cooking under fire===== i saw an episode (or maybe two?) and i just couldn't believe
what i saw!! who ARE these bimbos?? supposedly like "the apprentice",
these "chefs" were supposd to have had SOME kind of experience and the winner was supposed to "win" a place in todd english's restaurant??
first challenge --- do something with an egg in 10 minutes.
what boring dishes!! was supposed to make something interesting to see how "out of the box" the chefs could produce. as i was watching, i was thinking about dicing some mushrooms, tomatoes, chopping some onions, and sauteeing it together with some garlic. in the meantime, scramble the egg, thin with a little milk, and fry thin like a crepe. take "crepe" out and slice it thin to look like noodles and then add to other ingredients ... sort of like a egg "noodle" pomadoro. sprinkle top with italian herb salt and grated pecorino. easily done in 10 minutes and more interesting than these "aspiring" chefs!!
the second challenge was to prepare a general "mise en place" (sp?) in an hour's time. holy cow!! how slow can one get? as i was watching i was thinking so what were they gonna do with the other 40 minutes?? how long does it take to slice and/or chop some onions, slice scallions two different ways, mince some garlic, chop some parsley, pick a few oils, separate three different salts and peepers?? i don't work in a kitchen professionally and i'm faster than that ... and they are looking for a spot in todd english's kitchen?
i haven't seen it since, but if this is the kind of talent we are looking at, ooooooooh, baby .... we in trouble!!