1. Making risotto
Risotto is one of those things that seems super easy but is really, really difficult to get right. A few seconds over and under and it’s completely ruined, either a mashed potato-like glue or tooth-cracking pick-up-sticks on a plate. Basically, unless you grew up in the Italian countryside, stirring up vats of the stuff before you even had the teeth to eat it, just don’t. You know who’s amazing at making risotto? Tom Colicchio, so much so that he was moved to tweet “Risotto and top chef = fail” while Season 11 was in full broadcast mode. Only a fool tries to beat a master as his own game.
2. Volunteering to captain Restaurant Wars
For Top Chef aficionados, Restaurant Wars is like the second coming of Christmas. It’s edge-of-your-seat entertainment, a car wreck of explosive egos, petty, passive aggressiveness, and extreme, unadulterated confusion, all submerged into complete chaos. And no matter who’s at the helm, if that ship goes down, the captain’s taking the blame. When season sweetheart Kristen Kish signed up to lead her RW team, every single fan cringed into their Ben and Jerry’s -- the girl was a goner. And, lo and behold, Kish took the fall for her team’s egregious mistakes -- not because she made terrible food, but because she couldn’t handle being the boss. Even the judges were sorry to see her go and the elimination round was one of the saddest in Top Chef history, on both sides. Thank goodness she won back her spot on Last Chance Kitchen, dumb advertising ploy that it is, because her culinary talent knows no bounds.