Team Top Chef

The chefs rock, roll, to varying degrees while cooking for Maroon 5.

May 11, 20110

"Mary Sue has covered the bed with tostadas, which is not any fetish I've ever heard of." Oh, Hugh. And, hello my little spanikopitas. We'll return to Hugh's words of wisdom later, but first, a seven-minute Quickfire in which the chefs had to create "heavenly" food. The twist? The chefs would be judging each other's food. This group seems to have an enormous amount of respect for each other, so everyone was fairly constructive in their critiques. I got the biggest crack out of Mary Sue who looks like she is physically incapable of saying a harsh word about anyone or his/her food -- it's adorable. Hugh got saucy with Curtis, which I also enjoyed. In the end, Traci came out on top ... again. Based purely on looks, I probably would've enjoyed Traci's dish the most as well. But maybe I just have beef on the brain. A few colleagues and I did the Beef 7 Ways at ma peche last night, and well, I've still got the sweats. Everything was delicious -- and in my opinion the tendon salad was exceptional, and the brisket with marrow and shallots was maybe the best brisket I've ever had. (And I'm a Jew from Long Island, so that's saying a lot!)

Aaand that brings us to this week's Elimination Challenge featuring Maroon 5. I'm a fairly big Maroon 5 fan, so I just had to prove it by showing you all of my concert tickets.



They're one of the few bands I can honestly say (and do say) I was listening to before they hit the Billboard charts, as exhibited by my 2003 ticket. The Downtown venue has since closed, but I remember seeing them with my sister, having to leave early because she felt sick, but not before noticing the members of the boy band O-Town in the general admission audience! I also remember first hearing "Harder to Breather" on the now defunkt 92.7 WLIR (it may have been WDRE at the time), and just kind of falling in love with the group. And who could forget Kara's Flowers appearance on 90210 (the original).

4 comments
MicD
MicD

Top Chef Masters has been some what entertaining but i just feel the contest don't always allow the CHEFS to be creative. Curtis Stone is good and would be an awesome judge but he's not a great host. Seriously, I know all the girls including my wife would disagree with me. You need someone to bring some flar to the show! In the Maroon 5 Show how could they let one of the best chefs leave (Alex Strata) when he cooked 5 meals while Floyd had to make a pathetic salad and a tenderloin that was terrible! Does not make sense. Bring back Alex.

dulimensa
dulimensa

so dissapointed. :-( the show is more about the competition and less about the food.... i know its an hour show... but ITS about the FOOD. The chefs are a sidebar - not the main story line.

Debra Jordan
Debra Jordan

You guys really messed up on the fast food challenge! Something on a scewer fits with drive thru over a pancake with ??? dumped loosely on it! Why is Celena still here? This weeks elimination: what were you thinking. He did almost all the dishes when one did a salad(real tough). I'm beginning to get really aggrivated with your thought processes. Not to mention: is there anything James Oseland likes? Judging is one thing, being just MEAN is something else. Seriously, insulting your own invited guests (maroon 5). To snipping back on the stars opinion was unacceptable!

LGK
LGK

Ok, I must have a TCM curse! It started way back when John went home for that risotto. Then they knoch out Suvir, who my mom and I thought of as a poor-man's version of Fabio for TCM, then last week my favorite George went home and this week it's Alex! I guess you could call me the Black Hammer... :(