I think they’ve done a really nice job of working in the impact the restaurant industry has felt over the past year. It’s not over the top, but is very present. Not a surprise given all the work Tom has done on that front. But I think they’ve done it well
Also, I admit I have a bias against him because he abandoned Atlanta, but Richard Blais looks like a right fool with that hair!
I don't think I have ever had a solid list of not faves this early. Long Jumper girl and Mr. "I-Worked-for-Tom-Colicchio" are on the top of it. I was sad to see Roscoe go however, he really came off as a laid-back cool guy, too bad he had such a miss with adobo
I’ve no idea who is who but I liked Portland /Tom Collichio guy for his commenting on what was up with Blais’s hair. Lol. Glad to have Top Chef back. It’ll be different this year from the usual event cooking, cooking for guest chefs etc but I think it’ll be fine. And Top Chef Canada is back mid-April.
The one change that I think could play out to be a bit problematic is the chefs having to order their food rather than shopping for it themselves. There are times when seeing some produce or meat on display drives the choices they make - tomatoes don’t look as good as they wanted, so they switch to a different ingredient that will do better. I could see it happening this season that someone gets something not as fresh as they’d hoped and that being an issue they can’t control
I heard a podcast last week with Padma and she said exactly that -- some chefs would open their bags of ingredients and say things like, "I would NEVER pick this tomato to use!" etc. But I guess it just adds to the challenge. There does still seem to be a pantry on set, so maybe it can be used to help situations like this sometimes.
They should do a special episode about how the pandemic has changed production, like Drag Race did...
Portland is the big city I visit for fun often so know the location well(well except for the last year when I've stayed home). I was even born there! I enjoyed this premier but will watch again as I'm sure I missed some details. And I couldn't read the names of the chefs when they flashed by so need to study up more on who is who. There is no one I dislike at this point and hope it continues to be entertaining. The team challenge was very collaborative and creative. Some luck was involved as to the ingredients each trio ended up with.
It was also great to see Gregory! There were too many people and too many dishes for me to keep track of. Sad Roscoe had to leave, he was the one who went to SCAD right?
Yup. He's a fantastic artist and chef. I have no idea what happened in the challenge and I don't think the judges knew either and I think that's why they chose him to go home as opposed to Avishar. What he did on the show was really subpar of a chef of his caliber.