Top Chef: Las Vegas. There will be showgirls…
Guess what happens in the first episode of “Top Chef,” which airs Wednesday night?
Now that I’ve seen a preview of the full show, I can tell you a few things in that kind of vague, TV critic way — “interesting developments,” “compelling characters” — but of course I can’t reveal any spoilers. I couldn’t, for instance, tell you that a contestant named Betty sticks her hand into a running Robot Coupe food processor to dislodge an errant piece of fennel, with tragic results. Or that Jose makes a three-course repast entirely with dried roots he bought from a Chinese herbalist.
These events will not happen. There is no Betty. There is no Jose.
I guess I can tell you the following bits of information and informed opinion. Though if my friends at Bravo TV detect spoilage, I will have to wrap up this post in one of the Glad family of products and stick it on ice. So read quickly. Here’s what I have for you:
- The show starts with a whopping 17 contestants, and will run about 15 minutes longer than subsequent shows.
- All together now: There are not one, not two, but THREE Atlantans on the cast: Hector, Eli, and Kevin. Memorize these names. I think I can also say without spoilage that it will prove to be a very exciting show for Atlantans.
- There will be no question of the show’s host city. Not only do a line of navel-baring showgirls dance through the saucier station, but games of chance promise to play a greater role than in past seasons. Added bonus: Many world-famous chefs with outposts in Las Vegas (Joël Robuchon, Wolfgang Puck) appear at the judges’ table.
- “Sin” will be discussed in the first episode and hopefully acted upon in subsequent ones.
- A deep fryer will play a pivotal role.
- One character seems poised to play the role of resident, um, bouchedag. Of course I can’t say who. That would be a spoiler, right?