Top Chef 10: Tom’s A Brunette and Nine Other Things We Learned From Episode 10


In honor of the 10th season of Bravo’s beloved cooking competition show—and the continual stream of L.A. restaurants spawned by its contestants—we shall, every week, outline the 10 (get it?) things we learned from watching each episode. Last night’s episode of Top Chef Seattle taught us plenty. Here, our top 10 learnable moments:

10. “Bacon Makes Everything Better”

That’s what Josh’s favorite T-shirt keeps trying to tell us, anyway. That thing makes a cameo every episode. Too bad it’s wrong. 

9. Tom had hair

The flashback photo from Tom’s days working with Danny Meyer revealed the head judge as a robust brunette. If you’ve ever wondered what 3 million bear-lovers squealing sounds like, that was it.

8. Gail has a champion eye-roll

And boy did we see it last night. We like your sass, lady.

7. Brooke had awesome parents

Spent your 17th birthday at Spago, eh? So, then what did you do for your sweet 16? 

6. Kuniko is still adorable

And she’s back! For this episode anyway, acting as professional fish slicer and pepper prepper for the remaining contestants. According to the last-last-last chance competition, Save A Chef (seriously, can’t anyone just go home anymore?), the public agrees with us. She beat John (surprise) by a wide margin.

5. Brooke has never been to the Gorbals

Either that or she’s totally ripping off former Top Chef winner Ilan Hall’s downtown restaurant concept. Her “un-Kosher” idea with challa ham sandwiches and the like sounds a lot like the Gorbals’ bacon-wrapped matzo balls, does it not?

4. We totally get Micah now

Raw food! Thaaaaat’s it. We knew something was a little funny about this guy and his enthusiasm for the raw diet explains it. Nothing against raw food as a philosophy, but it does put the guy in context.

3. Tom isn’t so much into the raw food movement

The look on Colicchio’s face as Micah explains his raw dish was exactly like watching someone sniff a carton of milk to see if it’s gone bad—and it has. Real bad.

2. Wolfgang can drop the hammer

Puck basically body-slammed Sheldon for what he called a “cheap Chinese” dish. We like this side of the ever-smiling L.A. culinary icon. But it looks like Sheldon got the last laugh—his Filipino restaurant will battle against Kristen’s formal French spot in next week’s restaurant wars.

1. Kristen is MacGyver

Using a CO2-charged whipped cream dispenser as a mini-pressure cooker during the Quickfire challenge was straight baller. We don’t know if she made this up, but we’re totally trying this at home.