I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef – The Final Five September 2, 2010
We’re down to the final five on a pretty disappointing season of Top Chef. There are a few pretty talented Chef’s to watch, it just doesn’t have the magic of last season. It still feels a little like Chef Tom is phoning it in a lot of the time, he did visit the chef’s while they cooked in the elimination challenge this week that was nice to see.
The Quick Fire is a wine pairing. The Chef’s choose knives to decide the order in which they will chose their wine then can create any dish to go with that wine.
Unfortunately for Kevin, his original concept failed, he realized that with just seven minutes left in the challenge and he was forced to prepare Quail. Well cooked but a poultry that he knew did not really go with his wine. It was the quickest cooking protein he could get his hands on, that put him into the bottom two.
Joining Kevin in the bottom was Kelly, she prepared a blue cheese foam didn’t impress the judge. Maybe the judge simply had too much Botox, Food and Wine’s Dana Cowen. She could barely blink with her frozen face!
I noticed as the chef’s were cooking, Kelly asked her fellow contestants if any of them had some thyme that she could use. Wasn’t this the same Kelly who wouldn’t even borrow her fellow chef some salt when asked? It was ironic that she was called out into the bottom two in the stingy salt challenge for her dish being too salty! They can show Kelly the door as soon as possible as far as I’m concerned.
No surprises on the top two, Tiffany and Angelo impressed Dana and Padma and the winner who also won the final High Stakes Quickfire, Angelo wins a trip to London.
As always the episode had some personal shots of the chef’s, I want to personally thank the editors at Top Chef for showing us Kevin chomping his food like a pig, that was attractive. I don’t think that Kevin is going to win this thing, he’s been inconsistent and really has a poor attitude.
The biggest change that I’ve seen in a contestant has to be Angelo. Starting off very cocky and even interviewing that he’s going to win every single challenge, he seems to have lost some of that overly confident swagger after being in the bottom a few times. He seems more even-keeled now. We learned that Angelo had been married before, has a son but that the marriage didn’t work out due to his in-laws having higher hopes for him than just a mere chef. His son is a cutie though. His fiancé is in Russia and apparently he needs some funds to get her into the United States.
Kelly shows a little softer side to her as she talks about missing her husband, he is a nice looking dude!
After the Quick fire, Padma announces that the final four will be finishing up the competition in Singapore! That was a bit of a surprise as this is the first time they’ve gone global on Top Chef, and the chef’s react properly excited!
On to the elimination challenge, the chef’s are going to be cooking a meal that should be easily freeze dried so that it can be taken in space for astronauts to consume, and will be serving it to the folks at NASA, including Buzz Aldrin! You just have to love Buzz, he’s such a fun loving guy! Other guests at the final five meal are NASA members, astronauts, experts on meals in space and the always exciting Anthony Bourdain! Eric Ripert is back with is always tough to understand commentary, but he’s nice to look at!
The contestants are given just a few criteria about freeze drying food for space consumption, one is to limit the sugar content as it apparently doesn’t hold up well and the other is to be careful of the size of the portions. Final instructions included adding spices for flavor, apparently one of the complaints of space food is that it’s bland.
Before the chef’s leave for their challenge, they find a love letter from producers letting them know that there is a brand new car outside and the winner of this challenge gets to keep it!
Chef Tom walks through as the Chef’s are preparing their dishes, again, he seems to me less than excited by anything going on in the kitchen but makes a few comments and prepares to eat.
I found it funny that Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert couldn’t seem to agree on any of the dishes as they were eating. These two men seem to have a mutual respect for one another but completely different pallets.
All five chef’s hit a home run with their meals, it was clear after just a few minutes of discussing the dishes that the judges were having to really nit-pick at small details of the food to find the one to send home. Kevin prepared a steak dish that Bourdain called “safe” yet as Kevin explained, he was trying to send comfort food that would be a taste from home for the astronauts.
