I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef August 26, 2010
BREAKING NEWS! Jill Zarin admits to Amazongate!
Reporter Ted Kruckel: I asked Jill Zarin if there was any truth to the story in The Daily Beast that she had asked her interviewer, Doree Shafrir, to post a positive review on Amazon, and then also got caught by Shafrir posting positive reviews of herself. She had a bunch of different answers. My faves: “Everybody does it,” “I haven’t yet commented on that,” and finally “The reviews came from my account. That’s all I’m saying.”
FINALLY, she admitted she was Susan Saunders!
It was a good night on Bravo, Top Chef aired with just six cheftestants left standing, I’m still holding strong that these six people don’t hold a candle to last season’s crop of chef’s but you work with the hand you’re given. Chef Tom Colicchio isn’t as passionate this season as he seemed to be in the past, I think he recognizes that casting may have fallen a bit short this year, he seems to be phoning it in a bit.
We don’t see Chef Tom in the kitchen checking up on the chef’s like we’ve seen in past seasons, and the comments that he makes don’t really give us the big picture like he’s done in the past. This season, probably more than any other, we’ve seen contradictions in procedure and in Tom’s comments. He’s told us that Ed should have spoken up, when we know in the past contestants are ridiculed when they try to defend themselves. We’ve been told that only the final plate of food is judged, yet in the past we’ve heard Chef Tom talk about the chef’s being unorganized or sloppy when preparing their dish. When the fiasco of whether or not Alex stole the puree from Ed, all involved tried to dismiss it and then two weeks later came back with a positive statement of Alex did not do it, period! It is a little frustrating.
The quick fire required the chef’s to prepare a dish based on a food idiom. Things like “Hot Potato” and “Bigger Fish To Fry” were available and one by one the chef’s chose their idiom.
Amanda’s Mac and cheese dish and Kelly’s sour grapes ended up on the bottom and we were treated to Amanda whining that she disagreed with the judges. Kevin brought home the bacon with one of the top two dishes but it was Ed, with his hot potato that won the challenge and a trip to Australia. The two favorite chefs (well, my favorites) Tiffany and Angelo were in the middle of the pack.
Guest judge this week is arrogant Top Chef Master’s Chef, Rick Moonen. His resume cannot be argued but I found him to be a bit of a baby while competing on Bravo’s Master’s series. I typically don’t comment on fashion or what people are wearing but I have to make an exception here, what the hell was Padma wearing? It looked like a cheap terry cloth tube top with elastic holding it up over her boobs. She was right out of the 70’s, and not in a good way, at all!
The show opened with Ed rolling out of bed wearing Tiffany’s dress, I really didn’t get that unless there was a lot of drinking going on the night before. Excessive drinking seems to be a prerequisite for Top Chef Contestants and unfortunately for employees in the restaurant industry in general.
Amanda interviewed several times over this episode, maybe the producers wanted to ensure that thoroughly made a complete fool of herself before being eliminated. We hear her saying that Angelo is weird, he’s crazy and even a long baby talk rambling that made me want to stick a fork in my ears. Angelo reveals a little too much as he tells us that he has a “shrine” to some of his favorite Chef’s and prays to the Chef Gods…..ok Angelo, a bit too much information.
While Amanda is slamming Angelo, Angelo tells us that he likes Amanda and calls her smart, we certainly haven’t seen any evidence of that but Angelo seems to think she is, so maybe he isn’t such a great judge of people? Ed hates Amanda, calls her sloppy with no real cooking ability, everyone seems to agree that Ed runs around like a chicken with his head cut off.
Angelo made a comment that I did not understand at all, during the quick fire Angelo said that Kevin didn’t consider the “guidelines of the challenge” when preparing his bacon dish. As I understood it, he was simply required to use bacon, and he did that so I’m not sure what that was all about.
The elimination challenge found the chef’s at Washington National’s baseball park where they are each required to make a dish to serve to the baseball crowd, something that is more high end then basic consession stand food. They are to work as a team to prepare and serve these dishes and we see Kelly trying to take control of all of the other chef’s and what they are preparing.
