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10 Things Top Chef Contestants Should Know Better By Now

After twelve seasons, you would think the rats Cheftestants would learn to avoid the traps by now.

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10. Don't try to braise short ribs in less than 3 hours.

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Unless you've got a hook-up with a space-time continuum, you ain't gonna pull of a good braise in less than 3 hours. Guaranteed Padma will find the meat to be stringy.

6. Remember how to count.

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We've seen Cheftestants go over and under on the challenges that require counting. It's like watching a slow motion train wreck. When they say five ingredient max, they mean it!

1. Never disappoint Tom.

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"You couldn't think of a better thing to do with pickles than put them on a burger?!" Don't underestimate Chef Colicchio, he'll take away the prize money and send the whole team packing.

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