Team Top Chef's Editor shares her thoughts on Restaurant Wars.

May 21, 2008

Well, what do we think? Did Restaurant Wars live up to the hype? I gotta say -- Bourdain certainly did. Baby vomit with wood chips? Yikes! I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that scathing review.

Before we get into all that, let's talk about the Quickfire Challenge, which seemed like maybe the most stressful one we've ever had. I particularly liked how it was pointed out that short order cooking is such a big part of the culinary world, and even if these chefs never need to do it, they need to appreciate it. The only tip I could have possibly offered these chefs as they were barked egg orders is that they need to cut the top half of the bagel, bread, or whatever before they put eggs on it, especially over-easy eggs because it makes it easier to cut, and well not a disgusting mess (same goes for pretty much anything you put on a bagel.) Yes -- that' s right. I worked in a local bagel shop on Long Island. I'm basically a walking cliche. Anyway, all of the chefs seemed to, well, not do very well, except Dale and Antonia. In the end, Antonia prevailed and gets a pretty awesome advantage by getting to choose her team for ... dun dun dun ... Restaurant Wars.