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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Let's Try This Again: "Top Chef" Power Rankings

It's hard for any of us to remember what we ate for dinner last night. So you'll have to excuse us for cursing Bravo and the two week "Top Chef" hiatus that left us scrambling to recall just what happened last time the knives got sharpened.

Oh that's right, some Christmas contrivance led to everyone being spared -- setting the stage for new judge Toby Young to play "Top Chef" bad boy and potentially send two contestants (at least according to promos) home tomorrow night.

Most important, this week is a shot at redemption for your humble Channel Surfing bloggers who collectively whiffed during Week One of our Power Ranking challenge. The slate is clean heading into Week Two. Rules are the same: If someone in your top three wins the Quickfire, you get a point. If your No. 1 seed wins the Elimination Challenge, you get 5 points. Each week, you also have to designate someone to sit at the bottom, and if that person is eliminated, you also get 5 points. This week's potential double elimination is obviously a bonus.

Remember: "Top Chef" fans can play along with us by leaving a tally in the comments section. Score high enough and you'll be eligible to win Sara Boyd's fantastic new cookbook, "Cooking with Jicama: Fun To Say, Even More Fun To Eat."

Without further ado ...

1. Stefan Dougherty
2. Leah
3. Radhika
4. Mimbo Jeff
5. Eeeeets a Fabio!
6. Jamie "Nerdbomber" Tanner
7. Hosea
8. Ariane
9. Gangsta Gene
10. Melissa Lee Roth
11. Crazy Eyes Carla

-- Thomas Rozwadowski,

1. Fabio
2. Stefan
3. Mimbo Jeff
4. Hosea
5. Radhika
6. Ariane
7. Carla
8. Leah
9. Jamie
10. Gene
11. Melissa

-- Malavika Jagannathan,

1. Hosea
2. Stefan
3. Fabio
4. Leah
5. Jeff
6. Radhika
7. Jamie
8. Melissa
9. Gene
10. Ariane
11. Carla

-- Sara Boyd,

1. Stefan
2. Radhika
3. Faaaaaaaaaa-bio!
4. Gene
5. Jeff
6. Hosea
7. Leah
8. Jamie
9. Ariane
10. Carla
11. Melissa

-- Adam "I Really Have No Idea" Reinhard,

1. Leah
2. Hosea
3. Mimbo Jeff
4. Radhika
5. Ariane
6. Stefan
7. DJamie Tanner
8. Carla
9. Fabio
10. Gene
11. Melissa Lee Roth

-- Friend of Channel Surfing, Kelly McBride,

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I'm hoping my strategy of deviating from some of the bloggers picks will pay off, but it could be very dumb to mess with the "experts". Note: I would put Carla after all of the people already eliminated if I could, she's that annoying.

1. Jeff
2. Fabio
3. Ariane
4. Radhika
5. Jamie
6. Hosea
7. Stephan
8. Leah
9. Gene
10. Melissa
11. Carla

By Blogger ACon, At January 7, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

I don't know nothin' 'bout all these rules and points, but I'll give it a whirl...

1. Stephan, let's face it he's gonna win
2. Fabio cuz he's a charmer
3. We need a girl in the final three, Leah
4. Hosea "I don't care what anyone says, he's cute"
5. Jeff *yawn*, but he can cook
6. Ariane the dark horse soccer mom
7. Gene's gotta go soon
8. Jamie, as in, crap, I can't remember who Jamie is
9. Radhika, she's not that memorable
10. Melissa, is she the scallop girl?
11. Carla because I just can't stand to look at her anymore

PS - do we make a new list every week? And I seriously can't remember who Jamie is...

By Blogger Ms. Quarter, At January 7, 2009 at 4:49 PM  

What? You mean, you've completely forgotten who Jamie "DJ 'Nerdbomber' Tanner" is?? Do we have to show you the side-by-side photos again?

Perhaps this is our fault -- as even last night we were having troubles remembering what David Lee Roth's real name was. ("Big Bangs" Melissa, we eventually remembered.)

We'll work on that.

-- Sara

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At January 8, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

Forget who Jamie is? She just took that Elimination Challenge win and shoved it in yo' face, Ms. Quarter!

Yep, new rankings each week with a running tally of points until the grand finale. We'll post scores during today's Commercial Interruption write-up.

-- Tom

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At January 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM  

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