Team Top Chef Editor defends Ariane's elimination.

Jan 14, 2009

For the Elimination Challenge the chefs were split up into teams based on the names of proteins: chicken, pork, and lamb. Before they traveled to their final elimination destination they tried to plan out their menu. I know I've said every week that I heart Stefan but he really bugged me in this episode. I'm stubborn too, but I at least LISTEN to people before I knock them down (hehe.) And also never use the word cock again for fear I will be unable to control my vomiting. Moving on ... after the menus were kind of set, the chefs traveled to Blue Hill at Stone Barns within the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. I was actually really excited to see the return of Dan Barber, Richard Blais' sous-chef for last season's finale (and he made a pretty spectacular cheesy joke about Whole Foods, which made me giggle.) The chefs were told they would be picking their ingredients basically right out of the ground, so their menus needed to be restructured. The chefs all seemed to make pretty basic things. I think Jeff, Fabio, and Radhika not only had the strongest menu but the best team as they're all super-talented and work well in groups. However, they took the fat off the pork. Big mistake.

Their mistake wasn't as big as Team Lamb's however. The minute Ariane said they were making a roulade I wanted to scream at them. Anyone remember Marcel's failed roulade Season 2, which coincidentally was in the same episode as the canned food challenge? I just got the feeling the judges don't go for that type of thing -- rolled up meat. Anyway, Ariane actually didn't know how to string up the roast so Leah "helped" her and did a pretty shoddy job. All in all, that was the team's demise. Should Leah have gone home for not truly helping Ariane when she asked for it, or is it worse to not even know how to do the task in the first place? Honestly I think the judges probably made the right decision. How can a Top Chef not know how to string up a roast? I loved Ariane and she's a total sweetheart, but that was pretty bad.