It was pretty incredible what they pulled off. Even David Tutera has more time to strategize, prep, and execute than they did -- and with far more hands on deck. And Tutera isn't working in Vegas in the dead of summer.
That's one thing I should emphasize. It was hot. I mean really hot. (And not just because I was sitting next to Curtis.) I honestly don't know how these chefs function in full whites, darting around from room to room, slaving over a hot stove in 114 degree weather. I remember those grueling days in culinary school, and I admire their work. Do I want to do it myself? Heck no. And especially not for a party of 200 with only a day's notice.
But these chefs handled it like champs. Some, like Patricia, really played to the weather and the environment. She created the perfect passed plate for the occasion -- a cold, Southeast Asian-style salad made with pickled mackerel, fresh coconut, and chilies. It reminded me of Thai som tam with its bright, fresh flavors. It was the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and spicy all in one small bite, and using sustainable seafood no less. Bonus points for that!
happy to be able to live vicariously thru you Krista..I am always working on the North Slope of Alaska and we don't get Bravo up there at all. I have to wait till I come home and hope that Bravo is showing Top Chef Masters as an all day event. So far I've had no luck so again, I am am living vicariously thru your words and breathlessly waiting for the day when I can actually watch these wonderful Chefs in action...Big Sigh
Love your blog and seeing you on the show! That was really well said, and glad Art wasn't eliminated over his leaning tower of Pisa cake!
jmlv At the end of the day, Art's cake might have looked sloppy, but the flavors were spot on. That limp cabbage on the other hand, didn't deliver in looks OR taste, and my fellow judges agreed. I like to think of food like I think of men: You can be as slick looking as you like, but if the substance isn't there, I'm just not interested. If food isnt' tasty, what's the point, right?
Beautifully written blog. Thanks so much for helping us TV viewers see more of the wedding from your point of view. I very much enjoyed reading your version of it.