May I gently suggest that there’s a bit too much “Top Chef” coverage out there? It’s a fine show, pretty entertaining, but there’s only so much I’m willing to read about the first eliminated contestants or “Team Rainbow” which, it should be said, is now being promoted by Bravo’s P.R. team in e-mails to bloggers. I literally just got this e-mail: “Last night on Top Chef, the one lesbian and two gay cheftestants crowned themselves ‘Team Rainbow’ in an impromptu genius (and adorable) move over a glass of wine. Now Bravo has created a ‘Team Rainbow’ t-shirt, so anyone can join the club.”
Genius? Adorable? I can hear the producers now standing on set: “Can we get all the gay contestants outside? Great. You guys are Team Rainbow; now say it on camera.”
I also thought last night’s episode was a bit needlessly sadistic. Eliminating a contestant in the first Quickfire challenge? It wouldn’t seem so sinister, if I hadn’t read that New York Times Magazine profile of Bravo’s president, Lauren Zalaznick. She defends the idea by saying, “It’s like, you’ve really arrived in New York — it’s where you fight for your terrible pot-washing job after you’ve been executive chef back in wherever, and then you get fired for washing your pot wrong.”
Just because terrible things happen to ambitious young chefs in New York doesn’t mean you have to make terrible things happen to ambitious young chefs in New York. Especially one who, we learned at the beginning, has a husband stationed in Iraq and who’s trying to restart her life.
But wait a second; now I’m guilty of the very thing I complained about at the beginning: too much “Top Chef” coverage. Ok, I confess, once you get into it, it’s kind of hard NOT to write about. But I’m curious what you think, readers: what did you think about last night’s episode? I feel bad for whichever cooking school the two eliminated contestants went to together–how embarrassing to lose not one but two of your alumni right off the bat.