Hello my little creepy crawlers! I'll be honest -- I wasn't too thrilled to hear the concept of this week's Quickfire, and I actually didn't know if you would be either. Making Masters cook bugs?! Having to watch judges eat said bugs?! Blech! But I have to say I found it insanely entertaining and oddly educational, and I really think most of that credit is due to guest judges Mykel Hawke and Ruth England from Man, Woman, Wild. The challenge went from being, er, icky to being kind of fascinating. I will admit that although i'd obviously heard of their show, I had never actually watched it, Mykel and Ruth have found a new fan in me! They spoke about the bugs, their nutritional information, and the dishes themselves so well I could've listened to them all day. They echoed everything the chefs already knew about their dishes, and even offered insight into what would have made the dishes better. Ultimately, my boy Hugh and his 'brows took the challenge with a tempura dish. Padma always said frying could make a toe taste better, so I wasn't surprised it made his bugs taste the best! Either way, this whole Quickfire Challenge reminded me of that episode of Saved by the Bell called "Cut Day" where Zac gives Mr. Belding chocolate-covered grasshoppers that gross Mr. Belding out so much that he gets sick, and Zac can slip out of detention to see Kelly. I bet Mr. Belding wouldn't have been so turned off if they had been made by these Masters!
The Elimination Challenge was a bit more traditional -- each chef had to create a dish for a 10-course tasting, each dish hopefully good enough that a diner would pay $100 for it to go towards the chef's charity. Of course since the challenge was so straightforward (although for some reason I was confused), three twists were thrown into the mix: no running water in the kitchen, less time to cook, and no servers! Despite some early anxiety, all of the chefs seemed to take them in stride. The real challenge seemed to be working in the kitchen with Naomi and Hugh arguing! Honestly, I kind of enjoyed the back and forth, especially because Hugh cracks me up even more when he's fiesty. Luckily for Naomi the banter didn't mess with her game and she won! Although Suvir expressed concern that Naomi's dish was too simple -- it was apparently very complex and delicious. Even the eliminated chef's dish was delicious, but alas it wasn't ballsy enough for the judges. I almost feel like i'm responsible for his departure. I mentioned in last week's recap how much I was growing to love John Currence and then he goes home! Come to think of it, I made a comment about two other chefs I thought John Rivera Sedlar resembled, and he went home too! Maybe I'm the new Black Hammer! I should probably stop talking about Hugh, lest he get sent home ... again. Sigh.
I'm surprised there aren't any other comments here. I am VERY sorry to see John Currence go home. I do not think he deserved to go, at least not from the judges' comments that we saw on the show. Watching James Oseland's extended video makes it at least a *little* more understandable - man, he REALLY hated that risotto! But...I still think when most of the judges, even James, shied away from saying it was "inedible," then he didn't deserve to go home. All the complaints they had about John's dish being "safe" or "boring" could equally be applied to the other two in the bottom AND they both got negative comments about taste also. From what they said about the puddin' (yes, I liked how he said it too) I think she should have gone home. This was a nice recap as far as it went, but I wish for a few more details with a few more insights. For instance, I do think you could at least mention all three chefs who were in the bottom and both who were at the top. I was stunned, given what they said about the "safeness" of the bottom three, that the winner went to a simple soup (by the chef's own admission).
PLease tell us loyal viewers how it was determined that the format of our beloved TCM should mirror TC???? The differences between the two shows is what made TCM a welcome relief from all the hulabaloo of TC and the focus was on masters, not contestants. Please, rethink this decision.