I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef – Restaurant Wars August 11, 2010
Is everyone else as shocked as I am? This happens every season! There always seems to be one chef who is amazing yet gets eliminated too soon! I don’t know if Kenny was destined to win necessarily but I definitely think he is better than some of the chefs that are left behind on the show and that is frustrating!
In season two, Cliff was disqualified for his antics while trying to shave Marcel’s head as a joke. I was really disappointed because I truly believe that Cliff would have been up there in the final two or three at the very least, if not the winner of Top Chef.
In season three I definitely thought that Tre and CJ should have been in the top over Dale based on what we saw.
Season four had Antonia who cooked with such heart and was sent home earlier than some of the chefs that I felt were not nearly up to her standards.
In Season Five I thought that Fabio should have been in the finale, maybe because of his personality and what a really nice guy he was, but he was clearly an outstanding chef.
Last season I thought that Ashley went home too soon and Robin stayed way longer than she should have.
Well this season it is Kenny’s turn. Who would have dreamt he would have been sent home before Alex or Amanda? I don’t think that Kenny lived up to his potential, he was absolutely a forerunner when the season started. He did become irritating when he was constantly commenting on Angelo and the other competitors rather than focusing on his own dishes. That very well may have been his downfall.
It is also Alex’s turn to overstay his welcome. While it may have been inappropriate for the losing team to start bashing a member of the winning team, I could see why they were frustrated. Knowing at that moment that one of them was going home and Alex was safe was irritating!
I truly don’t understand how they choose the contestants for this show. Shouldn’t they all be outstanding chefs to begin with? Do they just take their word for it or does the audition include actual cooking? Prep work is just as important to know as combining flavors and putting menu’s together. The basics such as being able to clean a piece of fish and butcher a piece of meat should be basic requirements for getting onto the show.
The producers have to realize how frustrating it is for viewers as they edit the show together and see what has happened. Alex is completely useless and his integrity is being questioned by the other contestants and the audience. Kenny goes home and Alex remains in the competition, really? Let’s see how we got there…
The Quick Fire challenge was fun, I always like the tag team dish. It is interesting to see what the original plan was from the first chef and the final dish from the last chef and see if it was the same dish that was conceived by Chef number one.
The blue team started with their strongest chef, Kenny began to prepare prawns and a sauce, then the weakest, Amanda did have the sense to put the pasta in the boiling water, surprisingly Kevin went next followed by the finishing touches from Kelly. Obviously a winning recipe!
The red team seemed to start off strong with Tiffany choosing a beautiful piece of fish and had the forethought to leave the head of the fish on the table so others could see what type of fish it was, Alex in the weak spot ruined the dish by seasoning it, apparently chef’s know that the seasoning comes last and that the other chefs would have no way of knowing he’d put so much salt on the fish. Ed and Angelo finished up the dish and apparently it was acceptable but not the winner.
Now it is time for the one challenge that I believe they’ve held every season. I preferred it when it was an entire restaurant to be created from scratch. They were given more time but they had to take an empty space and choose décor, lighting, utensils, table settings, everything! That is a TRUE Restaurant Wars. I enjoyed watching them put together a theme and colors, etc to make it close to something that they may do someday if they haven’t already, open a restaurant from nothing. In any case, this is what this challenge has come to, it is now merely creating a menu and preparing it.
Each team was to create two options through three courses. We are then treated to many interviews with these chefs that show them channeling their inner 12-year old. Kevin notes that the other team isn’t using Alex as they’re required to, Kenny tells us that Angelo is losing his cool but no one is talking about the food or what they’re doing for this challenge. I think that if the blue team spent more time focusing on their dishes and what they were preparing and sending out, rather than what was happening on the red team, maybe they wouldn’t have lost the challenge.
Alex is shown, once again, to be completely incompetent – he can’t clean fish and he can’t butcher meat, we also find that Alex is a complete and utter asshole to the wait staff! Ironic since he can’t seem to get it together when talking to the judges table.
There is no doubt in my mind that Alex is the weakest chef that Top Chef has this season, he has gotten lucky and possibly cheated throughout the competition so far this season. Angelo and Ed carried Alex through this challenge because it was clear to all that he did not prepare a dish. It is frustrating as a fan to watch because the one thing we can usually count on with Top Chef is integrity and it is questionable this season.
Typically we see Chef Tom walking through the kitchens during prep, where was he tonight? Why didn’t he see for himself what chaos there was in the kitchen and what Alex was doing? Restaurant Wars has always been an important episode and we’ve always seen Chef Tom checking in on the chef’s.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a losing team standing at the judges table demanding that someone from the winning team go home, but there it was! I didn’t necessarily disagree with them, but they had to know that wasn’t going to happen.
