Sunday, March 16, 2008
Top Chef Episode One: Dale Talde
So the first week of the new season of Top Chef has aired and we are going to report on feedback around the Internets concerning former amigo numero uno, Dale Talde. People seem to have a consensus about my former classmate and pal, which is reflected by bloggers here, here, here and here. Since we are not "TV people" in the conventional sense, all reporting will be done in this manner.
Here are some general feelings about Dale:
-Dale is the new Hung
-Dale is overconfident
-Dale is talented
The first feeling means absolutely nothing to me, since I have no idea who Hung is, though apparently Dale reminds them of him. I can only assume Hung was a contestant on TC last year and that this is some kind of put down. Lame way to categorize someone, simply putting them into a box to define them before they can define themselves. Reminds us of a certain political party during an election.
The second point, that Dale seems overconfident, seems like a net plus to me, given that he is on a reality TV show that is very competitive. Not to mention that Dale has reason to be confident. He's a CIA grad, which means he's undergone the best culinary training in the world. After that he gained ten years experience in top restaurants in Chicago and now in New York. Go Dale.
Which leads to the third point. 'Nuff said.
Dale, you rock, baby.
Keep it up.