History Series / TopChef

29th Jan '17 9:57:49 PM Gimere
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** Josie's time mismanagement and incompetence got her team losing Season 10's Restaurant Wars. She put team captain Kristen (who won the most elimination challenges at that point) under the bus, resulting in [[ShockingElimination her elimination]]. However, Josie wound up eliminated the very next episode for the same reasons. Guess who faced [[CurbStompBattle (and beat) her]] on Last Chance Kitchen?

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** Josie's time mismanagement and incompetence got her team losing Season 10's Restaurant Wars. She put team captain Kristen (who won the most elimination challenges at that point) under the bus, resulting in [[ShockingElimination her elimination]].elimination. However, Josie wound up eliminated the very next episode for the same reasons. Guess who faced [[CurbStompBattle (and beat) her]] on Last Chance Kitchen?
29th Jan '17 9:56:57 PM Gimere
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** "I am not a pastry chef." [[EpicFail Epic Failure]] generally follows.

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** "I am not a pastry chef." [[EpicFail Epic Failure]] {{Epic Fail}}ure generally follows.



* BreatherLevel: In season 12, the final four chefs get a challenge with no eliminations--as they will prepare dishes with the assistance of their family members. The winner of the challenge gets a spot in the finals.
* BrickJoke: In episode 3 of season 4, Andrew makes a remark that if he were eliminated, he would have to be dragged out kicking and screaming by security. Several episodes later, Andrew is eliminated, and bows out gracefully, stating that bringing in security won't be necessary.

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* BreatherLevel: BreatherLevel:[[invoked]] In season 12, the final four chefs get got a challenge with no eliminations--as they will prepare eliminations--they prepared dishes with the assistance of their family members. The members, and the winner of the challenge gets got a spot in the finals.
* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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In episode 3 of season 4, Andrew makes a remark that if he were eliminated, he would have to be dragged out kicking and screaming by security. Several episodes later, Andrew is eliminated, and bows out gracefully, stating that bringing in security won't be necessary.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Angelo comes off as this in season 7. Apparently when he was growing up, he had an altar to great 4-star chefs that he wanted to be like, and he would pray at it every day.

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Angelo comes off as this in season 7. Apparently when he was growing up, he had an altar to great 4-star chefs that he wanted to be like, and he would pray at it every day.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Three times in episode 12 of ''All-Stars''.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Three times in episode 12 of ''All-Stars''.''All-Stars'':



* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: The show itself, which ended ''Series/{{The Amazing Race}}'s'' seven year run when it won the Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program in 2010. It was the first show to have beaten ''The Amazing Race''.

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* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: The show itself, which ended ''Series/{{The Amazing Race}}'s'' ''Series/TheAmazingRace's'' seven year run when it won the Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program in 2010. It was the first show to have beaten ''The Amazing Race''.



* EliminationCatchPhrase: "Please pack your knives and go." In season 6, Tom Colicchio had to perform an elimination for a Quickfire, and he purposely avoided using the usual phrase, instead saying "Please pack your knives and leave".

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* EliminationCatchPhrase: EliminationCatchPhrase:
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"Please pack your knives and go." In season 6, Tom Colicchio had to perform an elimination for a Quickfire, and he purposely avoided using the usual phrase, instead saying "Please pack your knives and leave".



* GenreSavvy: In Season 2 Episode 4 of ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'', the chefs are taken on an outing to a movie theater to get away from the kitchen. Matthew chooses movie theater snacks that will be easy to make a dessert with, suspecting a surprise challenge. [[spoiler:It doesn't happen, but very good guess.]]
** Also in Season 5, Episode 9, Jamie intentionally loses the Quickfire Challenge, knowing that the two winners will be team leaders for restaurant wars, which would pretty much make it a 50/50 chance of getting eliminated.

