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OK -- first I want to catch up on last week's episode. My favorite offal is probably duck tongue.
think it tastes kind of like chicken. You’ve got to blanch it, pop out the little bit of cartilage in it. I pop that out. And then I deep-fry it and I do a high preparation that’s called Larp, which is basically, when we take the duck tongues and crush them with toasted rice and deep-fry them.
What I don’t understand is that it just didn’t seem like Ludo thought it through. It’s not that different from a charity event in my opinion, where you know you’re making food for X amount of people. It’s going to be fast and furious. You’re going to be there by yourself. I just didn’t really think he thought. Why couldn’t he do some sort of French preparation? I don’t understand why everybody did something Latin. Rick obviously makes sense because he’s the King of Mexico …. And Wilo's obviously made sense too. The British thing I mean, Except for Ludo, I’ve been to all of their restaurants.
As far as the judges go, Jay is funny as hell. Jay is really, extremely entertaining. I really enjoyed listening to what he’s got to say. And you’ve got to love and respect Gael Greene. She’s been in the game a long time. She is super nice- very, very polite. She’s very well spoken and she’s very articulate. And she certainly knows her food. James Oseland is quirky. He’s very serious. He’s very much the scholar at the table. I’m also familiar with Kelly. And she’s easy on the eyes.
This week's episode brought me back to our all-star episode. Stephen won. He had a one-handed omelet. What was interesting was, we had season by season, and so I feel like we had a little bit of an advantage because we were all helping each other out. A little bit of that took place; like John Besh was helping Anita out- I saw that a little. But in our season when we had had our little cook-off, we were all really getting each other stuff and helping each other out and trying to have everybody put out the best dish.
Harold, I *love* Perilla. It's in my top five for NY restaurants for sure. I'm so glad you're back!! Hope you continue to blog for TCM!!
I disagree with your opinion on the TCM judges but I have a feeling no chef is going to say anything bad about them for fear of reprisal. I think the TCM contestants have been interesting due to how each has behaved, we are really getting to see who is "real" and who is full of themselves and who is competitive and willing to go for it. I think those who have been on as judges in the past are the best because they have really learned how hard it is.
Great post! Really miss getting to see you cook! If I'm ever in NYC I'm making it a point to come to your restaurant.
Glad to see you, I enjoyed watching you on the show. You were my favorite that season and still one of my two favorites overall. Glad to know your business is going well. Haven't made it there yet, but still on my list of to-do things. Kind of like my "bucket-list". The only thing I think could be better than just you, would be you and Sam getting together for maybe a cook-off. I loved watching you both so much that would truly be a treat for me. And you could have Richard and Marcel and your help. I would watch and record that show..........
Harold - Lucky you for getting this opportunity - single mom of two in TX has days filled w/ snacks and kids. Let me know if you need some help.
Watching the masters cook is so much more interesting than all the BS with the Top Chef group....each season they get more immature and lots of drama. The masters don't whine, they think, cook, congratulate each other....real pros. I'm really enjoying the masters much more than the original show.
Hi Harold Season one of Top Chef was by far the best. You deserved to win. You were so cool and calm and a friend to everyone. I watch the reruns of season one every time they are on.