Sun Tzu, I mean Nookie, is schooling Avery in the art of war. Nookie is feeling good and may be integral in the overthrow of many North African governments by the end of the show. Chaz is still very pissy about the beets. Let it go, Chaz. Slice of White B is solid with the White Team plan to vote Avery off, but his reasoning is that its because Avery is actually really good and therefore a long term threat.
Liz is really good in the front-of-house role, but Red Team’s food is also just better, though I liked Avery’s trio of salads too in Black Team land. Looked good. Chaz is convinced Avery’s salad was made by someone else and that there was a second shooter in the JFK assassination.
Chaz Brown - Couscous with Roasted Vegetables
Gary Walker - Chickpea, Carrot and Tomato Salad
Nick Lacasse - Chicken Tagine with Green Olives and Preserved Lemons
Avery Pursell and John Vermiglio - Trio of Moroccan Salads
Steve "Nookie" Postal - Beef and Vegetable Tagine
John Vermiglio - Saffron Stewed White Beans
Liz Garrett - Saffron Couscous with Onions, Vegetables and Harissa
Jenna Johansen - Lamb Tagine with Garden Vegetables
Nicole Lou - Rice Pudding with Orange Flower Water
Red Team wins. Liz wins the episode with her front-of-house fortitude and her Couscous.
Chaz goes home to fax his resume to Paula Wolfert. Call me, Chaz -- I think I have her number.
Chazz has to be the most delusional chef I have seen on any cooking show. I don't think he has done anything particularly well in any city so far - remember the Godzilla-chicken in Lyon? I think that's when the stuff with Avery started, as she refused to let him claim credit for re-sizing the portions. The 2 White Slices are gonna have to step up soon and do something, now that most of the in-your-face chefs are gone.
Your blog is so much better than the show! My kids think I've lost my mind--laughing out loud reading a blog. We watch the show trying to think of what funny comments you're going to make. GREAT JOB!
I just love your blogs! They definitely enhance the enjoyment of the show. Thank you for taking the time!
Thanks, Hugh! I finally found a reason to keep watching this show - your blogs!
Also, keep a weather eye on Nookie - he comes from the city where the prime commandment is "do unto others BEFORE they do unto you." Do not underestimate the Nookie. And it's the Green Monster, not the "Green Wall" at Fenway Paaahhhkk.
Seriously, your blogs are the best ever. You should have a show right after the episode ends (Sorry, Andy). The viewership would soar!!
I agree that the contestants voting each other off could easily lead to cliques and weaker chefs in the end, and I was afraid Avery would be eliminated because of this last night. So far, though, I think the weakest chef has been the one eliminated each week with the possible exception of Clara the first week. And even then, her dish wasn't great, just not the worst.
I watched three shows and I am done.
I will read your blog here though, that is the most entertaining thing about the show now.
Keep on "doin' that thing you do".
Nookie is an a hole. He may be a good chef, but he is an arrogant obnoxious a hole. don't like him at all. Plus he thinks he is the best chef there. Needs to be put in his place.
I have to agree with PaulainVA. Chaz is so delusional with his tight shirts and b*tchy ego. Everyone watching the show can see he's an ass and feels threatened by being around other great chefs. You put a great spin on things and say the truth in a great way. Way to go, I'm glad you stuck around after Top Chef Masters. Your great and I love that you choose to be southern chef. Thanks for loving and promoting our region. xoxo
Hugh, you are hysterical. You give Anthony Bourdain a real run for his money when it comes to snarkiness, though I think his is a bit more mean-spirited (and therefore a tad funnier). Loved you on Top Chef Masters, Top Chef, and anywhere else I've seen you! You need more face time on the show.
Oh, and congrats on the James Beard award!
I'm really -- REALLY -- REALLY -- REALLY -- DISAPPOINTED -- with this show.
It seems that these chefs are NOT about cooking, they are NOT humble, NOT caring and definitely NOT RESPECTFUL. There are so many things one can learn from all the different cultures, and instead they are just focused on how to get rid of one another just so they can win money INSTEAD OF HONEST COMPETITION BASED ON THEIR SKILLS.
Since we viewers in front of the TV --CAN'T-- taste the dishes, the judges should be the ones judging. It made NO SENSE WHATSOEVER to have the team mates voting the person who should be eliminated.
I had so much hopes for this show, that it would show diverse cultures, chefs who truly are talented, and making great food. I'm not interested in listening to everyone whining. I watch a cooking show to see them cook!!! All the contestants talk about is who's going home, who they should vote to go home, what strategy they should employ to get rid of one another --- it's DISGUSTING !!!
NOPE, the exotic locations are the only attractions in this show. Everything else seems to be crap so far. Can't wait for Top Chef to come back. At least that's a real chef competition !