Cast Blog: #TOPCHEF

To Judge the Judges!

Gail: Mei's Menu Was Almost Flawless

Make Top Chef Mei Lin's Winning Dessert!

Richard: "Gregory Had the Better Ideas"

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Hugh: Mei's a Chef's Chef

Richard: "Winning Is Overrated"

Make Mei's Sushi Style Guac!

Gail: I Wasn't Surprised Doug Stayed on Top

Get Doug's Masterpiece Brisket Recipe

Gail on Innovation (and George's Failure to Push It)

Make Melissa's Seared Duck Breast Dish

Make Melissa's Mom's Egg Custard

Hugh Worries About Scurvy and Foie Gras

Make Mei's Inspired Duck a l'Orange

Gail Has No Problem With Blood

Make George's Cravable Breakfast Sausage

Gail Simmons Won't Be Pushed Around

Make Doug's Winning Mussels

Tom Colicchio Answers Your Restaurant Wars Qs

Gail: It Wasn't Keriann's Day

Make Doug's Winning Braised Pork!

Gail: We Had a Tough Job This Week

Make Katsuji's Authentically Delicious Stuffing

Hugh: The Demise of Cornwallis and Aaron

Make Gregory's Winning Dumplings

Richard: Chefs Please Follow Instructions

Richard Tries Money Ball Soup

Make a Home Run-Worthy Popcorn Crème Brule

Hugh: Where There's a Will There's a Fenway

Gail: Keriann and Aaron Were Being ---holes

Make the Winning Surf and Turf

Gail: We're Taking No Prisoners

Richard Goes From Player to Announcer

Tom Talks Boston

Gail: There Was No Season 11 Underdog

Hugh Wants Nick to Be Kind to Himself

Gail: It Was Difficult to Let Go of Shirley

Big Easy to Ocean Breezy

Gail: The Final Four Are Like Our Children

Emeril Is Proud to Serve Shirley's Dish

Hugh: Enough With the Mexican Food Hate

To Judge the Judges!

Hey, Brian Malarkey likes new judge Toby Young! But wants to know what you think.

This episode seemed to be more about the judges then the contestants. Do we not have enough talent in this cuntry to find some of our own judges to dismantle, critique, and pan our contestants? Where is Anthony Bourdain when you need him, off eating lizard gizzards in Timbuktu? Our lovable Ted Allen jumped channels to The Food Network where Tom seems to be moonlighting more and more (i.e. see every Food Network event and you see Tom). This week let's change focus as did and lets "Judge the Judges." Who are your favorites over the seasons and who drove you mad? Who made you laugh and who made you want to throw something at the T.V? Yes this week my friends we are sitting behind the Top Chef Judges' Table and were going to let them have it. Not even our beloved Tom is safe this week and I'm sure Padma is going to get lit up like yesterday's Christmas tree. Don't hold back because this week we are making our own show: Top Judge on Top Chef!

Sit with me at Top Judges Table: I love it when they get real accomplished chefs such as: Jean-Georges, Daniel Boulud, Jose Andres, and Eric (kicked me off) Ripert. As a contestant you can't help but learn and appreciate the feedback from these legends. Of course it's also great to see the big celebrities chefs such as the Martha Stewarts (awful and slightly scary) and the "Dancing Chef" Rocco Dispirito (over-played on the show but mad skills). The ones I can't stand are the local chefs from the location the show is being shot, the ones who get their shot at fame and really put forth their own agenda; these judges usually show up in the early episodes that don't have as much impact on the final results. A few I have in mind are the Maria Frumkins aka the "Queen of Tarts," Michael Schwartz -- "Who" -- and so many more that I cant think of because we don't know who they are. I must say that I really look forward to more of Toby Young's hilarious lingo and movie references.

When one of his compliments to Stefan is "this dish reminds me of being in a wood cabin all alone in the middle of the Alps" you can't help but say, "What the f___ is this guy talking about." Another great one: "This dish reminds me of British Actors in a comic role in an American movie upstaging the lead actors" and the Tom Cruise in his cameo role in Tropic Thunder comment had my hairy knuckles slapping in the air at those apple bottom jeans! Come on I had to give it a shot! I am a Toby Young fan and he wins this week's elimination for me. The one knock is that it obvious he is not the one pulling the trigger here; he wanted to keep Eugene.

Now Jean-Christophe Novelli our French guest judge was overshadowed and really quite dry and boring.

Alright now it's your turn bloggers. Let's here what your thoughts are on the judges who have graced our beloved show Top Chef. Congratulations to most of the bloggers who agreed that it was time that Eugene and Melissa got the "boot." Not wanting to sound too harsh but I really wanted a triple elimination with Carla going home also. She's real sweet but her commentary, her voice, it's starting to drive me mad like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind ... I Toby Young'd that one ...

Bonus on your commentary this week: When complimenting or crushing your judges use Toby Young style references ... Get creative and have some fun ...

A quick power ranking:

Stefan: "The villain" is taking this game over! "Run circles around Hosea." "Against my taste buds." " I'm French." "Green Vomit"...

Fabio: We still love the Italian Stallion even with undercooked lamb. Roast it and win.

Hosea: Wallflower this week Radhika: Even with a weapon of mass destruction, I really am starting to like her.

Jamie: I can't believe they are not calling her out on this scallop fascination. I think she is a better cook then Hosea and Radhika but I dropped her down because of the constant scallop thing. I hate it when a contestant wins and doesn't get a prize (like me). Maybe they should send her on a Scallop Harvesting Adventure?

Jeff: Come on -- he got the Tom Cruise Cameo Comment ...

Leah: I love balsamic also ... fried food family style not so much. Ariane: I'm still not buying into it.

Carla: So sweet but no sugar

Melissa and Eugene: Same arguments week after week finally send you home. "When the booze is gone it's time to move on."

Cheers!

Also take some shots at "Mama Malarkey Macaroons" I can take it. Until next week with Hung...

Make Top Chef Mei Lin's Winning Dessert!

Learn how to make the dish Tom Colicchio called the best dessert in Top Chef history!

Mei Lin's Strawberry Lime Curd, Toasted Yogurt, Milk Crumble, Mint

Strawberry Lime Curd Ingredients and Directions
1c Strawberry Puree
3 Eggs (Whisked Together)
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 lb. Butter
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
TT Lime (zest and juice)

1. Cook over double boiler.
2. Add limejuice and zest to taste.

Lime Puree Ingredients and Directions
20 Limes Zest
Simple Syrup
Grape Seed Oil

1. Cooked in simple syrup.
2. Blend with grape seed oil.

Milk Crumble Ingredients and Directions
1 Cup AP Flour
1 Cup Panko
1 Cup Milk Powder
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butter (melted)
1 Cup Bee Pollen

1. Combine.
2. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown.

Yogurt + Lime Ice Ingredients and Directions
1 Qt Yogurt
1 Qt Crema
4 Limes (zest and juice)

1. Charge 2 times in Isi.
2. Disperse in bowl of nitrogen.

Toasted Yogurt Ingredients and Directions
1 Qt. Greek Yogurt

1. Char until dark.
2. Blend.

To Garnish
Fresh Strawberries and Mint

 

 

 

 

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