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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Top Chef recap time, y'all!

Padma had some very special guests joining her for the Quickfire Challenge.....Elmo, Cookie Monster & Telly (Monster) from Sesame Street. Hmmmm......not sure if puppets can actually taste food but whatever. For the challenge, the cheftestants had to make COOKIE COOKIE ME WANT COOKIE. So the Muppet gang hated Blais' not really a cookie liquid nitrogen "ice cream" blobs & Angelo's saw dust hazelnut cookies. And the winner of the Quickfire (& 5 grand) was Dale's pseudo cookie of pretzel and potato chip shortbread coated in melted chocolate, basically he smashed some junk food together & combined it w/ butter so the "batter" would stick together. Pretty sneaky, Dale! Though technically you did not bake anything.

For the Elimination Challenge, the cheftestants had to cook a meal in the middle of Target (at 3 am so they wouldn't bother the customers!) using only food and cooking appliances available at Target. SB was dumbfounded that none of the cheftestants went to the camping section to grab some propane camping stove tops. A lot of cheftestants went the soup route, logistically smart, not very creative. And Dale was the big winner w/ his iron cheese steak sandwich & spicy tomato soup. Aw comfort food! And packing it up was Angelo & his poopy baked potato soup. I was a bit surprised but not really. Angelo didn't really seem to have that same fire in his belly that he did on his previous season.

Angelo, you screwed up one of my fave dishes! You suck!


Jon in Albany said...

I was surprised Dale won the quickfire. His "cookie" was a little closer to an actual cookie than Blais', but they called Blais out on it and gave Dale a pass.

I guess sending Chefs into a Target at midnight and giving them 3 hours to shop, set up and cook is some kind of skill test. Certainly there were those that did much better than others. But it seemed more like a bizarre Men In Black IQ test than a measure of one's ability to lead a kitchen.

At least they didn't try to hide the product placement. And the faces when they found out they were going to have to use knives from Target...priceless.

phairhead said...

Jon: oh my lord yes, am I sick of the product placement! and thankfully there wasn't a lot of that in this episode