the block party episode annoyed me. although the judges decision on who to send home i agreed with.
Collichio(sp) said they were expecting much more of out the contestants. Well, in my experience, a block party is not somewhere you go for gourmet food. I think that the food that was made was food you would normally find at a block party, and, the ingredients werent things they shopped for, they were donated. In a normal household, people who dont cook any more then dinner for the family dont have ingredients that u can create gourmet top chef food with. I wasnt expecting the judges to react the way they did.
Ill give the girl who made the mac and cheese a break, while i know how velveeta acts and knew it would sieze up like that, not many chefs who are capable of becoming top chef work with velveeta on a daily basis, so i guess thats fair they didnt send her home for that. I agree that the corn dog fella should have been sent home, simply because he said a couple times he serves a corndog on his menu. If its something you work with on a daily basis, you should be well aware that it isnt something you can prepare ahead of time and still have the same quality. Rick bayless really annoyed me as guest judge as well. during the quick fire, he said he was looking for gourmet mexican food. while i agree any cuisine can be gourmet, mexican food isnt usually a cuisine that is gourmet. Go to mexico, find me a top notch gourmet restaurant. you may find one or two, but the majority is street food, soul food. Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines, and the fact that it isnt gourmet and that is a family style food, a food that is about comfort and love is what turns me on about it.
I was surprised that team which won did win. I thought the losing team were going to be the winners.
Just as an opinion, some people on this season really cant cook. I cannot believe on the episode where they had a bunch of classic dishes, one choice was chicken piccata, the guy who did that one breaded it. Thats very simple, its a recipe you can find in any womans magazine, kraft home living, ****, even readers digest might have the recipe. i couldnt believe he screwed that up, that was a complete embaressment to watch. Oh yeah, i forget his name, I think its andrew. During the judges table, when he said "you couldnt send me home, youd have to have security guards come and drag me out, this is my house." that was just stupid to say. Everyone knows u dont speak to your chef like that, even if u are on television. I really thought they might send him home just for acting like that. Saying u dont think u shoudl go home is one thing, saying you cant send me home because its my house is another. I thought that was really disrespectful. What if they did send him home, what was he going to say, no? Sorry buddy, if they padma says go home, ur going home, u saying ur not going home isnt going to make the judges say "well we cant send him home, he said he wouldnt go" what a goof. I do like him tho, i just thought that was so stupid to say, it was pointless and made him look like an idiot.. to me anyway.
dont take this the wrong way, i love top chef, if nothing else, its a really fun show to watch. Season three was my favorite so far, season one being second favorite, and i really did not like the season 2 contestants, they were goons. All season were great tho.
breaded chicken piccata!! THERE WASNT EVEN LEMON! he simply did not make chicken piccata, and im sorry, but if you want to be top chef, u need to know how to make chicken piccata. cut and dry.