I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef August 19, 2010
Bravo ran a new episode of Top Chef last night and I must say, I continue to be disappointed by the quality of the show this season. I think last season most defiantly spoiled us with the extremely high quality of chef’s in the group. With a few exceptions, this group seem like they’re really just pretty good cooks and not “top” Chefs.
Not being a chef, I really don’t know for sure, but the quick fire challenge looked extremely difficult. The mystery box challenge is used quite frequently in cooking competition shows but to kick it up, Top Chef kept bringing in new mystery box ingredients every few minutes. Every ingredient had to be used in the final dish. Every contestant struggled with this challenge but we saw Angelo actually sweating, he seems to be losing his confidence. We’re not hearing the cocky Angelo in interviews anymore and even the other contestants noted a change in him.
For the second time this season we see Ed interview stating that he hopes that Angelo will go home because he’s their biggest competition. What a pussy! If we learned nothing from last season, it is that you want to go up against and beat the best chef or what are you doing there?
Tiffany comes out on top of the quick fire and wins $10,000, this woman is a class act! More about Tiffany later.
I can only imagine how difficult it is for Top Chef producers to continuously come up with new and fun to watch challenges for these chefs, they do sometimes repeat challenges from past seasons but most are original challenges that we’ve not seen before. Tonight was no exception, the chefs are to create a dish “disguising” a classic recipe so that it has the flavors but maybe not the same composition. It is a bit odd but since they’re cooking for members of the CIA along with the director, I get the pun!
Each chef pulls a knife to decide what dish they’re going to reconstruct, and they’re off.
The first two to serve their dishes are Angelo and Kelly. These are the kinds of challenges where we can see if the chef’s have integrity or are just competitive assholes. Kelly is plating her Kung Po Shrimp dish that is actually a soup and she asks for help, Tiffany is right there beside her helping her get that dish out. Tiffany interviews that she wants to win, yes, but she wants the other chefs at their best to compete against. Now THAT is a Top Chef attitude! (Take a lesson Ed)
Angelo pulled Beef Wellington and choked serving frozen puff pastry that turned out to be hard along with over salted beef. The judges really liked Kelly’s soup.
Next up is Tiffany who pulled Gyro out of the knife block and the judges are impressed even Eric Ripart says it was the most elegant Gyro he’s ever been served! Kevin’s cob salad was good but was served as a salad, therefore no “disguise” so not impressive to the judges.
The next pair to serve is Alex and Amanda. Strangely, Amanda gushes over Alex and tells us in interviews that she loves him, respects and admires him. A crush maybe? It certainly can’t be his culinary skills! Alex serves his version of Veal Parmesan and Amanda, French Onion soup, the judges are not impressed with either dish. Finally Ed the pansy serves Chicken Cordon Bleu and while the judges like the taste, Ed didn’t disguise his dish.
The whole idea of “disguising” the dishes was sort of stupid, but it didn’t really come into play in the final outcome, best I could tell. It was all about flavors and execution.
Tiffany is once again the winner and now has a honeymoon package trip to Paris! Her excitement at the win was contagious, you just have to root for this woman!
In the bottom three we found Angelo, Alex and Amanda, the curse of the “A’s” tonight. Amanda’s French Onion soup was simply a French Onion soup that the judges actually described as “too sweet”? Angelo’s use of frozen puff pastry and over salted meat brought him to the table and finally we have the man who should have gone home weeks ago, in my estimation, Alex. Alex served little pasta tortellini’s and a chunk of tough stringy veal and was finally sent packing!
Chef Tom Colocchio, head judge was on Twitter during the show and first announced a spoiler alert and that West Coast viewers should not read his tweets. That came to nothing as he only tweeted three or four times with short responses to some fans. His annoyance that was reflected in his blog was mirrored in his tweets as people continue to slay him for not only Kenny going home last week but they’re still harassing the poor guy about Hosea winning in Season Four.
