Team Top Chef

Craig tries to step up, but Nelson pays the price.

Sep 8, 20110

Hello my little mean girls! (Ahem, reference to blog title, ahem.) I was almost blinded by all the pink in this week's episode, but fortunately I've recovered long enough to talk about it.

Oh, before we start though, can we just look at this pic of Johnny from the Bravotv.com homepage? Swoon. OK, moving on!

In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs had to create a dessert that could be translated into a gum flavor, specifically an Extra Dessert Delights gum flavor. I'm one of those people that tries every new gum flavor, so I'm pretty psyched to see which one you guys vote for. Voting is still open!

A couple of the chefs went the piano colada route, and I thought it was a good idea. Actually, I know it's a good idea because Orbit already has a pina colada flavor. See what I did there? I have to say that Craig and Carlos' presentations alone blew me away. I mean, did you look at Carlos'?! It was beautiful! Craig's looked magazine-cover worthy. I'm not sure about a pancake-flavored gum, but fortunately his flavors were translated into a lemon square gum as one of the options for the big vote!

Craig really needed this win, not just for himself, but I think to prove to his competitors that he can execute one of his ideas effectively.

On to the Elimination Challenge, where the chefs had to create a dessert pitch for none other than Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Ms. Lisa Vanderpump for a party she'll be throwing. Ken, Lisa's husband, shared Lisa's likes including the color pink, her dog Giggy, and sophistication. The chefs were split into two teams to execute. Since he won the Quickfire, Chris got to choose the team leaders. He actually chose himself which I think was wise, and Amanada as the other one. Amanda wasn't feeling well so she left the execution in Chris' hands.

7 comments
h.olivia
h.olivia

So bummed to see Nelson go! Having that architecture background and applying it to dessert design was so fascinating to watch. I'm glad you picked him as a contestant so we could watch him for a while. And is anyone else noticing that when Craig gets upset he does this bunny thing where he wiggles his nose? It's just killing me. Thanks for the fun! Loving the challenges.

Kana
Kana

There was only one part of this episode that really annoyed me...

Hugh Acheson says, and I QUOTE, "the red velvet cake is more black forest-y.. red velvet doesn't have chocolate in it, so it's a little different.."

First of all she actually SAYS 'pink velvet' which could mean.. anything. She doesn't exactly explain to him what's in it. He then immediately assumes she means it to be red velvet then INCCORECTLY states that red velvet does not contain chocolate, when traditionally that is WHERE the deep red color comes from. It may not contain the dictionary definition of 'chocolate' but it DOES contain cocoa powder, which I maintain is necessary in a red velvet and counts as 'chocolate.'

This guy is supposed to know stuff.. he's a guest judge for a dessert competition.........

RenegadeFL
RenegadeFL

I'm not sure if I want to continue watching a show that leaves me feeling angry after every episode. Some pinhead excecutive apparently thinks we'd rather watch the character Craig than see a legitmate cooking competition. As if that very notion weren't insulting enough, you give us the most obviously rigged QF in history to protect the guy. Lemon/Strawberry Pancakes? Please stop treating us like idiots.

Linda in Santa Cruz
Linda in Santa Cruz

I'm here to disagree with bdaniels as well...putting a Housewife on Top Chef Desserts is a perfect pairing, especially THAT Housewife. I am a huge fan of Top Chef AND all of the Housewives series. Not to mention Flipping Out and Rachel Zoe Project. As far as opinions go, not all cooks can be put in the same pot.

vsabo
vsabo

Perhaps if you did your homework, bdaniels, you would realize that the housewife in question is a very successful restauranteur. She has been preparing, designing, serving, and tasting desserts as a profession for 3 decades. I can think of few people more qualified for the job of guest judge.

bdaniels
bdaniels

I had recorded the show last night and was enjoying watching it this evening until I found out that I was going to be subjected to people that I intentionly do not watch. Seriously, housewives of "who the hell cares". Have been a fan of Top Chef from day one....will not watch it if I have to be subjected to idiots. You should be ashamed....cancelled the recording and came directly to the computer to voice my indignation. Please don't do this again. The two "brands" are not a good mix.....silly, undignified, publicity hounds are not always good judges of good taste. Again, who thought that a Top Chef fan wanted to see a "housewife"?