We see the judges bringing some of the players from the team on a tour through the kitchens which is clearly not impressive to the chef’s. Rather than welcoming the players to the kitchen and showing some excitement at meeting some players, the chef’s all seem to be annoyed by the distraction and time wasting. (I have to agree with them) This is typical of Top Chef, we see the chef’s given a tight time schedule, then Padma brings in someone for them to meet that only cuts into their already short prep time.
Friction between Kevin and Angelo, created by the ridiculous rules of the challenge, why is someone required to “take orders”? Whoever takes on that role is going to have a disadvantage, so why is that required of the chef’s? I simply don’t get it!
Tiffany and Ed come out on top, Tiffany with her Meatball sandwich and Ed wins it with his Shrimp/Corn popper. While Ed continues to win challenges, his behavior and procedure in the kitchen aren’t consistent with previous Top Chef winners, I can see Tiffany winning the whole thing now, I don’t know what happened to Angelo but he’s falling short in every challenge these past few weeks.
All four of the remaining chef’s are called out in the bottom but ultimately Amanda is finally sent home for preparing a tuna tar tar that Chef Erik Ripert called inedible and tells us that he actually spit it out in his video blog..
Chef Ripert seems to think that Angelo is partially to blame for Amanda’s final dish, and we did see her asking Angelo how to “grind” up her tuna, however, we didn’t see Angelo suggesting to Amanda that she do it the day before. In fact, we saw all of the chef’s watching Amanda preparing the tuna the day before and none of them suggested to her that she wait until the day of service to tar tar the tuna. Ultimately, each chef has to be responsible for their own decisions.
Is Angelo sabotaging the other chefs? Chef Ripert seems to think so, I don’t think so. He seems to be the only chef willing to answer questions or help the other chef’s, they can follow his advice or not, ultimately they each have to be responsible for their own dish.
Amanda arrives at the loser’s house…
The final results have been posted for the 1st Annual Twitter Real Housewives Awards, and here they are:
CATEGORY 1- BEST BOOK… NATURALLY THIN: UNLEASH YOUR SKINNY GIRL!
CATEGORY 2- TACKIEST HOUSEWIFE… TERESA GIUDICE!
CATEGORY 3- MOST INSPIRING HOUSEWIFE… ALEX MCCORD!
CATEGORY 4- HW’S YOU’D PAY TO SEE CAGE FIGHT… TERESA & BETHENNY!
CATEGORY 5- HW YOUR MATE WOULD LIKELY FIND ATTRACTIVE… SONJA MORGAN!
CATEGORY 6- BEST GUEST ON WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE… ELLEN BARKIN!
CATEGORY 7- BEST/WORST BODY IN A SWIMSUIT… GRETCHEN/DANIELLE!
CATEGORY 8- BEST BACKSTABBER… KIM DEPAOLA!
CATEGORY 9- HW ON DRUGS DURING SEASON OR REUNION… LYNNE CURTIN!
CATEGORY 10- HOUSEWIFE WHO FELL FROM GRACE… JILL ZARIN!
CATEGORY 11- MOST EVOLVED HOUSEWIFE… ALEX MCCORD!
CATEGORY 12- HW YOU’D LEAST LIKE TO SEE IN A SEX VIDEO… KIM GRANATELL!
CATEGORY 13- SEXIEST HOUSEWIFE… GRETCHEN ROSSI!
CATEGORY 14- WORST VOICE… TERESA GIUDICE!
CATEGORY 15- MOST AMBITIOUS HOUSEWIFE… VICKY GUNVALSON!
CATEGORY 16- HW WHO OVERSOLD CRAP… JILL ZARIN!
CATEGORY 17- HOUSEWIFE YOU BELIEVE IS THE BEST BLOGGER… ALEX MCCORD!
CATEGORY 18- HW/HH WHO’D MAKE A PERFECT MATCH… ALEXIS AND MARIO!
CATEGORY 19- FAKEST CRIER… KELLY BENSIMON!
CATEGORY 20- WHO’S BETTER: PEREZ OR ANDY… ANDY COHEN!
CATEGORY 21- BEST REUNION ARGUMENT… RAMONA SINGER AND JILL ZARIN!
