Daniel Handler is the guest Quickfire judge. He is also known as Lemony Snicket, and if you have kids aged 8-11, and I have two of them, you are well versed in his books.
The QF is curated by the employer of the sous chef who won on Battle of the Sous Chefs. In this case it was Paul who won, and thus, Douglas is playing pantry raider. He knows that Sang admonishes people for loving America’s vegetable, ketchup, and thus, the ingredient is set. Catsup challenge it is.
The chefs get moving and shaking on this condiment challenge. Sang is making BBQ sauce and playing hard to get as Douglas snaps a gym towel at him in the locker room. It’s nuanced, their love. David Burke is making something convoluted. Jenn is talking about growing up as she makes scallops.
Douglas is the miso king. He talks about meeting the mustard miso master. I suddenly want some hot dog miso with a pretzel and a beer.
Daniel Handler is a wonderfully loopy man who half of the world would think is just plain weird and off-putting, while the other half would regale in his eccentricity. Basically, I think I have found my twin, and what better twin to find than one who is a multi-millionaire best selling author. Call me, bro.
Why Lemony has hid in anonymity we will never know. He’s hilarious and should have his own show. Curtis, representing the half of America confused by Lemony, has no idea how to react to him. Burke doesn’t either and is irritated by the “bizarreness of this gentleman.”
Douglas: Duck with ketchup miso and blood turnip
Sang: Fried Chicken with Japanese BBQ sauce
Jenn: Scallop with ketchup and jicama
Bryan: Liquid Nitrogen with flavors of Sunday football
Burke: Pureed scallop sandwich and “that kind of stuff”
Bottoms: Chef Burke, who has pulled Lemony into a netherworld of “karmic dread,” and Douglas with his angry condiment miso.
Tops: Blue Cheese Snow by Bryan and Scallops by Jenn. Jenn wins. Lemony leaves the kitchen. Call me, bro.
The Elimination Challenge is wrestling Vaudeville themed. Obviously. Paul has gifted Douglas immunity. Sang and Jennifer’s sous chefs were bottoms, and Ted is still bitter.
Wrestlers come parading in. I just listened to a NPR piece on Mexican Lucha where all the wrestlers are performers from the LGBT community. It was interesting. You should listen HERE.
I have to agree with the Blonde Gator about Battle of the Sous Chefs. At times it was more entertaining than the main competition; these guys are the future Masters. I feel like I'm getting some insight into how a great chef is made. This entire episode had some curious undertones that I'm not particularly comfortable talking about. Sang both fascinated and irritated me. I think I will miss him.
Really wish the site admin would put up the CV of the "Replacement Killer". That chef is having a huge impact on the competition, and I'd like to know a little more about him, other than that he was Doug's second choice.
I've been a fan of TC & TCM since the beginning, and the Battle of The Sous Chefs is one of the most original innovations in reality TV. Love it! Just wish it were a half an hour, too much editing to be done in 10 minutes, it's hard to get to know these people (and leave the Masters in their own hour).
Finally, Hugh....not enough of you!
@BlondeGator1 What is a CV? There is information on both of the sous chefs working with Douglas. BOTH of them won immunity for him in separate challenges. I'm not sure that I understand what "huge impact" to which you refer. Can you explain?
I agree with you about the Battle of the Sous Chefs being a great addition to the show and would love to see more than 10 edited minutes.
Curriculum Vitae.....aka a RESUME. One of the reason's I'm asking for this is that I am up late, and usually watch old Iron Chef shows, and there are SO MANY TC contestants, who were sous for someone else when we first saw them. It's interesting!!!!
In the cast bios, the "replacement killer" isn't listed.
As for the "huge impact"....the results of the sous' battles have "changed" the basic game. Which I enjoy. We see great chefs, with mediocre sous, pretty good chefs, with "killer" sous, (does that need an "apostrophe" to indicate many? Dunno.), and basic miscommunication between the TCM's and their sous. Add's something totally new and unexpected.
You & I are in agreement, need longer videos....I much prefer the Battle of the Sous to "redemption island". It's original, and fun!!!
Alas, we still see the typical bias of TC....I really like David Burke, but IMO, he's been skating on his rep from the 90's, whilst Voltaggio is being treated like the 2nd string.