Top Chef has had plenty of unlikable cheftestants over the years, whether arrogant (Hung), lecherous (Stefan), or just plain annoying (Marcel). But rarely have we seen such pure, unfiltered villainy as we've seen this season in Aaron, the wildly overconfident, tatted-up L.A. chef who looks like a frat-boy Adam Pally doing a bad De Niro impression.
When Aaron's not insulting his fellow competitors, he's whining about his hard-luck life. (He actually claimed that if his mom had the money to send him to the Culinary Institute of America, he'd be Bobby Flay by now!) He's pushing so hard to be a villain, we almost don't want to give him the attention he so obviously craves. But he's also the most entertaining part of a rather blah season so far.
So how do you create the ultimate Top Chef douche, you ask? Start with a ridiculous aversion to your fellow chefs' legitimate culinary credentials.
Add in a condescending attitude about your stupid molecular gastronomy that no one likes.
Don't forget to toss your teammates under the bus liberally.
Whip in some faux Zen B.S. to let everyone know you're trying so hard to keep your cool (but it's just so tough, bro).
When actually confronted, mix in a few choice obscenities.
Heat up any social situation with a thinly veiled threat.
(You could've fooled us!)
Sprinkle in some pointless second-guessing after your terrible dish already blew the team challenge.
Top it all off with a backwards ball cap, tilted playfully askew. Because you're a badass.
And voila! The perfect douche soufflé.
We're not proud of it, but we're kind of rooting for Aaron now… just to see the look of disgust on Tom Colicchio's face at the finale. Viva la douche!
Top Chef airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Bravo.