He is fascinated with a young woman on Twitter who he has had a long back and forth conversation with before last night’s episode aired and has even continued the argument this morning. I tweeted to him asking him WHY he would get into this with a young, rude and disrespectful girl and his response to me was simply:
@Tom_Colocchio LynnNChicago Sport
Chef Tom is tweeting this morning again to this young lady who simply thanked Chef Tom for the additional followers that his attention has brought to her, she’s been rude and disrespectful, but she hasn’t tweeted in over 9-hours, yet Tom continues to tweet to her this morning. Amazing! The funny part is they’re discussing chefs from two season’s ago, Hosea and Stephan. I don’t get it!
I got a few tweets last night from a follower who lives in New York City and is a big fan of Top Chef. She had been tweeting with Kenny and some of the other cheftestants while the show aired in past weeks and was surprised to wake up last Thursday morning to an invitation to dinner from Kenny. It’s a great story and you can read about it here:
So we’re down to six chef’s and I still feel that Angelo, if he can get his confidence back, is a frontrunner but I’m really impressed by how Tiffany is emerging as an outstanding and classy chef and woman!
In other news:
Real Housewives of DC cast member Lynda Erkiletian was on Twitter last night and interacting with many of us who are Housewife fans. She seems very friendly and down to earth, we’ll keep watching. I made a suggestion to her because I felt her Twitter name (@LyndaErkiletian) was difficult for fans to remember since the spelling of her last name is not a simple or classic name, I suggested she make it something simple and easy to spell like LyndaDC or LyndaRHODC. She was paying attention, here is her response…
@LyndaErkiletian LynnNChicago I Like that
So if you’re looking for her on Twitter, her new name is now @LyndaRHODC
She also put out there that the next five people to tweet back to her with the #RHODC tag, she would follow them. Bless her heart if she didn’t end up following over 40 people last night! She started the evening following about half a dozen people and now follows 51, including me but we’ll see how long that lasts when I give my honest opinions. LOL So far, while she seems pretty uppity and nasty on screen, she’s been very nice on Twitter, I guess time will tell with all the DC ladies.
Teresa and Caroline made a short appearance on Lopez Tonight last night with George Lopez. If you didn’t see it, you didn’t miss a thing. George did a “bit” about responding on screen to some Tweets that he receives. One of them asked why he doesn’t speak more kindly about New Jersey. He brought out Caroline and Teresa to respond. No doubt that the entire thing was scripted and awkward, Caroline seemed more at ease and delivered her lines smoothly. Teresa was like the worst actress you’ve ever seen in your life, times 10! She was constantly starting her line, then going back to the beginning, always looking to her left at what was clearly the cue cards. She made a complete ass of herself! She should have stuck to her original idea and told good ole George to “go scratch!” I was really hoping that George was going to bring that up, but all he did was make fun of her blowing kisses at everyone!
If anyone missed it, Teresa’s tweets:
And I’m not doing George Lopez. He wanted us to do a skit about the mafia. Not happening. He can go scratch.
George Lopez is so cool, he changed the skit b/c it upset me. So now I’m going. No hard feelings George…
I really appreciate George Lopez reaching out to me. Very classy. Love love love you George!
The Dr. Phil Show was so great. Really interesting discussion. He is a doll. Airs in a few weeks. ~
You may notice that after Teresa tells George Lopez to “go scratch”, she changes her tune but still does not apologize. George Lopez did see Teresa’s tweet as he retweeted a fan’s (and twitter friend) tweet to him discussing Teresa’s rude ranting:
Note that Teresa taped an episode of Dr. Phil as well while in LA, notice that she never mentions that Caroline is with her. It is always, “I am going to be on the show”, she doesn’t say, “Caroline and I or WE will be on the show” I think Teresa and Caroline are not as close as they’d like for us to believe. However, in contrast, Caroline Tweeted:
@CarolineManzo Dinner then sleep. Dr Phil and George Lopez shows tomorrow w/Teresa
@CarolineManzo Don’t forget to watch @lopeztonight Teresa and I will be on! So much fun!
Caroline mentions Teresa in every Tweet, Teresa didn’t mention Caroline at all!
New Popeater article:
Until Next Time……