Thus far, it’s been a topsy-turvy season on Top Chef: Miami.
[Spoilers coming, obviously.]
The Bravo cooking show got a big boost in its second season from the not-so-loveable-underdog rise of Marcel. Through Wednesday’s (July 18) episode, Top Chef: Miami hasn’t been quite as lucky, but a pair of underdog stories are still being crafted for our viewing pleasure.
Through the season’s opening weeks, Joey and Howie were clumsy lugs and blustery rivals. They botched their dishes, distributed blame liberally and they each seemed to be verging on elimination at all times. Meanwhile, Hung and Tre looked like cocky and unbeatable forces, ready to tear the competition apart.
Suddenly Howie can’t lose. On Wednesday, he picked up his second straight elimination challenge victory. No, he can’t seem to cook anything but pork. No, his combination of sweating-and-swearing under pressure isn’t very appealing. But the judges are enjoying the flavors he’s laying down.
And Joey, who nearly came to blows with Howie earlier in the season, won the Quickfire challenge and turned in a kicked up stew that had everybody raving. I’m not comfortable with his stealth pastry knowledge and the fact that he ducked under the radar last week and didn’t admit that gift (particularly since he was nearly eliminated anyway), but he’s on a roll.
Joey and Howie have formed the oddest of mutual admiration societies.
Meanwhile, Hung finished in the bottom group for both quickfire and elimination challenges. Everything he made for the first few weeks looked outstanding, but tonight his dishes couldn’t have been duller. You have a pie crust and you just make a runny chocolate mousse? You’re making a Latin dish and you just bring out arroz con pollo? I expect more, man.
Hung survived, though, because Lia served the cast and crew of the telenovela Dame Chocolate a rainbow trout and polenta dish that lacked flavor, texture and Latin flair. That’s another reversal of fortune, because Lia had to pack her knives only one week after winning an elimination challenge.
Other thoughts from this week:
What are you thinking about the season thus far? Are you rooting for anybody yet?