Team Top Chef

30 Rock that is.'s Editor talks Today Show and Long Island bagels.

Dec 3, 2008

For the Elimination Challenge the chefs had to create a dish that they could demo in 2.5 minutes. Now, I thought this was challenge was really interesting. And before everyone starts with the "Hey, this isn't the Next Food Network Star," being able to do demos on TV or otherwise is becoming an evermore important part of being a chef and especially one of our Top Chefs. If you ask any of our Top Chef alumni what they did for the next year(s) after the show was over, they'll say they did a lot of demos. Our chefs get asked to show their skills in a lot of different venues after the show wraps because, well, people like to meet them and people know who they are. So when Leah told the judges that she didn't want to do TV and Padma said "You might have to," she was totally right.

Some things about the chefs' demos really cracked me up. G-d bless Carla (who, yes, knows she looks like Tracee Ellis Ross. And actually if you ask her, she tells a funny story about a couple stopping her while on vacation because she seriously believed she was Ms. Ross) because she is so genuinely happy for the other chefs' successes. Did you see her face when Ariane won? Priceless. I also really wanted to try her tortilla soup. When Tom called time on her she thought she had two minutes left, wihch means she thought that the 2.5 minutes had elapsed was only 30 seconds. Yikes!

As for the bottom three: Jamie's dish seemed to be simple enough, although I was a bit skeptical of her choice of duck eggs, something I don't think most people cook with at home. But please correct me if I'm wrong on that. The idea of eating that raw egg white didn't sound too appealing to me either and the more I think about Rocco's comments the more I agree that if I saw a chef recoil like that on TV, I would have been really put off. I also doubt Melissa tried her dish before serving as all of the judges seemed to think it was violently hot, and Rocco even went so far as to call it "inedible."