Honestly, King emerged victorious, too, because he aimed to make everyone happy and did. And I’m sure his cute little BYOB restaurant, The Kuma Inn, is buzzing louder than ever. He was great to hang with –- always a smile on his face, no matter how hot things got in the kitchen. This is really a competition where there are no losers. Win, win, tasty win.
And thank you so much to my guests, Mary Alice, Bebel, Gilles, Cindi, D.L., and Padma. The whole point of entertaining is to have fun. Sure, a few of the dishes went wrong (and something always does), but we all rolled with it. Both parties were great -- my guests’ energy and enthusiasm was further proof that what you need to guarantee a successful gathering is a group of people ready to have fun –- which describes my guests perfectly. Thank you!
As a home grown Cajun, I was a little insulted at Rocco's comments about how to make a roux. I want to find the idiot in Louisiana who takes 4 hours to make etouffe! Traditional étouffée has a very light and savory sauce. I think Rocco got crawfish étouffée with crawfish bisque.
I agree that the concept here is an interesting one. Yet, as a rule, when producers over leverage the time conflict ("...you have less that one minute remaining..."), your show drops back into the pack of all other cooking competitions. After so many seasons of Iron Chef, Worst Cooks, Hells Kitchen et. al., haven't we seen enough kitchen panic footage?
The episode with the culinary arts teacher from Connecticut had some interesting content, yet poor Rocco comes off as a very small person; Pretentious, meddling and dismissive. It's sad to see earnest contestants wincing so humbly around Rocco as he oversells the fame and prestige of his guests.
It felt so arbitrary and unfair to see poor King lose last night. I'm like most viewers, irritated by the lower expectations of the humbler and more "folksy" competitor. You can win with bland sausage and an irritating, intrusive party game concept if you represent a "good guy" character who is more appealing to middle America. Watching this is a bit like watching Mr. Sardonicus or The Twighlight Zone, all a vague diversion based on cruel irony. Rocco is really another Real Housewife; tinted, over-styled, playing to the camera, overselling his reality "fame". This is feel bad TV. I can envision Andy Cohen somewhere behind a curtain pulling levers frantically.
I agree with Charlie 2 -- some of the dishes are not the only thing that is falling flat on this show. I just watched it for the 3rd and last time (because the 2nd & 3rd times were the same as the first.) Also, is there a show in store where a female may win?
After watching tonight's episode maybe I should go to the prepared foods section and buy my dinner for my guests. Being a chef is someone who MAKES the dishes, not buys them.
From the guests' comments, The "Cooking Teacher's" (I forget his name) best dish was the mussels and clams dish. It was the only one from him that I would have wanted to eat. Whereas King's entire menu looked beautifully presented and well received (except that it was deemed safe). btw: why are Food Network's "Chopped" losers used as talent? (i.e. King lost in that show too).
My husband and I watch a lot of Bravo TV, but we found Rocco very hard to watch because of the way he diminishes the people cooking on his show. He needs to be more clever and more classy if he expects to build an audience.