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Hello my little Quickfires! I call you that this week since we didn't have one in-show. I also called this week's blog "Keep Fishin' " as an ode to Weezer. I want to start by saying that yes, you are all correct. My "hometown" of Long Island is a big place. I'm not from Montauk, but would like the liberty of taking a little local-ish pride in this week's challenge if you'll allow it.
There are some great places on Long Island to fish. In addition to Montauk, Freeport is also a hotspot. I've only ever fished for fluke (which I've actually noticed on a lot of menus recently), but I always caught tiny crabs. Sooo, I would have had a lot of trouble with the first portion of this week's challenge, where the chefs broke up into groups and actually had to catch their own fish, Tom-Colicchio's-American-Express-Shine-a-Light-on-Small-Business-commerical-style. As entertaining as this was (although I could've done without all the fishy sexual innuendo), I was really worried one group wouldn't catch a fish. I really don't know what the protocol would've been had they not, but I guess we'll never find out!
We'll go through each of the groups quickly this week. First, Richard, Marcel, and Fabio only decided to put out one dish. While this strategy seemed less than stellar, Jamie hit the nail on the head when she said it was a cop-out because you can't determine who did what. Sooo, what may have looked like a cop-out, actually may have saved them in the end. As big a Richard and Marcel fan as I am, I'm not wholly convinced they shouldn't have been the ones to go home this week. And I think if they had made two separate dishes that were as bad as the one they put out, they might have. But because the judges could say, "Jamie made this horrible dish... and Tiffani made this horrible dish," it was easier to find decisive fault with what the ladies produced, so they went home. This is all conjecture obviously, and I'll be sure to read the judges' blogs to get the real story.
I'm sure no one's upset to see Jamie go home, but her elimination just seemed so unsatisfying to me. It wasn't like a previous week where it really felt like maybe she deserved it. Sigh.
I know you are amused by Marcel but honestly, his sissy fit with Dale was enough to change the channel... and what is up with the 'home boy' arms flailing like a rapper video? He's not winning challenges but doing what he does best, whining. He actually said that when the judges liked Mike's quickfire plate during the Tom cooking challenge, that the judges still had flavors from his plate on their tongue. Can this little guy really have that big of an ego? Can't wait for the upcoming weeks as I anticipate his going home. It just can't be fast enough!
Poor Jamie. She did not cook well on this season, but I don't think that's any reason for people to act like that hate her. She's a laid back person. It's not like she murder someone. Give her a break.
eh, marcel was just drunk. we saw him chugging gin straight out of the bottle, so i'm just chalking up his nonsense to a drunk rant.
i didn't appreciate his attitude towards carla when she won, but the rooftop babble was just that. although, he really is lucky that he's dealing with a new dale!
I totally agree. Carla is a joy to watch. She's funny and smart and has a HUGE heart. But most of all she's a terrific food maker with superb instincts and judgment. I was thrilled when she won the elimination challenge and her exuberance in winning just added to my joy seeing her win. Marcel can say whatever he wants, but I wish Carla hadn't taken it to heart. Don't let Baby Marcel get to you, Carla. Let your freak flag fly as high as you want it to.
As for Dale's reaction to Marcel's asinine rap-rant, good for you Dale. It's great to see that he's matured since his previous season on TC, as has Tiffani and Mike Isabella and many other contestants. His comments to the camera are priceless. More power to you, Dale.
I'm pretty opposed to violence in 95% of the world's situations, but Marcel's Big Bird impression on the roof this episode might've falled into my 5% justified aggression category.
He was squawking, flapping his wings, and... let's face it, in any other neighborhood and without TV cameras, he would've gotten exactly what he was asking for. And probably would've deserved it. Imagine the whole thing with him in a bird costume and it would've been adorable.
Secondly, at what point will someone just tell him to stop bird puking on every single one of his dishes? You can call it foam, but it looks like aerated vomit. I can't remember a single instance that someone has said-- "you know what made that dish really great? The foam. MMMMMM, foam."
And me? Foam has its place. Those pits that you jump into? Fantastic. Bubble baths? Awesome. Packing things in a box? Excellent. On my food? Oh yes... please, the more scented soap bubbles I can have, the better.
I loved this week's focus on sustainability and catching what you kill. Tom was right when he said that this teaches you to respect the food that you prepare. Which brings up a question that has nagged at me through all eight seasons of Top Chef. (If you have answered this in a previous post, forgive me.)
What happens to all the beautiful 'extra' food that is not used? The giant platters of unusual proteins and special ingredients on offer during the Quickfires? I assume it doesn't get simply thrown away, but because I tend to obsess about overabundance and waste of food, particularly in the US, can you shed light on this?
It is obvious by the elimination pattern, season after season, that Mr Colicchio does not feel that a woman can be a Top Chef. Why do the female chefs even bother to enter? And heaven knows, don't have the audacity to challenge him like Jennifer! One so-so dish by three male chefs is ok but Antonia is at fault for her teammates???? Come on, at least make it look like you play a little fair!
Richard should have gone home. Halfway through the show he tasted his dish then used the same spoon to stir. He did that constantly when he was on the first time. Does he really see no problem with double dipping?
DVR jumbled my thoughts! LOL! Okay so some of my opinions about this episode are in my comments for your previous blog. That's my fault for trying to catch up on TC in one day. I watched the last two episodes back to back....so forgive me.
As not to repeat myself too much I will just say here. Marcel is my least favorite (see my thoughts last week). I was thrilled for Carla (she is the one I want to win) and I am sorry for the Jamie fans.....but the madness had to stop and she had to go home. I think Tiffany was another casualty of war along with the others before her. She did mess up this week, but I thought that Marcel should have gone home instead of her (good quickfire or not). He was intergral in the decision to do one dish....and not do it well.
P.S. @Smurficus....HILARIOUS commentary about the foam. I couldn't have said it better myself! LMAO!