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I just started watching Top Chef. I have only seen the last two. I read an article on it in NY magazine so I thought it'd be interesting to check out. I think they have a marathan this weekend so I will catch up then.

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I just started watching Top Chef. I have only seen the last two. I read an article on it in NY magazine so I thought it'd be interesting to check out. I think they have a marathan this weekend so I will catch up then.

I haven't seen any seasons prior to this one. I just started watching on the second episode and I am hooked!

They usually reair all of the episodes on Weds, and then with the weekend marathons, you have an chance to get all caught up.

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One of my guilty pleasures is watching Top Chef. I love all the drama and the foofy food they turn out. I think we could use this show to promote celiac awareness. Here is my idea. One of the challenges should be to create a delicious, allergen free meal. The chefs get a whole kitchen full of stuff to create a delicious meal, but they have to do it without using any of the top 8 allergens. To make it more challenging, some of the ingredients provided should contain hidden sources of the allergens (like soy sauce). The food could be tested for the presence of the allergens before it was judged. I think this would really help people understand about CC and label reading and things like that.

I don't know if they would ever do a show like this, but I think it would have universal appeal since allergies and intollerances are more in the news lately.

What do you all think?

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One of my guilty pleasures is watching Top Chef. I love all the drama and the foofy food they turn out. I think we could use this show to promote celiac awareness. Here is my idea. One of the challenges should be to create a delicious, allergen free meal. The chefs get a whole kitchen full of stuff to create a delicious meal, but they have to do it without using any of the top 8 allergens. To make it more challenging, some of the ingredients provided should contain hidden sources of the allergens (like soy sauce). The food could be tested for the presence of the allergens before it was judged. I think this would really help people understand about CC and label reading and things like that.

I don't know if they would ever do a show like this, but I think it would have universal appeal since allergies and intollerances are more in the news lately.

What do you all think?

This would definitely be a challenge for the chefs :lol:

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The first time I caught an episode of Top Chef, ugh, they were in the middle of one of those marathons...I got instantly hooked and watched like three or four episodes in a row :ph34r::lol: Those marathons are seriously evil!

I don't think I'm caught up though. I think I've just been watching reruns :huh: I think I'm stuck in a previous season (the last one I saw had something to do with frozen pasta entrees) What's the latest? Did someone just win?

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The first time I caught an episode of Top Chef, ugh, they were in the middle of one of those marathons...I got instantly hooked and watched like three or four episodes in a row :ph34r::lol: Those marathons are seriously evil!

I don't think I'm caught up though. I think I've just been watching reruns :huh: I think I'm stuck in a previous season (the last one I saw had something to do with frozen pasta entrees) What's the latest? Did someone just win?

You're in the right season Mango :D

The frozen pasta dinners was just an episode or two ago, where they had to recreate their own version of a Bertolli (I believe was the brand) frozen pasta meal.

So you just are missing one episode I think.

I tivoed this week's and have yet to view it, but I think they had to do a menu for the late night party crowd and serve them from mobile kitchens right outside of the clubs.

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One of my guilty pleasures is watching Top Chef. I love all the drama and the foofy food they turn out. I think we could use this show to promote celiac awareness. Here is my idea. One of the challenges should be to create a delicious, allergen free meal. The chefs get a whole kitchen full of stuff to create a delicious meal, but they have to do it without using any of the top 8 allergens. To make it more challenging, some of the ingredients provided should contain hidden sources of the allergens (like soy sauce). The food could be tested for the presence of the allergens before it was judged. I think this would really help people understand about CC and label reading and things like that.

I don't know if they would ever do a show like this, but I think it would have universal appeal since allergies and intollerances are more in the news lately.

What do you all think?

Omg that would be awesome!! You should write the show and suggest it! I mentioned to my husband that I had starting watching the show and the first thing he asked me was "do they have anything on there you can eat?" :)

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"do they have anything on there you can eat?" :)

:lol:

I'm sure a lot of it we can't eat, especially with multiple food allergies, but I do think they have made quite a few things without gluten ingredients.

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We are addicted to Top Chef - it's our Thursday night date - we make dinner and watch the tivo-d episode while we munch on the couch -- of course, our dinner always looks a little boring in comparison!

Next episode is the "open your own restaurant" one -- super challenging and always fun to watch!

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One of my guilty pleasures is watching Top Chef. I love all the drama and the foofy food they turn out. I think we could use this show to promote celiac awareness. Here is my idea. One of the challenges should be to create a delicious, allergen free meal. The chefs get a whole kitchen full of stuff to create a delicious meal, but they have to do it without using any of the top 8 allergens. To make it more challenging, some of the ingredients provided should contain hidden sources of the allergens (like soy sauce). The food could be tested for the presence of the allergens before it was judged. I think this would really help people understand about CC and label reading and things like that.

I don't know if they would ever do a show like this, but I think it would have universal appeal since allergies and intollerances are more in the news lately.

What do you all think?

Love that show, I usually do the all day shows to catch up on ones that I have missed.

