History YMMV / TopChef

21st Sep '15 7:50:11 PM shatterstar
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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]
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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge.''six'' time. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]
21st Apr '15 8:09:26 AM shatterstar
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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a weird case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team. He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]
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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a weird special case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team.team (See Shocking Elimination). He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic and [[InternetBackdraft angered the fans so much]] that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]
21st Apr '15 8:07:03 AM shatterstar
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** Generally, the EliminationHoudini is hated for sticking around in the competition for too long over much more deserving or consistently perform contestants who just have a bad day, especially if they are [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxious]], [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]] or frequently [[UngratefulBastard throw people]] [[NeverMyFault under]] [[DirtyCoward the bus]].
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** Generally, the EliminationHoudini is are hated for sticking around in the competition for too long over much more deserving or consistently perform contestants who just have a bad day, especially if they are [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxious]], [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]] or frequently [[UngratefulBastard throw people]] [[NeverMyFault under]] [[DirtyCoward the bus]].

** 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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** 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.]]
21st Apr '15 8:05:05 AM shatterstar
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** Generally, the EliminationHoudini is hated for sticking around in the competition for too long over much more deserving or consistently perform contestants who just have a bad day, especially if they are [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxious]], [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]] or frequently [[UngratefulBastard throw people]] [[NeverMyFault under]] [[DirtyCoward the bus]].
21st Apr '15 7:56:34 AM shatterstar
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** This became a heated debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached TheOtherWiki page of the season.
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** This became a heated very [[InternetBackdraft heated]] debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[[[EliminationHoudini [[spoiler:[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached TheOtherWiki page of the season.
21st Apr '15 7:55:09 AM shatterstar
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* HeManWomanHater: Some fans accused of Tom, who the head judge/co-producer being this, due to the show rarely crowns a female winner (in a span of 11 seasons, only two won).
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* HeManWomanHater: Some fans accused of Tom, who the head judge/co-producer being this, due to the show rarely crowns a female winner (in a span of 11 seasons, only two won). won). ** This became a heated debate in season Eleven when the show crowded [[[[EliminationHoudini Nicholas]] over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ni]][[NoDamageRun na]]]] that it even reached TheOtherWiki page of the season.
21st Apr '15 7:43:43 AM shatterstar
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** Season Eleven (New Orleans) has a weird case with Nicholas. He was in the bottom for ''nine'' time and never won any elimination challenge. The one time he won a Quickfire challenge he uses the immunity to not be eliminated despite being the only one who perform poorly in his team. He suffered a case of being OvershadowedByAwesome as he was in the bottom ''six'' times in a row [[spoiler:from episode 11 to 16]] and has temper control issue. [[spoiler:His victory over [[EnsembleDarkhorse Nina]] (who won ''eight'' elimination challenge and [[NoDamageRun never reached the bottom in any elimination challenge]]) is so problematic that even reach TheOtherWiki page of season 11 and tainted Tom's reputation. You know he is a special case when Tom was forced to ''release the scores'' on Twitter to try to justify their decision.]]
7th Jan '15 4:31:40 PM Gimere
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* 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.]]
8th Aug '14 6:11:40 AM Polisi25
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** Season Four (Chicago): Lisa. She only won 1 challenge (compared to everyone else in the final 4, who had at least 5 wins), and was on the bottom in EVERY episode from the final 10 onwards. When she made it to the finale by a very slim margin, she complained that nobody seemed happy to see her in the final 3 (which was mostly true). Fellow cheftestant Richard said, "What do you want me to say? Congratulations, Lisa. You just won the bronze medal."
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** Season Four (Chicago): Lisa. She only won 1 challenge (compared to everyone else in the final 4, who had at least 5 wins), and was on the bottom in EVERY episode from the final 10 onwards. When she made it to the finale by a very slim margin, she complained that nobody seemed happy to see her in the final 3 (which was mostly true). Fellow cheftestant Richard said, "What do you want me to say? Congratulations, Lisa. You just won the bronze medal."" To her credit, Lisa put on a surprisingly strong showing in the finale, managing to outshine Richard, which made his "you just won the bronze medal" comment to her sound quite karmic.