The part that I don’t understand is that Kenny was given credit for preparing two dishes, which was not required. He was also given props for being the leader and there is no doubt that the kitchen ran smoothly under Kenny’s leadership. Amanda prepared one poor dish, so why didn’t she go home? I think that Kenny should have been given another chance. Team challenges do tend to screw the wrong person and I wasn’t thrilled with Kenny’s attitude while talking in interviews and talking to the judges but I do think that he’s a talented chef. Absolutely more talented than Amanda and definitely more talented than Alex!
I truly believe that Alex took the Pea Puree from Ed a few episodes back, all of the other contestants believe it, the only ones who won’t even consider it are the judges and producers because they claim there is no footage on any of it. In the past we’ve seen the cameramen pan in on a left behind dish or a mistake being made, are they trying to tell us that there was absolutely no footage of that container of pea puree being removed from the cooler, or footage of Alex preparing his own pea puree, gathering ingredients to make it or even if they showed us Alex at Whole Foods purchasing the ingredients, we may be able to buy his story and let him slide, but I am never going to believe that there isn’t any filming of anything to give us a clue as to what happened. One thing I’m not buying is Chef Tom’s possibility that Alex used Ed’s pea puree by mistake thinking that it was his own. If he didn’t prepare one, how could he have made that mistake?
If Alex doesn’t go home soon, I’m going to have a bone to pick with Chef Tom! Speaking of Chef Tom, apparently he’s on vacation and hasn’t yet posted his blog, typically his blogs do explain better why chefs were eliminated but this week, I’m disappointed either way.
Yesterday Teresa Giudice had a book signing and our own Laura aka Just Done took one for the team and went just to report back to us on some of the details,Thank you Laura, what a great story! Here is Laura’s account of her experience:
Laura aka Just done says:
August 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm
Hey everyone…ok, I’m back, and I just poured myself a skinnygirl margerita. Needed it after that. First off, I got there and there was a line of girls (teens mostly) and some were early 20′s. All with big hair and god-awful tans. I waited to be escorted in, only to wait again. I was floored when someone from Chateau offered me a wine spritzer. they were offering them to everyone. Also, there was someone with a clothing store there, with her clothes set up inside of Chateau…very bizarre.
I began talking to a couple of women in front of me. One was a mom who brought her two teen girls, the other brought one teen girl. The first mom knew NOTHING about chewbaca…it was reallly funny. The other one, on the other hand, lives very close to me and had driven around to all of the houses (Caroline, Dina, Jac) before coming to Chateau. We were talking about the auction, etc. She is NOT a Teresa fan, thank god! I wasn’t the only one.
Now it’s my time to go up and meet the lovely Teresa. Ughhh…wtf was she wearing? It was a neon pink satin dress…god it was awful. She shakes my hand and says “no pictures?” (I didn’t bring my camera) I handed her the book and asked her to make it out to my sister. She asked why I wasn’t getting one even though “you’re soooooo skinny, you don’t need it.” I told her I wasn’t a fan, and this was a gift. This led to a full on conversation about why I wasn’t a fan, and how come my sister didn’t come with me for the book. I explained that they were at their house in LBI (Jersey shore) and she told me that she was going there on Friday. I asked who she was staying with. (She didn’t get the inference.) This woman is too stupid for words.
She finished by saying that she hoped she had changed my mind about her, and I told her no, and that I was going to go home and write on Lynn’s blog about the experience. She looked at me kind of funny, and then she said “ok, hope to see you in LBI.” She is just a stupid woman, and guess what, she looks much worse in person if anyone can believe that. As I walked out, someone from Chateau asked if I’d like a menu…so Lynn, I have a menu for you. I didn’t think you wanted the book. I know I didn’t!
As I walked out the door, I heard someone whisper “she’s a hater.” I don’t know who said it, but I know it wasn’t chewbaca. You couldn’t miss her voice.
BTW, there were approximately 30-40 people there, but as someone had pointed out, she was on her home territory. None of the other ladies were there, and I kept looking for Kim G. She was a no-show.
Thanks again Laura, that was so great!
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Finally, I wanted to quickly thank the person who got me started in blogging, (or should I smack him) Terry Aley who Tweets as @rawveggies I first did a guest blog for him many months ago and Terry suggested that I start my own blog because he was getting a lot of hits on his site from my blog. There are a lot of housewives fans out there! So just another acknowledgement and thank you to Mr. Terry Aley. Follow him on twitter @rawveggies or visit his web site at www.TerryAley.com Thanks again Terry! He’s a great guy!