miller
Anyone else think last night’s episode of Top Chef jumped the shark? Not only was the product placement in the Quaker Oats Quickfire Oat Challenge brought to you by Quaker Oats probably the most egregious yet, but it was also wholly unappetizing. Sure oats may fry well, but the texture of the non-finely ground ones looked pretty gross.
And don’t even get me started on that elimination challenge. First of all, were any of those other chefs legitimately all stars? Andrew is probably the closest and he didn’t even make a finale. And then on top of it all, 20 minutes to cook a dish in front of screaming people with giant foam fingers? Overblown is pushing it.
It turns out Tom Colicchio agrees (h/t Amuse Beotch):
The only thing I didn’t like about this challenge was the voting power invested in the young culinary students, who, I’m afraid, tended to vote personality over palate. On the other hand, there had to be a way to break the ties that occurred between the four judges more than once. Also — Top Chef All-Stars? It might be a stretch to say so: Some didn’t make it more than half-way through their season’s competition. Andrea was eliminated not once but twice, and not one of the members of the “All-Star” team made it to their season’s finale.
I just hope next week’s eel challenge (likely brought to you by some electricity company) is better.