Top Chef recap time!
And it's wagons ho as the remaining cheftestants travel onwards to San Antonio. There's a place I've always wanted to go to....warm weather, excellent food, beautiful scenery.
There's tension w/ the female cheftestants as the majority of them hate Beverly.....turns out the men hate her too because she's always under foot in the kitchen. I don't hate Bev and I don't like her. Definitely middle of the pack for me.
And that French sweetie Eric Ripert joined Padma in the kitchen for the Quickfire. I really really enjoy Msr. Ripert, he's insightful, knows a good plate of food when he sees one & never is mean spirited in his criticisms. Are you taking notes, Tom Col(dick)io?
For the Quickfire, the cheftestants had to yank ingredients off a fast moving conveyor belt. You snooze, you lose. However, the longer you spend looking for tasty ingredients, the less time you have to cook. The losers were Stupid Hair Accessory Chris, waited for the best stuff: foie gras, lobster & vanilla bean. His flavours did not gel. Seriously, can we get rid of this guy already?! He sucks. Grayson, awww, for too much citrus on her Dover sole & Paul's overly bitter bitter melon & mussels broth. Beverly would have won the Quickfire had she been quicker to plate her tofu. Lindsay won by a technicality w/ her grouper and clam bouillabaisse. Always the bridesmaid, aren't ya, Lindsay?
For the Elimination Challenge, Charlize Theron showed up to plug her upcoming film Snow White & the Hunstman & challenged the cheftestants to make wickedly dark, evil, Gothic meal. That is an awesome awesome concept! I loved this! Cooking doesn't always have to be pretty and sweet. The judges loved all the plates and it really came to to nitpicks to choose a loser. The winner for the week was Paul and his foie gras & bacon, pumpernickel, pickled cherries and beets enchanted wicked forest. If you nixed the foie gras, I would shove my face all up in that! Getting the boot was Bev....whoa! It really did seem like a difficult decision for the judges to make and somebody had to go.
One thing has been nagging me though....usually when a famous non-food person is a guest, they have an "entourage" or bunch of extras to dine w/ them. But not Charlize! Does she not have any friends?