Hello, my little Kramer knives. (I actually use a Global chef's knife, so i feel like a poseur, but I'll get over it.) In this past week's episode of Last Chance Kitchen, reigning champ CJ competed against fellow tall drink of water, Bart, in a game of chicken. They had to make something pretty bland -- a chicken breast -- and make it bold… and beautiful. Bart was obviously fretting over his seasoning, which Tom said improved. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get him the win. And so, CJ moves on to live another week! I think it's time to start calling him Chef Hot Ginge a la Prince Hot Ginge (Harry). I'm getting over bronchitis -- please allow me this one moniker.
Back in the Top Chef Kitchen, Padma introduces Bob Kramer of Kramer Knives to the chefs. We just watched Sheldon sharpen his knives in the chefs' quarters earlier, so methinks he might do well in this challenge. We also saw Stefan use wrinkle cream, though, so I'm not sure what to think about anything. A sharp knife is a chef's most important tool. When I moved to Manhattan, I invested in a good chef's knife, and it was one of my best purchases. I don't know if I could swing a Kramer knife, but I'll add it to my list. Bob demonstrates how his knives cut through rope! If we had shown him cutting through a soda can, I would've lost it. You know, if you call in to Top Chef in the next 30 seconds, you get not one, but two inches of Kramer knife! But that's not all!…
The chefs engage in a knife skills relay race. Since the mise-en-place relay race is my seasonal favorite, I'm happy to see another spin on it! The remaining chefs break up into three groups of three. First, the chefs have to turn their dull knives into razor sharp blades that can cut paper. In a weird power play, John declares his team ready even though Kristen isn't. And in another weird turn of events, Kristen's knife easily cuts throughout the paper, and John's doesn't! It's OK because they still beat the Green Team of Stefan, Brooke, and Lizzie. Round Two is to tourne 50 potatoes. I don't think I"ve ever eaten a potato that shape in my life. Maybe at a bat mitzvah? Anyway, Josie cuts herself, so she's disqualified, leaving John and Kristen to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, they lose to Micah, Sheldon, and Josh by two potatoes! For the final round the chefs have to break down two rabbits. Josh says it's ilke breaking down a cat. I'm leaving that one alone because I honestly don't want to know how he knows that. Micah wins and gets immunity. Nice work, Micah! Let your talent speak for you!
I didn't dislike John. He had a somewhat abrasive personality, but I think deep down he's all right. & he was obviously one of the most talented chefs this season. The Jimmy Sears thing was really interesting! I'm gonna have to look into that a little more!
I honestly didn't find him that annoying like other people. He had his moments, but he wasn't anything like Heather from last season. She was the definition of abrasive IMO.
Lol, yeah...I've been watching TC since season 3, and when she was chewing out Bev at judges table, that was the only time I have cringed and had to look away. It was so sad.
I'd like to know how Kristen won when she forgot to put sauce on one of the judges plates. I would think that would automatically disqualify a win.
bostonlaura64 Maybe—but not always—on <i>Chopped</i>, but <i>Top Chef</i> operates under different rules.
I thought it was Chris Cosentino who mentioned no sauce. He was at the judges table.
It shouldn't matter if it was a judge or not. They were at the judges table. They all knew the sauce was missing. I'm sure it was good and Kristen seems to be a great chef, but in all fairness, I agree she shouldn't have taken home the win.
Too bad that barking up Josie's tree was a non-culinary Season 10 moment. Otherwise, I am trying hard to suppress the hope that the final will be all-female - Kristen, Brooke and Lizzie - as the Armageddon of Restaurant Wars awaits all.
qoqo I definitely think Brooke and Kristen will be there, but I don't see Lizzie making it. She hasn't really won anything, and just doesn't seem to be a threat. Stefan, Micah, Josh, and Sheldon havent quite put it together yet, but you get the sense from all of them that they are close. I don't get that sense from Josie or Lizzie.
I think the "Big moment" of this season now has to be when John, commenting about the pan, says " I took it like a man" when he spent the entire show and LCK whining like a little girl about the uneven pan. Really, does he realize that all of us chef wannabees out here in the real world cook risotto every week in a 20 year old warped all-clad if we are really lucky, or more often in the warped non-stick with the peeling Teflon and the loose handle (see CJs pan from LCK)
I think the guy is gone because he has no social skills and zero Manners. Even if he cooked a better dish, I just think he was too much of a jerk for Tom to keep
I MISS the blind taste test QF that made it through season 4. It could be a two-part QF....the top half of the blind tasting could have to the. Cook with the ingredients they got WRONG
John was a jerk personality wise but there have been a lot of jerks who stayed on Top Chef, but i enjoyed watching him cook, just muted the TV when he got really bad. I do not think he gets that the twist on the challenge was built into the episode, but he will live through it. lolol His arguments with Stephan and Josh were hilarious!
I think that Josh was ok calling out John's excuse, however I am glad it didn't amount to anything. It wasn't exactly neccessary since the judges werent buying it, but someone had to say John's excuses were old.
Vic2012 Thank you!!! I am so glad someone finally agrees with me. Why shouldn't Josh call him out? All John has done was make excuses. Josh mentioned he was a former wrestler, there are no excuses in wrestling. You win or you lose. I think he was just fed up. I am team Josh but I do think it will be Kristen or Brooke in the finals.