Top Chef Power Rankings: Thanksgiving With Tom And Emeril
The Dark Horses
#11) Chrissy Camba (16): Apart from Brooke who crushed with her biscuits, Chrissy probably received the best response from the judges out of everyone on the losing team. Her bread pudding with pecan and white chocolate was enjoyed by everyone who consumed it, and while a dessert wonít propel her to the Top Chef title, it does prove she could be a key asset moving forward, especially during Restaurant Wars.
#11) Kristen Kish (15): I had high hopes for Kristen, who showed a bit of drive when she beat out her bestie for a Top Chef coat. However, she really hasnít been great in either the quickfires or the final challenges. This week she made vegetables (boring) and added some crŤme fraiche that the judges commented she really didnít need. Iím starting to question her ability to be an idea machine and think on her feet.
#12) Tyler Wiard (11): Tyler made some mistakes this week that he didnít understand until the judges helped him to spell out the problems. He also got a little emotional talking about his problems with alcohol and his current sobriety. Tyler is talented, but dealing with personal problems takes your head a bit out of the game, and the guy is one silly mistake away from heading home.
#14) Josie Smith-Malave (10): After her quickfire win, I began to wonder whether Josie had really improved since she was last eliminated on Top Chef. I began to think she maybe belongs in the middle of the pack or higher, and then, of course, the turkey fiasco happened. Itís one thing to screw up and undercook something. Itís quite another to undercook something and think the mistake was overcooking it.
#14) Bart Vandaele (9): Bart has not made one good dish since he ended up on Top Chef, including his ďmehĒ dish on the early round of the hit competition show. The judges often find themselves questioning why he added certain items to a dish, and he just seems less skilled than some of the other contestants. Maybe thatís how Belgian food is, though: heavy and burdened with unnecessary items.
#16) Joshua Valentine (6): Joshua was on the winning team this week, but had his partners not pulled out the win, he would have been in front of the judges facing elimination. Tom took him to task for his basic technique in cooking the ravioli, and since he hasnít set himself apart with any dishes heís made this season, heís occupying the bottom slot. And rightfully so.
Hereís a look at how each of the two ballots shook out:
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