Team Top Chef

Episode 6: Ad-Rock issues the toughest challenge yet to our Beastie Boy fan chefs.

Sep 29, 20110

Hello my little sardines in a tin. Just when I thought we couldn't top our Wonka episode, we go and do it. I'm really curious to hear which episode you actually preferred. I was positively giddy today promoting this one, encouraging our Twitter users to hashtag their tweets to @BravoTopChef with #beastieboyfoodlyrics, and seeing the awesome fake ones people came up with. Although I will say that a lot of them were "Fight for your right to [fill in food that sounds like "party" here.]

Anyway, before we get to the glory of King Ad-Rock's guest judging, let's talk about the Quickfire, where the chefs were greeted by Jordan Kahan, who I honestly didn't know much about before, but I was digging his hipster style. He presented the chefs with this week's challenge: to create desserts using root vegetables. I actually think I've only had one root vegetble dessert before, and that was at Harold Dieterele's Perilla. Coincidentally -- if I can remember correcty -- it had beer foam, an ingredient (beer) we'd see used later in the Elimination Challenge. It was fairly amusing to see how few of the roots the chefs were actually familiar with. Gail didn't seem amused, something which amused me even more. I love hard-ass Gail, just because she's so sweet usually. Seeing Dannielle angry would probably send me over the edge. The chefs tried their best though, of course with quite a bit of bitching, especially by Rebecca who declared that she can't cook. Gail already told her how stupid saying that on national television was, so I won't beat a dead horse. Sally and Matthew found themselves on top, with Sally claiming another Quickfire win. Good for her! Her dish really was beautiful, but I have to say, Matthew's idea was just so smart, so kudos to him as well!

And if you thought those ingredients were challenging, check out some of the trials and tribulations the staff and crew of the show have had to overcome:

7 comments
DeniseER
DeniseER

I agree with RenRen. This episode was unfair. I don't watch Just Desserts to see how pastry chefs will use ridiculous savory ingredients. Then to get eliminated because you couldn't incorporate those ridiculous ingredients into a dessert was ludicrous. Save the savory stuff for Top Chef and let the Just Dessert chefs make the sweets...I would certainly hope the show isn't running out of challenge ideas already!

Vinn
Vinn

I think complaining about the ingredients was understandable (not something I would've agreed with, or done, but I see the reasoning). It's not common at all to see ingredients like chicken or ravioli or falafel in desserts, even "exotic" desserts. Chefs are injured all the time, however. On a dessert show, I think I'd enjoy it more to see the skills of chefs using (slightly) more mainstream ingredients. It did seem kind of unfair (following on RenRen's comment). I would hate to be judged on my skills on how to make a dessert with peas and gravy. Kudos to the chefs for pulling off the impossible!! So impressive.

Also, it seems very.. disrespectful? to keep mentioning how well Sally's been doing since Craig left. We can all see it - but this isn't the first post to mention it, and I can't help but think that's just kicking the dog when it's already down.

Sairah Grace
Sairah Grace

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RL
RL

I agree with RenRen above. I found this challenge to be just down right mean-spirited and pointless.

Marti W
Marti W

What a bizarre, ridiculous and impractical challenge. I loved it.

RenRen
RenRen

I guess for me, this episode was just senseless and unfair. It's like asking a ob/gyn doctor to perform a root canal. How fair is to judge pastry chefs on how well they can identify and cook savory food? I think maybe this show is running out of competent ideas... but what do I know

JudyN
JudyN

Kudo's to the Chefs for making it through what had to be an extremely difficult and just plain weird, elimination challenge. I just can't wrap my head around having pork & beans brownie and it tasting like a dessert. YUCK!! I guess it's shows like this one that the judges really earn their salaries. I hated to see Rebecca go home. I loved her spirit and attitude.