Top Design Episodes

2007, TV Show

Top Design Episode: "Chef's Choice"

Season 1, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: The remaining designers are challenged to create a chef's private dining room. Culinary artist and “Top Chef” head judge Tom Colicchio serves as guest judge.
Original Air Date: Mar 21, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 7
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Length: 44:01
Aired: 3/21/2007
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March 21, 2007: Brilliant… or Misconceived? Season 1, Episode 7

Good news and bad news. Good news: an individual challenge. And Michael is finally gone! While he has accomplished a lot by the tender age of 23, and learned to get his hands dirty, he needs someone else to pick out the colors and fabrics on his future projects. That was positively the ugliest rug I've ever seen (and I've been through many airports). Bad news: Matt's (lack of) favor with the judges. What is their problem with him? How could they have chosen Andrea as the challenge winner? Hers was elegant and loved the stone walls, but still.... OK, more on that later. Now down to five very unique designers, TD departed from home/garage design and opted for restaurants. The assignment was to create a private chef's room/table for a mystery chef client that would combine his or her affinity for nature, arts and crafts, mid-20th-century aesthetics, handmade and sleek cuisine, and upscale ingredients. Oh, and high-end luxury, courtesy of a $40,000 budget to pillage the Pacific Design Center for furnishings and another $2,000 for materials. Watching them shop in the PDC - viewers got barraged with clips of the exorbitant price points - was fun if for no other reason than that I will absolutely never have the kind of lifestyle conducive to purchasing/owning $10,000 tables and $5,000 chairs. And my skepticism was triggered early by some of their choices, like Carisa's patio furniture or Michael's mismatched chairs and "uncharted territory." I also questioned his color palette, but his odd color schemes are definitely not uncharted territory on this show. To infuse a natural, handmade feel, Matt chose a leather floor and Andrea had suede walls: It was a big day for cattle. Did anyone else notice that Carisa said the two shades of teal blue on the walls were not like her, yet she was wearing a striped shirt of those exact two shades? As pressure mounted and deadlines approached, Goil's carpenter helped calm him down while Carisa fought with hers. Goil keeps cracking under the pressure (and now every time I see him I think of Jan Brady), and he doesn't adapt his vision as he goes along. When his thin straight painted lines didn't work, Todd Oldham thought Goil had pleasantly departed from his "crazy sharp edges" and that the blotches were intentional. Goil should roll with the punches like that. Carisa is also consistent in her efforts to blame others and make excuses, this time turning in a slightly incomplete, less-than-perfect product because supposedly her carpenter was too slow and a perfectionist. Thankfully, Andrea and Matt quietly excelled and turned in finished, cohesive chef's rooms with all requested themes intact. The White Room got off to a rocky start: Adler's tie tonight was wider than his face and Kelly's hair has now exploded. Maybe she was trying to cover up those poufy '80s prom-dress sleeves (to no avail). So I was concerned that their lack of fashion sense would translate to an admiration for Michael's airport rug and L.L. Bean motif. The mystery client and guest judge was Tom Colicchio, top judge on sister show (with sister format) Top Chef. He sported a bewildered scowl the entire time, perhaps leery of the state of professionalism in the room. But thankfully the judges agreed that, due to Michael's incongruous chairs, muted background shades mixed with "violent" red and orange canvases - not to mention an outright refusal to answer the awkward "worst room" question posed to each contestant and his defensiveness toward any and all criticism - it was time for him to go, at last. If Matt doesn't win this show, I'm gonna be pissed. He's had consistent, cohesive visions, no drama, works well with others, is hardworking, manages his time well, produces clean, upscale looks, and listens to his clients. Here's hoping he will be able to prove to his wife and child that his extended absence was worthwhile! But for a different opinion on who will be named Top Designer, click here. show less
Good news and bad news. Good news: an individual challenge. And Michael is finally gone! While he has accomplished a lot by the tender age of 23, and learned to get his hands dirty, he needs someone else to pick out the colors and fabrics on his future projects. That was positively the ugliest rug I've ever seen (and I've been through many airports).Bad news: Matt's (lack of) favor with the judges. What is their problem with him? How could they have chosen Andrea as the challenge winner? Hers was elegant and loved the stone walls, but still.... OK, more on that later.Now down to five very unique designers, TD departed from home/garage design and opted for restaurants. The assignment was to create a private chef's room/table for a mystery chef client that would combine his or her affinity for nature, arts and crafts, mid-20th-century aesthetics, handmade and sleek cuisine, and upscale ingredients. Oh, and high-end luxury, courtesy of a $40,000 budget to pillage the Pacific Design Cen... read more

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Premiered: January 31, 2007, on Bravo
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A reality-competition series in which aspiring interior designers square off in challenges that involve decorating rooms and homes. The winning prize includes $100,000 to jump-start a career in design; and a magazine spread.

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