Top Chef Vegas: First Look at the Fauxhawks
Top Chef returns to Bravo August 26, when he sixth season takes up residence in Las Vegas, chosen for Padma’s excitement about showgirl costumes the rapidly developing local restaurant scene. Inexplicably, Toby Young will return for a second go as everyone’s least favorite judge, while the guest judges will range from the standards (Daniel Boulud) to the Vegas-y (Penn and Teller), the exciting (Nigella) and the even more exciting (Natalie Portman).
But more importantly, which chef-testant is most likely to skyrocket to instant culinary superstardom Spike Mendelsohn-level ubiquity? Here’s our snap judgment of this season’s chef-tenders, ranked by — what else — the audacity of their fauxhawks:
One-Star Fauxhawk: Preeti
That fauxhawk is pretty good, Preeti, but we’d like to see a little more effort. The sides are appropriately glued down, but the top isn’t nearly pouffed enough, and could be mistaken for just a tuft of mistakenly sticking-up hair. With just a little more hair gel, Preeti could be in the running.
Two-Star Fauxhawk: Mattin
Mattin, who hails from French Basque country, could use a little more height, but he makes up for that loss of flair with his cartoonish neckware, which we’re pretty sure someone in Top Chef casting brought along and forced him, as the token Euro contestant, to wear against his will.
Three-Star Fauxhawk: Michael
Now that’s more like it! Michael Isabella shows up with not just a rock star name, but a hairstyle that would make any passerby on the street instantly recognize him as a reality TV cooking contestant. The chef at Jose Andres’ Zaytina, the Jersey-born, DC-residing Michael is clearly an ES hometown favorite.
Four-Star Fauxhawk: Eli
Oh, snap! Full fauxhawk plus sneer! Eli’s got it down. Our money’s on him to go all the way.
Zero-star Fauxhawk: The Other Michael
Oh man, you got it all wrong, bro! Every season, Top Chef includes one hair-gelled, frat boy-ish contestant who may have been the prom king, but looks painfully out-of-place among Bravo’s foam-wielding, culinary boner-having, team rainbow chef crew. Look for Michael to hit the chopping block in episode one, or maybe get pinned down by all the other chefs while they forcibly style his hair towards the middle.
As always, ES will be on hand to guide you through this season of Top Chef, and we might even talk about the food.