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Friday, December 26, 2008

The 12 Pains o' X-Mas

Doing Top Chef recap a little late because of all the merry making going on around these parts. And a very Merry Christmas and even better New Year to all of you!

Quick Fire competition seemed a little unfair to me. Martha Stewart, guru of perfect living was the judging the cheftestants this round. And as much I despise Martha as a person, I will say she does come up w/ some food and craft ideas. Anyways, the chefs had to make a one pot meal in 45 minutes. Talk about quick and "hot"! The losers were Eugene for adding corn starch to his stew. I've ruined many a meal by not thoroughly whisking my corn starch. Fabio because Martha couldn't taste the mushrooms in his polenta. Bullshit excuse if you ask me. And pretty boy Jeff because his potato risotto was a starchy mess. Duh, Jeff! Risotto is supposed to be luscious and creamy. Not a good fit for potato. Anywho, the wiener of immunity and this Quick Fire was Ariane. Really? Puree cauliflower and herb rubbed beef tenderloin is a one pot meal? Again, I call bullshit.

This week's Elimination Challenge was a redux of last week. Big catering event with an abstract theme. The cheftestants each had a "Day of Christmas" and were to make whore's ovaries (read appetisers) for 300 peeps at an AMFAR event. Woo hoo! One of my fave causes, AIDS research. The big winner was my lovely boyfriend Hosea who was assigned 11 pipers piping. He went with a smoked dish of pork loin over chipolte mashed potatoes with an apple jus. Yummy yum yummy. And it's pretty awesome he won 'cause there was all kinds o' drama in the Top Chef kitchen. The fridge door was left opened all night thereby making Hosea's pork and Radika's duck not safe for consumption. And in the spirit of giving all the chefs helped out our 2 wayward kitties.

Then an interesting turn of events happened, head judge Tom stated the top 3 dishes were good, not great. And everybody else's food was unacceptable. He's looking at you Ariane for serving 6 variations of deviled eggs. So nobody was sent packing and were basically given the old "step up yr game" speech.

How do you like them apples?


Anonymous said...

I liked this episode. At least they were friendly and helped each other in a time of crisis. Previous seasons' participants would've left each other scrambling.

Lydia said...

Ugh! I stayed up late for the super extended version of Top Chef (you know, the one with the added commercials) and NO ONE went home? Damn. At least there's a double elimination next time. Start the bloodshed!

phairhead said...

Lydia, if you have any X-mas money left over, purchase a TiVo. No more late nights : ) Unless you enjoy that sorta thing

phairhead said...

NS: yeah I was thinking of the some of the less compassionate cheftestants. They had some Grinches.

M. Da Glyde Woodrow said...

Chef Tom did what I was telling you about...Made them aware of the bar, and they felt it. He's good!

p.s. My retrospect post is up.