So where have I been with this show? I did not really find out about it until my son told me about. I just started to watch it this summer and I am trying to catch up.
It's a combination team format, Iron chef, and more combined.
What I like about Top Chef is the most
(1) the battles that they have to defeat in the gastronic challenges
(2) the insightful talk by the judges why they did or did not like meals, exploits , what happened with meals, challenges etc
(3) you can look at and try the best meals that are posted (see this website)
You can tell the chefs are very good.
How they take on the battles either gets them to the next challenge or gets them bounced.
One of the battles was to to do a BBQ dish etc with what they had and were given.
One tthem did a lobster poached in liquid.She could have grilled it or BBQued it to put it into somewhat of resemblance for this battle but she did not. Guess who lost this round . She did although there were other ones who were nearly as bad.
The bottom line is you don't follow the rules, usually no matter what- you get the short straw. Read the rules for all competitions is the main key.