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Final de 'Top Chef': Tom Colicchio e os concorrentes Brooke e Kristen pesam no novo formato

Final de 'Top Chef': Tom Colicchio e os concorrentes Brooke e Kristen pesam no novo formato

Para aqueles que sintonizaram Final da noite de quarta-feira do Top Chef: Seattle esperando ver o formato que tem sido padrão ao longo de todo o show, o que você encontrou foi provavelmente nada menos que desorientador. Enquanto nas temporadas anteriores os chefs restantes foram solicitados a explorar suas histórias pessoais para desenvolver e servir uma refeição de três pratos para o painel de jurados, neste final o formato, estilo e tom geral eram completamente diferentes.

Os chefs já estavam cozinhando quando o episódio começou, diante de uma torcida entusiasmada do estúdio em um cenário que mais parecia um game show do que uma cozinha. Os cardápios eram planejados com antecedência e os chefs apresentavam seus pratos e eram julgados na hora, no estilo Quickfire, sem deliberação. Os chefs não foram capazes de contar uma história por meio de sua comida, como fizeram nas finais anteriores, eles estavam cozinhando para várias centenas em vez de apenas alguns, e o formato "o primeiro a ganhar três em cinco pratos ganha" o fez fácil adivinhar quem seria o vencedor, já que o episódio tinha apenas alguns minutos restantes para a quarta rodada.

As deficiências do novo formato irritaram alguns, e até o chefe dos jurados, Tom Colicchio, deixou transparecer seu descontentamento. "Eu ouvi você aí", ele tuitou na manhã de quinta-feira. "Você não gostou do formato. Bem, nem eu, e duvido que faremos isso de novo."

Mas o que os dois concorrentes restantes, Brooke Williamson e Kristen Kish, acham do novo formato? Em entrevista exclusiva ao The Daily Meal, eles se abriram sobre a mudança de ritmo.

"Gostei muito", disse o vencedor Kish. "Não tive nenhum problema com isso. Realmente adicionou energia e ritmo, e gostei do estilo de julgamento também."

"Foi uma atmosfera muito divertida", acrescentou Williamson. "Foi como se apresentar, mas sem medo do palco. Eu estava tão envolvido que não me importei que as pessoas estivessem assistindo. Também achei legal permitir que o público visse nossos pratos sendo feitos do início ao fim."

Se o novo formato afetou ou não a concentração ou os pratos, nenhum deles achou que fosse um problema. "Na verdade, me fez sentir mais à vontade", disse Kish. "Realmente parecia que eu estava cozinhando com Brooke, e não contra ela."

"Estou sempre muito focado na cozinha, independentemente da atmosfera", disse Williamson. "Sempre fui capaz de desligar todo o resto e desviar meus nervos para cozinhar. A cozinha é um lugar onde nunca me sinto ansioso."

Embora muitos espectadores, e até mesmo Colicchio, tenham ficado um pouco desconcertados com o novo formato, os imperturbáveis ​​dois competidores finais foram aparentemente capazes de conquistar o novo ambiente desafiador, recorrendo a uma habilidade que provavelmente desempenhou um papel importante em levá-los ao finale em primeiro lugar: a capacidade de ignorar tudo o que está acontecendo ao seu redor, abaixar a cabeça e cozinhar a melhor comida que puderem.

Dan Myers é o Editor do Eat / Dine do The Daily Meal. Siga-o no Twitter @sirmyers.


Top Chef Finale

Quando fiz meu sorteio do Top Chef no final do ano passado, fiquei feliz em ver quantas outras pessoas estavam assistindo ao show, então este parece ser o lugar perfeito para postar minhas idéias enquanto nos dirigimos para o episódio final na próxima semana (que vai ao ar 27 de fevereiro de 2013 às 10/9 central.) Originalmente, eu queria incluir uma receita fabulosa que fiz de um dos chefs desta temporada (como aquela sobremesa matcha que Kristen fez anteriormente), mas eles são todos tão complicados, que eu não fiz & # 8217não tenho tempo. Se você não assistiu ao episódio desta semana, então você deve parar de ler isso agora, pois meu post discute o que aconteceu.

