Back to Jamie for one sec, not only did she not cook because her beans weren't ready, and Richard called her out for it, but she was also shown up by Carla this week. Carla cut herself and was bleeding rather heavily. While the lovely Orthodox medic (I wonder if he's single!) told her she, too, probably needs further medical assistance, she just seemed more annoyed than anything to be losing time creating her dish. She sucked it up, and kept truckin'. AND, she won the challenge! I knew from the moment she said she was confident about her dish despite the naysayers, that she had it in the bag. She's a runner and knew what to make -- she's wasn't just pulling an African soup recipe out of thin air!. Hootie-hoo, indeed!
While Carla was rewarded for her perseverence and confidence (in the karmic sense), Spike was sent home, despite what he thought was a fail-proof strategy. Too bad his food just wasn't up to par. Obviously the "sneaky motherf---er" will be fine -- he has two thriving restaurants in D.C., and if his pizza is anything like his burgers and the marshmallow milkshake at Good Stuff, he'll be just fine.
A couple of things cracked me up about this episode. First of all, did anyone else hear Tiffani say "Lit-rally" just like Rachel Zoe at one point? Crazy! Also, I loved the conversations about what people should/would eat before a tennis match. While protein is certainly important, I don't know if I would eat a pork chop before a major tourney, or pasta for that matter. But, who am I to talk? Every afternoon before high school tennis practice, the rest of the team and I would hit up the eateries in the area, which were a pizza place (that had delicious chicken franchaise pizza, which I've never found again), TCBY (for some white chocolate mousse Shivers), and of course, Checkers (for their addictive spiced fries.) My coach was none too pleased when he'd found out that that was what we were eating before games. He'd say "Miss Reyhani, how about a turkey sandwich for energy?" I never listened. If I was competing in the US Open, however, that would've been a different story. Had I been competing, as I, and apparently blog commenter "ruann" like to think about, I would've made a refined turkey sammy. I would've had a neat story to go along with the dish too, which usually goes over well.
And that, my dear readers, is why I'm not on Top Chef.
I won't be back till after the New Year, so I just want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and a Happy New Year to all! I'll be visiting Boston next week, so hopefully I'll eat something worth talking about. Until then, Happy Noshing!
I few weeks back I submitted a post about the lackluster quality of the Top Chef recipes on the bravo website - interestingly, that comment never showed up. The moderator must have decided that it is something the "Bravo Team" doesn't care to address.
Additionally, while I appreciate some of the insights you have from "behind the scenes" the writing style leaves a lot to be desired. It is hard to read your posts (that is to say, to follow your thoughts and the point you're trying to make about the show) when you change tense in the middle of a sentence. Writing in an overly familiar style is also quite distracting and perhaps some attention to rules of syntax would improve the readability of this area of the site, and the enjoyment of the users of the Bravotv.com website. Your enthusiasm for the show is clear, but to honor how excited you are for the show, I imagine I'm not the only reader who feels that better readability would amp us up even more, too.
My only comment about the whole Jaime left vs. Carla stayed debate is this: If you need stitches, nothing is going to change that. If the cut was on open flesh deep enough to need stitches, you really should get them, especially if you work with food. They're a mess, they bleed everywhere (up and out of gloves, even through bandages) and if it -is- that deep, infection is an issue. I think she's made a very poor showing anyways and has managed to literally squeeze by with only the smallest of margins, but stitches are stitches. Jaime had never had them, was nervous, and decided to go to the hospital. I can't fault her for that, despite my many problems with her cooking and attitude this season.
When you slice off/tear off a fingernail, there is literally nothing they can do for you except maybe put some lidocaine on it, put a pressure bandage on it and send you on your way. You can't stitch that, you can't butterfly that. It's a 'well, here's some pain medication, have a nice day' kind of wound, and I think Carla understood that and made the decision to stay and work through the pain. She did so and managed to make a beautiful, winning dish (that oh man, I -really- want to try!).
Okay. That aside, I love your blogs! You're always witty and have well thought out commentary and I can't wait to see more in your next blog.
Unlike CuriousCook, aka DebbieDowner, I LOVE your blogs! This is TopChef, not TopSchool, so if ya don't like the recipes, writing on the blogs, etc. why watch?! Wah-Wahh!!!
