TV Club: Inspired by the cronut, the chefs need to get creative in this week’s Top Chef

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • “Shrimp Boats and Hat Ladies” was no longer than any other episode this season, but I’m ‘bout ready unbuckle my belt buckle after that feast. A lot happened here: We lost two strong chefs, went shrimping, Quickfired, Sudden Death Quickfired, invented new dishes, and watched Padma put the locals on notice with her hat game. Casey and Sylva both deserved to go home for their performances, but losing the last of the rookies saps just a little bit of steam out of the season. The final four is literally two chefs from the Seattle finals, one …

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