In terms of the gnocchi, you can definitely do it in 45 minutes. I thought Ashley did a good job. She went for it and made the ricotta cheese. But Preeti taking the water was kind of a disaster.
Let’s talk about the elimination. I thought it was smart to get them in teams. It was an interesting game plan. I guess they just felt like it would make things easier for them if they just put themselves in groups and come up with the food that way instead of every single person coming up with a different dish.
I thought Jen did a good job as the leader. I thought it was kinda funny when she told them she had to stay on task. I find myself saying that in the kitchen a lot too. I thought it was a good challenge. It looked tough and everybody was battling with firepower. They had four hours to cook and that was good enough.
Mike Isabella found himself on the top and the bottom and that was kinda funny. I didn’t think they’d do it. I thought they would give someone else a hard time. But that pasta salad I was like, come on. They couldn’t send Mike home.
I agree. I knew from the get go that there was alot of talent this season but that quickfire did prove it. I was in such awe (home cook ya know). The pasta salad was even worse(sad?) because of the great creative dishes that were served right next to it.
I agree with Harold's picks for strongest chefs. I especially like the brothers-they remind me of Harold.
Overall I thought it was an enjoyable episode. This season it seems pretty easier to pick out the winners and the losers without even having the benefit of tasting the dishes. As soon as I saw pasta salad I knew those girls were in trouble. I'm pretty sure pasta salad was in the bottom 3 for the block party challenge in Chicago. What were they thinking!
As of right now I rooting for Kevin the most. He seems to explain his dishes very thougtfully, telling us why instead of just what he put into his dishes without an aire of condesension.
Keep up the great posts Harold. Your writing style is honest and insightful and I can "hear" your voice while I read. Great Job.
I'm so glad you're back blogging. You remain and probably always will be THE Top Chef, even if they do 20 seasons. Thanks for sharing your insight...your straight-forwardness is great and your passion for cooking always shines through!
Harold, I laughed out loud reading the first line of your blog.....I thought it was just me.....watching the epidsode last night I thought to myself, "self, why are the judges so angry??", they genuinely seemed ticked off. I also agree with you about the pasta salad. Certainly the cheftestants could have created a better dish than one most people can prepare in their kitchen at home. It was not very inspiring. Keep blogging!!
I do not understand why Jen agreed not to cook. She is obviously very talented, had immunity and could have won an elimination challenge. What the.........
Too right! How many seasons and episodes of Top Chef is it going to take to drill into the contestants' heads that the judges do NOT like pasta salad??!!
I'm with you on the outcome. I do believe that it will be a three way with the brothers and Jennifer. I don't see anything else being outstanding this season so far.
I liked the way Jennifer took command of the kitchen. I would like to see her on Hell's Kitchen. I think she could run the "pass" with ease.
I completely agree with your chef choices. I think it will be Kevin, Jen and one of the brothers in the finals, probably Michael.
They were really angry. I made a note, if they ever come to my house, *don't* serve pasta salad! ;)
That's interesting about the potato risotto, Harold. So it kind of ends up like mashed potatoes without the mash?
Just wanted to comment about the ice cream: at presentation to the judges he called it a custard to disguise the fact that it was supposed to have been ice cream, and on top of that the presentation of the dish itself was awful imo, a bland colored mush with what a couple of chopped nuts on top? You can get something that looks better and maybe even taste better at Dairy Queen. Sometimes I just can't get the judges perspective. Any decent chef knows you eat with your eyes first, and ultimately taste is king. That dish was a failure imo, sorry. Ash would have been on the bottom if it were me judging.
Harold, I have watched every episode of every season and still think you were and still are the best Top Chef. Stef is my pick for second. Enjoy your comments greatly and look for more in the future. My only problem with this latest show was that the Judges didn't recognize Jennifer's role as Chef de Cuisine during Judges Table. As so many in the past have shown poorly in this position, her command of the back of the house was worth being mentioned. Waiting to see you back in some kind of future Past Top Chef competition.
And besides the bad block party pasta salad, Carlos was sent packing for his Thanksgiving salad. Come to think of it, Mike was also in the bottom for a Greek salad. Are salads just the anathema for TC contestants?
Harold it is always a pleasure to see you. i have been watching since thre first season and i was rooting for you the whole time,u always played fair and made great food. thanks your fan, katie belle georgia
Harold your win was the only season when I felt the judges were completely fair;
Can you say, HONESTLY, that Hung should have won anything, let alone Top Chef. His attitude stunk, his food was mediocre crap at best and he did whatever he could to sabotage other chefs and seemed proud of it
I want to know where he cooks as I do not want to contribute to his wealth in any way
Am I the only person sick and tired of Risotto,gnocci and purees and LAMB. What is it with LAMB; do these people ever eat anything else
harold, i like and support you, but come on...you wrote this blog in like five minutes and it shows. sloppy, honey, sloppy. make the time i spend reading your opinion worth it. thanks!
Hey Harold - Great to see you here. I have had the pleasure of dining at your NY restaurant - magnifico!!
I felt there was a little higher purpose going on in this episode - yes, competition, but a bigger issue of doing something a little more altruistic. Jen taking over as the kitchen super was a great idea - it kept everyone moving, gave each team an opportunity to fully realize what they wanted to do and ultmately put out a great meal for the troops and family members. The elimination was what it is - something that had to be done and done correctly. Get a grip, Mike I......
i'm very interested in what kevin will do. i think his cooking looks delicious and beautiful i'm looking forward to the next show! thank you for your posts i like to read other people's opinions! you know what would be more awesome? a deaf chef!
Harold, for once I totally agree with you about who the final 3 or 4 will be.
This season from the start,the two brothers, kevin, eli and jen are so far superior versus the other chefs.
All those who have been sent home, were so novice, they should NEVER have been on the show in the first place.
You can really see from each week, how much more stylish and really top aces they are above the other chefs.
I am a woman, and love seeing female chefs getting the recognition now days, but the first 3 chefs sent home were females and they deserved it. Bravo, with all the upcoming good female chef's, PLEASE pick better for season 7. Thank you.