The next course was white fish poached in what Italians call "crazy water." That's water with a bunch of different spices and other ingredients in it. Sometimes seawater is used. I think that the name comes from the fact that if you drink the water you get crazy. (Or that you'd be crazy to drink it?) Regardless of the origin, this is a very typical way to prepare fish in Southern Italy, and when it's done right, it's amazing. I don't know if the water wasn't crazy enough, but the fish smelled fishy. That's a sign that the fish might have not been fresh, which was a real downer for that dish.
The dolce was panna cotta served like mousse in a cup. Much of the fun of panna cotta (flavored cream set with gelatin and served cold) is watching it jiggle unmolded on the plate. Silvano was disappointed. No matter, everyone loved it. It was so good that I'm still heady from the experience.
Deciding the winner was going to be tough. Silvano suggested that they both win and split the prize. But it just wasn't that easy. Fabrizio had a few missteps, but created a true Italian experience. Plus he accommodated Sara brilliantly. Ninamarie has an innate sense of flavor that can't be taught, but she didn't care enough about her guest's dietary request and happiness, which ended up costing her. It's all about who created the most memorable experience for my guests, from décor to dessert, and in the end, that was Fabrizio. He took home $20,000, which he is splitting with his twin brother, Nicola, on their trip to Hawaii. So not only is the family honor still intact, but both brothers won in a sense.
As for my guests, we all had fun. I loved it when Joey graciously spoke to Caroline's daughter, Lauren, on the phone. Those are moments to remember and cherish.
Thank you Caroline, Albert, Joey, Sara, Tammy, and Silvano. May we all meet again someday.
I am wondering if Rocco new cook book is out for publication price,where to purchase.Have been really enjoying show keep up the good work.
I have always enjoyed watching Rocco on TV, love the new show and always go to work the next day to see what the other girls thought about the outcome. This week (Town & Country) was very good as well with one exception.... Seeing as this is not a live show I think the producers should have bleeped out the profanity that the gentleman made, they did bleep out the F word which is not half as bad as the GD word so Rocco if you read this please pass that comment on and wish you all the best...
During the time I was married to a chef( and we worked together- thats how we met!) I was a fan of Rocco , even then..it was ..1992/ 1993.. and now look. .. He has a show.. I just happened to come across this show and found it be interesting and entertaining..I watched the " True Italian Meal", in which I found NinaMaria's food to sound enticing as well as the plating. I thought that she DID make the ' special ' dish for your one guest, but it did not get actually SERVED to the guest ( ??) I loved her attitude about food, and she was a pleasure to watch. The brothers..well, a bit cocky , -lol-but I suppose that brought a note of laugh-ability to the episode..lol . I just think that the planner did MORE for the other chef, in terms of the ' setting' and not as much for NinaMaria.Well, in my book, she's a winner. I realize there are no ' losers', per se and its a great experience for the chefs who are picked for the Dinner Party. Although I am no longer married to Mr. Chef..I do still enjoy creating and cooking, and our daughter even helped prep for him at the restuarant where he worked, between the time when she was all of 8 to 10 years old. He taught me many things , even though I was already a good cook when I married him. Life is journey..one does not ever stop learning..even at 57 years young.:)