Hello my little losers! Hey, it's a term of endearment! Before we get to the healthy stuff though, let's start with the cheesy Quickfire Challenge, where the chefs had to -- you guessed it -- make a cheese dish in 12 minutes! I love love love cheese -- it's kind of a problem. I'm a smoked gouda girl myself, but you can bet I'll be trying some of the ones mentioned in the episode that I'd never heard of. I actually have a cheese shop right by my apartment, which I was so excited about when I moved in two years ago, but still haven't tried, so now's as good a time as any! I found it interesting to see which chefs had really deep cheese knowledge, and even more interested in hearing guest judge Norbert Wabnig of the Beverly Hill's Cheese Shop. The whole thing reminded me of a little video series we did with Gail Simmons where she schlepped to the Bedford Cheese Shop.
Anyway, although some of the other chefs, and even Traci herself thought her dish might not have been adventurous enough, she won. I don't know what it is about Traci, but I kind of love her. She does her job and she does it well without grandstanding, and she's honest about her dishes' weaknesses when there are any.
For the Elimination Challenge, The Biggest Loser crew invaded the kitchen to present the chefs with the challenge of creating four-course meals under 1500 calories. We've done quite a few episodes with calorie counts, but this one was really enhanced by the presence of the Biggest Loser contestants and of course Alison Sweeney and co. The Days of our Lives fan in me was pretty thrilled that she was there, and I thought her playfulness with Curtis, the chef who usually cooks for The Biggest Loser cast, was adorable. Many of the chefs brought up the fact that most chefs don't watch what they eat. I don't know that this is entirely true, but I was surprised when both Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert revealed during this conversation that they both take Lipitor!