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    1/28 Top Chef 13 Show Discussion *West Coast Spoilers*

    "Where's the Beef?" - The chefs attempt to make visually appealing dishes out of snack food. (Remember Michael's Cheeto middle finger in Season 2?) Then, they cook for diners at a black-tie finger-food event called Beefsteak. Guests include Colin Hanks, Max Silvestri, Matt Selman, Jacques La Merde, and Neal Fraser.

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    I loved the Chef La Merde (Sh*t) challenge. Phillip was such a weird ass with positioning his plate for the photo snap. They gave him such a loser's edit this episode - the un-realized chef; and the sucker won the Beef Steak challenge because he had lamb chops with the bone. Nooooo. Actually he did come the closest to understanding the challenge of rip and tear meat with hands, but still...WHY HIM????

    Oh, Congrats to Karen for winning immunity with the junk food plating Instagram challenge.
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    These chefs seem clueless. The Beefsteak challenge WAS explained to them but they over thought it and put out "fine" dining cuisine instead of meat and potatoes type dishes. I'm not sure that Chad should have been sent home for putting micro greens on the plate. Kwame's shrimp was not liked by any of the judges yet he stayed. I don't get the judging this season. Halibut, the chicken sausage and thinly sliced beef were all wrong. Even the tuna was a bad idea...it was meat eating challenge! Think pot roast, short ribs, thick steaks, roast pig, stew. They were too focused on "cuisine" and not hungry man/comfort food...even a rotisserie chicken or pork roast would have been a good idea. Phillip's lamb chops were even too dainty and some of the other guests complained that they were too sweet with the prune jam on it. No one really got it.
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    So shocked that many of the chefs cooked fish for the BEEFsteak challenge. I would have made Prime Rib with Yorkshire pudding or beef marrow or sweetbreads....not tuna.
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    I don't think the chefs were quite prepared for THAT kind of party atmosphere. I know that I really wasn't from the description that was aired. I don't think they've ever done anything quite like that before have they?

    BTW, I went back and looked and in case you're curious the photos from the quickfire were posted to the bravotv instagram feed 35 weeks ago, so that would have been when the episode was filmed.
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    I watched the episode and had to rewind to see the description of the Beefsteak challenge. He didn't mention that they wanted to rip and tear at the food by eating like a caveman. I'm sorry but that Beefsteak dinner was just a pretentious version of the Dixie Stampede that I went to in Gatlingburg.

    I was mad that Phillip won because I just don't care for him. Every week I have more and more respect and love for Kwame.

    Wow, the Instagram photos were posted 35 weeks ago ? How in the world do they keep all these people quiet for so long. I would blab all the details even if I just worked on the show sweeping floors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyAKite View Post
    How in the world do they keep all these people quiet for so long. I would blab all the details even if I just worked on the show sweeping floors.
    Probably non-disclosure agreements that could get you sued into bankruptcy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beerbelly View Post
    So shocked that many of the chefs cooked fish for the BEEFsteak challenge. I would have made Prime Rib with Yorkshire pudding or beef marrow or sweetbreads....not tuna.
    Each team was required to cook a seafood dish in addition to a meat dish.

    Why was Chef La Merde's identity kept a secret when introducing the challenge if they were only going to actually show her mere minutes later? Seemed pointless to conceal the true identity if she was actually going to be there. I did like that challenge though. I think they should always wait to reveal which chef won immunity. It can prevent the immunity-winner from slacking off in the elimination challenge if they don't know until judges' table.

    I also don't think it was adequately explained. When they introduced the Beefsteak it sounded a bit more formal than it actually was. Then it was like all of a sudden the judges were expecting to have to tear at the food and make a huge mess while eating it. They seemed almost offended at what they were given, and IMO were a bit rude about it. Also, I believe the chefs were thrown off when the challenge was introduced and they were told that the food would be eaten by hand so to "keep that in mind." I think they interpreted that as meaning they should make food that is easily eaten by hand, when in reality the judges seemed to want the opposite.

    The judging was stupid. So they pick a losing team and then eliminated someone from that team. Why wouldn't they pick out the worst dish from each team and then eliminate someone from those? It made no sense for Marjorie to be up for elimination when the judges had nothing bad to say about what she made. I really like Kwame but his shrimp went over very poorly so he should have been a candidate for elimination had the judging been fair. I get picking a losing team when there are tons of people left, or during restaurant wars where it's an overall experience rather than individual dishes, but here they should have just nominated their least favourite dishes and gone from there. Idk if it would have changed the outcome but it would have definitely made more sense.
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    Re: 1/28 Top Chef 13 Show Discussion *West Coast Spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by hot_chocolate View Post
    Why was Chef La Merde's identity kept a secret when introducing the challenge if they were only going to actually show her mere minutes later? Seemed pointless to conceal the true identity if she was actually going to be there. I did like that challenge though. I think they should always wait to reveal which chef won immunity. It can prevent the immunity-winner from slacking off in the elimination challenge if they don't know until judges' table.
    I think they just wanted to be able to say Jacques le Merde as many times as possible to make sure they were getting as much mileage out of the translation joke...

    On the one hand I think it would indeed be interesting to hold off on the immunity reveal until judging sometimes, but I also like the dynamic of a chef with immunity, since it can say a lot to see how they comport themselves with that knowledge. I think mixing it up more often WOULD be nice, though.
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    Re: 1/28 Top Chef 13 Show Discussion *West Coast Spoilers*

    Oh! I missed that part where they said they had to do a fish dish. Since most of the chef's missed the mark they should have described the dinner better and what it was.

    I *love* cooking a roast chicken and then picking the meat from the bone later on.
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