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* GenreSavvy: GenreSavvy:
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In Season 2 Episode 4 of ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'', the chefs are taken on an outing to a movie theater to get away from the kitchen. Matthew chooses movie theater snacks that will be easy to make a dessert with, suspecting a surprise challenge. [[spoiler:It doesn't happen, but very good guess.]]
** Also in Season 5, Episode 9, Jamie intentionally loses lost the Quickfire Challenge, knowing that the two winners will be team leaders for restaurant wars, which would pretty much make it a 50/50 chance of getting eliminated.



* HeroicSacrifice: A non-lethal variety invoked twice and averted a third time. In Season 2, both Otto and Mia voluntarily withdrew from the competition prior to announcement of the result to save those they thought were undeserving of elimination, which the judges allowed. The very next season, Howie attempts to do the same, but by then the judges had decided the cheftestants could no longer have the power to affect the results and put a stop to it; they told Howie he could quit if he wanted to, but whoever was slated for the chopping block would get eliminated anyway. Turns out it was Howie.

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice:
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A non-lethal variety invoked twice and averted a third time. In Season 2, both Otto and Mia voluntarily withdrew from the competition prior to announcement of the result to save those they thought were undeserving of elimination, which the judges allowed. The very next season, Howie attempts to do the same, but by then the judges had decided the cheftestants could no longer have the power to affect the results and put a stop to it; they told Howie he could quit if he wanted to, but whoever was slated for the chopping block would get eliminated anyway. Turns out it was Howie.



* InsistentTerminology: Fabio in Season 5 insisting his cheesesteak was a "Filet Mignon Sandwich."

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* InsistentTerminology: InsistentTerminology:
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Fabio in Season 5 insisting his cheesesteak was a "Filet Mignon Sandwich."



*** Also from season 6, both Michaels (Voltaggio and Isabella). Ironically, Michael Voltaggio's nicest moment was his speaking well of Robin in the reunion and genuinely apologizing for his bad behavior towards her, unlike Eli, who followed it up with an incredibly rude excuse for an apology for his comments and behavior towards Robin.

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*** ** Also from season 6, both Michaels (Voltaggio and Isabella). Ironically, Michael Voltaggio's nicest moment was his speaking well of Robin in the reunion and genuinely apologizing for his bad behavior towards her, unlike Eli, who followed it up with an incredibly rude excuse for an apology for his comments and behavior towards Robin.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Spike in season 4. Every time he won a quickfire challenge in the post immunity part of the game he would use his advantage to try to screw over the other cheftestants. In both episodes this landed him in the bottom for elimination. In Boxed Lunched he picked ingredients to prevent the others from using them and didn't think about making a good dish, and in High Steaks he picked scallops that were frozen and using them got him eliminated.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: LaserGuidedKarma:
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Spike in season 4. Every time he won a quickfire challenge in the post immunity part of the game he would use his advantage to try to screw over the other cheftestants. In both episodes this landed him in the bottom for elimination. In Boxed Lunched he picked ingredients to prevent the others from using them and didn't think about making a good dish, and in High Steaks he picked scallops that were frozen and using them got him eliminated.



* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads and Loads of Cheftestants]]: Season 9 introduced ''twenty-nine'' cheftestants. Guess they really do do everything bigger in Texas.
** Immediately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when they revealed that 15 of them were going to be eliminated in the first challenge.

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* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads and Loads of Cheftestants]]: Season 9 introduced ''twenty-nine'' cheftestants. Guess they really do do everything bigger in Texas.
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Texas. Immediately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] subverted]], however, when they revealed that 15 of them were going to be eliminated in the first challenge.



* OneNoteCook: Several chefs throughout the seasons were notorious for rarely cooking anything besides a particular food.

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* OneNoteCook: Several chefs throughout the seasons were notorious for rarely cooking anything besides a particular food.food:



** Richard Blais, runner-up in season 4 and Top Chef in Season 8, rarely did anything without liquid nitrogen during Season 8. He even tried to make a damn cookie with liquid nitrogen (and was called out for not actually making a cookie by the Cookie Monster himself). Also, in season 4, he cooked "Banana Scallops" THREE times.

