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Old 12-29-2017, 01:31 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Both sides of my family have been in the US since the 1700s, so that "heritage" is very far removed. I don't know what I would've cooked if I was on the show.
You can pick something from the state you grew up in.
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Old 12-29-2017, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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We have seen very little creativity and mainly chefs cooking what they do in their own restaurants
The cauliflower pizza crust was inventive but for the most part the ones who tried creative fare failed...

I agree this looks like a weaker cast although there are plenty of people with credentials...
Bruce being one--
How he could choose a dish he should know how to execute and turn out something so poorly received is just contradiction in terms

Plenty of them made mistakes in simple things -- like salt/acid--
You would think they would be beyond that at that stage in their careers...

This year doesn't even seem to offer any drama with personality clashes either
No Marcel-types

Happy to have no Marcel-type drama. I most enjoy the show when the competition is tight and the chefs are talented. So far I'm getting the same vibe I did for (I think) the Boston season...yawn. It just seems that everyone is kind of mediocre. I expect that the first couple of episodes but no one seems to really shine yet. They all seem kind of lost. At this point, I'm usually getting some kind of feel for who the front runners are.

Hope it perks up...soon.
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Old 12-29-2017, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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I found myself crying during a few family stories.
I also cried for Padma's outfit!
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Old 12-29-2017, 06:27 PM
 
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Both sides of my family have been in the US since the 1700s, so that "heritage" is very far removed. I don't know what I would've cooked if I was on the show.
We have been in Texas for 3-4 generations and in the states since pre-Revolutionary War--
Mainly English/Scotch Irish

I could have tried BBQ although I don' think that would have worked that well and neither my dad or my mother cooked it
She did make excellent cornbread "dressing" for Christmas though
I still use her receipe and so does my daughter
And some very good "tea cake" cookies
She was from Atlanta area though--
Met my dad during WW2 in Atlanta military hospital and they moved to TX after the war
I agree that some of these challenges revert every year to ethnic cuisine--
Which is what many of these chefs in smaller towns feature in their own restaurants--
There were 4 of them cooking that same fare--what they normally make...
While that can demonstrate their skill to certain level, it is a "known quantity" and therefore seems to be almost cheating...
Of course you had couple that couldn't even pull those familiar dishes off very well as we pointed out

I liked some of the contests on earlier seasons--
Remember the Vending Machine Challenge???
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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I found myself crying during a few family stories.
I also cried for Padma's outfit!
bwahaha...it was pretty awful.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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The Mexican food chick who is excelling in LCK but was (I thought) rightfully put off early on - I was wondering if she got back in the kitchen, what would happen when not every challenge allowed her to do her own cuisine?

As for Padma's transgender Yankees uniform, I'm speechless.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:31 PM
 
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Both sides of my family have been in the US since the 1700s, so that "heritage" is very far removed.
Me too! But I've done my genealogical work and had my DNA analyzed and know that I have mostly a French peasant heritage (81%!) Lots of good food possibilities!

If your American heritage is so deep you probably are connected to one of the Western European countries, and very probably England is one. Wouldn't it be fun to try to cook that! You could go with Fish and Chips, Bubble & Squeak, Shepherds Pie or something really historic like rabbit stew with barley bread.

Or you could make the argument that you have no personal connection to the culinary fare of your ethnic heritage, and so just cook some great recipe that has been handed down in your family for a few generations. For me that would be a perfect apple pie.

Or as someone said, if you have no idea what your background is and you have no family culinary traditions, you could choose a great dish from the region in which you live. For me, as the Lakota heritage is so dominant in my region, I think I'd pick a dish with bison and wild onion and fry bread. Although bison is super hard to cook well - I'd screw that up for sure!

It's actually pretty fun to think about. Now I'm hungry!

Either way, if a chef knows that he or she is going on Top Chef, they'd sure better practice something along these lines because a challenge like this shows up every season.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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great points 601. Saying you do not know your heritage is a cop out, these challenges often come up, in one way or another. They should have a plan on arriving.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:48 PM
 
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Oh, and I also wanted to say that you all made me laugh with your comments about Padma's outfit. All I remember thinking about it was that I sure wish I had such nice long legs! But with my French peasant heritage, that just was never a possibility.

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Old 01-02-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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My mother was a terrible cook and my dad thought you could boil an egg faster if you cranked up the heat as high as it would go. Cooking from my heritage would have been a challenge. Neither side of the family said much about anything that happened before WWII. But since that is a recurring challenge on Top Chef, I would have "created" a heritage and picked out something to showcase. Do they run DNA tests to verify the accuacy of your background story? I doubt it. Rather than saying something stupid like "I'm from Southern California, I'm white, and I have no heritage," be creative. If you have a secret recipe for goulash that would win the challenge, then create a Vampire heritage.
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