Team Top Chef's Editor lists the funniest parts of the Wedding Wars episode and addresses reader comments.

May 7, 2008


Yes -- my blog title from last week was referring to the Ricola commercials from back in the day. Yes -- I may have had the wrong instrument, but every time I watched and saw Mark play his didgeridoo, I couldn't think of anything else. Hopefully this week's title is a little less cryptic (but only a little.)

Let's start with this week's Quickfire. Yaaay! The Mise en Place Relay Race! This Quickfire is by far the most exciting of all. I've mentioned previously that I could watch Hung break down a chicken all day, and while I'm not sure that this year's challenge had a standout moment like that, Andrew's handling of the artichokes was pretty exciting. Did anyone else catch when Spike asked Tom if his broken artichoke was acceptable and Tom said "No" that Tom was just itching to blow his whistle but it wasn't time yet? Just me? OK. As a former day camp counselor, I understand his whistle-happiness. Lisa worked those oranges also, but ultimately Spike's slowness over the artichokes was a major factor in his team's loss.

I said in a previous entry that I was liking Dale more and more and I think what he says to the camera is generally totally logical, but then there are moments like when he punched the locker that he baffles me. Either way, I find him interesting, and look forward to seeing what he makes. The two teams stuck together for the Elimination Challenge, and the winning Quickfire team of Richard, Stephanie, Antonia, and Andrew got to choose who they wanted to create a menu for in Dun dun dun ... Wedding Wars!

So, first of all, this week's challenge "Wedding Wars," hearkens back to Season 1's "Wedding Bell Blues." I've been having such nostalgia for Season 1 lately (again, blame my affinity for Harold) that our fabulous Photo Editor was kind enough to put together a gallery of the episode's photos for me, ahem, I mean you. That challenge was very different and not just because Season 1's chefs were cooking for two men, but their meal was also not buffet-style, which Harold calls out in his blog. Season 1's chefs had lots of problems, which seemed to be rectified this time around, resulting in a surprisingly successful challenge.