Back to Tom’s kitchen where Lizzie is working into the service hour. John is doing fine and keeping his dark side hidden well. Tom will not let bad food out of the kitchen, and they all know that. It’s quality or you’re gone. John Tesar, reputation aside, can cook some halibut and gets a Blue Angel jacket. He is now in the Grunge club.
On to Wolfgang’s omelet challenge. Carla looks a little crazy and may be on the wrong show. She seems to be wearing a touch of mascara and looks like she’s been crying a lot through life. It’s quickly very evident that she is really bats--t crazy and the most frenetic person in the world of food. Oh, this will be good.
If Wolfgang wants steak, a very excited Eliza will put a whole ribeye plop down on that tender omelet for him. Steak and eggs is good, but an omelet seems like the wrong rendition of eggs for a good pairing. Eliza also hacks up her eggs but weirdly recycles the filling. So much for a delicate treatment. It really is very apparent that casting has found, as difficult as it seems, a group of chefs who all of whom suck at making a simple omelet.
Tom seems to have got a pretty skilled grouping. Emeril too. Wolfie really has somehow amassed the insane posse of the socially and uovo-challenged. After a hard hour or so we see who has egg on their faces.
Tyler: Leek, asparagus, and bacon omelet with a crispy potato salad. WP likes it.
Kuniko: Comme ci comme ca. I would hate to hear the line “Technique is almost there” directed at me. Her choice of chamomile and morels is pretty interesting
Daniel: Everything sounded very classic and then you gotta go add something sompletely out there. In this case, Oyster Nage? Who pairs oysters with an omelet? Wolfgang says that if he would eat it in the dark, perhaps it would be good. Aim high.
Chrissy: Filipino risk-taking omelet with lobster and potatoes. Heritage speaks volumes in food, and Wolfgang likes it but it needs salt.
Eliza: Big boy meal omelet. Steak, fennel, tomatoes, asparagus, and a kitchen sink.
Carla: Medi omelet with arugula salad. Wolfgang remarks “It looks like a woman with a lot of makeup on.” Wow, Wolfie, you are a ballsy one. Welcome to the table.
Daniel packs up his small whisk and non-stick pan. He ‘s not taking this well. Daniel, me brother…. The rest somehow make it through. Daniel caps it off by coining this immortal phrase, “It’s like, what the f---?” He also misses the Omelet 101 class by Wolfgang.
My group arrives and they are an eclectic group as well. I truly believe that salads are crappy 90% of the time. They lack balance and complexity or worthy ingredients. If I see another wilty lettuce with overly sweet vinaigrette I will pull out my hair. They were given a ton of stuff to work with and 45 minutes to get it done.
“I am a ferocious tiger,” says the one who will not proceed.
"Too propane-ey" ...Seriously? Propane has no flavor, Hugh. End of story. Molecularly speaking, even if it hasn't gone through complete combustion, you can't taste it. Nobody can. Time to bone up on knowing what the heck you're talking about.
Argentus74 You do know a sulphur agent is added to these odorless gases we use so that you will smell a leak before you die from it? Also you CAN taste said agent and it is not pleasant.
Welcome back Hugh for another great season ! I look forward to all of your posts more than most bloggers. Your humor, insight and sincerity are always refreshing. I'm stoked you are on this season !
Wolfgang was waay too soft on the aspiring chefs. I thought Tyler should've been cut because most of his omelet looked overcooked and I noticed a good inch around the edges looked undercooked. Not what I expect from a Top Chef. And Carla is just a hot mess.
Hughs back and with a blog. Cant wait to see how the Seattle show goes, and finally in Washington State! The omelets kinda cracked me up because I thought they were suppose to be kinda crispy when done. Now I know, see Top Chief is an educational program. Keep up the greatness!!!
Thanks for your witty, literate blog. Seriously, would you have advanced any of the chefs who presented scorched omelets?
Hugh, love your blog. Keep up the color. Watching what happened to Gina reminds me of all of those really bad singers shown on auditions of American Idol who just plain suck. But when they are told they suck, they cannot believe what they are hearing.
Hugh, you have hughlarious, I love reading your blog. I enjoy the snarkasm as well. You are always spot on when you describe the contestants. Looking forward to this season as always!
So happy Top Chef is back with real challenges - so worried they would have to work like they are trying out for Olympics again like last season. Good job!
I liked that the first challenge demonstrated individual ability without having 20 versions of chicken or something of the same. 45 minutes of salad really gave people enough time to present a great dish - did wonder if it made some people over think their dishes though.
Chef Acheson! I'm so glad to see you on the show. I love your blog too cuz you always make me LOL. I applaud all the judges for not giving in to the gratuitious flatterers or chefs who are full of crapola. It came down to skills and taste and that was that. I also liked that the chef that stood around a lot and let everybody else run around him got the boot haw haw. A sense of urgency is needed in team challenges, which does happen on this show, and those chefs who let everybody else work like dogs and then take the credit for the win just irk me. Good job to Chefs Colicchio, Puck and Lagasse. Bam!
I've been watching Top Chef from the beginning and was growing so frustrated with recent seasons. The focus seemed to be less on cooking, more on gimmicks. There are some exceptions, but I wasn't tuning in regularly for the show.
This season's premiere was a welcome return to cooking and watching chefs use their skills. Last season, the American Idol style quick fires lost me. I thought it was a waste of time and uninteresting. This season, the different challenges were all fun to watch, but really unique. Loved getting to see all the judges work in their own way.
I'm thrilled you'll be on the whole season, Chef Hugh! Am a big fan of yours from all your Bravo TV appearances. Your blog is hilarious and I look forward to reading your insight every week!
Chef Hugh, I am glad to have you back! Some days I am not sure what I am looking forward to more, the next Top Chef episode or reading you blog about it. keep up the great work!
Love your blogs as always - just wondered why you didn't touch on Jorel ("Jor-El") and his name?
Very enjoyable blog. Your take on the first episode hits all the highs and lows of the first round eliminations. I look forward to reading more.
I guess you are a good chef--I've never eaten your food. You are, however, a GREAT writer. Love the play-by-play. As a lover of "snarkasm", I found it a hilarious read. Kudos.