Ed’s food was given high marks for being complicated and risky but extremely successful while Kelly’s was called extremely successful as well but the NASA expert felt it would be difficult to freeze dry.
Angelo’s braised short ribs were called “too sweet” by Chef Tom but he’s the only one who had any criticism of the dish, Anthony and Eric agreed that it was a fantastic dish and he won the challenge. This isn’t the first time we’d heard that Angelo’s dish was too sweet, but always from Chef Tom and no one seems to chime in to agree with him. Oddly enough, this was the challenge where they were specifically told to cut down on the sugar for space travel but Angelo seems to like to infuse a sweetness to his dishes.
Poor Tiffany! She had prepared a pan seared Halibut and was planning to include muscles but unfortunately they froze in the refrigerator and she wasn’t able to use them. This is another one of those Top Chef annoying moments when a dish goes south due to no fault of the contestant, but rather equipment or circumstances beyond their control.
Unless Tiffany put the muscles in the freezer by mistake rather than the refrigerator, this was outside of her control. Would it have been unfair to allow Tiffany (or an assistant) to go out and get more muscles from Whole Foods since the refrigerator clearly was not working properly? As far as we know, its never been done before, but I doubt any of the other chef’s would have filed a complaint. We don’t know if the muscles would have been the difference between Tiffany staying or going, but I would have liked to know for sure, so why not allow some fresh muscles? Why can’t Top Chef be a little forgiving when it comes to equipment malfunctions?
In any case, I was disappointed to see Tiffany go home, she had a really great attitude, always had a smile on her face and after winning many challenges, is clearly a Top Chef! I would have much rather seen Kelly or Kevin go home and let Tiffany fight it out with Ed and Angelo, they seem to be the top three most talented chefs.
So we’re stuck with stingy Kelly and sloppy Kevin for another week and they’re taking them to Singapore!
Does anyone remember dear Teresa Giudice tweeting about her possible gig on Dancing With The Stars? She even told the ladies of The View that she can’t talk about it. Possibly because there was nothing to talk about. Monday ABC announced the list of contestants for the upcoming season and I’m sure you were, like me, surprised not to see Teresa on the list. Teresa is insisting that it would have interfered with her filming Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, but I would bet she wasn’t ever invited! You may not be surprised to learn that she’s not on the list of celebs that turned it down:
@nydailynews Celebs who said no to ‘Dancing with the Stars’: Sylvester Stallone, Ann Coulter, C.. http://bit.ly/cfBUJd
Teresa used the old PR trick of announcing something that was completely out of the realm of possibility just to get people talking, later you can always say that you turned it down just as Teresa is doing now.
Still more for the media whore Teresa:
The Real Housewives of New Jersey took to the stage in New York City for Dina Manzo’s production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding, here are some photos from last night’s production:
Isn’t that dress that Jacqueline is wearing the same one she wore on the reunion? It sure looks like it!
Kelly Bensimon started a shitstorm on Twitter yesterday after tweeting about buying her daughter “panties”. What is wrong with this woman? She cannot do anything without tweeting about it, it is becoming really borderline psychotic. She is absolutely obsessed with Tweeting everything! Here are some of her tweets:
@Kikilet For all you haters, you won today. I got dumped off my horse in the middle of my round. Go celebrate. I am so upset.
@maziarafterdark lol. Jason stratham. He’s def hot. Not sure he likes kids, dogs, horses, and “reality” tv. Lol
@NancyMoonPR dropping the girls at camp. Last day of riding at the Hampton Classic. I am so thankful to ride with such awesome peeps. Woooo
@hotfirefly mornin. I am confused by ur aggression/ anger. Its another beautiful day. Enjoy the last bits of summer
@Chandicious mornin. Maui babe and lancaster are two the best sun products on the market. Here’s to soft skin
@MimisGirl1 everyone has issues. Play the cards you were given well. Being jealous of another wastes time, and memories lost. Enjoy today
@JohnRDel actors should take themselves seriously. I am just having fun with this new life. All good. Drama stays on tv where it belongs.
