“Top Chef” Reunion: the cast looks back on the season
The “Top Chef” cast — both chefs and judges — sat down with moderator Andy Cohen for a reunion episode last night. They looked at clips and outtakes, answer questions from viewers and hashed out some issues that arose during the filming.
My favorite bits were:
- Kevin admitting that he would have rather cooked for a passel of French culinary luminaries — Joël Robuchon, Daniel Boulud — than sat down to dine with them, as he did in an early episode. “Sitting at that table was one of the most intimidating experiences of my life,” he said of the dinner at which everyone was speaking French. The scene was replayed with amusing “what Kevin was thinking” subtitles to the conversation.
- Tom remarking that this season’s A-list roster of guest judges (the aforementioned and Thomas Keller) indicates the “show has been embraced by our industry.”
- Michael sharing the childhood story about being sent to his room without watching “A.L.F.” because he was harassing Bryan.
- The Voltaggios’ mother, Sharon, giving Bryan the ‘79 Corvette in her garage as a consolation prize. (He’s her favorite, right?)
- Kevin defending Eli’s decision to live with his parents. “It’s not like he’s a shut-in living in his parents’ basement, eating cereal at 3 in the morning.”
- Eli saying he and Kevin bonded because they’re both “rednecks with slightly higher than average I.Q.’s.” Also, the outtake where Eli and Kevin are talking about supersonic travel in the stew room and don’t even notice that Padma has arrived to call in the winners.
- The uncomfortable rehash of the tense goings on with Robin. That’s the only time everyone stopped laughing. Michael offered the only conciliatory gesture by praising her for washing dishes in the house. He also called her “mothering,” which I’m not sure she liked.
Did you watch the reunion? Any favorite moments?