Ok - You're a fan of Ms. Madison. I'm not. Some of these celebrity appearances seem so silly and contrived, and this was one. Charlize Theron is coupe. Holly Madison? Not.
Now, let's first just get this out there: chefs hate brunch. This is based on random anecdotal evidence, and if I remember correctly maybe something Bourdain wrote once, but I'm pretty sure it's true. Diners love brunch! Mmm smoked salmon benedict. Not only do the chefs have to prepare brunch, but they have to do it outside, by a pool, and they have to make it tiny. Good luck, everyone! Holly's only real requirement was no garlic and onions. Two of my favorite things! I actually have some experience with this restriction, though, because one of my friends has bad acid issues and so when I cook for her, I need to make one version sans onions and garlic. It's actually a tad more difficult than you might think. So, Art just didn't listen. And you know what? Holly didn't seem to mind. Art's turkey biscuit was a hit.
Kerry's dish looked like it could have been disastrous -- I mean, how messy was he with that bledner? But Francis liked Kerry's crabcake's crabbiness. I have to say I love a crab cake that actually tastes like crab. And you all know how much I love corn. Kerry consistently selects ingredients I would order off a menu -- good thing I live in New York, where he cooks!
Patrcia beat the s--- out of her meat, but people enjoyed it. What they didn't enjoy was the stale-ish bread it was on. Takashi's panna cotta -- admittedly one of my least favorite desserts -- was not only beautiful but apparently delicious. And while Lorena was the winner with her bunuelos (go, Lorena!), Chris was the winner for me. Sure, his dish wasn't balanced, but it was just so thoughtful, I was shocked to see him on the bottom. But those smoking guns are tough stuff and need to be handled with care. It was too bad the execution wasn't as spot-on as the concept.
Chris didn't go home, though -- in the end, the adorable Thierry left his partner Takashi because his béchamel sauce just wasn't right. Also, he called his dish a Croque Madame and it wasn't. Although he did work egg in there, it wasn't in the traditional sense and that was a disappointment to the diners. I'm going to miss Thierry. But, who knows, he's come back before, so maybe he will again!
I'd love to hear your thoughts about this episode below. Until next week, Have a Nosh, and watch this shocking preview!