Top Chef Seattle Ep. 4 Preview ’50s Food Flashback

Last week was a little strange for the cheftestants, and while everyone else thought cooking Thanksgiving was as normal as could be, our teams trying to prove themselves the best chefs around seemed to roll their eyes a bit.

As the seasons have rolled on for Top Chef, and the contestants seem more and more overqualified (if you ask me), the reality television mark that is “who is the crazy contestant?” has popped up more and more on the show. An absolute staple of most reality shows (that aren’t defined by having all crazy participants), Top Chef managed to avoid the nagging doubts that plague viewers of other reality shows for many seasons, but now people are starting to wonder. At least, that’s the way I hear it.

Keep your finger on the pulse of just about any other reality competition, and it isn’t long before you’ll start to hear people talking about the contestant who only stays around because the producers demand their drama-producing abilities move on week after week.

You don’t get that same buzz, usually, with Top Chef, but because it’s such a showcase of reality shows, the thought is always lingering, and this season already has some people talking.

Beyond the normal chatter on the internet, I’m not so sure that I would have been able to avoid a similar expression if I had been told that my turkey, which had just been glowingly complimented, lost out to soup. I’m just saying.

I won’t say what contestant may or may not be what, because you already know, but someone is featured prominently again in the preview clip below. This time, our problems center on squab. Don’t they always?

This is an interesting episode we’re getting tomorrow (November 28th), and while the details of Top Chef challenges are often as exciting to me as the Project Runway episode that involves turning dollar store fare into fashion, this one looks pretty cool. Our chefs have to go back in time, and recreate a menu from the ’50s, something every chef probably should do, but no one expects will actually come up. There’s also quite a bit of hacking up meat.

Take a look below, and be sure to tune in. And, don’t forget to vote when you get the Save a Chef Competition chance, and let me know who your favorites are.

 

The chefs go back in time as they’re tasked with re-creating an original 1950s menu from one of the best restaurants in the country.

Butchery is king as two giant slabs of beef on meat hooks await the chefs for this week’s Quickfire. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs go back in time as they’re tasked with re-creating an original 1950s menu from one of the best restaurants in the country. Push comes to shove in the kitchen, as the chefs serve up the classics while trying to save themselves from a double elimination. Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson join head judge Tom Colicchio and host Padma Lakshmi.

 

 

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Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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