Final eight chefs, people, and it’s a strong group. I could see Brooke, Sheldon, Stefan and Kristen taking on any finalists from previous seasons.
It’s also time for … Restaurant Wars!!!
On to my thoughts on this week’s episode! Non-spoilers in the main body of the post; spoilers in the comments.
1. Brooke is adorable.
Her fangirl-level crush on Wolfgang Puck was awesome. I love seeing that kind of enthusiasm from contestants.
2. Stefan is … also kind of adorable, honestly.
I was annoyed with him early in the season, but he’s slowly won me over with his competitive-yet-chill attitude towards the whole Top Chef experience. I’ve also noticed that the other chefs, by and large, really seem to like the guy.
3. Mmmm, ginger.
If this Quickfire had you craving the spicy, fresh taste of ginger, may I recommend the Ginger Tom Collins?
Also, Bravo guys, any chance we can give the product placement a rest? Toyotas as prizes, fine. Healthy Choice funding every damn cash prize, sure, whatever. But do we really need the Truvia and Canada Dry Quickfires? Like any of these chefs would use Canada Dry in dishes in their actual restaurants. (My preferred brand of ginger ale is Seagram’s, personally.)
4. I like this spin on Restaurant Wars
This time around, the chefs are actually competing for the right to be an Executive Chef at Restaurant Wars. Our two Elimination Challenge winners will get to turn their concept into a restaurant!
I like this because it feels closer to how a real restaurant kitchen works. In Restaurant Wars, we often see chefs with strong points of view butting heads. This time around, the Executive Chefs have competed for and won the right to have their concept executed — there’s no question about what kind of restaurant they’re going to open, or who’s in charge. I’ll be interested to see if this strategy yields strong RW showings.