So it’s Episode 2 of Top Chef tonight, and they just happen to be in my favorite city this season (okay, anonymity aside, i was born and raised and may never live anywhere other than Chicago)

i love television, especially reality television – and my biggest hobby is avoiding doing work at my soul-sucking corporate job by watching TV online (nbc.com, cwtv.com, abc.com, cbs.com, and video.aol.com are all grat places to watch full NEW episodes online)

HOWEVER, Bravo shows are near and dear to me so I make sure to watch them on the actual television – i carve out time in my schedule to specifically watch them (i’m a full-time grad student as well as a full-time employee so it’s quite a feat)

 Top Chef stole my heart a long time ago, i was dubious that anything could overtake my love of Project Runway, but the food just gets me!

So here’s my take on this season cheftestants:

(pics/info taken from http://www.bravotv.com/Top_Chef/season/4/bios/index.php)

 Andrew: talks a lot of smack, reminds me of Howie a little, seems to think he’s pretty hardcore, i’m guessing a mid-season off-ing, perhaps during a team challenge because he doesn’t seem too cooperative

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Diced strawberries, mango, tomato, cucumber, and jicama. Thai dressing (sugar, lime juice, fish sauce and siracha). Thai basil and mint chiffonade. – MEH, not really that simple, is it?

 Antonia: not too memorable from the premiere, impressive resume at Spago, pretty woman, i have high hopes!

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Baby beets with bouchon goat cheese and marcona almonds – Sounds fantastic, and really is simple!

 Dale: gotta love the faux-hawk, i expect good soundbytes, this season’s Hung but more genial, i’d bet he makes it to the final 4 or 5, go Chi-town!

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Grilled matsutake mushrooms, shaved myoga, spicy truffled ponzu – Um…huh? could be tasty i have no idea, but it is only 3 ingredients, and last season the judges dogged Hung about not showing his Asian flavors so… we’ll see

 Erik: I love him! love the tats, love the ‘tude, just love it all – unfortunately i doubt he’ll make it very far, just a hunch from a seasoned reality tv watcher

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Spring lamb with fresh spring garlic – simple and delish, you can cook lamb for me anytime anywhere Erik!

 Jennifer: OK, the big “drama potential” of this season – one of the lezzie couple. Nice ‘hawk, unimpressed otherwise, she’ll be the first half of the couple to go and it will be soon (sorry sweetie!)

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Spring Lamb’s tongue salad, sauce Dragnocello, Mache, olive oil croutons, and mustard fruit – Another HUH? dish and doesn’t seem really simple or tasty (what the hell is mustard fruit?)… maybe this is a good companion dish to Zoi’s lamb? 😛

My takes on the rest of the chefs coming soon!

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