Top Chef rules, Chowhound sucks, and lastly, Ew.
I have a few things to get off my chest before the weekend so I figure I’ll combine them all into one post for your reading pleasure, er, reading.
I freakin’ love Top Chef. The holiday special was on last night, marking a competition between 8 former contestants from all three seasons. No they weren’t competing by teams this time; it was an individual affair and I have to say I really liked the format. It was an entire mini series of Top Chef in one night! Seriously, they should have these more often!
Warning: Spoilers to come.
The elimination challenge required cheftestants to cook a three course meal for 9 of the most renowned chefs or food critics you can find. Aside from the usual 4 judges, the contestants’ food was enjoyed by chefs like Eric Ripert, Alan Wong, and Elizabeth Faulkner among others. At the end of each course, two chefs were eliminated leaving Tre from Season 3 and Tiffani from season 1 as the last competitors standing. In the end, Tiffani proved victorious with her braised lamb dish she pulled together from her peer Stephen’s leftovers. Season 1′s Stephen was knocked out in the first round, along with Sandee Birdsong of season 3. The next 4 eliminated included: Betty and Josie from Season 2, followed by the infamous Marcel, and season 3′s CJ.
The highlights: Eric Ripert dressed as Santa Claus. Tre almost winning. A lack of flirting between CJ and Padma.
As a food blogger, I often frequent the renowned forum site Chowhound.com. While I love my fellow Chowhounders…I have to say I am fairly PISSED OFF at the dictatorship that is the Chowhound administration, and believe me, I know I am definitely not the only one. Time and time again my comments have been taken down for absolutely no good reason. Am I not allowed to have an opinion?
I’m really glad to see the overwhelming amount of people that agree with me out there. If you search “Chowhound sucks” on Google you get an overwhelming amount of results. Awesome. And I think the Muk report put it best when they said “Maybe the point is that Chowhound sucks. Well, that’s not entirely right. Chowhound is great, but their staff sucks.”
Not only do they censor and moderate what I say, but in the past they have sent me e-mails telling me to act like a “civilian“. Great way to treat your consumers Chow, really great.
I participate in many food-related forums, many of which function quite well without such offensive moderation, so I really don’t need this abuse! Before complaining here, I took the time to e-mail them and let them know how I felt. But now that nothing has been done, I decided I needed to share my thoughts…where no one is censoring me!
If anyone needs evidence, I can furnish you with plenty of examples where my comments have abided by their guidelines and were still removed. These countless incidents include topics they have considered to be “idle chatter” or “offensive,” none of which by my standards (and I assure you I’m no asshole) qualify as such.
If you look at any of the other material on Chow.com, you’ll find a whole slew of poorly researched articles and ignorant offensive headlines like this one: “Hung Wins Top Chef: The arrogant prevails over the female one and the gay one.” Aside from having ridiculously poor grammar, that is the worst headline I think I have ever read.
The point: If you have yet to choose a forum site you’re addicted to, I’d like to suggest you avoid Chowhound.com. They’ll censor your comments. That’s all, thanks.
Ah yes, I almost forgot….EWWW!
Have a good weekend everyone!