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I've finally come down from my Kathy Wakile-Gail Simmons-Johnny Iuzzini sugar high long enough (video coming soon!) to sit down and recap Season 2's first episode. Sooo, welcome back my little soda jerks! As much as I loved Rocco's Dinner Party, and I did, I really missed the intensity of the Top Chef kitchen. So, let's get started -- shall we?
First, the chefs are greeted on a pier by the glorious Gail Simmons and Johnny Iuzzini, and I gotta say they were both looking' slammin'! They just so happened to be outside an olde-timey soda shop. There aren't too many of these around, but I actually visited one not too long ago in Philly, The Franklin Fountain, and guess what I got? A banana split! Sooo these chefs would've done just fine there. Unfortunately for them, Gail and Johnny didn't want just a banana split -- or a root beer float for that matter -- they wanted a modern take on a soda shop classic. The chefs were broken up into teams, and did their best to do just that. Only two teams seemed to emerge creatively though. Amanda and Nelson made a winning chocolate sponge cake with pickled cherries. Um, I plan on adding pickled cherries to everything now. What about you? I've never had them, but i'm imagining they might taste like sour cherry preserves, which i love. i could be very wrong about this, so when i actualy try it, I'll let you know! Carlos and Rebecca came in second with their Cap'n Crunch milkshake. Well, i love Cap'n Crunch, so i would'e been all over this. The concept reminded me a little of the cereal milk softserve at Momofuku Milk Bar actually, but I bet the texture of the actual cereal on top set it apart.
I'd like to know where they were able to whip up a chocolate sponge cake at a soda fountain...did I miss something?
You're liking the lack of pomp? Don't get me wrong, Johnny will always be pastry sex; but, when I saw it, I didn't recognize him. When I finally figured it out, I felt just as deflated as his lifeless hair. Johnny- what gives?
Yes, Lina insisted on cake and then in front of the judges totally denied that she did. She should have gone home for making a bad choice and also for fibbing.
I think Vanarian has a crush on Johnny LOL
Craig is going to have to improve 200% if he plans on staying one more week.
Looks like, gasp, a STYLIST! got ahold of Johnny. He doesn't look happy or comfortable in a suit and especially huge tie. The big knot and deflated hair makes him look smaller...still hot as hell, but trying to be someone we know he isn't. Bring back the bad boy!!
Why, Johnny ? Why? I thought for a moment there was a new judge on board and much to my dismay it was you sans your signature look. I don't believe in being married to a look forever but the pomp and chops suit you, Johnny. It doesn't define you but rather enhances you. One thing that always comes through to me is your authenticity (pomp or not). You never seem as though you are hiding behind an image. Now don't get me wrong, you're as handsome, charming and talented as ever but the suit makes you look like...well...a suit. Johnny Cash must be spinning in his grave. Now go get some pomade, grease it up and jump on that streak 'o lightnin' Ducati!!
where is chef johnny's blog for season 2? we loved reading his comments following the shows on season 1. and why a blog for Yigit (season 1 winner)? would rather read what Johnny has to say versus Yigit.
Am I the only one that noticed that the top two teams both had 4 members? Maybe just an extra set of hands would have evened the field a bit........
To me, the winners were obvious before the first chocolate drop was melted. No candy on the witches house was just plain STUPID, but maybe another set of available hands could have pulled it off.........