“Top Chef” judges (left to right) Graham Elliot, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio plot during this season’s Colorado-themed take on the show. (Paul Trantow, provided by Bravo)
Because we are determined to stay on top of all things “Top Chef” while the Bravo show is in our own backyard, we’re offering recaps of all episodes. Here’s the rundown on Episode 1, shot in Larimer Square.
Local places highlighted in this episode: The elimination challenge was to cook meat and potatoes at a block party in Larimer Square, which is interesting because filming was supposed to be top-secret and Larimer Square, being maybe the most public place in town, isn’t exactly top-secret. But whatever.
Also, do you remember that epic hail storm we had back in May? That started about five minutes after the “Top Chef” judges cleared out. (I attended this challenge and have the demolished windshield to prove it.)
Local people spotted in this episode: Brittany Werges (managing editor of 303 magazine), Keegan Gerhard (D Bar), Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Troy Guard (TAG, Guard and Grace), Frank Bonanno (Mizuna, French 75, Bones), Hosea Rosenberg (Blackbelly Market, Santo)
Challenge-winning dish: Tyler Anderson’s (Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern, Simsbury, Conn.) sweet potato puree with crispy potatoes and smoked pork gravy
How the Colorado chefs did: Not so great. Carrie Baird (Bar Dough) was in the bottom for both the Quickfire and the Elimination Challenge. Luckily, she escaped elimination. (I enjoyed Baird’s braised beef short rib and potato chip, so apparently I do not have a future as a “Top Chef” judge.)
Eliminated cheftestant: Melissa Perfit (Bar Crudo), San Francisco, Calif.
Memorable line: “There’s so much sweat on my face right now, I don’t even need to season my food. It’ll just go right into it,” from Joe (Mustache) Sasto (Cal Mare, Los Angeles, Calif.)