Depois da minha postagem, Kristen realmente começou a se afastar do grupo com várias vitórias. Ela definitivamente se tornou minha favorita.

E então veio aquela decisão controversa & # 8230

Eu sei que não concordo sempre com os juízes e não esperava necessariamente que Kristen vencesse a coisa toda, mas eu estava realmente chateado com aquele episódio de Restaurant Wars, a decisão dos juízes e como Kristen foi eliminada. Eu sei que não fui o único, já que meu feed do Twitter estava cheio de respostas indignadas.

Tenho que admitir, demorei algumas semanas para superar isso. Na verdade, parei de assistir ao programa por um tempo, deixando os episódios ficarem no meu TiVo. E então depois de algumas semanas, e vendo que Kristen ainda estava sobrevivendo no Last Chance Kitchen, eu gradualmente entrei no show novamente.

Então, agora, depois de ontem à noite, quando descobrimos que foi mesmo a Kristen quem conseguiu voltar (o que me deixou muito impressionado), pensei que era hora de outro post. Eu também acho que o fato de ela ter voltado mostra realmente o quão errado os juízes estavam em eliminá-la tão cedo, já que ela então passou a vencer todos os outros chefs que foram eliminados depois dela, mesmo tendo que ir contra Josh e Lizzie no final.

Na ausência de Kristen e # 8217, eu comecei a gostar bastante de Brooke. Já que ela tem um restaurante em LA, definitivamente estou pensando em dar uma olhada em algum momento, embora eu espere até que toda a popularidade do Top Chef morra para isso. Estou bastante curioso quanto à comida servida lá, especialmente porque ela fez aquela salada de orelha de porco neste episódio mais recente.

Estou definitivamente empolgado para ver duas mulheres no final, garantindo uma vencedora feminina nesta temporada.

Quanto a quem eu acho que vai ganhar & # 8230

Bem, embora eu ainda prefira Kristen, acho que Brooke vai ser coroada Top Chef.

Aqui está meu raciocínio. Eu percebi que Kristen se dá melhor quando está sozinha e tem que confiar em suas habilidades. Quando ela ainda estava na competição, suas exibições mais fracas eram quando eles tinham que formar pares. Eu já estava nervoso por ela entrar na guerra de restaurantes porque eu tinha notado sua aparência fraca quando emparelhada com outra pessoa. Não sei se as pessoas com quem ela trabalha simplesmente não executam bem ou se ela permite que suas opiniões a influenciem muito, mas ela não parece tão forte, a menos que confie exclusivamente em suas próprias habilidades. Já que o final será um esforço de grupo com ela tendo que delegar parte da comida (muito parecido com as guerras de restaurantes), eu não a vejo se saindo tão bem como se ela tivesse que cozinhar tudo sozinha. Sim, tenho certeza de que ela aprendeu algo com a experiência da guerra em restaurantes, mas ainda não tem experiência em comparação com Brooke.

Em segundo lugar, acho que não importa o que aconteça, o funcionário da Cozinha Última chance está em desvantagem. Os juízes estiveram com esses competidores durante toda a temporada e não importa o quão objetivos eles tentem ser, é claro que eles ficarão apegados a alguns competidores, especialmente quanto mais tempo eles permanecerem no jogo. A maioria dos juízes seguiram Brooke desde o início, mas não conheceram Kristen tão bem desde que ela foi eliminada no meio do caminho. Se acabar ficando muito perto, acho que Brooke teria uma leve vantagem só porque os jurados têm uma conexão mais emocional com ela.

Portanto, essa é minha previsão. Ainda estou torcendo por Kristen, mas ficarei bem com a vitória de Brooke também.


Vencedores do Top Chef: Onde eles estão agora?

A 13ª temporada da série Bravo & # 8217s, um sucesso de culinária, realidade Top Chef estreou este mês, o que nos fez pensar: o que os vencedores fazem depois de levar para casa o grande prêmio? Fizemos uma viagem pela estrada da memória para acompanhar todos os campeões, desde a primeira temporada em 2006.

