Team Top Chef

The chefs stretch themselves by cooking for kids.

on Aug 27, 20130

Hello, my little gabbas. Yes, I now know that those little monsters are called gabbas, which I did not now before. You see, I was always a little scared of Yo Gabba Gabba! I'd watch with my nieces because they loved it, but I, as their much, much older aunt, was scared. As I mentioned in my recap for our awesome Muppets episode on Top Chef, personified monsters scare me. Yes, I'm 30. I've never seen E.T. It seems Clementine Acheson has the same issue. She is not 30. But I have to say, those little critters really grew on me this episode... if for no other reaso than they caused Sang Yoon to do this:


And Franis Lam to do this:

Before all the gabb-ing, though, it was adult time with a Quickfire celebrating rom-coms with Ms. Mindy Kaling. Each chef had to create a dish inspired by one of Mindy's favorite romantic comedies. Why The Holiday was not on her list, i will never know. You lose points for that in my book, Mindy. Some of the chefs weren't entirely familiar with their designated films, but David Burke was. If you'll remember, he also knew a bit about Days of Our Lives, revealed at the chefs' soap opera challenge. Needless to say, my affinity for David Burke grows every week.

As Mindy and Curtis walkd around, tasting the dishes, each chef provided an explanation for his/her dish, and for some reason the only dish I was worried about was Jennifer's just because she seemed to be the least familiar with her film, so she took the title at face value. Foruntately, she pulled through. Bryan's dish seemed as thoughtful as it always does. He even got to name-check Yale. Well, excuse us! He didn't end up in the top or bottom, though. Quickfires are just not Bryan's thing. Ultimately, Doug won with his scrambled eggs and caviar with pommes frites. He also shared a flirty moment with Mindy… and Curtis. Sang is not impressed by Doug's eggs, but if I've learned anything as a faithful Top Chef fan, perfectly-cooked eggs are always a good thing. And as Mindy said, what's sexier than eggs and caviar? Not much. If you can describe a food as "silken," it's probably a safe bet. 

So, Doug's charity wins $5K! It goes to the dogs, literally.


Douglas has officially won me over with his comment about being more comfortable w/ dogs than kids & Sang has officially lost me w/ his snide remark about D's eggs.  What was hilarious to me about this episode was that I had always been a beet hater (unless they were very sweetly pickled) until I went to Volt & had Bryan's beet salad.  He converted me w/his roasted beets & I went home & roasted some the very next week & proceeded to plant them in my own garden so I could have more!