I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef / Housewives News September 9, 2010
We’re down to four chef’s and Toto, I don’t think we’re in DC anymore…the chef’s arrive in Singapore and think they’re going on a nice relaxing tour of the city. As they reach their final sightseeing destination they just happen to run into Padma! Great way to ruin a nice enjoyable evening!
The quick fire challenge was simply to make a dish using local ingredients using only a wok to cook with. This is probably the highest stakes quick fire ever as the winner will get immunity and that just doesn’t happen this late in the game.
Padma, you know Padma, the expert in cooking, she reprimands Kevin for not having practiced using a wok to cook with knowing he’d be traveling to Singapore for the final challenges. Kevin must be a cook, not a chef, right Kelly Bensimon? That would make Padma a fry cook like Spongebob Squarpants.
The guest judge, sorry I did not catch his name, seemed to enjoy all four dishes. Shrimp and prawns were definitely the protein of the day at both challenges, it may be the only protein these chefs have ever seen before of the local ingredients.
Ed won the quick fire challenge with his stir fry noodles with lobster, and wins immunity. This sickens me as shortly afterward, Ed interviews that he wants Angelo to go home because he is Ed’s biggest threat. What is with this guy? If we learned nothing from last season, we still would have learned that if you don’t beat the best chef, you’re not a Top Chef! If Ed really feels that Angelo is the best chef there, he should want to be in the finals with Angelo!
I don’t think at this point in the game giving someone immunity is a good idea, there is a very good reason they stop handing out immunity toward the end of the season for a quick fire win, so why thrown an immunity prize at this stage in the game. Luckily it didn’t matter at all because Ed also won the Elimination Challenge so he wouldn’t have gone home anyway, but I hope this doesn’t become a regular thing with the final four.
The Elimination challenge is a team challenge, the chefs are instructed that they are to work as a team to do a dinner service, they each have to be responsible for a dish and cooperate together to get the dishes out at a regular dinner service.
Luckily Chef Tom came into the kitchen to straighten their asses out when they thought they could each make only one dish. It was really sporty of him to tell them that after they did the shopping and all the prep work based on one dish each. Ed the sissy tells Chef Tom that he was planning on making two dishes all along. Either he was lying or he is the biggest back stabling ass ever! In any case, since all four chefs thought it would be fine if they each made only one dish, obviously Padma wasn’t clear while giving the chefs instructions. So they are now scrambling in the most important challenge up until now to put together another dish with whatever ingredients they can get their hands on.
More shrimp and prawns died to get us to the final three.
Chef Tom tweeted that we were in for a treat with tonight’s episode due to the high quality of the meals that were prepared. I think that he and the other judges may have been in for a treat, me, I didn’t get to taste anything!
The judges raved about almost every dish and seemed to have a difficult time finding anything wrong with them, it really did come down to very minimal errors, maybe even just a matter of not enough of the local spices. The guest judge didn’t seem to like Angelo very much, he tried to make a big deal about Angelo’s soup being too salty but Chef Tom quickly corrected him, saying, “it was a little over salted, it didn’t make it inedible”.
In the end Kelly was sent home leaving an all male finale, after seven seasons we’ve had only one female winner of Top Chef so for it to be all men in the finals is a bit frustrating for some of us. Particularly when one of those men is Ed!
Last season was just so much better than this season and I still feel that Chef Tom is just as disappointed as fans are with the quality of chef’s chosen for the show. He really seems to be phoning it in this year. I don’t know how they could have topped last year, but they set the bar and it is high. This crop of chef’s just don’t reach for it, they want to sit back and hope to win by other chef’s failures. Last season the contestants were turning down immunity (in exchange for money) while explaining that they want to win based on their culinary skills not based on hoping the other guy fails or getting a free pass.
The previews for next week do not look good for Angelo, he apparently gets extremely ill to the point where he can’t even get out of bed. Bravo’s ads even go so far as to insinuate that Angelo is already eliminated. I’m sure Ed will be thrilled that Angelo is ill giving him a better shot at winning. If Ed wins simply because Angelo couldn’t get out of bed to compete, that would be a pretty hollow victory.
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