Alguns aprendizados: na maioria das vezes, Top Chef os vencedores abrem seu próprio restaurante (ou dois ou três deles). Apenas três dos 12 Top Chefs são mulheres, e alguns são mais conhecidos do que outros. Alguns ganharam o prêmio James Beard, enquanto outros encontraram carreiras na televisão. Muitos abriram ou estão planejando abrir conceitos casuais rápidos.

Aqui está uma visão geral de Top Chef vencedores, então e agora.

1. Harole Dieterle

O nativo de Nova York Harold Dieterle venceu a primeira temporada de Top Chef, ambientado em San Francisco em 2006, após derrotar o vice-campeão Tiffani Faison no desafio final em Las Vegas. Após passagens pelo Della Femina no Hamptons and Red Bar e pelo 1770 House na cidade de Nova York, ele trabalhou como sous chef no The Harrison, também em Nova York.

Depois de levar para casa o prêmio de $ 100.000, Harold tornou-se restaurateur na cidade de Nova York. Ele abriu seu primeiro restaurante, Perilla, em 2007, e três anos depois ele abriu um restaurante tailandês chamado Kin Shop. Mais tarde, ele abriu um terceiro conceito, The Marrow.

Infelizmente, nenhum dos restaurantes Harold & # 8217s resistiu ao teste do tempo. Em outubro de 2014, ele se despediu do The Marrow e, no mês passado, anunciou que fecharia o Perilla e o Kin Shop também. Em uma entrevista com Eater, ele atribuiu sua decisão ao custo crescente de fazer negócios em Nova York, acrescentando: & # 8220Ele & # 8217s chegou ao ponto em que eu & # 8217 não estou me divertindo nem me divertindo. Não estou dizendo que nunca mais quero voltar ao negócio de restaurantes, mas agora, estou me sentindo um pouco abatido e um pouco cansado. & # 8221

A seguir: Harold e sua esposa estão esperando seu primeiro filho em fevereiro, então ele está planejando tirar uma folga. Mas ele expressou interesse em abrir um conceito casual rápido no futuro.

2. Ilan Hall

Filmado em Los Angeles, a segunda temporada foi a primeira vez que vimos Padma Lakshmi e # 8212 agora uma estrela em Top Chef e além & # 8212 assumir como host. Ilan Hall (também nova-iorquino) venceu Marcel Vigneron no final da temporada no Havaí, em meio a uma rivalidade acirrada entre os dois competidores. (Curiosidade: Ilan e Marcel estudaram na CIA ao mesmo tempo. Aparentemente, eles fizeram as pazes.)

Ilan era cozinheiro de linha na Casa Mono de Nova York e # 8217s antes de ganhar Top Chef. Em 2009, ele abriu seu primeiro restaurante, The Gorbals, em Los Angeles, mas fechou em uma semana e # 8212 o departamento de saúde do condado o fechou devido a um aquecedor de água inadequado. Felizmente, ele reabriu alguns meses depois e, em 2014, ele abriu uma segunda loja no Brooklyn. No mesmo ano, ele anunciou que mudaria a localização do restaurante L.A. e mudaria o menu para ser quase totalmente vegano (ainda não foi reaberto).

Agora, Ilan é o anfitrião de Luta de faca, outro reality show de culinária em que dois cozinheiros se enfrentam, preparando pratos com alguns ingredientes designados em apenas uma hora.

A seguir: Esta semana, Ilan anunciou que estava fechando o The Gorbals no Brooklyn, mudando o conceito e o nome. Esh & # 8212 hebraico para & # 8220fire & # 8221 & # 8212 servirá churrasco israelense-oriental.

3. Hung Huynh

Terceira temporada de Top Chef aconteceu em Miami e terminou em Aspen, onde Hung Huynh, um chef vietnamita-americano, derrotou dois segundos colocados: Dale Levitski e Casey Thompson. Hung cozinhou na Per Se and Gilt em Nova York e ocupou o cargo de Sous Chef Executivo no Guy Savoy Las Vegas antes de ingressar no programa.

