Team Top Chef

How do you solve a problem like John Tesar?

on Nov 28, 20120

Hello, my little fried onions! Before, I get into this week's episode, I want to make sure you have all watched Last Chance Kitchen, or promise to immediately following reading my recap. Not only is the, ahem, Emmy-nominated, ahem, series back, but there's an added twist this season called Save a Chef, where you can, y'know, save a chef. Come back to Bravotv.com for more details on Thursday!

We start this week's episode back where we ended last week's -- in the Stew Room. Josh and CJ vs. John. They throw around their insults -- Josh refers to John as a redneck, and we kinda start to see where John may have picked up that reputation he talked about. As is my custom to defend the more controversial cheftestants each season (Hi, Marcel!), I find that the best thing to do is usually ignore them if they bother you. John's initial argument about Kuniko's elimination wasn't anything that needed to escalate to the point it reached, but, hey, i haven't been up for hours cooking Thanksgiving dinner, so my state of mind is a little bit different. A reference to "The Real Housewives of Seattle" is made. Let's hope dinner tables don't get thrown!

Cut to the cheftestant house, where we finally see who gave Kristen the foot rub we sneaked a peek of in this season's trailer -- and it's Stefan. I don't know why this surprised me. It shouldn't have. At all. I hate feet, so this whole scene grossed me out like you wouldn't believe.

Sooo, let's pretend it never happened and moved on to the Quickfire Challenge. We see a familiar face -- Top Chef Master Naomi Pomeroy, chef and owner of the highly-acclaimed Beast in Portland. She has brought two beasts of her own in the form of giant beef slabs. The challenge? To butcher a cut of the beef and create a dish in one hour. Again, love the challenge -- it not only tests the chefs butchering skills, but also gives them a pretty wide-open arena to make anything they want. A few things happen in the first few minutes

1. Josie/Carla can't get their cut off the hook -- my heart sinks for them, but they're taking it in stride.

2. CJ eats the beef off the bone to test it for his dish. I'm minorly grossed out again, but I shouldn't be. We also get a little more insight into how confident he is this time around. And he has reason to be. If you'll remember, when he first competed he was working as a personal chef, most likely working in personal kitchens, but he is obviously much more comfortable in a proessional kitchen now.

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Do you realize there not 'little onions',so why name cook folks 'veggies'?  Besides at giant meat slaps to be butchered is this named; 'choppy chef', for just one furious response, isn't a punching bag' ! Now know it's "phooey on you"!!!!! Omit or erase as a part in present years / times!

Abstract-HIPPIE-Artist
Abstract-HIPPIE-Artist

Please provide a way for those of us  - who do NOT Twitter and do NOT Facebook or any other techno-gadget app - to VOTE.  My only access (I must be a dinasaur) is BRAVOtv.com

I WANT TO VOTE.  PLEASE CREATE AN ON-LINE voting system.

 

Otherwise, thanks for the LCK return.   THe  squab issue was well addressed and thankfully that chef can leave.  My gourmet chef father (in the 1950s) simply took the tiny birds and with a wink in his eye and a magic wand wrapped those delicious birds in BACON, skewered with tooth picks and some scrumptious glaze (orange marmalde base) and baked them.  But Daddy did NOT have a time limit…just our hungry faces peering over the kitchen counter waiting for his next creation.

Daddy (circa 1960s) did win a recipe contest with Sunset Magazine and the thrill of cooking with Julia Child.  Need I say that my own palate welcomes octopus, Rockie Mountain Oysters, and other varities of good food.

Love this season as every season.  Have fun on the cruise and I want a GOOD STUFF eatery t-shirt (XXL) from Life After Top Chef.

Subhadeep
Subhadeep

Can we please have the recipe for Kuniko's Last Chance Kitchen Asian style chowder?

ValentinaBallerina
ValentinaBallerina

Already liking this season so much better than last, and am definitely rooting for John at this point. I find CJ to be far more know-it-all in his general attitude than John. I recognize him (CJ), but beyond that don't specifically remember him from his season. Josh really irritates me. He seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Wish I could eat a plateful of Kristen's onions and mushrooms for dinner...YUM!

SusanCoyote
SusanCoyote

It's an interesting group - it's still kinda early to really know who is gonna get on my nerves.  Josie and CJ brought the same short-commings to the table, nothing has changed.  Sadly for CJ, because he is likeable.  Not so much for Josie, she needs to beat it.  John may be arrogant, but that guy can back it up with some truly amazing dishes.  Others with attitudes fall short on the talent.  I think that if Stefan can harness (edit) his inner cuckoo, he can win.

elque_
elque_

Small nitpick: It's "calf fries" not "cat fries."

 

And Hallelujah, annoying Carla is gone! (I hope, haven't watched LCK yet.)

michele00724
michele00724

Monica-LOVE your writing! I always bond to the class scapegoat, even Marcel and his Siamese twin, Spike, so, it was nice to see John's bullies get the sweats during elimination. Now, I totally want John to prevail, even wearing his glasses on his forehead.....I liked CJ so much better when he beat cancer and worked in somebody's home kitchen. He is so darn full of himself, like the "LifeAfter Top Chef "pseudo~wannabe blonde cooking Kardashians..It is food, not rocket science ....or priceless art! Why do contestants get so full of themselves, especially those who get eliminated second show? I really hope the producers skip over CJ the next season of "Life After." Actually, maybe there should never be a second season.

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The Reality series onto "house wives" in Seattle doesn't have any airing times so we know it's a joke to pun onto something whichever these here blogs are all about to humor us viewers! Since it's this series shows on BRAVO's channels have mostly "WIVES CLUBS" or take off that 90's novel into a movie!!!!!!!!

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @Abstract-HIPPIE-Artist Agreed. Some of us choose not to tweet or text, and that is no excuse to exclude us from voting. We definitely need a direct online voting outlet.

NavyGuy
NavyGuy

I would have loved to see Stephan/Josie and CJ join the group....they didn't win the 1st time....the only real threat might be Stephan...

NavyGuy
NavyGuy

 @SusanCoyote

 I agree, I like John....he seems to be more laid back then I would expect for somebody voted the Most Hated Chef in Dallas.........

MonicaAReyhani
MonicaAReyhani moderator

 @elque_ Ha! Thanks for the catch -- this has been fixed. I can't decide if "cat fries" sounds adorable or even more gross!

VikkiP
VikkiP

 @better

 Who are you?  You make no sense here or in your post on Hugh's blog.