Top Scallops

Top Scallops
Merlin Mann, Alex Cox, and Max Temkin watch season 13 of Top Chef..

Mildly Preferable to Hunger
Mar 31, 2016 • 97 min
Merlin, Max, and Alex conclude their run of Top Scallops by eating some gross food and breaking down why reality TV often does not meet our expectations.
15: Inadequate on Every Level
Mar 24, 2016 • 92 min
Merlin, Max, and Alex respond to some constructive listener feedback before recapping the finale of Top Chef.
14: Don’t Put a Hat on a Hat
Mar 16, 2016 • 96 min
Max visits Merlin in his office to talk about structure and change, the downfall of TV, and “magic” shows.
13: It Sogged Out
Mar 7, 2016 • 99 min
Max and Merlin talk about politics and do some soul searching. And then what happens?
12: Make the Lobster Sit in a Cell and Watch TV
Mar 2, 2016 • 96 min
Merlin, Max, and Alex argue about the Oscars and eventually get around to Top Chef.
11: Seduction Community College
Feb 24, 2016 • 104 min
Merlin and Max bravely take on the tough issues, and Alex doesn’t cut anything out.
10: There’s An Old Guy Going Crazy On This Hotdog
Feb 17, 2016 • 66 min
Merlin and Alex discuss Top Chef’s mythic qualities, secrecy around rules of the show, and their cats. Max is away at Hot Dog University.
Episodd 9: We’re Not an Old Sicilian Woman
Feb 10, 2016 • 76 min
Special guest Nick Kokonas of three Michelin star restaurant Alinea discusses running a kitchen, the production problems behind Top Chef, and being broth blocked.
8: A Potato Sack of Lobster Tails
Feb 3, 2016 • 63 min
Merlin and Max discuss misperceptions of our own creative work, bags of lobster, and why Alex is still mad at Phillip.
7: Oatmeal and Blood Broccoli
Jan 27, 2016 • 90 min
Max and Merlin discuss what people mean when they think about inspiration, the finer side of fast food, and mandolin catastrophes.
6: Cooking With Ra’s al Ghul
Jan 19, 2016 • 81 min
Max and Merlin discuss focus in the kitchen and workplace, Cajun Sparkle Recipes, and why you might need a tin foil hat.
5: Sucking as a Service
Jan 12, 2016 • 63 min
Merlin and Max discuss Apple Music, their sous vide methods, a new business venture, and possibly Star Wars.
4: Snot on a Rock
Dec 23, 2015 • 55 min
This week Merlin and Max discuss how to handle the stressors of being in the kitchen as well as the poor gaming of some of the show’s challenges.
3: It Eats a Little Salty
Dec 16, 2015 • 67 min
This week Max and Merlin discuss time management and Hidden Valley Ranch’s Food Waste Reduction program.
Episodes 1 & 2: BIG Flavors
Dec 7, 2015 • 83 min
This week Max and Merlin check in on Tom and line up the dingalings.
0: Project Food with Werner Herzog
Nov 25, 2015 • 58 min
This week Merlin and Max introduce Top Chef and talk about staring into the creative abyss.