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Bravotv.com's Editor talks about her love of levers ... and her memorable dinner at VOLT.

Oct 8, 20090

We'll get to my dinner at VOLT soon, but first ...

Welcome back my little Culinary Council members! As I could see from the comments below my last blog entry, you guys were not very happy about the re-run last week. Is it wrong to say I was? I got a week off. So sue me. Anyway, I'm pretty happy we're back though because I missed you guys.

The tension last week surrounding Robin is now palpable in the house. This clip we have as part of our cool "Stir Crazy in Sin City" Webisode series shows how really real it was:

All Robin wants is a damn taco! Give her the taco!

Anyway, we'll come back to this in a moment. First things first ... the Quickfire: What I found semi-amusing about it was that we made the chefs pull a lever on a slot machine. Anyone who's been to Vegas in the last several years knows that most machines have buttons now, but they do still have levers! And you know what? I still use them because it's half the fun of playing slots! And, frankly, it slows you down so you don't go through your money as quickly. Which is probably why the buttons were installed in the first place.

The chefs all played for combinations powered by Cookstr.com, which also powers our fabulous Recipe Finder. A lot of them got "umami" as one of their descriptive words, which I gotta be honest, I didn't know what it meant when Mark Peel used it to describe some of the dishes he was served a couple episodes ago. According to dictionary.com, umami is "a taste that is characteristic of monosodium glutamate and is associated with meats and other high-protein foods. It is sometimes considered to be a fifth basic taste along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter." Why does that sound so gross to me? Maybe the same reason I don't like mushrooms. Harold explains this fifth taste a bit more in his blog this week, which will be up shortly. Anyway, most of the chefs fared pretty well with their dishes and with Tyler Florence, who I could seriously listen to giggle all day. What a jovial guy.

Kevin won with his Asian dish even though he's not familiar with those flavors. And, he took the $15K instead of immunity. Padma looked very excited about this. Jennifer Carroll found herself alongside Robin at the bottom, but she was feeling all sorts of "blech." I thought you guys would be upset she was cooking while sick, but I'm gonna venture to say it happens all the time, and, unless my eyes are failing me, she was actually wearing gloves during the challenge.

10 comments
Stanimal
Stanimal

The number of commercials that are interwined with the "snippets" in between that last 10 seconds, is VERY frustrating!

theminx
theminx

We don't know what you look like? You mean that's not you in the tent with the Brothers Voltaggio and Mattin? :)

Roberto
Roberto

Am I the only one who thinks it's strange that Monica didn't know what Umami was? It's in a Kikkoman's commercial, for god's sake.

mmc
mmc

I'm glad you had a week off and the repeat would not have been a problem if we knew about it!I think most people would agree with that.I love this season of Top Chefs. I just wish some of the Chefs would treat Robin a little nicer. You know who you are Mike I. and Eli.I think most of these Chefs have such good ideas they're great to watch. Do you ever think you would use a regular person who loves to cook and is a great cook as a guest judge?That would be me or someone like me?I think it would be great!!!!

PeachPie
PeachPie

Unfortunately, I often don't get to post anything until the weekend after a show is aired. I've often wondered if anyone reads the comments of we "late for dinner" posters. If you do, please let us know. : )

I just want to say how much I appreciate all of you who blog for TC. Each of you have different points of view and special things to add that make watching the show SO much more enjoyable.

I concur with your comments about Ashley. (She does have a good voice, doesn't she). I really wish she would have been on longer. But then again, we're at "that" point in the season where just about everyone who leaves now is like loosing a friend. (Well, unless it's Mike I....I can't say I'd shed any tears on that one).

Viewer
Viewer

That was fan-Tastic! LOVED your video montage! Great use of facial expressions and key snips of dialogue. Way to get a viewer caught up with succinct efficiency! Thanks for the entertaining presentation and speedy insight into each episode.

Mary
Mary

I love bravo. I love Top Chef. I love reading the blogs immediately after the show. I hate navigating the bravo website though! I'm sorry. I know I'm not alone, and I'm sure everyone has already complained about it, but jeez guys. It's clunky, out of order, things are hard to find. The video and blogs section is the worst. Hard to find things, blogs pop up on the home page, but not on the Top Chef page. I liked the format of the old website better, as far as user friendliness.

Viewer
Viewer

"As I could see from the comments below my last blog entry, you guys were not very happy about the re-run last week. Is it wrong to say I was? I got a week off. So sue me."

Hello...Clueless:

We LOVE Top Chef. When you decide not to air a new episode it upsets us. IF it was impossible for you to have included a "in 2 weeks on Top Chef" on the previews the previous week would it have killed you to have at least posted a note on this site saying there wasn't a new episode last week?

Crave
Crave

Hi, Thank you for blogging...very interesting. Where is the finale being held this season? Will there be another Top Chef Masters after Season 6 of Top Chef and before Season 7? How is the Top Chef Junior series panning out? And where does a person go to try to try out for Top Chef Season 7? THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Wiseone
Wiseone

I had asked in Tom's blog if he ever has the chance to visit chef's in their kitchens after taping, I guess you've answered it!