@trustthislawyer awww. I had some good jumps today and some bad. We got out there and tried. Gooo riders!!!! Woooo
@cshute89 sun has Vitamin D and the salt water is great for your skin. Enjoy summer, age later.
@BlessedDove1 when u have kiddies pop music becomes the music gospel. Lol. Car dance, its fun.
@Feeling1979 Did u listen to “free to be you and me, too?” Would real friends deliberately try to hurt you? Think about it.
On my way, and late can’t wait to see the kiddiesand @unclerush.
@z0mbiemom nope my biggest role model is Kristen Wig.
@perezhilton I love that pict taken at LAVO. The skirt is bcbg and the top Gap. Oxoxoxooxooxo
@ebenhall vote for what!!! hi mr tv.
How to get super soft skin: mauibabe tanning oil and sand, rub, then rinse. U will die. Soffttt
Hampton Classic horseshow vid up soon. I am so lucky to be apart of such a competition. Congrats, riders
@MicahJesse the hottest, smartest, and most fun guys. this should be a tv show, for sure.
@bullsgirl2 where do u come up with this? Its jerry springers tweet a thon some days. Oof.
@MetromixNewYork I had such a blast meeting the coolest bartenders from usa. It is such a talent and craft. So impressed. Appleton rum, yum
@DeeMurph06 now, I like u. U r clever. Xoxoxo enjoy the day
@jennifersale u r not crazy. U just have fun with tv. I admire the real peeps, I get bored by the drama tweeters
Going to the beach. Is that TMI? And were wearing Bikinis!!. Lol
@jennifersale u r normal and cool, that’s why u get peeps on tv. The rest are attention seekers. Ewwwwwwwww
@DebAllyn u have two choices, I either clue u into cool stuff, or not. The comments are absurd and white noise. Zzzzzzzzz
@DeeMurph06 PINK has the sweetest and appropriate panties for tweens.
@DeeMurph06 agreed. Ignorance and entitlement makes me crazy
@V_bug I rode that 8 stride bending line in a 7. Pegasus,anyone. The riders were all awesome!
Getting a manicure/ pedicure after going to PINK and got Sea some fun panties for school
What a beautiful day. I just competed against some of the most beautiful riders and horses. I am so proud. What a blast.
Happy september. Off to the Hampton Classic with Sea and Bear. Wish me luck
Last week Kelly made the mistake of responding to Perez Hilton who called her a Nutjob. She told him she preferred the term “crazy” because it makes her seem mysterious but hates being called a “Nutjob”. Big mistake, everyone is now calling her a nutjob, naturally!
I wonder if Kelly really believes that people are jealous of her? Do you think that she really thinks that people who mean tweet her are just overall angry people or that they are unhappy in their own lives? Or do you think Kelly is an evil genius knowing that she is just further infuriating people by her complete ignorance of the fact that she really IS a Nutjob?
A new episode of The Real Housewives of DC airs tonight, you may have noticed that Jill Zarin has now taken to blogging about the series, apparently she wasn’t getting enough attention. Besides, Alex was blogging and we all know that Jill has to have what Alex has. I can just hear Jill calling Andy Cohen crying about Alex getting to blog, why can’t she? Oy Vey! Jill actually had the nerve to say in last week’s blog that Cat was being rude to people. That is really funny coming from Jill who was rude to almost every single one of her cast mates, Sonja, Alex, Luann, Bethenny and Ramona!
Bravo continues to heavily censor the comments, as I tried to say just that on Jill’s blog but of course, it wasn’t approved for publication on Bravotv.com. Some things never change!
A little off topic, but NY Daily News complied some interesting photos that some celeb’s have tweeted over the past months…interesting enough, the only Bravo celeb included is Bethenny…
RT @NYDailyNews Celebrities all a-Twitter http://bit.ly/9QQGN0
Until Next Time….