Bravotv.com's Editor recognizes that her affinity for the Voltaggios is completely irrational.
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Jennifer's dish was very, very pretty, and dare I say it the most feminine. So much purple! Her salmon unfortunately wasn't evenly cooked. She kept saying her fish was cooked unilaterally and it almost seemed like the judges didn't know what that meant. Did anyone else get that impression or am I crazy? She also suffered from whom I believe to be the harshest judge at the table, Traci des Jardins. Every time she spoke I shuddered!
Bryan's dish just suffered from lack of time. Bryan was apparently totally coachable and it seems like sometimes he is missing just one thing for his dish to be extraordinary. I thought he could've taken this one home actually. Michael's dish didn't work at all for the judges, and his Mediterranean theme was lost on them. Tom kept arguing that cauliflower is not Mediterranean. Mmm, for some reason I think it might be, but I'm purely basing this on the fact that my dad used to preserve and use a lot of cauliflower in his Persian cooking. I guess that's Middle Eastern cooking? I guess it's a fine line.
And, finally, there's Eli. Although Gail seemed to be very impressed with his sauces, the meat was just wrong. It seemed that the overall consensus was that his cooking just wasn't as refined as the rest. So, we say farewell to Eli. I think he has quite a career ahead of him.
And, we have our Final Four! Perhaps some of you knew who would be moving on to the finale all season, but even if you did, hopefully you'll agree that it's been a pleasure watching them get there!
Here's a sneak peek at next week's Finale Part 1. And let me know, who's going to win the whole thing?!
P.S. A few of my colleagues and I went to Ajna Bar to check out Hung's new spot, and the food was absolutely delicious. We got to try a lot of things, but I have to say the sauce on my pork loin was to die for! Oh, and the drinks are pretty amazing too. Order the coconut mojito if you go! I could go on and on, but, well, I don't know if you care. If you do, I'll go into more detail next week! Until then, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Tell me what you'll be cooking/eating!
Although i really like Kevin and am very impressed with his genuineness and humility and kindness(overall a good person)
I think Michael Voltaggio is going to win this.
He has shown us time and again how creative he is.....
Add to that a bit of determination and intelligence and you have a winning combination.
I noticed that you have a professional knife as your User Pic. I'm not going to pretend to know the correct term for it, as I am not a talented Chef. However, my partner is an aspiring Chef and I want to get her the best professional grade cutlery set. I see all the chefs on Top Chef have their own knife set that they keep in their knife bag. I want her to have that as well. I know you're very busy, but if you could recommend a certain brand I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much!
I think someone winning this past challenge without knowing
how to do it is ridiculous. Everyone seems to be routing for
Kevin. I am routing for Michael Voltaggio. He might be a little
cocky but as Tom says "you need a certain swagger to become a
great chef". I think Bryan giving Kevin the su vuie way was wrong
during a competion. Do it after.
If M. Voltaggio does not.. win I will be in Jennifer's conner.
I think Kevin certainly was nice enough but in a way he was almost over doing it. And Bryan basicly called his brother a
p..... not very nice Bryan. Sit back and have your steak, manhattan and cigar
If you're the one who edits the blogs, I want to thank you for doing a terrific job. You manage to maintain the writers' voices and make it all readable. And your own blog is great fun. YOU have quite a career ahead of you.
I don't know why people keep putting the Voltaggio brothers in the same bag. They are brothers but they are entirely different individuals. Bryan is classy and Michael is pretty much the opposite. Your affinity for Michael might be unjustified but not so for Bryan.
Well, as for me, I learned long ago not to try to predict a TC winner.
I can say who I'd LIKE to win or who I think DESERVES to win but that's about it. If past seasons teach us anything, it's that it's a dish by dish competition. Doesn't matter if you've got three Micheline stars and your competitor is a catering cook. If their dish is slightly better than yours on that one particular challenge, it's bye bye.
As much as I love Kevin, and think he's an inspired, insightful, interesting and talented chef, the Bocuse d'Or is about as far away from his style as you can go. It simply is. I can't really even envision him WANTING to take his efforts in that direction.
However, I'm sure he'll benefit and learn a tremendous amount when he spends his time preparing to compete for the slot. Of the four contestants, I'd have liked to see Kevin or Bryan get that experience. Notice, I didn't say Micheal because, after all, HE apparently believes he can already cook better than the prior American competitor and, therefore, couldn't possibly be taught anything new. (Sorry for that dig,Michael, but you kinda deserved it).
All four of our final contestants are enormously gifted. But I'll be honest here. I hope it's one of the three guys. Jennifer has been too inconsistent and I'm frankly tired of seeing her cook fish. Yes, I know she works for Eric Ripert and it's the area she's strong in. I just don't feel confident in her ability to do other things at the same level as the other three. Even Kevin, who also has an area of comfort in regional southern food has shown he can execute other types of food beautifully and consistently.
In my heat of hearts? Bryan or Kevin. Not my prediction. Just my hope.
Thanks, as always for the blog! Always love what you have to say.
Hello Monica and Top Chef Viewers
Another terriffic episode in a whole season of terriffic episodes. Thanks for the blog( bout time, lol). Thanks for the best show on television!
Mike V' s comment that" I would have made a ballotine as good as the one he made" is either very disrespectful to Gavin, or just obnoxious. Gavin worked months to perfect his dish. Mike couldn't even produce a winning dish during the Top Chef mini version. While he is a great chef, his ego will be his downfall. Probably next episode.
I'm surprised he didn't offer to take Thomas Keller and Joel R. Back to the kitchen to "teach 'em a thing or two about cooking"!!! Lol
It must be killing him to lose to Kevin' s down home southern cooking all the time. Bet he blows a gasket when Kevin wins Top Chef!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
It's "ballotine" actually. Usually made with a chicken, duck, turkey or suckling pig that is boned out in one piece and filled with a forcemeat and then shaped roughly back into the shape of the original animal, or in a sort of balloon shape, tied with twine and then poached in a flavorful stock, or in some cases roasted. Interesting that you are judging the product when you don't even know what the correct name of it is.
Good luck Chefs you are all deserving of being the final four. You all have made some really wonderful dishes and a very few not so good.I think Kevin is my choice because he has consistantly done creative, delicious meals,He has such joy in cooking. His personality is awesome.He's the total package.Love you Kevin.Michael your arrogance and being a spoiled sport has turned me and many others off. You think you're so good ,well you're not. I like Bryan,creative and classy, and Jen talented but wearing out!Go Kevin!!!!