Todd English stopped by to guest judge in week two of Top Chef Las Vegas. If this episode proved anything, it's that this season will likely be just as cheesy as we expected – the craps table, the bachelor/bachelorette party, the sickly sweet shots. Nevertheless, we're loving every minute of it.
We're still in the early stages of the competition where it seems like (almost) anyone's game, and we're trying to remember who's who. Is Brian the good brother or the bad boy? What is the guy's name with the red scarf again?
This week's bachelor/bachelorette elimination challenge stirred up quite a few serious issues – marriage, gay rights, gender equality. It was the men vs. the women and once again, there were comments about the women not being up to par. Are we really still having this conversation? Sure, this week the men's team won the challenge, but there were clearly capable chefs on both teams.
There were certainly some missteps, and some had us wondering if the chefs had watched any previous seasons of the show. There are some Top Chef truisms that every contestant should know. Here are our top five:
- Don't make more dishes than you have to. Make one dish and make it perfectly. Overreach, and you'll regret it. Every time.
- Don't make panna cotta. Ever. Though this dessert is simple to make at home, it's not doable in the time constraints of Top Chef. Many a chef has tried. Nearly all have failed.
- Keep it professional. Keep your shirts on and don't jump in the pool while you're working a party. This didn't seem to hurt the men's team when it came to judges table. It's just a little request from us. Thanks.
- If you predict that people will get sick of you, they almost certainly will. We're talking to you, Michael I.
- If you promise big, bold flavors, you better deliver. Eve struggled with this one, and was sent to pack her knives and go as a result. Let that be a lesson to you.
Next week, Air Force challenge.
What did you think of this week's episode?
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