Kevin Arnovitz and Tom Haberstroh bring their die-hard fanaticism of the hit TV show Top Chef and combine it with their NBA analytical instincts to draft “fantasy” teams, interview contestants and talk about America’s food and restaurant trends.
Follow along weekly as the top cooking competition meets top-shelf analysis.
Ep 12 Recap: Cheesy Bread
Kevin and Tom break down the final four as we head into toward the coast. A discussion about Dawn's gougères veers into a love letter for cheesy bread at various establishments and other gluttonous exploits. Speaking of exploits, Tom and Kevin indict chefs for taking advantage of one of their own.
Ep 11 Recap: Blind Ambitions with Gail Simmons!
Kevin and Tom are blessed by the presence of Top Chef judge and culinary expert Gail Simmons, who makes her long-awaited debut on the podcast. Gail takes us through a most dramatic episode of the season and pulls back the curtain on her new Top Chef Amateurs show that launches July 1. Also, our mission to get Kevin on Top Chef Amateurs is one step closer to becoming reality, but he's still mentally two years away from being two years away.
Ep 10 Recap: Tofu Tourney
Top Chef is coming down to the final five and Kevin and Tom are locked in. This week they discuss Kevin's horrific cooking injury, Tom's frustration with the scoring format, a double feature of Last Chance Kitchens and wish that the show would solve its only issue: not being able to taste the food.
Ep 9 Recap: Portlandia
Recipe books take center stage as a Top Chef twist rattles the cheftestants and sends an overmatched chef home. While Kevin expresses disdain for complicated instructions, Tom proposes a theory on elimination tells on social media, and they unite to discuss various milks, hipster or not. Plus: which cheftestant is the Jen Carroll of this season?
Ep 8 Recap: Restaurant Wars!
It's time for the Restaurant Wars. Or is it Chef's Table Wars? Tom and Kevin gather themselves after a shocking elimination and compare the upset to a certain NBA Finals stunner. Kevin coaches up one of the teams on their concept and Tom blasts the hard taco movement.
Ep 7 Recap: I'm Baaack
First, an amuse bouche as Tom and Kevin recap a pair of wild Last Chance Kitchen episodes and pontificate on the double re-entry format of the losers bracket. Then, for the main course, Kevin and Tom share an affinity for overripe bananas, talk Jamie's big redemption and question some choices by the competition frontrunner. Finally, as dessert, Kevin and Tom pick their favorite front-of-house candidates for the upcoming Restaurant Wars.
So excited to find this
I binged this season last weekend and today was so happy and surprised to see the new one from last night! Tom - the pirate ship has launched you for me…wherever
Helping in Portland
Love your show, but you both fell victim to TC’s edit on the cheese 5 ways challenge - the women have all been helping each other for awhile. In fact, in the previous ep we saw Dawn help both Jamie & Maria. I was disappointed last night to see TC make a point to do a ‘Dawn takes advantage of Jamie’ edit, given that really, all season the Portland chefs have been unusually helpful to each other. I felt they were doing the same to Shota, editing him to seem more of a ‘help me but I won’t help you’ jerk (how many times did he make Gabe try his dishes?)
I’m not sure if Shota and Dawn were trying to exploit Jamie. Maybe they asked her because she had an extra 30 minutes?