I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef All Stars Feb 17, 2011
Seriously Top Chef? Are you kidding me? We need our eye candy!
Ok I know that they’re all “All Stars” but come on!! Most of the best and brightest are already gone and we still have six weeks to go. I know that’s how the game is played, one bad dish can send you home, they say that over and over. But when we’re watching the more skilled and talented chef’s taking a walk while mediocre chef’s remain in the competition, they must know viewers get frustrated.
Starting at the beginning…The Quick Fire Challenge was cute, having the gang from Sesame Street was adorable, but left us with a weak Quick Fire. Every one of the Chef’s squealed with delight to see Elmo, The Cookie Monster and that other guy. Even the big bad guys, Mike and Richard were star-struck.
The Characters were funny, cracked jokes and made the chef’s giggle while trying to prepare a cookie. Yes, the chef’s are making a cookie. Not exactly the high quality type challenges that we’re used to seeing on Top Chef. I would have expected a bit more enthusiasm for her guests out of Padma, who is a new mother, but she remained an icy bitch. (Thanks for that Allison) It was more difficult for some who admitted to never having made a cookie in their life but Carla loved the challenge as she makes cookies all the time.
When the flour cleared Angelo’s chocolate chip cookie with Belgium nuts and his Banana Milk Shake hit the bottom along with Richard who’s ice cream with Zucchini wasn’t a cookie at all. I would love to see Top Chef tell Richard he can’t use his liquid nitrogen for 1 week and watch him panic not knowing what to do with himself.
The top two with a chance at winning $10,000 was Dale and Antonia. Dale used pretzels and potato chips for his sweet and salty cookie and Antonia made a chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips. In the end Dale took the cash and Elmo giggled his way out of the Top Chef kitchen.
On to the elimination challenge. In a disgusting display of vulgar advertising, the Chef’s were set free in a closed Target store overnight without their beloved knives. Everything they need is in Target and they’re to set up a station, grab appliances, food and even tables then cook for 100 Target employees and of course, the judges. It was great to see Anthony Bourdain back at judges table, he is sorely missed when he’s absent.
The best chef in this competition will earn the highest cash award ever given for one dish in Top Chef history. $25,000 is worth working hard to earn but this was difficult as the chef’s had to foresee their every need as they needed everything from cooking utensils to spices and tablecloths.
Clearly the tablecloth’s didn’t make any difference whatsoever but Carla struggled to find them anyway putting her way behind as she tried to shop for everything she would need, while the others were already cooking.
We didn’t see Chef Tom Colicchio visiting the chefs as they prepared their dishes tonight, not surprising since the chef’s cooked overnight and service began at 3am.
This challenge inspired a whole lot of soup as Mike prepared a Coconut broth with vegetables and while he landed himself as the only chef in the middle of the pack, Padma called him out for calling the Coconut Milk “fresh” asking Mike if he found fresh coconuts in Target. Oops! Mike seems to land in the middle a lot.
In the top three, Antonia prepared a Parmesan egg dish that looked really good, mostly because it wasn’t soup. Joining Antonia in the top was Richard and his pork tenderloin that was described as ugly but delicious.
Finally the top dish of the night went to Dale who had earlier won $10,000, add to that this win of $25,000 and Dale had a really good day. Dale prepared grilled cheese sandwiches under an iron, yes an iron that most of us use to get wrinkles out of our clothes. He added a beautiful piece of steak to his grilled cheese and included a tomato soup on the side that the judges loved.
In the bottom was a tearful Tiffany as she fully expected to be going home tonight. Standing next to Carla and Angelo who have both won several previous challenges, I think we all expected Tiffany to go home.
Tiffany prepared a Jambalaya and was called out for using a packaged spice Creole seasoning rather than creating her own flavors.
Carla admittedly ran out of time and her soup was described as flavorless and in need of a protein. This woman is a talented chef and had a bad day. Carla seems to be a perfectionist and wanted her station to be set up perfectly. Taking a lot more time shopping than the other contestants clearly hurt her.
But it was Angelo’s Baked Potato Soup that got him sent packing. We watched as he prepared the dish and asked for Mike’s advice. Mike suggested adding more salt and ironically the dish was too salty for the judges taste. Ultimately Mike can’t be held responsible as Angelo really needed to get it together. Describing himself as exhausted after being on back to back Top Chef series and missing his family he just lost focus.