Depois de Top Chef, Hung competiu no concurso Bocuse d & # 8217Or USA 2008, com o objetivo de representar os Estados Unidos na competição internacional do ano seguinte. Ele perdeu para o Chef Timothy Hollingsworth, mas abriu vários restaurantes com o EMM Group & # 8212 The General, Catch, Lexington Brass & # 8212 ajudando o grupo a se expandir globalmente.

Depois de quatro anos, ele cortou seus laços com o grupo em fevereiro de 2015, frustrado por não ter sido levado a sério por algum lugar como o New York Times& # 8221 trabalhando com grandes empresas.

A seguir: Não há nenhuma palavra sobre o próximo projeto do Hung & # 8217s, mas ele quer que seja de âmbito nacional. Ele acrescentou, & # 8220Acho que a direção está indo em direção a uma alimentação muito mais simples e saudável. Acho que a direção é mais casual e menos cara. & # 8221

4. Stephanie Izard

No Top Chef: Chicago, A Chef Stephanie Izard foi nomeada vencedora sobre Lisa Fernandes e Richard Blais após um final em Porto Rico com os famosos chefs de Nova York Eric Ripert, Dan Barber e April Bloomfield. Notavelmente, Stephanie foi a primeira chef mulher a ganhar Top Chef, e ela também está entre os ex-alunos de maior destaque da feira.

Ela trabalhou no restaurante Vong de Jean-Georges Vongerichten & # 8217s antes de se mudar para abrir seu primeiro restaurante, Scylla, em Chicago & # 8217s Bucktown (ela tinha apenas 27 anos). As avaliações foram positivas, embora Scylla tenha fechado em 2007 e Stephanie tenha aberto seu carro-chefe, Girl and the Goat, com o Grupo BOKA depois dela Top Chef vencer. Mais uma vez, ela recebeu ótimas críticas para o restaurante, seguindo-o com outro projeto, Little Goat, em 2011.

Em 2012, Stephanie foi indicada para o prêmio James Beard Foundation & # 8217s de Melhor Chef: Great Lakes, e levou para casa o título em 2013.

A seguir: Stephanie está se preparando para abrir o Duck Duck Goat, um conceito de inspiração chinesa com macarrão e bolinhos artesanais & # 8212 e uma janela para viagem. It & # 8217s atualmente programado para o início de 2016, e os ingressos de amostra estarão à venda em breve.

5. Hosea Rosenberg

Nesta temporada baseada em Nova York, Hosea Rosenberg impressionou os juízes sobre Stefan Richter e Carla Hall (agora um queridinho da televisão de comida). Eles se enfrentaram em Nova Orleans, com os vice-campeões das temporadas anteriores como sous chefs.

Hosea trabalhou com chefs consagrados, como Wolfgang Puck, antes de se tornar Chef Executivo na Jax Fish House. Depois de Top Chef, ele abriu uma empresa de catering, Blackbelly Catering, seguida pela Blackbelly Farm. Seu primeiro restaurante & # 8212 apropriadamente, Blackbelly Market & # 8212 ganhou vida em 2011 com uma verdadeira filosofia da fazenda à mesa, na qual a equipe cria seu próprio gado e cultiva vegetais orgânicos para o restaurante.

A seguir: Em setembro, Hosea anunciou os planos da Blackbelly & # 8217s de expandir suas operações de açougue, ocupando o espaço ao lado do restaurante. As operações de desjejum e almoço serão transferidas para o novo espaço, junto com ofertas como pickles, curados e queijos.

6. Michael Voltaggio

Uma das competições mais memoráveis ​​de Top Chef A história foi quando Michael Voltaggio enfrentou seu irmão Bryan, junto com o Chef Kevin Gillespie, em Las Vegas, encerrando a temporada em Napa. Sua mãe os surpreendeu com uma aparição no final, transformando a ocasião em um caso de família total.

Ambos os Voltaggios cresceram em Maryland. Bryan frequentou a escola de culinária, mas Michael não. Em vez disso, ele foi aprendiz no The Greenbrier e cozinhou no Charlie Palmer & # 8217s Dry Creek Kitchen. Durante seu tempo como Chef de Cozinha no The Bazaar por Jose Andres, o restaurante foi indicado pela Fundação James Beard para o prêmio de Melhor Restaurante Novo.

