Top Chef Texas Episode 15: Chef Ed Hardy Raises His Hand ‘Cause He’s Sure

I'll just let this ensemble speak for itself.

This latest episode of  Top Chef Texas raises a lot of questions. Does Sarah have confidence or not? One minute she’s boo-hooing her chances and the next she’s effortlessly cranking out enough pasta to feed a small army, Will Paul and Lindsay quit fannying about with  fish and cook something else? Is Padma running out ridiculous poses? We’re playing a confidence game on this week’s episode of Top Chef: Texas with Ed Hardy of Red Rooster Harlem.

Ed, what is happening here?

It’s tough to figure out Sarah’s confidence level. It might just be that she’s very expressive (for example: Sarah crying in Episodes 2, 4, 7, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 21). She should be confident cranking out pasta, it’s one of the main items on Spiaggia’s menu. I can’t help but feel a little disappointed that all we get is pasta, risotto, and soup. Lindsay is no better with her Halibut obsession. It’s Top Chef Ya’ll! Let’s get creative and push boundaries! Speaking of pushing boundaries, Takashi pushed Paul with the geoduck clam. It’s one of my favorite proteins, more on this later.

Poor Bev misses out on the challenge of a lifetime! I mean, she’d have been in paradise! I feel bad she’s gone. I’m probably the only person in the world who feels this way, though.

Looks like we’ve found something else to agree on besides sustainably sourced meats. I truly believe you might be the only one that feels this way about Bev.

As I mentioned earlier, Sarah has a very defeatist attitude, it seems. She makes herself out to be the underdog and it almost feels like we’re getting set up to see her pack her knives, what with all the flashback photos. But is all this a con? Is she really teeming with confidence? Is she game-playing here?

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Top 100 American Fare Restaurants Revealed: 2011 Diners’ Choice Award Winners

Chef Thomas Keller, seen here with Chef Jonathan Waxman, won two awards for The French Laundry and Per Se.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a favorite national holiday of America’s foodies, we are pleased to announce the 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 restaurants in the United States that specialize in American food. The list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The honorees, which include Anita Lo’s Annisa in New York, FIG in South Carolina, and Michael Symon’s Lola in Ohio, represent 30 states — and virtually every region of the country, including Hawaii. The South swept the awards, earning 20 spots on the list, with North Carolina and South Carolina each boasting six winning restaurants. The Northeast took 16 places among the honorees, with 11 in New York alone. Ohio and Illinois, with five nods apiece, helped the Great Lakes region earn an impressive 15 wins; meanwhile, the Lone Star State took 10 spots, giving the Southwest a total of 13 awards. States also represented on the list of winners include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Utah, among others.

View the entire list here — and let us know if your favorites are among the winners!