Hello, my little matzoh balls! This is Week 1 AJ. After John that is. Not only did he get ousted from the main competition, but he fell to CJ in a very exciting Last Chance Kitchen where the two chefs had to cook anything they wanted using pots and pans purchased at a garage sale. CJ now has six wins under his belt!his sixth win! And, John isn't quite out of the competition yet -- you still have a few more hours to vote for him to stay in the competition. You can vote John or Kuniko HERE.
Back at the Top Chef house, the chefs are reflecting on John's elimination. No one's too upset except maybe Stefan, who lost his "morning friend." Older men waking up earlier than everyone else? How stereotypical! Ha.
When the chefs enter the Top Chef kitchen for their Quickfire, Padma is joined by Wolfgang Puck. Micah doesn't call him a God like he did Emeril. Hmmm. The chefs are issued with their Canada Dry Quickfire Challenge: to create a dish highlighting real ginger. I must confess that I kind of hate ginger, but I love ginger ale, so go figure! I gave up soda almost exactly a year ago, and it's been tough, but I have snuck in a couple bourbon and ginger ales here and there. Shhh. The real catch to this Quickfire is that the chefs only have 15 minutes to cook -- a time Wolfgang thinks is too long. I thiiink he's kidding, but actually, I'm not sure. He's a tough cookie! The chefs make a lot of interesting things, many of them opting to caramelize the ginger ale. Kristen proably had the most innovative concept by infusing her fennel in a CO2 cartridge. Stefan opts to use his Eastern European charm… and lays it on thick with Wolfgang. Also, though, Wolfgang, just liked the taste of his dish. Stefan made a nice California dish, which is quite the compliment from Wolfgang. Lizzie's watermelon soup was well-balanced. But Stefan's mistress, Brooke (I shall call her that since Kristen is his wifey), wins. Wolfgang even said Brooke's dish could be on his menu at Chinois. On the other hand, Sheldon found himself on the bottom with a "pedestrian" dish that Wolfgang could find at a cheap Chinese restaurant. Yikes. Josh's dish -- what's he word we're looking for -- underwhelmed. Double yikes! AM I the only one starting to think Wolfgang is our toughest judge?! He sure doesn't mince words. Culinary pun intended.