‘Top Chef: Texas’: Who Will Win?
A very sweet 16: The contenders line up on "Top Chef: Texas" (Virginia Sherwood/Bravo)
First Impression: Seems like a cool guy who studied to be a veterinarian and then traveled around the world cooking, but he made messy mushrooms, got a second chance, and still didn't quite make the cut.
Odds of Winning: 1,000 to 1. Don't count him out yet, because he's the first winner of "Last Chance Kitchen," but in order to get into the finals, he'll have to beat every single person who gets eliminated. Those are some long odds.
First Impression: She's a wife and a mother and seems more than a little bit nervous. She keeps a note in her pocket that says "I Can. I Must. I Will." And her self-motivation, paired with some delicious-looking Korean food, earned her a spot in the Top 16.
Odds of Winning: 14 to 1. She looks like she might crack at some point, but she bravely took a chance in cooking with octopus (even though she'd never really used it before) and Tom admired her craziness.
First Impression: He's good at butchering, which as we learned in the premiere is a valuable skill that not everyone has. But he's got a major ego, calling himself a culinary artist in the least ironic way possible.
Odds of Winning: 3 to 1. He seems like a jerk and compared himself to Michael Voltaggio, but he's got skills and Mr. Voltaggio won this show after all, so if he lives up to his own hype, he could go far.
First Impression: He likes to have some fun, making savory foods look like sweets, and he can clearly cook. What we're having a hard time with is his unfortunate hairstyle and the fact that he made a corny "Bam!" joke when he saw Emeril.
Odds of Winning: 20 to 1. Seems competent, but maybe a little goofy for this show... especially when it gets down to the later rounds.
First Impression: He's definitely got a resume to be proud of. He's a protégé of Rick Bayliss, opened up his own restaurant at age 23... but he's got the cocky attitude to go with it. His family may have raised rabbits (which he turned into dinner), but his "Booyah, beyotch" when he got his chef coat soured us on him.
Odds of Winning: 8 to 1. With our luck, he'll win this thing. Let's just hope Tom takes him down a peg or two along the way.
First Impression: She seems reluctant to toot her own horn. While everyone else was rattling off their accolades, she just stated where she worked and worried about the tough competition. Still, she's clearly competent and used sweet flavors with her rabbit to impress the judges.
Odds of Winning: 25 to 1. Unless she gets a jolt of confidence, she'll probably falter somewhere along the way.