Buddha Lo Calls Out the Contestants After Nearly All Make the Same Dish 'It's Not Top Croquette': Top Chef

Buddha Lois a two-timeTop Chefwinner, executive chef atHūsoin New York City, and aSaratoga Spring Waterbrand ambassador

Published Time: 04.04.2024 - 05:31:04 Modified Time: 04.04.2024 - 05:31:04

Buddha Lois a two-timeTop Chefwinner, executive chef atHūsoin New York City, and aSaratoga Spring Waterbrand ambassador. He is sharing his thoughts after each episode ofTop Chef season 21, set in Wisconsin, offering a unique perspective as a former cheftestant.

Warning: This article contains spoilers.

There was a lot to take in with this episode. We’re starting to find out a lot more about the chefs. Let’s dive right in.

It was a cherry challenge, and I thought the techniques a couple of the chefs were using to pit the cherries were interesting. I would've just gone straight into slicing the cheeks off it, like how you would for a small peach.

Rasika won with cherries and cipollini onions. She showed a lot of knowledge about making sure there's a balance, because the cherries love the sweet and sour combination.

Charlie did beets, which was very gutsy. I wouldn't dare touch a beet or even try to cook a whole beet within 30 minutes and then slice that. Kaleena's cabbage was too large — and it seems like she just barbecued it and put it in the container.

Finally! Cheese! It was a very interesting challenge because the judges don't decide who the winner is, the festival guests do.

Two thi -

ngs: First, I think a lot of the chefs got in their head as soon they heard Cheese Fest Wisconsin. They said, "I'm going to do a fried cheese." If I was in the challenge and I heard so many people doing crispy fried components, I would've avoided it like the plague. It's not Top Croquette, it's Top Chef.

Second, when we saw Tom Colicchio's walk through, he was deeply concerned about Kevin’s crab and gorgonzola dish. He said, “If you can pull it off you could win.” Whenever you hear something like that, pivot.

Michelle is no one to sleep on. She is coming out all guns blazing. She had an excellent idea doing a meal with the collard greens. I've never heard of that combination before and I thought that was brilliant.

Kevin was sent home for his crab salad and gorgonzola dish. Running low on his relish before serving the judges was really unfortunate. It's one of the few times where the luck of the draw of serving last really does hurt you.

I would say there's a good top four:

I was very quiet at the start of my season, so we'll see what happens. It's a long game.

Top Chef airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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