*** To her credit, Lisa put on a surprisingly strong showing in the finale, managing to outshine Richard, which made his "you just won the bronze medal" comment to her sound quite karmic.

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*** To her credit, Lisa put on a surprisingly strong showing in * HeManWomanHater: Some fans accused of Tom, who the finale, managing head judge/co-producer being this, due to outshine Richard, which made his "you just won the bronze medal" comment to her sound quite karmic.show rarely crowns a female winner (in a span of 11 seasons, only two won).
8th Aug '14 5:53:59 AM Polisi25
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Can any of you find a better trope please
*** A case can also be made for Kevin, who's been on the bottom five times, and still made it into the final three. **** [[spoiler:Maybe not so much now, since he ''won''.]]
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*** A case can also be made for Kevin, who's been on the bottom five times, and still made it into the final three. **** three. [[spoiler:Maybe not so much now, since he ''won''.]]

** Kuniko Yagi of season 10 is a very interesting one. After a very strong showing in the beginning, she was eliminated in the second episode of the actual competition, and later lost the second round of Last Chance Kitchen. But the new twist, Save a Chef, has had her being saved by fans week after week.
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** Kuniko Yagi of season 10 is a very interesting one. After a very strong showing in the beginning, she was eliminated in the second episode of the actual competition, and later lost the second round of Last Chance Kitchen. But the new twist, Save a Chef, has had her being saved by fans week after week.week until [=CJ=] lost the Last Chance Kitchen.

* SophomoreSlump: Season 2 was...not good. Between the cheftestants arguing at the Judges' Table over whether others had violated nutritional standards in one competition, two cheftestants attempting to avoid anyone going home by claiming joint responsibility for a bad dish (and both getting eliminated), Mia quitting due to Cliff's attitude towards her, Marcel melting down over when to start service, and the little incident where the remaining cheftestants attempting to forcibly shave Marcel's head, it's a wonder that the show survived for another season, much less another seven (and counting)! ** Just about the only good thing from this season was the introduction of Padma Lakshmi as host.
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* SophomoreSlump: Season 2 was...not good. Between the cheftestants arguing at the Judges' Table over whether others had violated nutritional standards in one competition, two cheftestants attempting to avoid anyone going home by claiming joint responsibility for a bad dish (and both getting eliminated), Mia quitting due to Cliff's attitude towards her, Marcel melting down over when to start service, and the little incident where the remaining cheftestants attempting to forcibly shave Marcel's head, it's a wonder that the show survived for another season, much less another seven (and counting)! ** counting)! Just about the only good thing from this season was the introduction of Padma Lakshmi as host.

** Marcel from season 2. Many other chefs didnt like him from the get go, and Marcel is a bit of a {{jerkass}} but he started to become sympathetic when all the other contestants start bullying him, sometimes without justification. Most notable was the incident where Ilan (the eventual winner) and other contestants conspire to tackle him and forcibly shave his head during downtime, in front of the camera. Tom almost went ballistic and blogged that he wanted to disqualify everyone and declare Marcel the winner but Bravo nixed the idea. Eventually the guy holding Marcel down was sent home. In the finale, one of the other contestants accused him of "cheating" but could offer no evidence that he had done so.
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** Marcel from season 2. Many other chefs didnt didn't like him from the get go, and Marcel is a bit of a {{jerkass}} but he started to become sympathetic when all the other contestants start bullying him, sometimes without justification. Most notable was the incident where Ilan (the eventual winner) and other contestants conspire to tackle him and forcibly shave his head during downtime, in front of the camera. Tom almost went ballistic and blogged that he wanted to disqualify everyone and declare Marcel the winner but Bravo nixed the idea. Eventually the guy holding Marcel down was sent home. In the finale, one of the other contestants accused him of "cheating" but could offer no evidence that he had done so.
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