Finally, the blueberries and Danyele. Josh redeems himself—he had a streak of really bad food with the last few challenges and this challenge made up for it. His mousse was lovely. Finally, we saw some delicate, technically adept food from Josh. The two challenges before, he made clunky, terrible pork. He walked away from pork this challenge, made a beautiful savory mousse and blueberry compote, that showed that he can cook, finally! Because we know it’s in him. Not just against Danyele’s, but in general. And goat cheese with blueberries is such a great combination—the tart and sweet flavors. I would have liked a little more texture, it was a little soft—but it had nowhere near the issues that we had with Danyele’s food, which I think were clear: her bread was cut too thick, toasted too early, way too crispy so that it hurt when you bit into it, and then that chicken terrine, which was sliced so thin, really did feel like rubber chicken. It just had no flavor. Chicken terrine is very tricky—you have to season it highly and add other flavorings to it. And when you poach it and then cool it, if you didn’t season it, you’re lost. Terrine Class 101. Her blueberry mostarda was a good idea, but it wasn’t strong enough in its blueberry flavor.. Good instinct, but the other two components were just executed so poorly that we couldn’t overlook them.
I’m sad about Danyele. I know she worked really hard; I know she’s a good cook and had great experience, but sometimes TC isn’t for everyone—with the pressure, and the way you need to specifically cook. That said, I know she’ll do great with whatever lies ahead.
Gayle, I think that Stefan is very good at manipulating the other contestants and the judges. He fawns over all the women except Josie, who would probably pop him in the chops if he did, but the other women are too polite or to aware of how making him mad can cause him to undermine you. The statement about John's talking about the tuna being frozen was "ridiculous--it had nothing to do with anything" I believe was a case of you along, with everyone except Tom and the people who were around him in the tent, buying his explanation of him saying it as soon as Tom entered the tent, as if he ran to Tom, without any reason, "tattling" on his choice of the frozen tuna. John DID mention at the market that he thought using frozen fish on Top Chef was giving less than the best for Top Chef standards. That was his opinion, and he didn't hide it. By the same token, he did not run tattling to Tom. After askin Stefan why he chose to compete against John, Stefan said it was because he was the oldest chef (the same thing he said when he chose John. Then Tom went to John and said something jokingly about what Stefan said, and then he asked Tom why he thought he would win (asking, I assume for his opinion), and John said, "because he is using frozen fish", laughing as he said it. When they went back to the room, Stefan loudly told the group that John threw him under the bus, repeating his version of the episode. One of the women who had seen what happened quietly said, "That's not exactly how it happened," but Stefan ignored her and started loudly and aggressively asking each chef if he or she had ever used frozen fish in their restaurants. Stefan is the one who turned this into an incident.
What is up with all of the curssing this season? Volgar cussing? Sure is a turn off. There is no reason for it. I watched all of the seasons of Top Chef. But this season I will fill the Top Chef air time with another show on a different network.
Gail, this goes back to the episode with Tom Douglas at the Space Needle. Tom Douglas asked you what you would like to do while in Seattle and you said you wanted to go fishing. Did you get to go fishing? The last summer was one of our best in the Puget Sound for Chinook and fishing was great during the filming of the show.
Gayle, I love watching you, and hope your "dessert show" will be back. I know you were there when Kristen won, and Stefan kissed her. I hope that someone (camera crew, etc.) alerted the producers that he was letching after her a lot. And I hope the producers are decent enough to think that this doesn't make good tv if someone is being made uncomfortable. In a kitchen, that would be sexual harassment. I think she's too nice (and doesn't want to make an ugly enemy) to tell him to back off.
Absolutely delighted to see so many female chefs doing so well. Really hoping that at the end of this season, Stephanie won't still be the only female winner of Top Chef!
when, oh when is josie going away? she is obnoxious, combative and a complete moron, not to mention how many times has she been on the bottom?
I was salivating at the sight of all those BEAUTIFUL berries!! I'm with you, Gail-I would've been eating them by the handfuls. Especially raspberries, blackberries, blueberries & strawberries! It's interesting to me that "raspberries" in certain regions means RED raspberries. We have black and red and gold raspberries here; they all have different flavors. I would love to see what they could do with all three.
Josie should have gone home imo, I think she literally failed in all areas of execution, when the camera zoomed out and we got to see that line, it was just like wow, Lizzie has served all of her food and what exactly is Josie doing. It looks like she is really about to explode too, against Stefan, probably the worst person to rage on because he will just not care, and that will make a person even madder. Can't wait!.
P.S. Danyele's must have been really, really, terrible.
so great to see Stephanie on the show tonight. i think she is amazing. in the "all stars" season Richard Blaise constantly whined that he lost his season because he "choked". how completely disrespectful of Stephanie and her talent. Richard, you lost because you were out-cooked. Stephanie is a rock star!!
hdwb What a great observation. We all did think Blaise would win that season, but you're right, no excuses. Stephanie was the star. As much as I love Richard, I do buy into his angst and self-torture.