Bravotv.com: And then we have Micah’s raw concept for which he went home.
GS: There were many issues with Micah’s dish and his concept. The dish as a concept, to me, was flawed. First, I understand that you can’t cut 600 pieces of fish to order for the event, so you have to make a decision: either you choose a different dish or you cut it all the night before. He chose to do it the night before and that’s fine, but he then put everything together too early, so the dish was then all squished together and you couldn’t really separate them, you couldn’t get their pure, clean, individual flavors which is what you are ALWAYS looking for with raw fish in the first place. Second, he put a million other things on the plate with it. There were two or three different sauces. The sauces may have tasted good and were made well enough, but they all just blended together on soggy greens. So it wasn’t a clean plate of food. You didn’t really understand what it was you were eating. And as far as I know, the point of raw food is to do just that.
Then there’s his concept of a raw food restaurant. As Danny said, we all have a great point of reference for raw fish, which is great sushi. If you’re doing a raw restaurant, you’ve got to do something more than this, because this is NOT new or different in any way. It wasn’t very good raw fish—so I’d rather go for sushi. Raw meat, carpaccio, I get it. But raw can be a million different things. Show us a great raw vegetable preparation. There was just nothing interesting about what he served to illustrate why his idea was worth eating. It felt like I was at a sushi-to-go place at the airport.
Finally, I was worried about the sincerity of his concept. When we asked him why he wanted to do this as his concept he said, “Well, I live in Beverly Hills and the women of Beverly Hills are picky and need diet food” (or something like that). Really? That’s why you’re doing this? Well, that’s why he was asked to leave. His idea seemed so completely superficial, there wasn’t any depth to his restaurant, and so there was no depth to his food. And just as Danny said, if you don’t cook from the heart, we’re going to know. This was a perfect example. It was vacuous from its inception to its execution. I am sure Micah will do well in the long run. He’s young and talented. He needs to figure out who he is as a chef, and when he does I will happily eat his food again.
Can't believe two weeks in a row Josie was chosen, this week over Kristen...are you crazy. That was the defining moment for me I'm done with top chef forever!
I expected to read more about Brooke's dish. Was something edited out? I wasn't offended by anything Gail said, I never am, but then I wasn't offended by using a matzoh ball with a pork product. I believe one of the more popular dishes in Ilan Hall's restaurant is bacon wrapped matzoh balls. Since they are akin to dumplings from so many other cuisines, I don't feel mixing the two disparate ingredients is the shondah Gail does. But I'd really like to know what Gail said here. Call me. We'll do lunch, Nate 'n Al's, on me.
TondalayoSchwartz Gail's issue wasn't with the "unkosher" aspect; it was with the poor texture of the product. What was offensive to Gail was Brooke presenting a "take" on Jewish food that was badly made.
And as a matter of fact, Brooke used duck, not pork, which is a perfectly acceptable meat under Kashrut.
Gail: arbitrary dietary prohibitions based on the belief that your deity disapproves of, or even cares about such things, has absolutely zero to do with morality. Those of us who reject elaborate superstition have kind of an issue with that from a reality standpoint.
Speaking of sushi, Micah might be unfamiliar with a Japanese dish called chirashi. It's a beautiful assortment of different types of fish, each sliced thinly, all arranged atop sushi rice. A squeeze of lemon and the acidity of the rice complement the very subtle flavors of the fish. Not sure if Micah was going for a Mediterranean spin on his dish, but whatever his take, he could have based it on chirashi. Maybe substitute pilaf or couscous for the sushi rice. A salad of peppers, spinach, and sliced artichoke could accompany the fish. Simple, clean, beautiful. Like chirashi.
Watching you scarf down pork every week on National TV is much more offensive to your people than a dry matza ball.
koshermom "YOUR PEOPLE"? I think that folks would find THIS as more offensive than all of the others..........
coocoo64 koshermom I Jewish but not kosher by choice. Besides, a Jew invented the Reuben sandwich, a true example of Jewish food gone awry. When Gail said Brooke had offended her people, she was speaking from a purely cultural standpoint. We expect something from our matzahballs, and Brooke didn't deliver.
koshermom I guess I'm one of "your" /Gail's people, and I am NOT offended that Gail chooses to eat as she does. But I assure you that your comment about "your" people is offensive on many levels.
I don't know why he said that about women in Beverly Hills. I think he thinks that it would sound better as a concept if he made up this story. In the episode though he talks about how he had been on a raw diet before coming on Top Chef, and lost weight and all that stuff. i don't know why he didn't share that with the judges, especially when Meyer said that the concept should come from the heart. That being said I thought the concept was terrible (one that would be difficult to win restaurant wars with much less create a restaurant with) and thus he deserved to go home.
parker85 So agree. Other chefs have failed to "cook" dishes and have lost or gone home. When will they ever learn? Contestants: do your homework before you go on the show!
Beesbad Agreed! Josie is so bad, and this is her SECOND chance, and you guys keep letting her slide through, with a pork chop that you could use as a hammer. I would at least think, after being in the bottom this many times, and contiually having issues with her timing, which IS part of the challenge not to have a line out to kingdom come, that you guys would have told her to pack her knives and go. Josie has literally no shot to win -- Micah did. Wrong person sent home.
Yeah, I"m sick of Josie. She has added nothing this season and I agree, better chefs are being sent on. Besides, I find her personality offensive. I cringe everytime she opens her mouth. Perhaps she can't help it, but Tom seems as offended by her presence as others. I thiink CJ and Stephon both realize the level of chefs is very high and they have a LOT of competition, she seems to still feel 'better than the other chefs. She really needs to go.