Hello, Nasty! (Don’t worry, I’m not being fresh, just a little Beastie Boys reference. I can’t help it.) While it would be easy to fill this entire post with memories of how having Ad-Rock join us for this episode was truly one of the most fun, memorable, inspiring days ever, I will try to contain myself to avoid scaring or boring you. But yes, spending the day with Ad-Rock was one of the best days ever. As great as you can imagine, plus plus. More on that in a second.
From start to finish, this episode was all about bending your mind and stretching as far as possible creatively in order to embrace and find a way to incorporate seemingly out-of-place and bizarre ingredients. Jordan Kahn and Adam Horovitz were for sure the perfect guest judges to encourage such experimentation.
Jordan Kahn was in the kitchen for the Quickfire. He is young, beyond-belief creative, talented, wacky, and wonderful. Like a really friendly mad scientist. His restaurant in Los Angeles, Red Medicine, has been the talk of the town since it opened and his desserts (and all of his dishes, actually) are architectural, sometimes garden-like masterpieces that don’t just look mindboggling, but taste wildly good in surprising and weirdly awesome ways.
So, it makes perfect sense that Jordan would challenge the chefs to use root vegetables in their desserts. Before now, I was not familiar with burdock root either… in case you share this embarrassing flaw, burdock is a kind of thistle, and its root is crip, sweet, pungent, and mildly harsh, most popular in Asia, and full of dietary fiber. It’s used in traditional medicine and macrobiotic nutrition. It’s a good thing the chefs were fighting not just for immunity, but $5000, too.
Are you serious???? Is this show called Just Desserts or Iron Chef. I hated this week. Does Beastie Boy not eat desserts.
I get having a "savory ingredient "dessert challenge but this was ridiculous. Totally unfair to the contestants with the nasty ingredient choices they were forced to pick from, especially since their fellow contestants got to "sabotage” each other with the third ingredient. The playing field was not level! Let's keep it in the realm of desserts please and the guest judging to culinary pros like François Payard and Jacques Torres!
I hate this week too, and I agree with Rebecca. It sucks to go home this way. I understand everyone had strange ingredients, but I wish they would give them the opportunity to be individually judged on their pastry expertise.
Worst week since last year's breakdown episode. Challenging? Yes. Original? NO!! Chopped has been doing this for awhile now. I fully understand where Rebecca was coming from. She didn't train as a savory cook/chef. So to be taken down by something she does not do-plus has know idea how to make is not the same thing what the others had been given. Not to mention Sally did have "savory" chef experience.
I really do feel that this episode's challenge was patently unfair. At the Judge's Table when they said something along the lines of as a chef you must be ready for any challenge is true in some regard, but please whoever would ask a pastry chef to use such nasty savory ingredients??? Rebecca paid a huge price for such a dumb idea, sorry this was the worst episode!!! On another note, I love the Beastie Boys, but I guess if you ever run into any of them in real life, don't act like you like them too much....I felt bad for Rebecca sayihng she was such a fan and Ad-Rock rolling his eyes. How about a thank you for being a fan????