In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs were greeted in the Top Chef kitchen by the St. Monica glee club and pep squad. I would love to go off on a digression about this week's Britney-inspired episode of Glee, but I won't. I would also like to think they chose this school because it has my name in its name, but I won't. Instead I'll say that these kids were adorable and made me uncomfortable all at the ame time, almost like the showgirls who kicklined their way into the kitchen during Top Chef: Las Vegas. I know I shouldn't make fun of children, but how creepy was that mascot? The point of all the theatrics was to present the chefs with a bake sale challenge! They would be split into teams of two, one representing the glee club, the other representing the pep squad. It seems that the two teams actually took drastically different approaches. The pep squad made traditional bake sale items, and won because of it, while the glee club perhaps elevated their dishes a tad too much. I have to say that when i first watched the episode and saw Eric's krispy brownie won, I smiled. I literally had a similar item sittig in my kitchen. I'd never had a crispy treat/brownie hybrid before, but was sent home with some by a friend's mother recently, and let me tell you the differences in texture are genius. I'm not surprised Eric's dish was such a hit.
Although I was worried that either Seth or Yigit might take the fall for their team, it was Heather C. who went home instead. Sure, she didn't want to make a peanut butter cookie, and I would argue she should've said she wouldn't be able to execute it as well as something else, but at the end of the day she made it, and it apparently wasn't very good. Seth could haven gone home for his financier, which I'll admit is a term I'd never heard before, so I'm going to assume the kids hadn't either. Don't forget the kids gave their tickets to the table before getting their goodies, not after, so the chefs really had to sell their dishes. It was Yigit's dish, however, not Seth's that I probably would've liked the least, but that's just because I don't like ginger.
I will say this though, although some of the dishes may have seemed inappropriate for a kid's challenge, I wouldn't even begin oto know what kids, especially highs chool kids, are eating these days. I didn't touch sushi before college, but my brother recently sent me a pic of my baby niece eating a salmon skin roll! I think kids are a lot more adventurous these days, and exposed to diverse cultures, so who knows, maybe given them ginger, or even a financier, wasn't that farfetched.
But who cares about any of this? Yigit was shirtless this week, and my love for him continues to grow. If you missed it, check it out here. You're welcome.