Tiffany is also on a back to back season of Top Chef and after being up all night cooking became tearful and emotional at Judges Table. Tiffany has landed in the bottom three more often than any other chef and I feel should have been sent home long before Angelo. Out of the three in the bottom, Carla and Angelo are the more talented and it should have been Tiffany’s time to go.
But as we always say, we didn’t taste the food, Chef Tom has resigned himself to the fact that he will be chastised no matter who he sends home from the All Star crew but taking away the last hot guy probably wasn’t the best move for Top Chef All Stars. I thought Angelo brought some style and class to the competition, as compared to Mike Isabella who is admittedly better than his previous appearance but still doesn’t come across as overly likable.
Only six chef’s left and Richard and his dry ice is definitely in the running but Dale has shown strong in the last few episodes but never count out Carla who seems to have perfected her heart warming dishes.
I still feel Antonia, Mikey and Tiffany don’t stand a chance.
Don’t forget to check out Anthony Bourdain’s blog, always entertaining and while you’re there, read Chef Tom’s excuses why he sent home one of the most talented chef’s.
The talk of the board continues to be The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the relationship between sisters Kyle and Kim Richards.
Kyle released a statement through Bravo recently, she said in essence that viewers didn’t see the whole story and there is much more to their relationship than what we saw on TV. The sisters filmed a few months of their lives yet have a lifetime of history behind them.
I can see that, and I doubt anyone disputes that. That doesn’t change the way the sisters interact. The reasons behind the interactions don’t matter as much as the words that are uttered and the attitude that is reflected.
I simply can’t imagine what could have happened in the past that would cause Kyle to treat Kim the way that she did at the dinner party from hell. Walking out of Camille’s home, Kyle ripped into Kim for arguing with Taylor. Kyle was too busy sniping away at Allison to hear how the argument started between Kim and Taylor but she immediately assumed that Kim was to blame and laid into her.
Nothing would ever allow me to look at my cell phone, see my sister’s number on the caller ID and ignore it. I know it may sound over-dramatic but what if Kim had been in a car accident? What if she needed Kyle at that very moment and Kyle was too busy with her girlfriends and ignored her sister’s call. There was simply no excuse for that in my opinion.
Kyle has little patience with her sister and maybe watching herself on television and seeing how curt she is with Kim, she will change her attitude. I certainly hope so. I think that Kim and Kyle couldn’t be more different people, from their style and demeanor to their attitude toward life, they are polar opposites. Kyle needs to recognize that Kim is not always going to do what she wants her to do when she wants her to do it and lighten up on her sister.
From Kim’s perspective her sister has it all, from an amazing husband to a 2-year old and an amazing new home, Kyle has the perfect life and everything that Kim wants for herself. Kim’s admitted to having empty nest syndrome, although not completely alone quite yet, she did express the desire to have another baby. Kim obviously loves her sister but there could be a bit of jealousy there and has shown some resentment over their childhood. Working constantly has already proven to be tough on child stars and Kim is no exception.
That’s my take on the situation, what do you all think?
If you missed the lost footage or dinner party from hell episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Bravo is replaying them tonight at 7pm/6pm Central then a new Million Dollar Listing will run twice back to back starting at 9pm/8pm Central. Stop back here tomorrow for Quincy’s recap of the Real Estate hunks of Los Angeles.
Madison had this to say on Twitter this morning:
@MadisonMalibu: Can’t believe it. Seagull pecking at my window this morning. #Stop pecking #wakeup
There is television outside of Bravo, I know, you’re all shocked to hear that. Last night on CBS Survivor debuted bringing back Boston Rob and Mean Russell from previous seasons. After so many years Survivor is always looking for new twists, this year they’ve created “Redemption Island” where the voted off castaway lands and is given a second chance to return to the game. I think this will be a good season.
FOX’s American Idol began to air Hollywood week, the grueling week forcing contestants to team up and create a performance for the judges. This was brutal as the singers all shunned one another and avoided teaming up with contestants they felt were less talented than the rest of the group. A 16-year old guy almost couldn’t find a group to join but I was happy to see him make it through to the next round. This show is worth watching for Steven Tyler alone.
Until Next Time….