Please keep up the GREAT work! :)
BTW - Best.Show.Ever!!!!
"And that, my dear readers, is why I'm not on Top Chef."
This line was hilarious to me and I really don't know why. Perhaps because I am totally addicted to this show and my husband always asks me why I don't cook more if I love watching people cook so much. I finally gave in, went to the kitchen and presented him with a delicious serving of "heat and eat" mac n' cheese. How's that for gourmet cooking?
Love the blog, love the season!
Where was Angelo in the Quickfire? He was shown during preparation, but did not present a dish and was not on camera when they showed the lineup during judging. It was great to see Carla's "homey" soup win. I've watched since the 1st Season, and am a huge fan. The first few episodes of this series had caused me to despair - when did the ego of a Chef become more important than a consumers enjoyment? The use of the latest Fad ingredients and techniques (is anybody besides me already over "puree") does not make a great dish, and is not what the great majority of diners are looking for. It seemed like some of the Restauranteur/Contestants had lost sight of that. Both challanges in this episode focused on flavor and the needs of the customer, so thanks.
I disagree about this being a fantastic group. It's okay, not fantastic. Having Cheftestants that came in fith, sixth, or seventh in their seasons should not be on a Allstar lineup. Would you put a MLB team that came in 6th in the playoffs. Not Likely. Once Jamie and Mike Isabella are eliminated then the season will be more competitive. Good riddence to Spike.
Tried to post over on Tom's blog, but it's not there so thought I would repeat here. To ensure that the challenge is fair to all chefs, all the chefs should be required to have their dishes tasted. The judges could decide who won out of each pair but not announce until after all dishes are tasted. Then they could announce the results in a manner similar to Jeff Probst reading the tribal council votes on Survivor.
To Curious: Critical much?
To blogger: I love hearing where and what you eat. I'm on the West coast and don't think I'll ever get to that great food on the East coast. Therefore, I taste vicariously through you. Instead of just saying you had the tasting menu, could you tell us a few of the dishes you ate? What farm fresh ingredients did they have on hand that day?
I completely disagree on this. Some chefs were eliminated simply due to bad luck or a bad day. Take Jen for example, who was eliminated in episode TWO of this season. However, is she a bad chef? No. Absolutely not. Anyone who saw her in her season or looks at her pedigree and her current success can say definitively that she was probably one of the most talented there. Tre, Mike, and Spike are all VERY successful in their respective careers, which I think was probably a factor in them being asked to participate. Spike especially, who frankly didn't show THAT much talent in his season but has gone on and done very well for himself.
Jamie definitely should go though, for the simple fact that, if she doesn't exhibit her cooking skills, she basically doesn't have any - and why are you in a cooking competition if you don't want to cook?
Top Chef is the only current show that I never miss. I'm constantly amazed with the creativeness of each of the chef/contestants. I'm not a cook at all, my wife thankfully is and she is good!! My currrent favorite contestant is Carla Hall, not just for her cooking but her enthusiasm and personality as well. I ultimately think that Richard Blais will end up at this series Top Chef. It will fuin watching as the weeks wind down
Thanks for the shout out! Loved it...Love the blog! Without being rude (as everyone is entitled to their opinion), but I believe that Blogs are so successful, because they are people's random thoughts. They should make you feel like you are talking to the person (we just can't respond). They should make you laugh, cry, etc and sometimes you just might learn something. Your.Blog.Does.That. Soooooo those that choose to read (because we do have a choice), should read for enjoyment. Anything other reason, just doesn't make sense to me.
Ok...I wasted my time on that, so my TC thoughts will be brief. Jaime should have been sent home. Not for her cut, not for not cooking THIS one dish...but just overall, she just appears to be the least skilled of the group. She is CLEARLY a better cook than I am (she would win hands down). But I would not make it to Top Chef, unless they decide to have a TC season that is solely based on cooking things that are frozen or out of the box. #I'mjustsaying
P.S. Feel free to continue to post those types of let's call them "interesting" comments about your 'Top Chef' thoughts. You have enough supporters on here to keep you going! :)