Team Top Chef

This episode involved two of's Editor's least favorite things &emdash; beer and football, but she has lots to say about it anyway.

Apr 16, 2008


Sorry -- my entry title has nothing to do with much, other than Spike says "Yay lesbians" during the episode and it, well, made me uncomfortable.

OK, so unlike "Film Food," this episode involved nothing I like, meaning I kinda hate football. But, this was by far the best episode of the season so far. Am I the only one who had a grin on my face the whole time? Maybe I'm just a sucker for coordinated paper plates, but I really loved how community-focused this episode was. While the block party challenge had the community involvement, this episode just seemed, well, happier. Or, again, maybe I'm just a sucker for coordinated paper plates, and, um, Top Chef jerseys! I honestly don't even know who I would talk to to get my hands on one of those! I'll have to talk to the Elves (our fabulous production company.)

So, the Quickfire also revolved around my least favorite alcoholic beverage -- beer. It's growing on me, but I'm more of a whiskey girl myself. The chefs chose beers and had to make simple food to complement it. All I could think was fried food and salt ... lots of salt. Jennifer was out for blood and it paid off. I wonder if this will wear off or if Zoi's leaving was maybe the best thing that could've happened to her. (Maybe Zoi was like Jennifer's Jessica Simpson or Brooke Shields -- total performance-killers.) I'm not a scallop fan, but her dish looked damn tasty. Koren Grieveson was guest judge, and after I heard she was connected with Avec, I knew her name sounded familiar. Why? Because she just won a Food & Wine Best New Chef Award. Yay! I unfortunately didn't get to meet her at the ceremony/party the other week, but according to our dearly departed Ryan she's a "sweetheart." Also, I really liked her cleaver necklace pendant.