Team Top Chef

There are no pork medallions in team.

on Dec 3, 20120

Hello, my little nuggets of fried brownness! We start this week's episode with the chefs reminiscing about Carla and Chrissy's elimination. Josh makes a comment about his disappointment over having a poor performance his first time meeting Hugh. I didn't notice this until I watched the episode for the second time, but Josh obviously has a lot of respect for Hugh, and it's adorable. We'll come back to this later.

Back at the house, we celebrate Stefan's birthday, and by celebrate I mean insinuate that he might get sent home because of a Season 5 curse. I had honestly completely forgotten about this. Fingers crossed, Stefan!

OK, back to the food. The chefs are up at the (butt) crack of dawn to head to Pike Place Market, the "soul" of Seattle. I thought Ben Gibbard was the soul of Settle, but what the hell do I know? Eliza shares that she got engaged at the market. Equally as important, CJ unveils his glasses, and I am digging them. I almost forgot how attractive he is. Just me? OK.

The chefs pair up -- little do they realize how important these team-ups will be. Padma and Daisley Gordon present the Quickfire Challenge -- make breakfast for the farmers' market vendors… on a stick! Sausage on stick won't cut it here, but I would kill for one. So, the chefs are off to Sur la Table to find supplies and produce, and they all start planning their menus. I'm usually more of a savory breakfast girl, but I like where Brooke is going with the sweet/savory idea. Also, I had no idea she knew Stefan, so that was an interesting little tidbit. 

Another interesting tidbit? Eliza followed Widespread Panic around the country and sold vegan sushi out of a van. The Eliza "Supreme" Moment of the episode may have to become a new mainstay in this recap because she is just throwing gold nuggets out every. single. episode. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite cheftestants. Tell us more, Eliza! I am hanging on your every word.

Aaand the chefs start cooking. So far, John and Joshua are really getting along, but I will say I don't see the point of putting a taco on a stick, as a taco is inherently a finger food. I do love a breakfast taco/burrito, though, so we'll let this slide for now. 

Bart and the ground are having some issues. He drops his panini press while colliding towards the ground, and actually does break it. Sidenote: I think Bart and Tyler should have their own show. I don't know why, but I would watch it. We shall call it "What the Heck? Salmon on a Stick!"

Honestly, Josie seems like maybe the least agreeable chef, so kudos, John, you get the week off for that title. 

I have one comment before we discuss the dishes, and that is how happy I am to finally see Seattle hipsters! They were obviously hiding at the market. Obviously.

4 comments
ATLFoodie
ATLFoodie

When CJ mentioned doing a burger I knew they were doomed.  The challenge was to make a dish with the pickles as the star -  not to use them a garnish. It was an insult to the artisian.  Glad he's gone, just wish he was teamed with Stephan or Josie. 

Vickis
Vickis

I guess I am the only CJ fan left, but still love him.  I think Hugh is a bit insulting about most of the chefs. Some people find him funny but he is his own biggest fan.  Would love to see CJ make his way back and kick some Hugh A**

lynniepye
lynniepye

I agree with mommy cj has never been a contender (his brocolli rabe was the worst thing tom ate in top chef history to that point) He always whines about needing the money, well then get a real job dude. I am just sorry that he took tyler down with him tha chowder with the fritter could have won!

mommy5indenver
mommy5indenver

The only thing sad about CJ going home, considering his attitude and that he has been in the bottom on every elimination challenge (or almost every) is that Tyler had to go too, and Josie and Josh got to stay...maybe John too.  I sure wish Tyler would have fought for his idea instead of taking CJ's advice.  This gets me to wondering why CJ and Josie in particular, and Stefan to a much lesser degree, think they stand a head above the other chefs...is it just because they have been in the competition before?  If that meant anything, then they would have won and would now be Top Chef of their respective season.  Am I right?  If anything they are in LESS of a position to act the way they are acting.  Josie, if you are listening, perhaps you'll learn from CJ's failure...again!