I Hate Jill Zarin Big Brother – Thursday Update July 28, 2010
So we last left the idiot Matt, as Head of Household and instead of putting up the two he promised, Brenden and Rachel, he put up Kathy and Andrew for eviction. If he had an explanation, I didn’t get it, he certainly didn’t explain himself well and he has no GOOD explanation! He sure did spend the rest of the episode complaining that nothing works out for him. What a friggin moron this guy is!
I get that Kathy voted for him last week but so what? She’s certainly not a threat to anyone, she’s not going to win any challenges. Andrew being put on the block just makes no sense but Andrew acted like an idiot and began with his little anger fits and getting upset over such stupid little things. As we know, the behavior of the nominees is always watched closely and if one of them acts like an immature baby, the target becomes bigger. Unfortunately for Andrew, it gets worse.
Matt calling himself the “evil genius” is an oxy- moron! This decision is going to come back to haunt him sometime soon when either Brenden or Rachel are responsible for getting rid of Matt or one of Matt’s alliance. As much as I cannot stand Rachel with the fugly fake Jill Zarin red hair, I hope that she targets Matt for his stupidity!
The people playing in the power of veto competition couldn’t have been any worse. Matt’s “master plan” is falling apart before it even begins. With Raggedy Rachel, and Brenden being included in the POV competition, Matt is already nervous and he should be, what the hell was he thinking? He could have at least put up one of them. (Rachel or Brenden)
Brendan’s win now ensures that either Kathy or Andrew will go home this week, something that does not help the Brigade at all and Matt looks like an absolute moron to his alliance. Way to go Matt, I hope his alliance realizes how absolutely stupid this guy is and turns against him. Enzo did talk about how Matt was supposed to be the brains of the operation and surprise, now they have no brains, not that they ever did.
I thought that Andrew was a complete moron for making the speech that he did, as Matt said Andrew’s goal was to make the houseguests think he was gunning for Brenden and Rachel and all it did was the opposite, it made him seem unstable and quite frankly stupid. To state in no uncertain terms that he wanted the lip-locked couple out then to ask Brenden to use the power of veto on him was a little crazy! If Matt can convince the Brigade that Andrew has to go, the votes could be tied and Matt could be sending Andrew home.
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Top Chef The Pea Puree Mystery July 28, 2010
I was disappointed in last week’s elimination, I think worse chef’s than Tamesha remain at this point and it was just the nature of the challenges that sealed her fate. I was also disappointed in Kenny’s interview that he didn’t feel he belonged in the bottom two, he felt that it was simply his cheftestants going after him because he’s a strong competitor. Sorry Kenny but the judges felt the same way as your peers did.
That said, I continue to believe that Kenny and Angelo are the top two chefs’ and the ones to beat.
The Quick Fire Challenge was one of the toughest I’ve seen. To put a bite sized piece of food on a toothpick that has to be packed with flavor has to be tough! The winner will win immunity and $20k in cash! We watch these episodes but do we realize how really really hard they are to pull off?
There were really some creative and ingenious dishes
The bottom three, Alex, Ed and Kelly were not surprising. I think that from what we’ve seen and what we’ve heard from the other cheftestants, Alex is a weak chef and one of those who most certainly should have been sent home before Tamesha.
The top three were Stephen, Kevin and our winner, Angelo. Tough challenge so no easy feat to be in the top three. Angelo wins not only immunity but $20,000 cash! Wow!
Kevin is bitter! He says, “If they like Chinese food all the time, ……” Personally, I prefer chefs who are supportive of one another, I know that this is a competition but as we’ve seen in last season’s chefs, being supportive and respectful to one another doesn’t hinder you on Top Chef, it, in fact seems to come back and reward you in the end.
A Top Chef isn’t just about what the food tastes like, we know from past seasons that typically the winner of top chef has proven to be a class act!
The elimination challenge is pretty straight forward, they are not allowed to choose their protein but they are simply making lunch, a Power Lunch at The Palm Restaurant in DC, the chefs drew knives to decide who gets which protein and there is more rushing to shop.
Getting on my nerves most of all is Kelly! She drew the porterhouse steak knife and was paired with Amanda who drew the same. Upon arrival at The Palm, Amanda, (who I’m not all that fond of either) had realized she did not bring any salt and pepper with her. Not being completely aware of the protocol, I wonder if it is the chef’s responsibility to bring something as basic as salt and pepper to a restaurant that would clearly have salt and pepper on site. Quite simply Kelly is a bitch for not allowing Amanda to use her salt and it will clearly come back to haunt her!
Andrea is beginning to get on my nerves with her complaining every week! Last week she felt slighted because she personally knew the guest judge, this week it’s a problem with her protein! Andrea is also seen in an interview gossiping about the relationship between Tiffany and Ed. What is the problem with these two chefs being friends? Andrea is not only a bitch, she is very immature!
Amanda has never served a porterhouse? I found that tough to believe but to remedy the situation she cuts it down to a Filet mignon and a New York. Kelly finds another reason to bitch about her competitor and rightly states that it is no longer a porterhouse, however, nothing in the rules stated that the steak had to be prepared in its original condition. Cutting a steak is clearly allowed.
Back at the house for the evening, Alex admits to his housemates that he still doesn’t know what to make. It seemed clear to me at that point that Alex had not prepared a pea puree but Kenny mentions that Ed had made a pea puree.
Bruce Bozzi of the Palm Restaurant gives the Chef’s a little pep talk and lets them know that the winning dish will be on the menu as well as their face in a characature on the wall alongside the rich and famous!
