Do you buy into the idea of karma? I don't. I'll tell you what I do believe: Television works best when packages come delivered tied up with perfect bows.
Because on Wednesday's
For the last two episodes, the show established a feud between Chicago chefs Kim and Terhune. Last week, Terhune scolded Kim for not being a team player.
The editing this week reinforced who producers wanted to cast as hero and villain. When Kim’s dish was named a favorite in the quickfire challenge (judges solicited suggestions from
How much of it was real and how much was manufactured dramatic tension? Who knows? That said, Moto’s
What Terhune said on the show, she said. But this is television. Nuance and complexity don't make for easy viewing. Black and white works better than shades of gray.
I’m not suggesting Terhune was kicked off this week’s "Top Chef" for any reason other than her cooking. Her beef stroganoff, an homage to her mother’s one-pot recipe from childhood, wasn’t successful in the eyes of judges. Colicchio said matter of factly: “Heather went home for overcooking the steak.” Guest chef
When Terhune was eliminated, Kim book-ended her karma comment with, "I'm sorry to say, but there is a personal satisfaction with that." In fiction writing, they call this the narrative arc: Protagonist faces a complication, protagonist overcomes it. A perfect bow tied on top.
Lost in the storyline was the elimination challenge win this week by Spiaggia’s
Kim also was in the winner's circle this week, with a kalbi jjim tribute to her mother: Korean braised beef short rib with edamame-scallion puree and hon shimeji mushrooms. Colicchio told Kim that her mom would be proud of the dish.
Now nine chefs remain, with three Chicagoans in the mix: Grueneberg, Kim and Moto's Chris Jones. The show is on hiatus next week; a new episode airs Jan. 4.