Each week as part of our Top Chef: DC recap, we’ll post an alignment map, categorizing each of the chefs and judges based on where they would fall in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Chefs outlined in green have survived on so far, while those in red have packed their knives and gone. As the show progresses, we’ll add more and more of the cheftestants to the graph until everyone has been placed
Every powerful force in the universe has an opposite and equally powerful force.—–D&D Book of Vile Darkness
Week 2 of Top Chef clearly defined the rivalry of the season between Kenny and Angelo, who may in fact be a super villain. To this point the rest of the chefs are basically just taking up space to build drama before the epic showdown. Aside from giving us further insight into the machinations of Angelo, we are now more clearly able to define some of the other contestants positions on the graph. We now have a female contestant who can rival Angelo’s evil quotient, but to this point hasn’t shown herself to be as devious, and is there a pattern emerging about the “type” of chef that gets cut in the early rounds of the contest? A few more weeks will be needed before that answer comes to light. Here’s who we were able to define this week:
Angelo – We saw him act maliciously this week, intentionally sabotaging his opponents. This pushes him more toward the evil extreme than we previously had him. It’s unclear if he’s super lawful, because he plays by the rules but really manipulates them. If he were a magic color, he’d be black/blue.
Amanda – Poor temper, poor judgment but knows the rules of the game. She’s setting herself up to be the “mean girl” of the season. “People who make desserts go home, ‘take one for the team’ is not in my vocab.” We peg her at the corner of chaotic and evil and hope that she and Angelo join forces to create Top Chef’s first “Legion of Doom”. Magic colors: red/black.
Kelly – Egotistical but tries to control it, though she failed miserably on several occasions. She is also annoying as hell, something not lost on her fellow contestants. Magic colors: Black/green
Arnold – Earned a shift upwards in terms of good, since he wanted to make sure credit was given when it was deserved to the team in general, but Tom remains suspicious that a turn toward evil might but in his future. Magic colors: white/green.
Jacqueline – This week saw the end for Jacqueline, the self-taught caterer. In her brief stint on the show she didn’t do much and what she did do wasn’t very good. She was in the bottom last time too, good heart but far too chaotic for her own good and can’t seem to follow rules. Magic colors: red/white
Next week the story continues. Angelo has controlled the game quite completely so far. How will Kenny counter? Will the contestants split into two factions each with their own field general? We can only hope. Maybe this time it’ll lead to a true “Restaurant Wars”.