Thursday, 29. July 2010
The only thing I was thinking about last night while watching Top Chef was the book, The Princess and the Pea. When I was little, I would read that book over and over and over because I couldn’t believe that she felt the pea under all the mattresses! I would stare at the pictures in that book and ponder this. For hours. And, OF COURSE, I put a pea under my mattress, and was devastated to learn that I must not be a princess because I couldn’t feel the pea, and I ONLY HAD ONE MATTRESS!
Seriously, this book consumed my time, yo.
So, last night, this boring season of Top Chef had a controversy! And it didn’t have anything to do with Angelo and Kenny!
Here are the basic details of said controversy. Pervert 1 (Ed) prepped a pea puree that he was going to use the following day. Pervert 2 (Alex), prepped no such pea puree, and yet, on the day of the competition has a beautiful pea puree under his salmon. Meanwhile, P1 (Ed) can’t find his pea puree anywhere. It disappeared from the coolers! On to Alex’s plate!
To make things even more salty for Ed, Alex actually wins the elimination challenge. And, at one point during the dinner, Padma comments that the best thing on Alex’s plate is his pea puree.
I don’t know why I labeled these two as perverts, but they both give me the skeeves, so I’m calling them perverts.
I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m giving the majuh squirrel side eye on this whole damn thing. To me, it doesn’t make any sense. The editing made it seem as though it was so F’n obvious to every single person that Alex stole it. So, I am confused as to why Ed didn’t walk over to his station and tear it out of his hands. The pea puree didn’t just walk out of the cooler and onto Alex’s plate. If that was Bryan Voltaggio he would have beat Alex’s ass. I’m uber-confused as to how Ed let it go. Or did Ed think there was a slight possibility that Alex actually did make a pea puree?
Secondly, Tom Colicchio writes on his blog today, “First of all, if there’s a single viewer who still wondered whether the judges know what goes on behind the scenes (and make decisions with any of that in mind), I would hope that this incident would have laid that to rest forevermore.” And later adds: “Not even I knew about the controversy, even though I spent some time in the kitchen, as I had arrived there after Ed had gone searching for his pea puree and there was no mention of the issue to me by any of the contestants while I was there.”
Wait. Am I on glue or was Tom C. in the kitchen while this shit was brewing? Also, if you go back and watch the scene, you will see Tom standing right there as Ed is running all around yelling about pea puree! There’s NO way Tom has zero clue as to what is happening in the kitchen. No way. The whole point of him being in the kitchen is to observe. It seems to me that this incident was a giant issue, so if he was in there – if only for 5 minutes – he’d know.
But, he’s trying to convince us of a couple different things: that the judges make decision based solely on the food and not the drama behind the scenes, and that he had no idea what was going on.
I don’t want to be too cynical, but reality TV isn’t reality. These shows need to create story lines and drama. And, in this particular instance, it’s the only thing to really talk about after watching last night’s episode so maybe it worked. Also, it happened between two contestants that don’t matter all that much. I doubt either will be in the final 4, so there’s no harm in getting them mixed up in a dirty controversy.
Now, I’m not calling my boy Tom C. a liar (well, I kind of am), but I’m just not going to believe everything I read or see because someone tells me it’s “reality” and there’s an integrity to the competition.
There’s also a thing called ratings.