Team Top Chef

How do you solve a problem like John Tesar?

on Nov 28, 20120

Sheldon's mahi mahi is good, but Tom gets a bloodline. Josie makes a Flintstone-sized baked potato. It's aight.

But, honestly, who cares what anyone made cause Tom is digging those fried onions from Kristen. Every time the camera panned to him, he was putting more in his mouth. It as hilarious. In fact, they were so good they got Kristen the win, along with very well-executed mushrooms. She took her two "easy" side dishes as seriously as any of the chefs took their "more complicated" dishes, so kudos to Kristen. The desserts are all OK if not melted. You know it's the 1950s when you refer to something as "sherbet" instead of "sorbet." Amirite?! (I'm actually not right -- they're two different things.)

On the dark side of Judges' Table, Joshua reveals that John expedited like a "monkey." It didn't look like the judges were too keen on that assessment. CJ is on the bottom for his odd sous-vide kebab, but he gets to stay. Carla and Chrissy aren't so lucky. Carla's squab was just wrong -- undercooked for the diners, overcooked for the judges. She didn't pay attention to what the guys were doing in the grill room. Although I felt bad for Carla, I'm sure many of the chefs were happy to see her go. Her loud style wasn't received well -- Stefan couldn't even hear John's orders because she was talking so much!

Chrissy goes home for overdressed salad. But not just any salad -- the Canlis Salad. She had a difficult task, creating the only dish on the menu still there from 1950, but you could tell the minute we saw her tossing the lettuce in her bowl how overdressed and wilted it was.

But never fear, ladies -- you get a second chance in Last Chance Kitchen. (Did i mention that you should watch it now?)

I won't reveal who wins #LCK, but we'll discuss it in next week's recap, so stay tuned.

Until then, Have a Nosh!

 

18 comments
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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.