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** Richard Blais, runner-up in season 4 and Top Chef in Season 8, rarely did anything without liquid nitrogen during Season 8. He even tried to make a damn cookie with liquid nitrogen (and was called out for not actually making a cookie by the Cookie Monster himself). Also, in season 4, he cooked "Banana Scallops" THREE times.''three times''.



* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two Heathers in ''Just Desserts''. They can be told apart however due to one of them is Asian and the other has a large bandage on her face.

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Averted with the two Heathers in ''Just Desserts''. They can be told apart however due to one of them is Asian and the other has a large bandage on her face.



* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Every single season finale until season 8 has included a twist. And every single time, the chefs are legitimately surprised by it. Come on people! Pay attention!

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* RealityShowGenreBlindness: RealityShowGenreBlindness:
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Every single season finale until season 8 has included a twist. And every single time, the chefs are legitimately surprised by it. Come on people! Pay attention!



* WhatAnIdiot: One chef decided to make beignets to serve to a crowd, however she had to make them hours in advance since she didn't have the time make them fresh at the site. When given a mediocre review of her beignets by the judges, she says outright she wishes she could have made them to order, but couldn't because of the challenge. The judges call her out in that if she was already aware of the glaring flaw in being unable to make beignets fresh, then she should have just done something else.
5th Dec '16 2:52:32 AM DarkMask
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* WhatAnIdiot: One chef decided to make beignets to serve to a crowd, however she had to make them hours in advance since she didn't have the time make them fresh at the site. When given a mediocre review of her beignets by the judges, she says outright she wishes she could have made them to order, but couldn't because of the challenge. The judges call her out in that if she was already aware of the glaring flaw in being unable to beignets fresh, then she should have just done something else.

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* WhatAnIdiot: One chef decided to make beignets to serve to a crowd, however she had to make them hours in advance since she didn't have the time make them fresh at the site. When given a mediocre review of her beignets by the judges, she says outright she wishes she could have made them to order, but couldn't because of the challenge. The judges call her out in that if she was already aware of the glaring flaw in being unable to make beignets fresh, then she should have just done something else.
5th Dec '16 2:51:19 AM DarkMask
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* WhatAnIndiot: One chef decided to make beignets to serve to a crowd, however she had to make them hours in advance since she didn't have the time make them fresh at the site. When given a mediocre review of her beignets by the judges, she says outright she wishes she could have made them to order, but couldn't because of the challenge. The judges call her out in that if she was already aware of the glaring flaw in being unable to beignets fresh, then she should have just done something else.

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* WhatAnIndiot: WhatAnIdiot: One chef decided to make beignets to serve to a crowd, however she had to make them hours in advance since she didn't have the time make them fresh at the site. When given a mediocre review of her beignets by the judges, she says outright she wishes she could have made them to order, but couldn't because of the challenge. The judges call her out in that if she was already aware of the glaring flaw in being unable to beignets fresh, then she should have just done something else.
5th Dec '16 2:44:00 AM DarkMask
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* WhatAnIndiot: One chef decided to make beignets to serve to a crowd, however she had to make them hours in advance since she didn't have the time make them fresh at the site. When given a mediocre review of her beignets by the judges, she says outright she wishes she could have made them to order, but couldn't because of the challenge. The judges call her out in that if she was already aware of the glaring flaw in being unable to beignets fresh, then she should have just done something else.
10th Mar '16 4:20:37 PM Tropesofknowledge
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* ArcWords - "I am not a pastry chef." [[EpicFail Epic Failure]] generally follows.
** "It is what it is" could be translated as "I/we really screw up that challenge".
** "It's everybody's game right now" seems to be the franchise's motto.

