Team Top Chef

How do you solve a problem like John Tesar?

on Nov 28, 20120

3. Kristen cuts her self, but don't worry she's fine! And it wasn't her beautiful face!

4. Lizzie reveals that she learned to use a pressure cooker before she came to compete. Smart cookie.

Padma and Naomi start tasting the beef, and we discover that Naomi likes her beef a bit more done. This actually shocks me. Woud've presumed she was a medium-rare lover. None of the dishes are looking very done, but at least that puts them on somewhat of an even playing field.

John wins the Quickfire in a close race with CJ and Josh. Victory is the best revenge.

Tyler, with a failed dish, utters the words "I can't do anything right," and my heart breaks. But I'm lightened by the fact that I can now successfully cast the role of Eeyore in the Off, Off Broadway production of Winnie the Pooh I'm putting on.

On to the Elimination Challenge! We meet Brian and Mark Canlis, the namesakes of the iconic Canlis restaurant in Seattle. The challenge is to recreate the restaurants' original menu from 1950. Although in past seasons we've asked chefs to upate classics, this time we're asking them to recreate the original classics. Although many of the dishes are no longer served in modern restaurants, the skills needed to create them are still pretty essential. Each chef gets one dish -- including side dishes -- and John opts to expedite since he has immunity.

Some fun things happenin' the kitchen: Josh teaches us what calf fries are. I obviously missed that episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Eliza makes up a "supreme" song, and I kinda fall in love with her. John tells us what a foodie his dad was in the '50s. I wonder if anyone knew what a foodie was in the '50s!

The chefs present their dishes, and the judges look almost tickled to be served such retro dishes. I have a flashback to Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain talking about serving classic dishes at the Rainbow Room. The chefs cook with mixed results. Stefan's calf liver is killer, and the judges are happy to see Stefan not turn the liver into ravioli. LIzzie makes herring with saltines! The judges love it. I"ve never had herring because i know my body will reject it. Just can't do it. Joshua's onion soup is just wrong. He had gotten mad at John earlier for telling him how important the chesse is, and you know what? He should've listened ot him. In fact, Noami wanted to "have a problem eating it." She didn't. John gives Josh a compliment (sorta) later saying it looked good. Actually he said that it looked like onion soup. That's not a real compliment. If you ever hear that, be offended. Brooke knows Josh's soup is salty -- I instantly respect her palate.

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Do you realize there not 'little onions',so why name cook folks 'veggies'?  Besides at giant meat slaps to be butchered is this named; 'choppy chef', for just one furious response, isn't a punching bag' ! Now know it's "phooey on you"!!!!! Omit or erase as a part in present years / times!

Abstract-HIPPIE-Artist
Abstract-HIPPIE-Artist

Please provide a way for those of us  - who do NOT Twitter and do NOT Facebook or any other techno-gadget app - to VOTE.  My only access (I must be a dinasaur) is BRAVOtv.com

I WANT TO VOTE.  PLEASE CREATE AN ON-LINE voting system.

 

Otherwise, thanks for the LCK return.   THe  squab issue was well addressed and thankfully that chef can leave.  My gourmet chef father (in the 1950s) simply took the tiny birds and with a wink in his eye and a magic wand wrapped those delicious birds in BACON, skewered with tooth picks and some scrumptious glaze (orange marmalde base) and baked them.  But Daddy did NOT have a time limit…just our hungry faces peering over the kitchen counter waiting for his next creation.

Daddy (circa 1960s) did win a recipe contest with Sunset Magazine and the thrill of cooking with Julia Child.  Need I say that my own palate welcomes octopus, Rockie Mountain Oysters, and other varities of good food.

Love this season as every season.  Have fun on the cruise and I want a GOOD STUFF eatery t-shirt (XXL) from Life After Top Chef.

Subhadeep
Subhadeep

Can we please have the recipe for Kuniko's Last Chance Kitchen Asian style chowder?

ValentinaBallerina
ValentinaBallerina

Already liking this season so much better than last, and am definitely rooting for John at this point. I find CJ to be far more know-it-all in his general attitude than John. I recognize him (CJ), but beyond that don't specifically remember him from his season. Josh really irritates me. He seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Wish I could eat a plateful of Kristen's onions and mushrooms for dinner...YUM!

SusanCoyote
SusanCoyote

It's an interesting group - it's still kinda early to really know who is gonna get on my nerves.  Josie and CJ brought the same short-commings to the table, nothing has changed.  Sadly for CJ, because he is likeable.  Not so much for Josie, she needs to beat it.  John may be arrogant, but that guy can back it up with some truly amazing dishes.  Others with attitudes fall short on the talent.  I think that if Stefan can harness (edit) his inner cuckoo, he can win.

elque_
elque_

Small nitpick: It's "calf fries" not "cat fries."

 

And Hallelujah, annoying Carla is gone! (I hope, haven't watched LCK yet.)

michele00724
michele00724

Monica-LOVE your writing! I always bond to the class scapegoat, even Marcel and his Siamese twin, Spike, so, it was nice to see John's bullies get the sweats during elimination. Now, I totally want John to prevail, even wearing his glasses on his forehead.....I liked CJ so much better when he beat cancer and worked in somebody's home kitchen. He is so darn full of himself, like the "LifeAfter Top Chef "pseudo~wannabe blonde cooking Kardashians..It is food, not rocket science ....or priceless art! Why do contestants get so full of themselves, especially those who get eliminated second show? I really hope the producers skip over CJ the next season of "Life After." Actually, maybe there should never be a second season.

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The Reality series onto "house wives" in Seattle doesn't have any airing times so we know it's a joke to pun onto something whichever these here blogs are all about to humor us viewers! Since it's this series shows on BRAVO's channels have mostly "WIVES CLUBS" or take off that 90's novel into a movie!!!!!!!!

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @Abstract-HIPPIE-Artist Agreed. Some of us choose not to tweet or text, and that is no excuse to exclude us from voting. We definitely need a direct online voting outlet.

NavyGuy
NavyGuy

I would have loved to see Stephan/Josie and CJ join the group....they didn't win the 1st time....the only real threat might be Stephan...

NavyGuy
NavyGuy

 @SusanCoyote

 I agree, I like John....he seems to be more laid back then I would expect for somebody voted the Most Hated Chef in Dallas.........

MonicaAReyhani
MonicaAReyhani moderator

 @elque_ Ha! Thanks for the catch -- this has been fixed. I can't decide if "cat fries" sounds adorable or even more gross!

VikkiP
VikkiP

 @better

 Who are you?  You make no sense here or in your post on Hugh's blog.