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Atlantan Tracey Bloom off “Top Chef”

Tracy_FullTable 1280 chef Tracey Bloom has packed her knives — and presumably the remnants of her disappointing Italian sausage sliders — and left the cast of “Top Chef: D.C.” She was the only Atlantan on the current season of the popular reality cooking show on Bravo TV.

In an unusually non-teary exit interview, Bloom frankly admitted the judges had made the right call in giving her the boot. “They were pretty harsh, but it’s fair,” she said, adding, “If I had better prepared myself emotionally, I’d still be competing.”

Bloom performed poorly in both challenges presented on her last show — the third episode of the season. After two attempts at cooking a blueberry almond pie, she managed to serve the judges a goopy mess that was singled out for being simultaneously burned and undercooked. Then, at an outdoor picnic served to Capitol Hill interns at Mount Vernon, she prepared raw-in-the-center sausage sliders that were choked with far too much fennel seed.

Head judge Tom Colicchio had nothing but harsh words for her dish, saying, “To call what you prepared Italian is insulting to Italians. Me included.”

Bloom was not visible in the kitchen at Table 1280 on Wednesday night.

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jack trent

June 30th, 2010
10:42 pm

ewww..what is she wearing?? what a way to represent atlanta.

Mark

June 30th, 2010
10:58 pm

While her food and Table 1280 in general is excellent, I do not find Tracey Bloom a representative of Atlanta at all–from her attitude and accent to the way she holds herself… I hadn’t really seen her as an Atlanta Chef (like Top Chef Kevin Gillespie) but more of a chef who happened to cook in atlanta.

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ltma

June 30th, 2010
11:25 pm

The show just ended and you HAD to put the spoiler in the headline? Give us DVR users a few minutes at least.

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davo

June 30th, 2010
11:37 pm

Will the Rosie O’Donnell look ever go out of style?

English Speaking White Guy

July 1st, 2010
12:02 am

She certainly had a terrible attitude. Acted like she could care less. A Rosie O’Donnell clone in both looks and demeanor. Can you imagine how she would handle a complaint from a customer at her restaurant?

cooker

July 1st, 2010
12:05 am

She is a complete mess, and rude also. No television appeal at all, in fact she is very unappetising to see or hear!

English Speaking White Guy

July 1st, 2010
12:09 am

She had a terrible attitude. Acted like she could less what the judges said about her. A Rosie -O’Donnell clone in both looks and attitude. Imagine how she would react to a customer criticizing her food.

Cynthia M

July 1st, 2010
2:01 am

Hey Davo, the Rosie look has NEVER been in style!

KA

July 1st, 2010
7:23 am

Bless her heart, she tried. Now she needs to do something for herself, less eating and start walking.

jgamble

July 1st, 2010
7:44 am

The way she acted on the show irritated me. She didn’t do a good job of representing her restaurant so I am passing on going there

Vicki

July 1st, 2010
8:19 am

I think she was great and one of the few contestants with a personality. Too bad we did’t get the chance to see more of her

Night Nurse

July 1st, 2010
8:36 am

Just a question… Is it possible that the headline writers NOT post spoilers in the headlines? I work nights and had TC TIVOed to watch this afternoon. I was scanning my news reader this morning after getting home from work, and the headline came up that Tracy got kicked off. Before anyone gives me a hard time… it’s not like I wait days to watch the show. And SOMEONE has to take care of Baby Jane in the hospital at night. I can always avoid articles, but it’s difficult to avoid the headlines. John?

wahoooo

July 1st, 2010
8:49 am

they should send the whole cast packing, they all are horrible compared to last season. This season is pretty bad. who thinks sherry braised chicken thighs when feeding a middle school lunch room….

WGD

July 1st, 2010
9:32 am

C’mon John – Why not the regular format for the recap?

heather-b

July 1st, 2010
9:37 am

She got on my nerves, as does Top Chef. Do these shows always have to have a social message, can’t Top Chef just be about food? Also, Padma is very annoying. word.

RL

July 1st, 2010
9:41 am

Padma is really annoying! What are her culinary credentials?

