Looks like Bravo has a new addition to the Top Chef franchise: Duels, starting August 6. I'm torn about this one, it could be fun seeing previous TC contestants going one-on-one. Or the challenge rules could be so restrictive and convoluted that there won't be much for the chef's to do. I'm also wondering how much they're ripping off 'Knife Fight.'
Top Chef: Duels
Posted 06 June 2014 - 05:35 AM
It's too bad some of those chefs don't just stay in their restaurant kitchens.
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Posted 06 June 2014 - 09:58 AM
Gail Simmons mentioned this new show in a radio interview she gave to promote "Top Chef: Boston".
Again, I question her value as a judge on this show since she is a vegetarian and won't be able to eat a lot of the dishes that will be prepared by the "chef-testants".
Though I think I may tune in for the first show, at least, since it's going to be a duel between Richard Blais & Marcel Nigneron.
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 04:04 PM
I thought the Blais/Vigneron matchup was a nice way to start, but after watching it, it seems clear that they didn't think this through.
I really had high hopes for this format since it would seem to afford an opportunity to zoom in on what was happening with only two contestants. Unfortunately, they chose to focus on the verbal interactions of two non-entertainer personalities.
It's almost as if they thought sparks would fly between Richard and Marcel. Unfortunately(?), neither is exactly a 'trash talker'.
My favorite parts of Top Chef: Regular are when Collichio walks into the kitchen and starts asking pointed questions. Unfortunately, there was no television professional on screen at any point, or anyone capable of asking a relevant question. It was just a Richard/Marcel bro-uppance.
Episode 102 (with even weaker characters), I found to be unwatchable.
I do hope that some of the later episodes will be better, because I do think that the TC empire has occasionally demonstrated that they can learn from mistakes.
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