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"I am not a pastry chef." [[EpicFail Epic Failure]] generally follows.
** "It is what it is" could be translated as "I/we really screw screwed up that challenge".
** "It's everybody's anybody's game right now" seems to be the franchise's motto.
9th Oct '15 4:48:37 PM littlelarciel
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* BreatherLevel: In season 12, the final four chefs get a challenge with no eliminations--as they will prepare dishes with the assistance of their family members. The winner of the challenge gets a spot in the finals.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two seasons of ''Top Chef Masters'' followed more a of a tournament-style competition. Season 3 follows much more closely to the usual format of the other shows.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Top Chef's first season is a definite example. Katie Lee Joel was host, the starting cast was only 12 chefs, and at Judges' Table, the chefs actually took seats across the judges for deliberation! Tiffani and Stephen, when they competed in the ''All-Stars'' season, especially commented about how different their experiences were when the show was starting out.
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The first two seasons of ''Top Chef Masters'' followed more a of a tournament-style competition. Season 3 follows much more closely to the usual format of the other shows.



** Last Chance Kitchen, starting in Season 9.

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** Last Chance Kitchen, starting in Season 9.9, a last-chance tournament before an eliminated chef is out of the competition for good. The winner of this tournament rejoins the competition during the finale.
** George from Season 12 was the very first chef eliminated during the Quickfire Challenge. He rejoins the competition when there are only seven chefs remaining, and makes it just short of the last challenge before the finals.



** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in Season 11 when [[spoiler: Nick was given a chance to give up his immunity and resign from the competition after he made 2 poor dishes and was the sole weak link in his group. Nick felt he earned his immunity so he opted to keep it so he can keep competing. This led to Stephanie, who had an excellent dish that was only slightly less excellent than Shirley's dish, being eliminated. Regardless on how you felt about Nick's immunity, it's pretty much agreed that Stephanie being eliminated for making a great dish was pretty crappy]]

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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in Season 11 when [[spoiler: Nick was given a chance to give up his immunity and resign from the competition after he made 2 poor dishes and was the sole weak link in his group. Nick felt he earned his immunity so he opted to keep it so he can keep competing. This led to Stephanie, who had an excellent dish that was only slightly less excellent than Shirley's dish, being eliminated. Regardless on how you felt about Nick's immunity, it's pretty much agreed that Stephanie being eliminated for making a great dish was pretty crappy]]crappy.]]



* OldNewBorrowedAndBlue: The theme for a wedding challenge in season 5

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* OldNewBorrowedAndBlue: The theme for a wedding challenge in season 55.



* OneSteveLimit - Averted with the two Heathers in ''Just Desserts''. They can be told apart however due to one of them is Asian and the other has a large bandage on her face.

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* OneSteveLimit - OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two Heathers in ''Just Desserts''. They can be told apart however due to one of them is Asian and the other has a large bandage on her face.
20th Sep '15 3:11:58 PM littlelarciel
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Cliff from Season 2. He, Ilan, Sam, and Elia got the bright idea to shave Marcel's head... without his consent. Then, after failing, to shave their own heads. Cliff was the only one to physically touch Marcel, so he was ejected from the competition. Without his dish in the mix, the judges couldn't determine who to send home, so both Elia and Marcel advanced to Hawaii. By trying to embarrass and demean the universally-despised Marcel, not only did Cliff get himself kicked out, he also ensured his object of loathing made it to the finale and went head-to-head with Ilan for the title.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: This line has been used by many throughout the show's history, most notably Tiffany (season 1), Marcel (season 2), Lisa (season 4), and Robin (season 6).

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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Cliff from Season 2. He, Ilan, Sam, and Elia got the bright idea to shave Marcel's head... without his consent. Then, after failing, to shave their own heads. Cliff was the only one to physically touch Marcel, so he was ejected from the competition. Without his dish in the mix, the judges couldn't determine who to send home, so both Elia and Marcel advanced to Hawaii. By trying to embarrass and demean the universally-despised Marcel, not only did Cliff get himself kicked out, he also ensured his object of loathing made it to the finale and went head-to-head with Ilan for the title.
** The two times that Spike wins the Quickfire Challenge in Season 4, he ends up on the bottom for the Elimination Challenge. His unique advantage for both challenges is first pick of ingredients that the other contestants can't use. For the first challenge--a healthy boxed lunch--Spike chooses bread, chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes just to make it difficult for everyone, but his own dish doesn't wow the judges, and Tom even asks if he chose his ingredients just to hinder his competitors. For the second challenge, Spike picks frozen scallops to serve during restaurant dinner service, and it ultimately gets him eliminated.
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: This line has been used by many throughout the show's history, most notably Tiffany Tiffani (season 1), Marcel (season 2), Lisa (season 4), and Robin (season 6).



