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Tracey Bloom said ‘Top Chef’ stress worse than expected

CREDIT: Spark St. Jude

CREDIT: Spark St. Jude

Tracey Bloom was highly entertaining on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” But funny quips and a loud Rosie O’Donnell-sized voice wasn’t enough to keep her around past episode three.

In an interview, the chef of Midtown’s Table 1280 repeated what she said on the show: she had a really bad day in Wednesday’s episode. She didn’t do a particularly good job planning or adjusting during either during the Quickfire challenge or the main competition.

“It was emotional being away from home,” she said. “There was a lot of unforeseen stress. It wasn’t regular restaurant stress. It was just a rigorous schedule. The lack of sleep, being sequestered. It played on your psyche. It helps break you down.”

During the Quickfire pie challenge, she admitted she stupidly didn’t measure anything out. Her pie ended up “dropping all over the oven.” She had to start over.

“It was a rough day,” she said. “I was not feeling it. If I could have taken a day off, I would have been fine the next day.”

For the main challenge, to feed a group of government interns at a picnic, she wanted to make her own sausage, which she said she serves in her own restaurant. But the grinder died so she tried to make sliders instead. “That really put a damper on me,” she said. “I kind of lost it.”

Bloom got plenty of “positive airtime” Wednesday night, she noted. “I should have fought harder at the judges’ table,” she said. “I gave up before I even started fighting.”

Since she left the show, she has rejiggered her menus at Table 1280, adding ingredients she has never dabbled with before. “I now use tilapia, which I had never done before. I made a sandwich with Angelo. It’s kind of a play on that sandwich. I’ve also started using an Moroccan spice Ras el hanout. I’m open to trying new flavors. I don’t want to be a one-sided chef.”

Bloom is also amused that she’s getting so much attention from women who recognize her. (She is openly gay and in a relationship.)  Her girlfriend, she said, is not jealous.

As for Angelo throwing a challenge after getting immunity in the third episode to try to get rid of Kenny, she isn’t sure. “It  looked that way when I watched the show,” she said.  “If he was trying to throw it, he didn’t tell me. He didn’t like Kenny. I knew that from the jump. I don’t know why he wanted to do celery and peanut butter. It did seem a little strange considering his skill level.”

Her favorite women were Kelly and Andrea. She’s not a fan of Ed. She also knows the final three so she didn’t want to comment about who she thinks might win.

Despite the stress, she said she enjoyed her time on “Top Chef.” “Of course, looking back, I would have gone with a different mindset and gone a lot further… I would have been more prepared for it emotionally and mentally. As far as cooking, I can hold down a restaurant any day of the week. That is a lot easier. This show was stress and pressure I never felt before.”


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11 comments Add your comment

David C

July 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

“..a loud Rosie O’Donnell-sized voice wasn’t enough to keep her around past episode four.” Don’t know why anyone would think this is a favorable attribute. Bloom did not impress me at all. Last season’s Atlanta chefs spoiled me, I guess. Hopefully, we will have better representation next season.

Top Chef Fan

July 2nd, 2010
1:15 pm

I believe this was the third episode not the fourth and she is the third person to be cut.

Rodney Ho

July 2nd, 2010
1:22 pm

You’re right. Show started June 16. That was ep #3.


July 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

I’ve eaten at Table 1280 twice in the last couple of months and was thoroughly impressed with the menus and the cuisine. I’m not an insane foodie like some others are, but I really enjoyed the place. The food she made on this episode was clearly not indicative of the food she makes in her restaurant. So I was disappointed in her performance, but I’m glad to know that she is still a fantastic chef. I’d highly recommend 1280 to anyone.


July 2nd, 2010
2:46 pm

She’s got a lot of excuses. It’s a competition. Anticipate. Adapt.


July 2nd, 2010
3:10 pm

It was disappointing to see her exit so quickly, and compared to last season’s Atlanta chef’s she seems less experienced and creative. With that said, the pressure must be unimaginable and I am sure she is a great cook. Not everyone is cut out for the Top Chef format. Look at all the mistakes that the Master’s still make.


July 2nd, 2010
4:24 pm

If you closely watched the season montage at the end of episode 1, then you can EASILY see the Final 5 …… it’s so blatantly obvious. Couple of surprises in there, for sure.


July 2nd, 2010
6:11 pm

Hey Tracey, I know Angelo has a son but for all us Gay guys out there please tell us you were his beard. Kidding aside it was great to see the two of you together. You looked as if you really got along well. Did you quickly become friends? Still in contact with him?


July 5th, 2010
7:22 pm

Well the show is called Top Chef and it is not exactly season one. No sympathy here. From what I saw the young lady seemed a bit whiny.


July 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

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July 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

Yeah, that whole Rosie O’Donnell persona doesn’t work even when Rosie uses it, so why would Tracy think it’s attractive on her? That said, as a resident of Atlanta, I was embarrassed by Tracy. All she did was sit in front of the camera and crack wise. Maybe instead, a little more time spent thinking about why she was really there, maybe honing some skills (or developing new ones since she didn’t appear to have many), and represent her town better with a little more effort. This is a top notch show, with the finest chefs in the world participating. Where did she think she was?