Cat Cora

Cat Cora explores the differences between Italian and Italian-American cuisine.

on Jun 6, 20120

 

It's fair to say that this week the contestants are more out of their comfort zone than ever. You can see that the travel and rapid pace of the show are starting to take their toll on them. And both teams seemed confident in their abilities to make real Italian dishes. Everyone knows how to cook Italian food, right? Wrong. Americans know about Italian-American cooking, which has evolved into something different. Real Italian cooking is based on recipes and know-how that have been passed from generation to generation.

The Black Team busted their butts to win The Course but didn't have the patience to learn from Nonna Nara. Curtis and I were shocked. There are a few international languages and food is one of them. All they had to do was watch her cook and they would have learned so much -- not just as contestants, but as professional chefs. They would also have learned that Ribollita is a vegetarian dish and that adding prosciutto would have offended the locals. And it did. 

But they were in luck. The Red Team's missteps with the gnocchi and the antipasti earned them even more criticism from the locals. Note to self: when in Rome...

 

5 comments
lissalane
lissalane

She looks amazing, who is her surgeon?. He really did a good job, now she looks refreshed..., I'm happy for her!!! (Still, would love to know the surgeon's info!!!)

ABXR4ME
ABXR4ME

I know I'm late coming in on this one but....if Nonna doesn't speak English and the Black Team didn't speak Italian HOW are they going to communicate with her at all? Even to watch her cook...they'd have to be able to communicate that to her and couldn't. Might be nice if there was a translator available in all the places they're visiting.

I agree with peiroge04 with the judging. What good does it do if they're voting off the best chef? What's the purpose of the show? Who is the best chef or who is the best at getting by?

peiroge04
peiroge04

Chef Cat, where do I even start? You've got the makings of something even better than Top Chef. We're not the "Housewives" viewers. We've been calling for blind judging and you've got it here. Get rid of the "Most Valuable Chef" and allow the patrons to decide best dish of the best team..that person can get immunity for the next event. Get rid of the contestants choosing who gets eliminated, and let the patrons pick the worst dish of the worst team. Nobody wants to see mediocre chefs advance. Contestants are currently getting eliminated for no apparent reason. We want to see the best chefs advance, or else we don't care. We want to see great cooking, not drama. Please help fix it. It can be great!

Jessica Lin
Jessica Lin

But they weren't in Rome, they're in Florence.

gooster
gooster

Maybe it's just me but didn't both Liz and Gary vote to send Jenna home and both John and Jenna voted for Gary? I heard Curtis Stone say both Jenna and Gary each had one vote and it was up to Jenna. How does that work. Does Liz's vote not count?