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Like a Prince Harry visit to Las Vegas, all good things must eventually come to an end, and this season is past the midway point, and we are churning towards the butter of a champion.
I am not the best chef in the world, but one of my fortes is my uncanny abilities (I have two. The other is mindreading.) is figuring out what something weighs without a scale. Steaks, small birds, bundles of vegetables, babies, small circus performers… you put it in the palm of my hand, and I will tell you what it weighs down to an ounce or two, but even that range wouldn’t be a real skillset for this challenge, as the range in this mise-en-place workout is a slim 7.5 to 8.5 ounces. Big portion, small range.
Cosentino is assessing his competition in the prep challenge and finds potential threats in all members of COBRA… I mean the remaining chefs. I always picture Chris as a small boy dressing G.I. Joe up as a chef. A silent, deadly, burly G.I. Joe who excels at charcuterie, wearing a small homemade apron. Chris is correct to assume that Lorena, though speedy, does not engage much in the prep for her menus. You try making four million Taco Bell burritos, Chris. In other news that really is not news, because that implies freshness, currency, and Katie Couric, Chris was a character in a Wolverine comic book. If that’s not a career accomplishment I don’t know what is. Nothing that cool ever happens to me, except that role of Apple Spice’s forlorn younger brother, Mumbles, in My Little Pony.
As the challenge begins, we also have Kerry wondering whether Chris’ steaks are looking a little small. In many states those are fighting words… but he’s right, and Chris is sent to the sidelines, even though he has raced through the challenge at lightning speed. Patriceo is in the same undersizing predicament. Kerry is doing something weird with his eggs. Lorena is a grating machine, but Kerry wins this bout and will cook against Takashi with the Quickfire cook-off being judged by their fellow chefs.
I am a Lorena fan, and I believe she's misunderstood... I am cheering for her and I hope she wins! Que chévere tener una venezolana en TOP CHEF!!!!!!!!
What a great blog! You're not only able to cook well, write a cookbook, but you also write astonishingly well. It's fun for me to view the show and then read your blog to learn how you perceived the events. And I enjoy your side comments, too, in which you share a bit of real life. Through it all, I sense that you really feel for each of the contestants. How wonderful to learn of an accomplished person who retains such empathy for others. Bravo is fortunate indeed to have your sharing your insights with the viewers. Great job.Now we want to watch you cook again.
Great summary of the episode, Hugh! I hope that Andy Cohen and the magic elves at Bravo add a G.I. Joe dressed as a chef to add to the Clubhouse! One correction on your blog...Patricia (not Lorena) and Takashi had the chicken liver battle.
Oh Hugh, even when I miss the episodes I have to catch your blog recaps! Lorena seems far less irritating without Art around. Sad Takashi left as he is fellow Chicagoan.
I am in Lorena's corner. She has a big personality - a zest for life and in this episode a skill at showmanship. She strikes me as genuine and her food consistently and accurately represents her personality. At least she isn't unapologetically bitchy and snarky like Patricia! I think Patricia's comments about Lorena this episode were ill-considered and rude.
You picture little boy Chris dressing a bada** G.I. Joe as a chef who is proficient at charcuterie? With a homemade apron! How do you come up with these things??? Fantastic fun. Hope your book will include more of your witticisms. I will definitely check it out.
I really look forward to your blogs every week because you never pull any punches (sorry, I couldn't resist given this weeks theme!). I admit to being one of those people who are "rubbed the wrong way" by Lorena's personality - I wish she had an "off" button some times. The good news is that she's not nearly as annoying as she was when Art was around to encourage her!