You need to find there contact email and send that to them - how awesome that would be if they could do that - what a GREAT challenge. I agree that it would help sooooo many individuals understand CC, label reading, plus open up others to possibly understanding about allergies.

Anything to promote awareness and healthy living for us would fantastic.

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Anyone have a favorite chef, or a couple of favorites that stand out for you, from this season?

I like Casey, CJ, Tre, and Brian.

I think I like Tre and Brian. Howie's food looks good, but there's too much footage of him sweating into it... :blink:

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Howie's food looks good, but there's too much footage of him sweating into it... :blink:

:lol::lol:

That is so true, those Cuban sandwiches in last ep had a serious side of Howie sweat in them.

He seems to be a good chef and in most of the challenges I have liked all the things he's made, but I don't think I like his attitude so much :( , it makes it hard to root for him.

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Anyone watching the new season of Top Chef?

I think I missed the first one (I don't recall that challenge), but I saw the Zoo challenge and the Block Party challenge.

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Anyone watching the new season of Top Chef?

I think I missed the first one (I don't recall that challenge), but I saw the Zoo challenge and the Block Party challenge.

Yes I'm watching!!!

Julie, it appears you and I have similar tastes in TV programs! :lol:

The squirrelly guy (you know who I mean) has got to go!!!

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Julie, it appears you and I have similar tastes in TV programs! :lol:

The squirrelly guy (you know who I mean) has got to go!!!

It appears so Janet.

I assume you mean this guy, "Mr. You Will Have To Drag Me Out Of Here With Security Guards Because This Is My House"??

http://www.bravotv.com/Top_Chef/season/4/b...ef&p=andrew

I think he should have gotten the boot for that comment alone over soggy corn dog guy.

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Hmmm, now I am wondering Janet if the squirrelly guy you were talking about was Spike?

The last two weeks have been tense between the contestants, who would have thought there would be so much drama on a cooking show :lol:

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No, I was thinking Andrew . . . but I'm not a fan of spike either.

I've noticed more drama this year, too. I was wondering if these guys are more emotional or if in the past seasons, they editted out the more intense flare-ups to make them all look like good guys . . . nahhh, probably not.

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I love these shows... I've gotten so sick of "regular tv" all the shows are the same there are only a few Network shows I'm willing to watch, so I turned to cable.

I love Top Chef and Design Star and Project Runway (i'm both fashion and food crazy, I occasionally even watch Hells Kitchen although Gordon Ramsey gets on my nerves I've worked in some restaurant kitchens before and you really really do have to be able to handle a lot of stress).

Right now I think Stephanie is the best cook there. Dale is interesting too. Can't stand Richard's hair and I think Andrew and Spike are related cuz I mix them up all the times!

I watch far more tv and cable and much of it reality type shows...

Susan

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Susan-that is so funny about Spike and Andrew being related! I totally agree. I Tivo Top Chef and have been a fan since the first season. I segued into it from being a Food Network Star addict.

I think Richard is a calculated risk taker, Stephanie is just good, and the rest are average with some redeeming qualities. They are all very talented, I sure couldn't shop for my groceries at other people's homes and come up with something tasty.

Yes, I too thought it was a good showcase for people with food allergies. Quickfire anyone?

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Oh good. I'm glad I'm not the only one seeing there's more tension between everyone on there. I was thinking it was all in my imagination.

No, not in your imagination :lol: I think the chair throwing/kicking might have been the first sign that this season is going to be a little different.....

Having a couple on the show (Zoi & Jennifer) also might have contributed to some extra tension. There are also just a few strong personalities that are already clashing.

I like Stephanie, Antonia, and Dale. Richard's food is just a little too different for my tastes, but he's very unique and innovative, I'll give him that.

Susan, I also love Project Runway, but I am so not into fashion :lol: It's a fun show to watch whether you like fashion or not I think....I tried watching Hell's Kitchen but I don't like his abusive style.

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Right now I think Stephanie is the best cook there. Dale is interesting too. Can't stand Richard's hair and I think Andrew and Spike are related cuz I mix them up all the times!

A couple days ago, me and my husband were just talking about how much Andrew and Spike look so much alike. If it wasn't that Spike wore that hat most of the time, I'd be so confused.

I think Stephanie is the best cook on the show.

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A couple days ago, me and my husband were just talking about how much Andrew and Spike look so much alike. If it wasn't that Spike wore that hat most of the time, I'd be so confused.

I think Stephanie is the best cook on the show.

I had to laugh at this week's pairing of Spike and Andrew :lol::lol:

I was so surprised actually Stephanie ended up in the losing team, but Tom said both teams in the bottom were only there really on technicalities :rolleyes:<_< .

IMO, I felt Stephanie and Jen's dish was a good improv interpretation, the asparagus was supposed to be "turned on" so I didn't think it was such a big deal that the cheese and the orange were there as the main event doing the turning on of the asparagus....kind of lame their reasoning for sending Jen home for that when the other team didn't even use their assigned ingredient.

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