Okay, so you all watched Top Chef last night, right? I’m not planning on recapping every episode because frankly, I just don’t have the time. But I did want to jot down some of my initial impressions and predictions (mostly spoiler free).
First, my impressions – I was pleased to see that many of the US Top Chef elements were there – the types of challenges, the interviews with the cheftestants, etc. It put a big smile on my face to see all those Canadian images in the intro. I do have some concerns about the chefs finding the ingredients that they need though. Loblaws, a main sponsor of the show, has a lot of items in their stores but I know they usually don’t carry stuff like venison and um… seal flipper (at least they don’t in their Edmonton stores – maybe it’s different in other parts of Canada?). I mean, sometimes I even have problems finding canned black beans in stock at my local Superstore! I’m sure that the show has thought this out though, and I am hopeful that this won’t be a huge problem for the duration of the show.
And now for predictions. Let me preface this by saying that I am usually wrong every time I try to guess who is going to win any kind of competition like this. 🙂
Based purely on their audition videos, my top three guesses were Dustin Gallagher, Connie DeSousa and Dale MacKay, with Dustin winning.
After watching the first episode, I would have to say that I am still relatively confident in Connie DeSousa and Dale MacKay. Not quite sure about Dustin now. It’s still pretty early yet, and time will tell. I’m excited. This is going to be a great show!
I will be posting interviews with each eliminated cheftestant every week. You can read my past interviews by using this Top Chef Canada list.