I Hate Jill Zarin Tuesday Updates December 28, 2010
Another week of Bravo reruns to look forward to, I guess even Andy Cohen needs a vacation. He will air a New Year’s Eve special featuring Kim Zolciak singing. Did Bravo really think that would draw viewers? If I never hear that woman sing again it would be too soon so I will most likely skip seeing Lisa’s dog and Tamra Barney on New Year’s Eve. The commercials for the show are just creepy too.
Bravo has finally announced that The Real Housewives of New York will return in February, the tiny previews have aired showing very little but do confirm that the ladies went to Morocco, not really news as Sonja confirmed that as well when I interviewed her. There is a scene in which Sonja is scolding someone that appears to be Alex but we know how Bravo likes to fool us so it could also be Sonja telling Alex what she said to someone else. It certainly does make me want more of the New York Housewives now!
I want to apologize for missing last week’s Top Chef All Stars blog, I still haven’t seen the entire episode but I did catch bits of it and I’ve of course read Anthony Bourdain’s blog, that is a never miss blog.
What I do know is that Tre won immunity during the Quick Fire and the chefs were broken into two teams to cook for guests at the US Open Tennis Tournament for the elimination challenge.
The Quick Fire challenge forced the chef’s to prepare a dish without using any of their tools, no knives, no spoons, nothing at all. Fabio described it as forcing a surgeon to perform an operation using only his fingers. That may be a bit overdramatic since no lives were at stake and Fabio’s clever use of the steel shelves to grate his cheese may have seemed brilliant to Fabio but Chef Bordain wasn’t nearly as impressed, apparently the germs and bacteria that linger there could have made someone sick.
It is extremely frustrating to viewers, as I’m sure it is to the contestants that Jamie continues to linger as a participant who isn’t doing any cooking. Best I could tell, Spike had a strategy to put Jamie’s dish up against the other team’s first dish but Jamie refused to play along because she wasn’t happy with her dish and so produced nothing to be judged.
This competition has now lost Jen, Spike, Elia, Stephen and Dale while Jamie has slid by without even presenting dishes to the judges for two of the four elimination challenges. Something has got to be done to change the rules of this competition. Clearly for an All Star season Jamie should have been eliminated for walking out of the kitchen when she cut her finger. Similar to someone becoming ill or having a family emergency, if they leave the competition for any reason they need to go home. Had the judges eliminated Jamie during that challenge, we would still have the talented but somewhat crazy Jen in the competition and the US Open Challenge may have turned out differently.
I never thought that Spike would win the whole thing but this man has changed since his first appearance on Top Chef, his exit interview is worth a look:
Spike has matured, he’s gracious and even gave Jamie the benefit of the doubt. A lesser man would have been bitter and lashed out at Jamie. He also noted that the money he won on the show will be donated to charity.
I loved to see Carla winning this challenge. The other contestants seem to look at her as a mediocre chef and this should change all of that. Carla has now earned their respect and they realize she’s a force to be reckoned with. Hooty Hoo!
The remaining chef’s, Antonia, Marcel, Casey, Tiffany D, Tiffany F, Richard, Mike, Jamie, Fabio, Dale T, Carla and Angelo.
The Russian Spy of the competition, Angelo really does seem to be trying to help. Sometimes I think he tries too hard to be helpful and with his heart in the right place, he just goes overboard and wants to feel like he’s added to other’s dishes. What is happening, in fact, is that he’s infusing his own tastes into other’s dishes and if they fail it looks like he’s trying to sabotage his competitors. I don’t think that anyone truly believes that but Angelo isn’t doing himself any favors by attempting to help the others. He did win the first two challenges and could certainly be in the final two.
Marcel certainly has a shot at winning this whole thing, I think he came dangerously close to beating Ilan during his first attempt at winning Top Chef, it seems as though the judges chose the more mature of the two finalists. He hasn’t really shone yet but he hasn’t screwed up yet either, Marcel seems to be pacing himself.
Antonia could be the dark horse here, she is no doubt a talented chef and did seem to be eliminated a bit early during her first appearance on the show. She certainly has a shot at going all the way to the finale.
I think that Mike Isabella could be the next to go, he seems to have been sliding through in the middle of the pack and honestly, and I’m not sure why he was chosen for the All Star season. His cocky attitude seems to have lightened up a bit because it certainly had no place up against his first competitors. Mike was initially up against the brilliant chef’s Michael, Bryan and Kevin last time and he really just looked foolish trying to match up to them. It could be that he’s a better chef than he seemed just due to the company he was in during season six.
I have never been a fan of Tiffany F, she was rude and crude during season one and while she seems to have lightened up a bit, I don’t think she gives the other chefs the credit that they deserve. Tiffany has proven to be a talented chef but hasn’t proven to be a leader in the kitchen, not a chef who is respected and admired by her peers.
Tiffany D of Season Seven surprised me when she said she thought that Angelo might possibly have been trying to sabotage dishes, I thought after last season’s reunion that had all been put to rest. She did admit that she didn’t believe Angelo did anything wrong in the end. Tiffany D is talented and could surprise her competitors by taking a few of these prizes along the way. I just love her attitude and her smile is infectious, I hope that she gives them all a run for their money.
Tre was definitely eliminated too soon during Season Three, I could have seen him in the finale with Hung, I really did believe that Tre was a better chef than Dale or Casey who outlasted him, we’ll have to see how he does in this challenge. Chef Tom seemed to imply that Tre may have been eliminated this week had he not had immunity. I really want to see Tre stick around a while longer, besides being a good chef, he looks good too!
I like Fabio and I think he’s a great guy but I don’t think he’s going to be named Top Chef, he has little respect from his peers and I believe most have already counted him out. Another good looking contestant but probably not the best chef in the competition.
Dale T seems to have matured as well since his last appearance on Top Chef Season Four. Coasting along in the middle of the pack, Dale could be sent home sooner than later as well but we’ll have to wait and see.
I don’t think Jamie should even be there, for her own dignity, she should just drop out as Chef Ripert said in his video blog, and she is losing respect as a chef with each passing episode. Maybe Jamie should even look into another career, I wonder if she can type?
It is difficult to predict a winner, even to predict a final two among these talented chefs, but if I had to choose, I would say Angelo will go far and Richard will be in the final two. What do you all think?
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Until Next Time….