Top Chef Vegas Recap: A Sad Bowl of Food

How much did you love last night's episode of Top Chef? I found the whole "deconstruction" challenge really intriguing, and Penn and Teller's antics were pretty darn entertaining. Here's my take.

What I Loved

1.Kevin's "big fat piece of bacon" during the Quickfire
2.Bryan's dueling white and chocolate desserts, even though it wasn't successful. Love that he took a risk and made a dessert; it looked beautiful, too.
3.Michelle Bernstein cleans up well! When she sat down for the Elimination Challenge dinner with her hair straightened, wearing makeup and an elegant dress, I almost didn't recognize her.
4.Jen (of course). Even though she was stressed out about the challenge, didn't know what she was making, didn't have any confidence and ran away from Tom Colicchio when he came into the kitchen for his check-in, she still wowed the judges with her meat lasagna and was selected for the top four.
5.Ron's manaical grin when drew "paella" for the challenge. I've never seen the guy so happy before. Also, his asking Tom for "tips" in the kitchen.
6.Tom calling Ron's deconstructed paella "a sad bowl of food."
7.Tom's smirk at the dinner table when Padma says she's had bull testicles before and Penn quickly interjects, "I'll bet."
8.Michelle Bernstein shutting up the ever-so-delightful guest judge Toby Young when he makes fun of the way Americans pronounce words like "paella" and "Barcelona."
9.Teller. Adorable!

What I Didn't Love

1.Eli's comment that Robin won the Quickfire because she brought up the fact that she had cancer. It was immature, nasty, and insensitive. Hello, sour grapes?
2.Eli's pressure cooker exploding. There's a reason pressure cookers have tons of safety features on them; if one gets damaged, you don't *tape it up* and keep on using it. He's lucky no one was hurt.
3.Ron not knowing how to make a paella, even though he said he's made hundreds of them before. Um... remind me never to eat in Ron's restaurant.
4.When the losers' lineup comes back into the stew room, they say "We don't know anything yet." Why do they always say that when they come back in? Does someone actually ask what happened? The losers never know who's going to be cut when they leave judges' table. It just seems odd.
5.Toby Young. If you hate Americans so much, please return to the UK.

Who's going home next? I'm predicting Laurine or Robin... and really, does it matter? We're all just biding time until we get to the Jen-Kevin-brothers final four showdown.

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