CATEGORY 22- WORST HOUSEWIFE’S NEIGHBOR/FRIEND EVER… KIM GRANATELL!
CATEGORY 23- WORST SCRIPTED SCENE… LUANN AND CORT!
CATEGORY 24- BEST HOUSEWIFE’S GRANDPARENTS… THE HOPPY’S!
CATEGORY 25- HOUSEWIVES YOU WANT TO RETURN/STAY GONE… JEANA KEOUGH/LYNN!
CATEGORY 26- HOUSEWIVES WHO LOVE TO TWEET… A TIE JACKIE AND ALEX!
CATEGORY 27- THE HOUSEWIFE YOU WANT TO DISAPPEAR… TERESA!
CATEGORY 28- BEST PET… COOKIE!
CATEGORY 29- BEST PET POOP SCENE… GINGER!
CATEGORY 30- UGLIEST PET… GRANDMA WRINKLES!
CATEGORY 31- BEST/WORST HOME DECOR… RAMONA SINGER/TERESA GIUDICE!
CATEGORY 32- SICKEST KISS/INTIMATE SCENE… JILL ZARIN & LUANN BEDROOM!
CATEGORY 33- BEST VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY… RAMONA AND MARIO!
CATEGORY 34- BIGGEST/WORST LIAR… JILL ZARIN/DINA MANZO!
CATEGORY 35- SMARTEST/DUMBEST HOUSEWIFE… VICKY GUNVALSON/LYNN CURTIN!
CATEGORY 36- HOTTEST HOUSEHUSBAND… MARIO!
CATEGORY 37- BEST/WORST DRESSED HOUSEWIFE… VICKY G./TERESA G.!
CATEGORY 38- HOUSECHILD MOST/LEAST LIKELY TO SUCCEED… AVERY/MILANIA!
CATEGORY 39- HOUSEWIFE WHO’S A PLASTIC SURGERY FIEND… ALEXIS BELLINO!
CATEGORY 40- HW WITH THE BEST/WORST BREAST… ALEXIS/DANIELLE!
CATEGORY 41- HOUSEWIFE WHO’S HAD THE SADDEST CHILDHOOD… BETHENNY!
CATEGORY 42- BEST GAY HUSBAND OR GAY MALE BFF… DUANE EUBANKS!
CATEGORY 43- FUNNIEST HOUSEWIFE… BETHENNY FRANKEL!
CATEGORY 44- BEST CATCH PHRASE OF ALL TIME… AIN’T I NICE!
CATEGORY 45- BEST INTRO 1 LINER… I’VE CREATED A GREAT LIFE & I LOVE LIVING IT!
CATEGORY 46- RICHEST/POOREST HOUSEWIFE… JILL ZARIN/LYNN CURTIN!
CATEGORY 47- HOUSEWIFE YOU BELIEVE TO BE LESBIAN… CAROLINE MANZO!
CATEGORY 48- MOST ADORED HOUSECHILD… BRIANA!
CATEGORY 49- MOST HATED HOUSEHUSBAND… SIMON BARNEY!
CATEGORY 50- THE DIVORCE WE ALL SEE COMING… TERESA AND JOE!
CATEGORY 51- THE DIVORCE WE ALL KNEW WOULD HAPPEN… TAMRA AND SIMON!
CATEGORY 52- HOUSEWIFE WHO JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE… KELLY BENSIMON!
CATEGORY 53- HOUSEWIFE WHO KEEPS IT REAL… KANDI BURRUSS!
CATEGORY 54- WHO’D BEAT THE CRAP OUTTA WHOM… BETHENNY OVER TERESA!
CATEGORY 55- BEST/WORST HOUSEWIVES VACATION… ST. JOHN/ITALY!
CATEGORY 56- BEST/WORST MOM… ALEX MCCORD/LYNN CURTIN!
CATEGORY 57- MOST/LEAST TALENTED HW… KANDI BURRUSS/KIM ZOLCIAK!
CATEGORY 58- WORST SONG: COUNTESS LUANN OR KIM ZOLCIAK… KIM ZOLCIAK!