As the chefs begin to prepare their final plates at The Palm, Ed lost his pea puree. Alex says he never saw Ed’s pea puree. Suddenly Alex has a pea puree. Chef’s confirm that Alex did not make the pea puree the day before. These are facts from what we’ve seen in this episode. Having never made a pea puree, I don’t know what the process is but experienced chef, Kenny tells us that Alex clearly did not have enough time to make a pea puree at The Palm. Again, we do know that Alex didn’t make it on preparation day in the top chef kitchen the day before. We’ll get back to Alex.
I noticed that every season there are a few challenges that Chef Tom eats in the kitchen. I’m not sure why that is, maybe Tom didn’t want to hang with the politicians and the news people. I would completely understand that. Is it possible that Chef Tom wants to see how these chef’s operate, which ones fall apart under pressure. Is this part of the judging? Tom says they were sloppy but we don’t get much feedback from the head judge at this point.
The talk in the kitchen is about Alex stealing the pea puree. Someone has to know this for sure, a cameraman, reviewing the videotape has to give the answer. We know for a fact that Alex didn’t buy the ingredients to make a pea puree and he didn’t make it at the top chef kitchens on day one, he would have had to whip it together on site, but did he have the ingredients with him to do that? Was he able to utilize the ingredients from the Palm and throw it together there? Amanda didn’t even have salt because she didn’t bring it with her, so how was Alex able to put together a pea puree without any advanced planning?
Judges table, Alex, Tiffany and Ed are called out first, these are the top three. Alex is called out about how great his pea puree was and wins the challenge. Ed, standing next to him knowing that Alex won with that pea puree had to be extremely frustrating. Would Ed have been the winner if the pea puree was on his plate where it rightfully belonged?
By the way, Art Smith, the guest judge, looks AMAZING! He has lost a lot of weight.
Bottom three are: Kelly, Andrea and Kevin.
Kevin’s dish had too much heat. Then we get the famous “did you taste it?” question from Gail Simmons…argh! I hate when judges ask that question, it is so stupid! What are they going to say? Kevin overcooked his meat and according to Chef Art Smith, the bones weren’t cleaned? Nothing held the dish together.
Andrea is full of excuses, Swordfish is not a favorite or something that she normally cooked. But the judges thought that her Cuscus was overcooked – and Chef Tom said that the mustard and vanilla bean flavorings just weren’t singing well together.
Kelly – Porterhouse too salty, she was so selfish and not wanting to share the salt with Angela – she used it all so that she wouldn’t have to share it with Amanda and it came back to bite her in the ass. Kelly breaks down crying in the back room as they wait to see who goes home. She claims that she was trying to give the judges what they want and provide aggressive flavors, sorry Kelly your salty mess was not considered aggressive. I’m no chef, but even I know that you can always add salt, you can never take it away so if you’re selfish and insist on using all the salt you brought with you, you deserve to go home! Karma is a bitch – huh Kelly? If you’re so insistent on slamming Angela, let her bury herself, give her the salt and let your food stand for itself!
The fact that Top Chef never address’s the stolen pea puree that just happened to be the key to Alex winning this challenge is what makes me so crazy! The cameras had to have caught where that Pea puree that Alex used had come from. Was it in the cooler pre-made or did Alex whip that up on the spot? According to Kenny, there wasn’t enough time at the Palm to prepare a pea puree.
In the end, neither of the two forerunners, Kenny or Angelo are in the top or the bottom, they both fall in the middle of this challenge.
Going home – Andrea is gone! I wish it had been Kelly, I no longer like her. I’m just really glad that the stolen pea puree wasn’t responsible for someone going home but it is still frustrating that it was responsible for the winning dish and was never addressed at all by the judges/producers.
I read Chef Tom Colicchio does go into the pea puree incident in detail. I was surprised to learn that the judges had no idea about this situation at all before during or after the episode and only learned of it today. In the end, that pea puree has to be somewhere. If they returned to the Top Chef kitchens and found it there, it would solve the mystery and put rest any rumors that Alex is a snake. If we know for a fact that the puree made it to The Palm, and Alex is the only one serving one, it is pretty clear to me.
I am pretty disappointed that the Top Chef producers chose to ignore the situation and I get why Ed didn’t say anything directly to Alex, however, this should have been discussed, explored and investigated. Top Chef continues to tell us that this competition prides itself on their standards and adhering to rules, why wasn’t this addressed? Chef Tom basically says we have to deal with it and move on, at this point, what else can anyone do? I also noticed that Chef Tom was right there watching the drama unfold as Ed runs around looking for the missing pea puree yet in his blog notes he knew nothing about this whole incident.
Top Chef Producers show enough evidence to make people believe that Alex did the unthinkable then chose to ignore the situation. Was it editing? Is there footage showing Alex preparing his very own pea puree from scratch? They show Alex digging through the cooler then out of nowhere coming away with a puree. They also show Alex lying about his knowledge of what Ed was making, in a flashback we see Kenny telling Alex about the pea puree. Additionally, Alex never actually denied taking it! I don’t think that is ethical at all because they’re certainly allowing it to appear as though Alex acted inappropriately yet they allowed it to unfold without any intervention.
Should Ed have said something or formerly complained about this situation? Maybe, maybe not but it should not have been ignored, particularly when it did affect the outcome of the challenge.
Finally, we are, once again missing Chef Eric Ripert without any explanation. He was introduced as the regular judge for the season, yet we’ve only seen him once or twice.
Until Next Time……..