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“Top Chef” dating profiles

Credit: Bravo TV

Credit: Bravo TV

Okay, please let me preface this post by saying that when “Top Chef ” was airing last night I was in Chicago eating a very strange sushi meal at the newish hotspot called Macku. Do you want white tuna with banana-wasabi puree? Do you want mine? Because I’d gladly step into the time-reversal desushification machine and un-eat it for you.

That aside, stuff apparently happened last night on “Top Chef.”  I read the blogs and found out that there was a very special variety meats Quickfire Challenge, and Angelo was all set to make something called “duck testicle marshmallows.” Upon hearing that squishy tidbit, I just wanted to cover Daffy Duck’s ears and personally apologize for the current state of popular televised entertainment. I also thought: how perfect. If ever there was a chef and a dish…

And then what? Something kind of elimination challenge involving cold food and a boat? A guest judge (Michelle Bernstein) who did not recuse herself despite a long-simmering feud with a contestant (Andrea), and that Tamesha got the boot for vile cold scallops in sweet sauce.

While poking around the Bravo TV Web site, however, I did discover the “Date A Top Chef” profiles of each contestant. These are filled with all kinds of fun facts and insights. Tracey reads Herman Hesse and likes to give psychic readings to strangers. Arnold admits to not reading any books. Amanda dreams of scuba diving in Antarctica. Angelo has four nipples.

This may be more interesting than the actual show.

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July 22nd, 2010
5:02 pm

It’s been such a boring season I’ll bet even the profiles are dreary. I don’t want to know any more about these people. Just let them go home.

Julie M

July 23rd, 2010
8:24 am

We’re over a month into the new season, and there isn’t one Chef whose dishes have made me say “Man, I want to eat at his/her restaurant.” That’s sad.


July 23rd, 2010
9:36 am

JK, we’ve come to believe in a higher standard from you. This season of Top Chef may be boring and our local interest nothing like the last few but why bother if all you are going to do is comment on things you read in the other blogs?

John Kessler

July 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

jw – I had promised some sort of Top Chef blog item to the Web producers and didn’t want to let them down. Readers do (or did) like to use this blog as a forum to discuss the show. Alas, I’d rather have my wisdom teeth put back in than watch that show again, so I think this may be the last one.


July 23rd, 2010
10:27 am

I hope you got to Hot Doug’s…


July 23rd, 2010
11:37 am

I’m with Julie M about the chefs. Usually, I have added a few new restaurants to my “must visit” list based on the current seasons stars but not a single chef this year will remain om my radar.

donna murphy

July 25th, 2010
10:43 am

You confirmed what we already knew. TC is terrible this season, watched a half episode or so. Will miss the fun of reading your reviews. Nothing was funnier than the clown vomit comment last season. Onward! :)


July 25th, 2010
5:09 pm

JK, you’re doing a great job as always but you can’t turn coal into diamonds. This season of TC may well be it’s last. Next year is just going to be an hour of Tom C. and Eric R. sitting at a table and telling each other how wonderful they are…. It had to happen… these guys are chefs not entertainers… IMHO the best was the first, Julia Child and she was great because she didn’t think she was… Let’s start talking about Guy Fieri and “Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives”. He cracks me up. Or then again, Fred and I can travel around to local restaurants and report on the their health inspection grades…