Watching Wednesday night’s episode of “Top Chef All-Stars” gave us all yet another reminder that strategy is ultimately just as important in this competition as the cooking itself. If you know how to handle yourself in elimination challenges, you can escape even when your dish is more than a little sub-par.
Unfortunately, we saw this as the weakest chef (in Jamie) did not even go home. Why? Set up at the U.S. Open, the chefs (divided into groups of two) faced off against each other as a food-related tennis match. the first team to win the match was saved, while the members of the losing team who were defeated during the challenge had to face elimination.
Jamie was on the yellow team, who were careful to use the strategy of “putting the worst up first.” However, Jamie was in this case smart enough to know that she would be at a huge disadvantage if she did this, and would probably go home. In stalling, she secured her continued life while ultimately dooming someone else.
Specifically, this person was the extremely talented Spike, who also made another mistake in allowing the devious Angelo to get near his food. There’s no proof that Angelo was trying to sabotage him, but the interference ultimately took away from what was his real vision.
Ultimately, these team challenges are the toughest to watch since we always seem some chefs go home who are not necessarily the worst. However, this just goes to show that you have to constantly be on your game for this show — and also not let someone else near your food.
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