Top Chef Is No Picnic - The chefs take a trip to Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey was filmed) for the Elimination Challenge, where they must work together to create and serve an elevated picnic basket.
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I'm not thrilled with these challenges. Here they have such high-caliber talent, and they have to make food for a picnic? And it has to be left overnight?
To make things a little more interesting, I think they should do a challenge making food from one of the former colonies of GB.
Edit: I also thought that was unfair to do tea sandwiches in just one hour. I understand that these things have to be challenging, but they can't be ridiculous.
I kind of felt like they wanted to get the Highclere Castle in there, but didn't have access to the inside, the kitchen, etc. so they bring in this "picnic guy" and create a challenge around all that. Doesn't seem too Top Chef-cooking worthy.
That sounds entirely plausible. If it's Donwnton Abbey themed, they could have done a challenge on game birds, or I think in one of the movies the King was visiting. Do a challenge on what you would serve to royalty. One chef did carrots and dips. Meh.
Also agreed. I think they chose the wrong location for a season about global chefs & cuisine, because UK food is BORING. They keep trying to create these UK-based challenges but the food isn't interesting enough & too obscure for international chefs of this caliber.
Here's an interesting tour of the actual downstairs kitchens at Highclere:
Was happy for the winning team and the winner this week. It's about time that person got some shine.
I like Tom a lot but if I were a chef on his team I would have been PISSED. When you have a shared budget it's really selfish to take the lion's share for your dish. Seeing the others trying really hard not to throw him under the bus when asked about it at judging was a testament to them not wanting to be "that person." Then, to add insult to injury he was on the bottom to boot.