Team Top Chef's Editor thinks Team Sunset Lounge's restaurant name sounded like a strip club, and isn't afraid to say it.

Jan 22, 2009

Sorry for the delay on my blog, my little Sunset Lounges. Sorry -- I can't help myself. I literally cannot get over the fact that Fabio, Hosea, Leah, and Stefan thought this was a good name. It sounds like a strip club! I'm not sure if it's the Sunset, the Lounge, or the combo. Must be the combo because an old friend of mine works at Sunset Grill & Tap in Boston, and, well, that doesn't sound that bad to me.

First, let's start with the Quickfire. The chefs were asked to create tastings for restaurateur Stephen Starr to reflect the type of restaurant they would open. I heard a whole lot of New American going on, which is fine by me because I love it, but living in New York, he sees a lot of it. Well, living in New York, he sees a lot of everything, but Radhika and Leah obviously brought something different to the table. And, remember, his decision was based purely on food; he had no idea what kind of leadership capabilities these two chefs have. On a sidenote: Even though Stephen Starr said in our Q&A with him that Fabio's was his least favorite dish, I think it almost seemed like Fabio was the only one who gave him a real tasting, rather than just one dish. Anyway, what do I know?

So, as the winners of the Quickfire, Radhika and Leah, are team leaders for RESTAURANT WARS!!! Of course, Leah picks Hosea first (we'll get to that in a moment), and no one wants Stefan. Who apparently couldn't give a shit. Which makes me giggle. You know what? Say what you will about Stefan, and maybe he's a little talkative in the kitchen and a little overbearing, he has yet to really, really fail, and so he can only really be an asset in the kitchen.