Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone stresses the importance of being a team player in the kitchen.

on May 16, 20120

After racing their way through London’s finest gastropubs, our contestants this week headed to gorgeous Lyon, France. I love Lyon. To me, it’s the gastronomic capital of France. Paris is indisputably one of the greatest cities in the world; it’s truly an international city. You can get every kind of food there from Thai to Ethiopian to traditional French. In Lyon, it’s all French. 

And what amazing food it is. In Lyon, tradition is so important. Local chefs understand that the milk chosen to make a particular cheese, the bouquet in a glass of wine, and the lightness of a quenelle all add up to the gastronomic experience.

So it seemed appropriate that in Lyon our chefs needed to amp up their culinary skills. The cheese and wine challenges both required a precise palate (or knowledge of probability statistics in Nookie’s case) and whipping up a four-course Lyonnais meal takes real talent. A big congratulations to Avery for her Pink Quenelle with Nantua Sauce and Nookie for his delicious Foie Gras with Onion Jam. 

What I liked to see in this episode was that the chefs eliminated who they saw as the weakest chef and the one least likely to be a team player. It’s the honor of a kitchen to have a solid team from dishwasher to garde manger to expediter.  

9 comments
krussrn
krussrn

I was so looking forward to this new BRAVO show. Boy, what a disappointment. WAY too much political maneuvering and backstabbing. How about considering a new concept --- actually trying to find the BEST chef? WOW, now THAT I would definitely watch! Week after week one of the better chefs has been eliminated, leaving behind mediocrity at best. Last week I swore I wouldn't be watching again, but I gave it another chance tonight. BIG mistake! This show is NOT for me; not after seeing more of the same childish playground bullying and strategizing. What a shame; this concept could have been a good one, but someone got it ALL WRONG!

Charmie
Charmie

Sadly, it doesn't really matter if the chefs know kim chee. they just need to know how to take someone down. I am not enjoying the way the chefs are voted off. If you're looking for the best chef, which, I guess Bravo is not, then votes of favorite dishes from the diners would be suffice. In that scenario, the final survivor would be the one who placed in the adequate to excellent category throughout the competition. Instead, if you are a good "strategist" (plotter, bully, what have you), you win! Yea! ... Really? Competition is always fun to watch but watching people feel that they "failed" because they revealed too much of themselves or were unable to point a negative undertone to knock someone out of the competition while those who were "clever" (?), literally sneer as their "plan" has worked is just shy of despicable. I'm only watching this program until the voting off starts. It's hard enough to watch as the "chefs" with the overly inflated egos, carry out plans of deception. Maybe I'm not in the majority, but that's okay. I've seen enough of this on I.D tv where there are many stories about plotting, deceptive people. That's what those programs are all about. Actually, if this program were on I.D. tv, it would be tolerable since that's the major theme there.

FanFare57
FanFare57

Dear Curtis, I could listen to your speak all day long. You could be reading the telephone book and I'd be enthralled by your charming accent. Frankly, you are more interesting than these cheftestants. And your presence and the scenery is far more interesting than this absurd contest. You saw the ep, right? Sai's dish was a favorite of the locals and the panel. Just because a couple of her team mates criticized her for being slow, didn't make it so. The fact that she was NOT the worst cook, with the worst dish should have save her to play another day. The choice of elimination being left to the cooks themselves is tantamount to allowing the inmates to run the asylum. I will watch the show for your magnetic presence and the scenery of the different locations. The actual result of a chef's dismissal is completely off the mark and totally unfair.

Viewer101
Viewer101

The show looks promising, but why let the chefs choose who goes home? Chaz is annoying already, but every show needs someone like that, right?

Mark M
Mark M

Lame Lame and really lame. I gave the show two episodes. It's boring with too much screwing around and not enough cooking. Tuning out. Maybe next season they will fix it or can it. I recommend junking this dog of a "cooking" show.

JDr313
JDr313

I was hoping the Red Team would win. Actually, the way the game is structured I do not think they will ever win. The advantage given to the other team is just too great. So why watch any more of the episodes?

That said: I think you are all either completely Euro-centric or short-sighted--I assume the show is going to go east at some point and a lot of those chefs will not know kim chee (or some of the other Asian foods and ingredients) from their elbow.

Marathoner
Marathoner

Did you make your Chefs sign a waiver for all of the ridiculous physical activity they are subjected to in this "cooking" show? Will it ever just be about the food? Just curious.

Chrystal Rodrigues
Chrystal Rodrigues

2nd episode in and I already love this show... Hope there is a season two so I can sign up ;o)

Jean (John)
Jean (John)

you totally got it : i'm French, living near Paris and Lyon is knew here to be gastronomic town to be! food and wine are great here!