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Mar 19, 2008

After tasting the pizzas, Rocco split the chefs into his favorites and least favorites. I was a little sad to see Andrew get off to a rocky start. I always love the little feisty contestants (Marcel, Hung, Christian), and thought maybe he'd be sassy, but fierce. Oh well. I do want to take a moment to address the cursing comments though, and boy were there a lot. I actually spoke to our SVP of Programming Andy Cohen about it, and he said that Bravo bleeps curse words and will continue to do so. We don't condone cursing but we also aren't going to change the content of what people say. I have to say that I curse like a sailor, and even I noticed the cursing. BUT I promise it gets better, and you have to admit that Andrew's "Casa Motherf***er" was maybe the funniest line of the whole episode. Also, the piccata. Oh, the piccata. Well, piccata isn't in fact drenched in egg, but I will say that the point to be focused on is probably the breadcrumbs. The damn breadcrumbs. Oh, Ryan. Ryan is super-hot, but his whole bit about his father firing two chefs when he was 11 had me rolling my eyes a little bit. OK -- a lot.

But I digress, the Elimination Challenge brought Anthony Bourdain and Rocco DiSpirito to the same table. And I was in heaven. I can't even tell you how many of my guy friends bring up Bourdain's show No Reservations on a daily basis. That man is a wonder. The challenge also brought challah bread to the table. It's kind of ironic that Lisa put bacon (non-kosher) on challah bread, a traditionally Jewish item. But, if one more person learns to use challah as part of an unbalanced breakfast so be it. If you're not making your french toast with challah, you're not making french toast. But let's also call out Lisa for calling it "hallah." It's challah. Really use your throat on that one. I'll also call out Valerie for saying "Hairy Coverts." Oy. (We'll get to "blini" later.)