Come one, come all! Lovers of cilantro! Haters of cilantro! All are welcome to revel and chat in peaceful coexistence in our enemy-uniting Top Chef open thread. The episode begins at 10 and ends at 11:15 Eastern tonight, but the discussion starts and ends whenever you want it to. Join us!
All you have to do is post a running commentary in the comments section below. The show airs on Bravo, but if you don't have a TV handy, you can also stream it live online at this URL (assuming you can dig up and type in some valid log-in credentials for a cable or satellite TV provider).
We love and hate plenty of things in our discussions here each week. One thing we love is to coin nicknames. For example, after commenter Boricua in Texas noted that Aaron resembles Dane Cook , we dubbed him "Dane (the) Cook." And ever since BabyJane noted that Gregory "gives off an Urkel vibe," one of his new nicknames has been "Tall Urkel" (or "Turkel" for short).
Among the things we hated last week was the ugly Patrick Swayze portrait featured James' tattoo. BabyJane thought it looked like "Patrick Swayze morphed with Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West," while GoOnWithoutMe and I thought it looked more like Charlie Sheen with Jay Leno's chin.
- In yet another Boston-touristy-cliché-themed challenge (thanks, no doubt, to that sweet "partnership" cilantro flowing Bravo's way from Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau), the chefs will travel to Fenway Park, where they will create meals "inspired by ballpark snacks."
- Guest judges will include Boston sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy, famous for having once jinxed the Red Sox by incorrectly claiming they were a lock to make the playoffs. Wikipedia tells me that he's earned the "pejorative" nickname "The Curly-Haired Boyfriend" — although what is pejorative about having a curly hair or being a boyfriend is unclear to me.
- At one point during the episode, James will reveal that his father "was like a rolling stone." From this, I can infer two further facts about James' father: (1) Wherever he laid his hat was his home. (2) When he died, all he left them was alone.
Okay, it's time to get this conflict-resolving conversation started. I'll see you down in the comments!