Team Top Chef's Senior Editor makes the case for Anthony Bourdain's sweater to win this week's challenge.

Feb 14, 2011

I was bummed to see Angelo go. I really thought he would have at least made it to the finals. It's oddly appropriate that he essentially went home for taking the advice of another chef. I'm not saying it was Mike Isabella's fault Angelo went home at all, but he did tell him that his soup wasn't salty enough, and then Angelo overseasoned it. I would argue that potato soup is generally heavy, so that argment didn't fly with me, and I will also say that maybe one of the best potato soups around used to be at Bennigans (RIP.) I feel like I recently had a tasty one, and for the life of me, I can't remember where that was, but I'll let you know if I can remember. Anyway, a lot of opeople made soups, many of them horrible, and while people may think making soup meant taking the easy way out, a good chef or foodie knows that making a good soup, like cooking a perfect egg, is often considered the true sign of a real chef. Developing flavors in good soups is important.

Dale went the complete opposite direction and made a grilled cheese with tomato soup. His dish obivously reminded me of Betty Fraser's Season 2 FRIDAY's challenge winning dish (Bada Bing Betty! -- remember?), but Dale's had steak, and it was cooked correctly. Ming's joke about being an "iron chef" was groan-worthy, but was also adorable. Part of me wonders if Richard's dish would have won if it weren't so damn ugly! Antonia could've also won for the shear chutzpah of making that many eggs to order, and making them well. That's no small feat! But, in my eyes, the real winner of this challenge was Anthony Bourdain's sweater. It just looked just so great on him, and that slate blue color with his silver hair? Divine. OK, that's enough about that.

Speaking of the glorious Anthony Bourdain, we'll be taping the author answering questions about his book, Medium Raw, asked by a very special interviewer on Feb 23rd, so be sure to send in your questions about the book -- and only about the book -- here.

And apropos of nothing, my best friend just went to a bachelorette party down in Puerto Rico, so I of course suggested she and her friends eat at one of Season 4 finale guest judge, Wilot Benet's, restaurants, and they did! They dined at Pikayo, and, I'm told, had a fabulous time. She literally described everything as either "amazing" or "unbelievable." I obviously put my friend to work, snapping pics of all the dishes, so flip throught them here!

Tell me: Were you as bummed as I was to see Angelo go home? And, what have you been eating lately? Let me know, so I can eat it too!