CATEGORY 59- WERE YOU TEAM JILL/BETHENNY… TEAM BETHENNY!
CATEGORY 60- THE CITY AND STATE YOU WOULD LIKE BRAVO TO TAKEOVER… MIAMI, FLORIDA!
CATEGORY 61- THE WINNER OF THE 1ST REAL HOUSEWIVES TWEEPLES CHOICE AWARDS RUBBER ROOM KEY GOES TO… KELLY BENSIMON! (1 VOTE KEPT IT FROM BEING UNANIMOUS)
THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS… LAUGH OR CRY IT’S ON RECORD NOW! MAZEL TO BETHENNY FRANKEL WHO RECEIVED THE MOST POSITIVE VOTES AND THE JACKHOLE HERE APPPARENTLY IS TERESA GIUDICE… SORRY TERESA BUT THE TWEEPLE HAVE SPOKEN!
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What do you think of the winners / losers? I agreed with most, I just don’t get why Kim G got any votes, she’s not a housewife people! LOL
Kim G took the worst neighbor/friend, I would definitely given that to Jill Zarin who kept saying what a great friend Bethenny was then went on to try to sabotage her new show. She also took the category of Housewife you’d least like to see in a sex video, I voted for Caroline but Jill comes in a close second.
Kim D of New Jersey even took a category, again, not a housewife but she won for her horrible backstabbing, what about NeNe singing a mean song about Kim in the limo? Or again, Jill sticking the 8 inch knife in Bethenny’s back, Tamra gave it to Vicki pretty good and Teresa even did a job on Caroline the past few weeks.
A new episode of The Real Housewives of DC will air tonight on Bravo, I may still be in the minority but I am actually enjoying the show. Still no blog from Cat from last week’s episode, rumor has it she’s moved back to the UK because of the harassment she’s received. Reports are that Cat is claiming the show has painted her as racist forcing her to leave the United States for good. The move could have been more about her divorce than the show, but hopefully time will tell and reveal the truth.
Over the course of the last few weeks of the DC Housewives my opinion of Michaele has completely changed! I originally gave all of the women the benefit of the doubt, started out with positive opinions on all of them but Michaele and her husband have managed to show just how horrible they really are. All of the other DC Housewives have negative opinions of this couple and that says a lot! Apparently Michaele was well liked and a good person prior to meeting and marrying her husband, who is clearly a tool!
I want to see Paul Wharton calling out the Salahi’s on the birthday party fiasco! Michaele doesn’t deny there she never paid for the party nor does she deny that her attorney called Paul’s publicist, here is a portion of her blog:
I am troubled to discover Paul Wharton and Jason Backe’s comments spreading more misinformation about my husband and me. Charlotte Reid (Paul’s publicist) and Paul asked me to lend my name to be one of the four different co-hosts for his party. The other co-hosts were Erica Gutierrez, Mary Barth, and Charlotte Reid. At all times, they said the finances of the party were taken care of by Mark Barnes at his venue “The Park.” I was still very happy to do my part and donate thousands of dollars of Oasis wines and some Champagne. I was happy to do my part with our wines from our vineyard for Paul Wharton’s Birthday. In fact, Mark Barnes, who is a mutual friend, was also happy to host the night at The Park at no charge. We delivered in advance cases of our Red wine for the evening. Don’t know why they are spinning it … just sayin’ –- this is TV.
As you can imagine, our attorney, who has seen us get used 100 different ways, only called Paul’s publicist because he was concerned that The Park, Paul, or the production company was going to make it look like we didn’t pay a bill, which never existed. Much of how we got portrayed was inaccurate in many ways, and is what was expected, but we stayed one step ahead of them just in case this may have happened. Our attorney contacted Charlotte Reid since she was Paul’s publicist to make sure to keep it very clear to all parties what I was gifting to his night. I was happy to help celebrate Paul and his birthday and donate some wine. Gosh, good thing others saw through it. I didn’t see that coming. “Rise Above!”
Why would there be any concern about who is paying for anything if it had already been discussed and put to bed? I don’t trust this woman at all! I can’t wait to see how she spins the crashing at the White House.
Until Next Time……