I do want to make one comment about the age conversation around cooked vegetables. I don't think James meant to come off as ageist, and I actually thought his comment was a valid one. Something that has come up time and time again on Top Chef is the proper cooking of vegetables. CJ Jacobson's fateful broccolini comes to mind immediately as a poorly-executed example, but a well-cooked vegetable is truly an art. And James' point about vegetables actually being cooked, "messed with," while maintaining the integrity of the ingredient intrigued me. I barely cook my brussels sprouts at home. I like them crunchy. But when I got out and I get a properly-cooked side of vegetables, and can tell that what was added to them actually made them better, I''m ecstatic. My favorite Brussels sprouts are still ones at Market Table that I had a couple years ago. Chef MIkey Price mixed them with pears and bacon and I was in heaven. So, sure, Alan Sytsma (Sup, Grub Street?) and Danyelle Freeman may have simply just not liked Traci's veggies, or James has a point. What do you guys think?!
Tell me: were you guys as sad to see John Currence go as I was? And where have you been eating?! And did you rewind James saying "puddin' " four times like we did in the office? Seriously, I could listen to him say it all day. Puddin'!
Till next week, Have a Nosh!
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.