Top Chef Power Rankings: Babies And Bittersweet Endings

By Jessica Rawden 2013-02-14 13:15:07 discussion comments
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The first few minutes of this week's episode were closer to Top Travel than Top Chef. The final three contestants were taken uphill via a helicopter and then were taken by sled dog to a glacier where they cooked for Iditarod runners. For the quickfire the three had to work with camp food and tiny stoves to create a dish. Brooke won with her halibut. However, that was only the first of challenges to come.

The episode gets pretty sidetracked for a while, as Josh’s wife goes into labor and he has to deal with his feelings concerning not being there. His wife eventually pops out a baby girl named Georgia, which is a bit of a relief for Josh, since he knows everything went alright with the pregnancy and can now focus on cooking. For the final challenge, the chefs are asked to create the dishes that initially allowed them to understand their destinies as chefs and each of the final three have a different story to tell and a different dish to complement that story.

Brooke’s home cooking with pickled vegetables, quail, and mushrooms took home the win this week. However, both Sheldon and Josh had some problems. Sheldon created a dish with plenty of great components, but one bad broth. Josh’s foie gras dish also had plenty of great components, but ultimately, he probably took on too much for one challenge. With some regret, Padma asked Josh to pack his knives and go. With the finale looming, Top Chef will be bringing one contestant back from last chance kitchen, so tune in next week to find out which contestant has cooked his or her way back into the competition. Josh seems pumped to cook his way back in, but he'll have a pretty big battle to fight against Kristen and others.

The Top Chef Power Rankings are an ordered compilation of weekly lists put together by TV Blend writers Jessica Rawden and Mack Rawden. Each week after viewing the episode, they each rank the competitors in order. Eighteen points are given for a first place vote, and this week, seventeen were given for a last place vote. Sixteen competitors have already been eliminated (not counting those chopped in the early rounds); therefore, those people automatically occupy the bottom slots. Here is how this week’s voting panned out, complete with analysis on how the contestants might fare moving forward.


The Favorites
#1) Brooke Williamson (36): Brooke has proven to be a innovative chef throughout the competition, rarely landing in the bottom three and winning five final challenges. Her track record has been impressive throughout the competition, and for the last three weeks she’s won every final challenge thrown at her. Being a solid and steady contestant is just as important as creating dishes with a wow factor, and luckily, Brooke has accomplished both. The mom and chef has been the favorite to win for several weeks, now, and we expect good things from when she heads into the finale to cook.

#2) Sheldon Simeon (34): This week’s elimination challenge was a perfect microcosm of Sheldon’s season on Top Chef. His cooking was absolutely flawless. Everyone at the table raved about how he cooked his proteins and the overall concept of the dish. Unfortunately, he made a stupid mental error by not tasting his broth until there was only a few seconds left on the clock, and what should have been the winning dish turned into one that almost sent him home. With all due respect to Brooke, I think Sheldon has the most talent of any player who appeared this season, but as we know, potential and consistency are not the same thing.

Here’s a look at how each of the two ballots shook out:


Mack:
Brooke Williamson (18)
Sheldon Simeon (17)
Jessica:
Brooke Williamson (18)
Sheldon Simeon (17)

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