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Old 10-19-2006, 11:50 AM   #11
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Okay, so what did you guys think? I was so pleased to see Harold as the guest judge! That Marcel guy looks like the wolf man! Liked some personalities already. Working with snails and frogs' legs tho' - ew! Sad to see that nice girl go already.
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:53 AM   #12
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Believe it or not, I got sucked into watching the second showing of the Project Runway finale at midnight!

Top Chef was on right after, @ 1am, so I had to watch that, too.

The people are way more competant that those on Hel's Kitchen, but seem loads meaner too. They had to create a dish using snails and American cheese slices!

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Is Marcel the one with the weird hair????
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:54 AM   #13
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Just wait, Jenny - the drama will set in!

(PS - on an aside, I was completely disgusted that Jeffrey won PR)

Okay, back to Top Chef! Betty's cooking looked tasty, as did Mia's.
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:55 AM   #14
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I watched part of it..Wanted to see Mia, she is from this area and was curious.Was surprised to see the fellow from Wine and Roses B&B on there, been there years ago and the food was fantastic.
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Old 10-19-2006, 12:14 PM   #15
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I can't complain that Padma is this years hostess.

It seems like they tried to put together a cast that will instigate more confrontations with the other chefs than last season.

This years cast seems to have better all-round skills than last years imo.

What is up with Frank and his anger? That should be quite interesting if he makes it deep into the contest. Nothing like a little kitchen violence to scare you into creating a culinary masterpiece.

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Old 10-19-2006, 01:37 PM   #16
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Sounds a good show. Wish I was in the U.S. to watch it too!
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:02 PM   #17
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jkath in your reply as to who will be watching Top Chef Starts Tonight! I am definitely watching.

Thanks for your reminder.

I hope the family are great and again I thank you for all the info that you have given me. You have really been a great help.
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Old 10-19-2006, 02:14 PM   #18
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Thanks for the link. I really enjoyed the last series. I picked Harold as the winner on the first show! Just went through the web site feature, and will catch the first episode tonite at 10. I'll give you my prediction after that...
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Old 10-19-2006, 04:26 PM   #19
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I went to bed early last night, :( but am watching it now. I made sure not to read any of the earlier posts!!!!
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:37 PM   #20
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So I finally got a chance to watch one of the replays of the first episode. Seems like this year they went with more people with professional cooking backgrounds. However, it could be that a lot more professional chefs applied this year after watching season one. I know the Los Angeles auditions were packed. Some observations:

Marcel is this year's Steven. While his cooking will probably be the most cutting edge in terms of technique and ingredients, that doesn't always translate to appeal and flavor. Like Steven, I think he's going to have a hard time in challenges that showcase more simple food, but he'll stick around for awhile just because of his experience. I mean, working under Joel Robuchon is no small thing.

Sam seems like this year's Harold without Harold's refinement in presentation but it was only the first episode. Like Harold, he's going to need more of a killer instict to beat the more aggresive contestants.

As the episodes go by, the contestants with less fine dining experience will start getting knocked off unless the format is completely different from last year. Although they placed high in the first episode, I think that Betty and Mia won't be around for that much longer once line skills start coming more into play. Elia and Michael probably won't stick around for that much longer either.

Carlos is not this year's Dave. He'll be gone very soon.

Otto's a mystery to me. He should have performed much better considering his background. But what he's done in episode 1 isn't a very good representation of the Culinary Institute of Las Vegas. But many culinary instructors are stuck in a "classical mode" so to speak. He may not have the ingenuity to stick around that long.
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