Muffin

July 1st, 2010
10:17 am

Padma wrote a couple of cookbooks and had a show on Food Network back in the day. As far as I know, that’s about it. I think the best away to avoid having the end of a show spoiled for you is to not get on the internet before you watch it. AJC tweeted it this morning as well. Hard to avoid seeing that!

Steve

July 1st, 2010
10:23 am

This is the weakest Top Chef in a few seasons. Contestants are boring and the food has not been near the levels of past few seasons. I think the final 4 from last year would absolutely dominate against these clowns. Such a shame they couldn’t find a better representative for Atlanta too. Tracey’s food (on the show) was disappointing and she’s just a mess (literally).

Shaquandralishanickra

July 1st, 2010
10:54 am

All that being said, if you’ve ever tried her salty chocolate balls, you’d understand.

aces

July 1st, 2010
11:16 am

I for one am sad to see Tracey go. She’s the only interesting female chef. Comic relief, shows her emotions on her shoulder, when everyone else is so super serious. Nothing bad about being like young Rosie O, who was very popular in her past. And Tracey is not Rosie the comedian, Tracey is a chef. The way she crashed out this week was really bad way to go. Still getting KO after a few weeks doesn’t mean someone is a bad chef, often it is more that they failed to prepare for TC and don’t have personality that thrives in TC pressure cooker environment.

DC

July 1st, 2010
11:40 am

I second night nurse- I have this recorded to watch tonight, but the headline spoiled it.

John Kessler

July 1st, 2010
12:20 pm

Hey, folks — Re: spoilers. First, I’m sorry if this post spoiled anyone’s fun. I’m not sure I quite get the rules (never had a DVR, and this is the only reality TV show I watch). But that said, ajc.com did ask me to write a little news story last night, and then the newsy headline gets automatically uploaded to RSS feeds and Twitter. I guess that we treat reality TV like sports games and awards shows, and if something happens that is news for Atlanta, then we want to get it up quickly. It sounds like some of you see it more like serial drama. I’ll ask our TV/Radio guru Rodney Ho about the etiquette here.
Anyhow, this won’t be a concern for future episodes. Now that we don’t have a dog in the fight, I’ll stop watching. Thanks!

Governor

July 1st, 2010
1:11 pm

Thanks for the explanation John. I always wondered why sometimes the headlines are written to spoil, but duh, now I realize that it’s also news. I only read these types of stories after I have watched the show so I know what the writer is talking about and can decide if I agree with the writer or not. I don’t read them to find out what happened.

Sunny

July 1st, 2010
1:30 pm

John, Please continue watching and writing your recaps — they’re the best! We’ll miss them if you don’t write them.

SP

July 1st, 2010
1:42 pm

What about the winner of last’s night challenge, Arnold? The flipped up polo shirt collar was driving me nuts! But, his food did look like something I would totally order. There are a lot of weak chefs in that kitchen and Tracy was clearly one of them. Will be interesting to see who goes next.

heather-b

July 1st, 2010
2:53 pm

Tracey needs to get thee to a stylist. Wow, nice outfit.

Ayan

July 1st, 2010
4:16 pm

@John: Stop watching? Not likely!! Besides, you have to come up with something even better than the toaster-and-bong-water comment, which thus far is the stellar cherry on the snark-frosted mountain of hilarious commentary. (I am actually pretty heartbroken John left so soon. He seemed to have real character and charm, unlike some of the “anodyne” chefs this season. Still, not everyone plays well on TV.)

Fred

July 1st, 2010
5:56 pm

“Anyhow, this won’t be a concern for future episodes. Now that we don’t have a dog in the fight, I’ll stop watching. Thanks!”

Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!! If I wanted to read about bottom feeder “reality tv” crap, I’d read the ET blog or Rodney Ho. Like you, my interest in that show begins and ends with the “Atlanta connection.”

Sarah Grove

July 1st, 2010
8:56 pm

Hm, chubby Atlanta chef and non-winner Kevin Gillespie is beloved, but chubby Atlanta chef and non-winner Tracey Bloom — who has the talent to qualify for the same show as Chef Gillespie — is derided for her clothes & physique.

