Euclid Hall's Jorel Pierce on being booted from Top Chef Seattle
I keep threatening to break up with Top Chef, the Bravo reality show that pits "cheftestants" (Bravo's word, not mine) against one another in a string of often ridiculous challenges and theatrically contrived snippets that force the chefs to look into a camera and say really stupid shit -- things like "My restaurant is number one on Yelp." But considering that three chefs from Colorado -- Tyler Wiard (Elway's Cherry Creek), Eliza Gavin (221 South Oak, in Telluride) and Jorel Pierce (Euclid Hall) -- were appearing on this season's Top Chef Seattle, I felt compelled to watch and cheer for our homegrown talent.
- Sneak Peak: The first ten minutes of Top Chef Seattle showcase Jorel Pierce
- Chef and Tell: Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall on the egg man and life without salt
- Chef and Tell: Tyler Wiard talks about Elway's, lobster and why Denver needs a good diner
The premiere, which aired on Wednesday night, showcased all three chefs, and while Wiard and Pierce made it through the first elimination process, meaning that they're actually going to Seattle (the first episode wasn't filmed there, but at various restaurants across America owned by the judges, including Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Atkinson), Pierce, whose tasks were judged by a cranky Colicchio, was sent packing, even though his handlebar mustache made for must-watch TV.
Here's the short version of what transpired: Colicchio ordered Pierce to butcher a chicken, and then snapped that he didn't do it right. He then asked Pierce to make a beurre fondue, which Colicchio deemed too salty. At the end of the battles, Colicchio, whose group of chefs were tossed into the kitchen at Craft, his Los Angeles restaurant, sent two chefs packing. After Colicchio delivered the bad news to Pierce, the Euclid Hall chef politely thanked him and went on his way, but Pierce has plenty more to say about his short-lived Top Chef experience, including a few choice words for the judge who pitched a knife in his bird.