Top Chef Texas episode 1 recap: All I ever wanted in life was the title of Top Chef, I mean, to wear a Top Chef "coat"
Hi, I'm Julia Kramer, Culinary Artist, and this is your Top Chef Texas Episode 1 Recap. Did you work for Joelllll Robouchooon? Do you have weird hair? Is your entire body covered in tattoos? Then you must have been a contestant on last night's Top Chef premiere, in whch 29 hopefuls competed for 16 slots to compete on this season.
Well, that 29 number is theoretical. Somewhere around 9:45pm, when only, like, four of the contestants had been either cheftestant-ed or eliminated, it became clear that either this was going to be a two-hour episode or this was actually going to be Top Chef Texas Premiere: Part 1. (It was the latter.) Fortunately, five (Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia, Richie Farina and Chris Jones of Moto, Chuy Valencia of Chilam Balam and Heather Terhune of Sable) of the six Chicagoans competing were on last night's episode. And—let's not even pretend to call this a spoiler alert since anyone with a Twitter account already knows this—all five got "coats," i.e., will be competing on this season of Top Chef.
Chicago represent! Although, seriously, let's look at who the Chicagoans were competing against. Mr. "I Have People I Pay to Butcher for Me" gets kicked off the show basically before it starts. "This Is My Worst Nightmare" Vegan Chef practically throws up in the food. And there's one contestant who says he learned to cook "from YouTube." Huge shock he didn't make it on the show.
So, based on last night's showing, which of these five Chicagoans (apologies to Beverly Kim of Aria, who hasn't even had a chance yet) is going to go the farthest? Heather definitely gets the most camera time and appears in the most outfits. Why might that be? Oh, maybe because she's got the 'tude that these shows live and die on and says things like, "This is a serious competition for serious chefs, and if you can't cut a pork chop, you deserve to be sent home"—or something like that. The Moto guys seem to be the token "molecular gastronomy" pawns of this season and will likely be reduced to caricatures of themselves for as long as they remain on the show. Which leaves me rooting for Sarah—girl nearly cried when she got her coat—and Chuy—I love his glasses. And who are the rest of you rooting for?