LAL

July 1st, 2010
9:25 pm

@ Sarah: I know, isn’t that funny how that works? I was thinking the same thing. Thanks for pointing it out. If she wasn’t a woman, no one would have brought up her appearance. And people, don’t say it because she was “rude”. What about Eli? He was pretty unlikable at times, had a similar, ahem…. physique and wasn’t the most fashion-conscious, either. Think about it.

Night Nurse

July 1st, 2010
9:37 pm

John, thanks for your response. I think it’s common for online stories to not place spoilers in headlines (bloggers *and* professional news organizations). I couldn’t tell you about sports, somehow that seems different… not sure why. Believe me, I’ve had lots of experience with this and have become very proficient at avoiding spoilers. If they are in headlines, it makes it difficult.

BTW, I have to confess… the “baby” I took care of last night was strictly volunteer, not my real hospital job which is at night as well… I took care of Sandar, the Zoo Atlanta orangutan who was euthanized this afternoon. So sad. He was a real sweetie. It does put the spoiler issue in perspective, though.

Jane Starr

July 1st, 2010
10:17 pm

I am so sad to see Tracey leave the show. She was the funniest and most charismatic character on the show. Her laugh is contagious! While not a Southerner (I guess she can’t help it), she is a great Atlanta-based chef.

Steve

July 2nd, 2010
9:39 am

I just don’t think she came off as likeable on the show. Her personality came of abrasive and she didn’t have the cooking skills to back her up either. Yes she won a challenge, but only because she was paired with Angelo and they did one of his ideas. For me, the show is all about how well you can cook and she didn’t show well (judges had an issue with at least one component in every one of her dishes). Kevin on the other hand had a warm and likeable personality AND was one of the top talents out of the group. Eli might have come off abrasive as well, but he could definitely cook (2 quickfire wins, 4 top finishes).

LAL

July 2nd, 2010
10:15 am

@ Steve, the point Sarah Grove and I are making is: People are making fun of her for her physical appearance and dress. You just don’t see people doing that with men. I agree her cooking was not up to par on the show, but why do people think it’s okay to attack her physical appearance? Her cooking skills are fair game, as far as I’m concerned.

Jere

July 2nd, 2010
11:02 am

John, PLEEEASE dont stop watching. Reading your recap column is sometimes the best entertainment I get that day. BTW get the DVR — it will change your life

Puerquito

July 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

@LAL: the best way to solve the issue is to make fun of KG – if he spent as much time on a treadmill as he does on his tattoo’s he would not be such a greasy, fat slob. – Problem solved.

LAL

July 3rd, 2010
2:13 am

Did someone troll something?

top chef fanatic

July 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

well mr kessler…its my first post of the year , And i have to say im a little dissapointed in reading the blogs and the attitudes. I mean yeah she sucked hard and deserved the boot. But come on yall dont have to bash her and talk about how she looks and her weight! Then all the bitching about your posting and it came to early…..WTF people get a life we have one of the best culinary and food reporters in the country. Get a life and try to walk 1 day in the shoes of John Kessler or Tracy Bloom and mabye you wont have the time to bash and criticize professionals in this blog! yall need to get a life you bouch dags! ……Anyways with that said I hope to see future top chef posts mr kessler, I mean we did wait a whole year for them. Even tho our city was not represented well this year dont give up!

Carrie Neal Walden

July 4th, 2010
1:18 am

I still have a dog in the fight! Yes, she’s a friend, but Lynne Gigliotti spent a lot of years contributing to our city! As an outstanding caterer, then as owner of Grappa, that’s reason enough – several, actually- to stay tuned, so to speak! She’s been solidly in the middle of the pack and I hope waiting to make her move . . . I guess we’ll see!

Colly

July 4th, 2010
7:48 am

JK – please keep watching/recapping. It really is the best part of the show (even IF this year’s contestants don’t quite hold up to last’s). Pretty please?

Trudi

July 6th, 2010
12:40 am

Night Nurse, thank you for taking care of precious Sandar. His euthanization must have been heartbreaking.