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Kristen Kish Looks Back on Best and Worst Top Chef Dishes

Season 21 of Top Chef is in full swing with newbie host Kristen Kish at the helm. Kristen had big shoes to fill, taking the reins from Padma Lakshmi who hosted 19 seasons. However, she was the right choice. She won the title back in Season 10 and made several guest judge appearances. Kristen has come a long way since then, so it was only natural to reflect on her best and worst dishes during her time on Top Chef.

Those dishes were so 2012

So far Kristen has done a good job giving cheftestants the patented Padma glare as she critiques their food. But what about the food she made on Top Chef? Bravo’s The Daily Dish reported that Kristen wasn’t such a fan of her dishes on the show.

Kristen said, “You know, I look back on that entire season, and I’m like, Oh my god Kristen. What were you thinking?” Clearly, she was thinking like a winner! She continued, “I don’t know if any of them were the worst dishes I’ve ever cooked in my life because I’ve certainly cooked worse.” Maybe when she was twelve? 

She added, “You know, I think that there’s some that I’m a little bit embarrassed by. But I think it’s only simply because it was, like, the time, and like, the trends of the year that I was on because it was over 10 years ago.” Pickled grapes might have been the hot take of 2012, but the only trend she needed to be embarrassed by is foam. That trend needs to go.

As humble as she is, Kristen did have a dish she loved. She shared, “One of my favorite dishes, I will say, was this whole Reynold’s Wrap quickfire, and I liked it because it was actually a challenge, where everything was wrapped — everything individually was wrapped in aluminum foil, and then we had to go into the pantry, grab everything, make a quickfire dish.”

Kristen added, “And we had to use everything we grabbed. So, it was like, it was a challenge in and of itself to, like, mentally [do it], so that was really fun.” Coincidentally, this dish also won her the quickfire! Still, she’s not up for cooking anything from her season again. Kristen concluded, “The ship has sailed.” 

Top Chef airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.

TELL US – HOW DO YOU THINK KRISTEN IS DOING AS THE NEW HOST OF TOP CHEF? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH SO FAR OF THE SEASON?

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