* MuppetCameo: All-Stars had Telly, Elmo, and Cookie Monsters judge the Quick Fire Challenge, with Elmo likening a contestant's cookies to cow pies.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Three previous contestants (Josie from Season 2, CJ from Season 3, and Stefan from Season 5) returned to compete in Season 10.

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* MuppetCameo: All-Stars had Telly, Elmo, and Cookie Monsters judge the Quick Fire Quickfire Challenge, with Elmo likening a contestant's cookies to cow pies.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: MyGreatestSecondChance:
** The Quickfire in Season 5's New Orleans finale allowed one of three previously eliminated chefs to compete in the Elimination Challenge. However, Jeff had to win that challenge to advance to the Final Challenge, and was eliminated again when he wasn't announced as the winner.
** ''Top Chef: All-Stars''.
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Three previous contestants (Josie from Season 2, CJ from Season 3, and Stefan from Season 5) returned to compete in Season 10.10.
** Last Chance Kitchen, starting in Season 9.



** Richard Blaise, runner-up in season 4 and Top Chef in Season 8, rarely did anything without liquid nitrogen during Season 8. He even tried to make a damn cookie with liquid nitrogen (and was called out for not actually making a cookie by the Cookie Monster himself). Also, in season 4, he cooked "Banana Scallops" THREE times.

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** Richard Blaise, Blais, runner-up in season 4 and Top Chef in Season 8, rarely did anything without liquid nitrogen during Season 8. He even tried to make a damn cookie with liquid nitrogen (and was called out for not actually making a cookie by the Cookie Monster himself). Also, in season 4, he cooked "Banana Scallops" THREE times.



* OneSteveLimit - Averted with the two Heathers in ''Just Desserts''. They can be told apart however due to one of them is Asian and the other has a large bandage on her face. Averted several times in the regular seasons as well, most notably between the two Mikes and two Jens in ''Top Chef: Las Vegas''.
** ''All Stars'' has two Tiffanys and two Dales (though, one Dale is Asian and one Tiffany is Black). The Asian Dale was often referred to as Angry Dale by fans.
** Season 9 has two Chrises, Chris C and Chris J. Other contestants often referred to Chris C as Malibu Chris or Malibu, as he resides in Los Angeles and is the prettier of the Chrises. He was elminated in episode 7 leaving Chris J as the lone Chris.

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* OneSteveLimit - Averted with the two Heathers in ''Just Desserts''. They can be told apart however due to one of them is Asian and the other has a large bandage on her face. face.
** Season 3 had Sara Mair and Sara Nguyen.
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Averted several times in the regular seasons as well, most notably Season 6 between Michael Voltaggio and Mike Isabella. There was also Jennifer Carroll and Jennifer "Jen" Zavala, but the two Mikes and two Jens latter was eliminated in ''Top Chef: Las Vegas''.
the first episode.
** ''All Stars'' has two Tiffanys and two Dales (though, one had Dale is Asian Levitski and one Tiffany is Black). The Asian Dale Talde (the latter who was often referred to as Angry Dale by fans.
fans), as well as Tiffani Faison and Tiffany Derry.
** Season 9 has two Chrises, Chris C and Chris J. Other contestants often referred to Chris C as Malibu Chris or Malibu, as he resides in Los Angeles and is the prettier of the Chrises. He was elminated eliminated in episode 7 leaving Chris J as the lone Chris.
25th Jan '15 6:40:58 PM forcemajeure
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* SchmuckBait: In season 10, the chefs are sent to Alaska and asked to cook with local salmon for the elimination challenge. Their options include various kinds of prize salmon...and chum (scraps for the dogs). Sheldon takes the bait.
7th Jan '15 4:31:46 PM Gimere
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* RomanceOnTheSet: Hosea and Leah in Season 5.



* ShockingElimination: Season 3, Tre. He'd won more competitions than anyone else at that point, and yet a bad dessert sent him packing.
** It wasn't just the bad dessert, it was Restaurant Wars week and he was the executive chef of the losing team. Ergo, he got eliminated.
** Also Dale from Season 4. He had been consistently in the top. On that day, he had one bad dish, another chef made two. Most people thought Lisa would be sent packing, but team leader Dale had to take one for the team. This was the only decision that executive producer/head judge/voice of reason Tom wasn't around for.
*** Anthony Bourdain has a blog about this episode in which he explains that, yeah, Dale messed up one dish, but oh, what a mess-up that was. Not that Bourdain was a big fan of Lisa or Spike.
** Ashley in Season 6. The dish wasn't necessarily bad, but she refused to throw Eli under the bus for his mistakes with the dish and got burned for it.
*** Jennifer from the finale. Based solely on the judges' comments, they seemed to genuinely like both of Jennifer's dishes, even if one was a little too salty. Michael seemed to be in line for elimination, as he had clear problems with both his dishes.
** Tiffany from season 7. She had never been on the bottom of any elimination challenge prior to being eliminated, and in two previous episodes, she'd managed to win both the quickfire and elimination challenges.
** In Season 8, Angelo. He was a clear favorite for the title in his first season, and notched several wins and top group appearances. He went home in the [[ProductPlacement Target sponsored episode]] for putting out an oversalted baked potato soup. To his credit, he only had two weeks' rest between his finale and the next season, and he was likely even more exhausted by that time.
** The eleventh episode of Season 8 had a shocking bottom 3: Dale, who was eliminated, had won 4 Quickfires and 3 Elimination Challenges by that point. Carla & Tiffany both screwed up Southern cooking, which they each consider a specialty.
** In Season 8 again, Carla was the unlucky person to go home even though most people did not consider her to have the worst dish.
** Season 8 example, surprise: many fans were baffled when Antonia was sent home over Mike - who had admittedly stepped up his game for the finale - when the footage showed that the judges seemingly favored Antonia's amuse 4 to 3. A revelation that Tom had talked to Wolfgang Puck during a filming break before Puck changed his vote didn't help things much.
** In Season 9, Nyesha had been doing pretty well, but was sent home in a double elimination because her teammate screwed up an ingredient. [[spoiler: She then proceeded to outlast 5 other chefs in Last Chance Kitchen.]]
** Curtis in the deconstruction episode of ''Top Chef: Canada'' Season 2. Jimmy, who was also in the bottom, had been making the same mistakes with modernist cooking techniques throughout the competition, and his deconstructed dish failed so badly that guest judge Richard Blaise called it an embarrassment to modernist cuisine. Curtis had been doing quite well previously, and based on the judge's comments that appeared in the episode, his problem was a lack of familiarity with the original dish rather than any major failure of execution.
** Season 10 in Seattle's elimination of Kristen (who won many challenges and was favored to make it to the finale) over Josie (who was consistently on the bottom and ignored all of Kristen's instructions in Restaurant Wars).
** Season 11 had [[spoiler: Stephanie (who, coincidentally is Kristen from Season 10's best friend) being eliminated in the most unfair way possible. With six cheftestants left, not only did Top Chef still have immunity on the table, but also issued a 3-on-3 team challenge. In her team, Stephanie and Shirley cooked fantastic food and could've easily have been in the top. Unfortunately, their teammate Nick had let them down with two very poorly done dishes. The only thing was that Nick couldn't be eliminated because he had won the Quickfire Challenge. Nick did have a shot to fall on his sword but refused to do so. Thus, the judges decided that Stephanie was just a smidgen weaker than Shirley and got eliminated.]]
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