Depois de Top Chef, Michael trabalhou como Chef de Cozinha no The Dining Room em Pasadena e mais tarde decidiu abrir seu próprio restaurante, o ink., Em West Hollywood. O restaurante foi muito aclamado, e Michael o seguiu com uma lanchonete, ink.sack, apenas algumas portas adiante.

A seguir: No mês passado, Michael e Bryan anunciaram que estão planejando abrir uma churrascaria no cassino MGM National Harbor em seu estado natal, Maryland. Embora Bryan tenha nove restaurantes próprios, esta será a primeira joint venture dos irmãos # 8217.

7. Kevin Sbraga

Começando em Washington D.C., esta temporada culminou com o Chef Kevin Spraga saindo como campeão sobre Ed Cotton e Angelo Sosa em Cingapura & # 8212 a série & # 8217 primeiro local internacional.

Kevin se tornou Diretor de Culinária do Jose Garces & # 8217 Garces Restaurant Group em 2008. (Ele também ganhou a Melhor Apresentação de Carne no Bocuse d & # 8217Or EUA.) Na época em que ele se juntou Top Chef, ele era o Chef Executivo da Rat & # 8217s em Hamilton, New Jersey, e depois que o show terminou ele decidiu, como muitos outros, que era hora de fazer suas próprias coisas.

Em outubro de 2011, Kevin abriu seu restaurante homônimo Sbraga, recebendo elogios da bom apetite, Zagat e Escudeiro. Desde então, ele abriu dois restaurantes adicionais, The Fat Ham e Sbraga & amp Company, ambos apresentando pratos criativos inspirados na culinária e nas tradições do sul.

A seguir: A Sbraga & amp Company foi inaugurada em novembro em Jacksonville, então Kevin está conquistando um mercado totalmente novo. O projeto é uma parceria com a Colicchio Consulting & # 8212 dirigida por Phil Colicchio (primo de Top Chef& # 8216s Tom Colicchio) & # 8212 que une desenvolvedores de negócios e talentos culinários.

8. Richard Blais

8ª temporada foi Top Chef: All-Stars & # 8212 todos os competidores eram chefs que haviam competido em temporadas anteriores, mas que perderam o título. O prêmio em dinheiro também dobrou de $ 100.000 para $ 200.000. Filmado em Nova York e terminando nas Bahamas, a temporada viu o Chef Richard Blais derrotar Mike Isabella no episódio final.

Blais, um nova-iorquino, formou-se na CIA e treinou em uma lista impressionante de estabelecimentos, incluindo The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse e elBulli. Ele se mudou para Atlanta em 2000 e fundou sua própria empresa culinária Trail Blais, abrindo Flip Burger (com escritórios em Atlanta, Birmingham e Nashville) e Juniper & amp Ivy (San Diego).

Ele apareceu pela primeira vez na quarta temporada de Top Chef, onde foi vice-campeão da Chef Stephanie Izard. Depois de ganhar Todas as estrelas, ele se tornou uma estrela regular de comida na TV, apresentando o programa Cozinhe sua bunda no HLN e na Food Network & # 8217s Halloween Baking Championshipe, claro, julgando Top Chef. Ele publicou um livro de receitas, Experimente isto em casa: receitas da minha cabeça ao seu prato, que foi indicado ao prêmio James Beard de 2014.

A seguir: No mês passado, Richard abriu outro restaurante em San Diego, The Crack Shack, um conceito de frango e ovos para o dia todo, que marca sua primeira incursão no espaço fast-casual.

9. Paul Qui

Na temporada 9, Top Chef: Texas, O Chef Paul Qui levou o título de Top Chef sobre Sarah Grueneberg. Com um total de 29 chefs, houve muito mais concorrentes nesta temporada do que nas anteriores. A Bravo também introduziu os webcasts & # 8220Last Chance Kitchen & # 8221, nos quais os competidores eliminados continuaram a competir e o vencedor final foi convidado a voltar para a competição.

Paul nasceu nas Filipinas e cresceu na Virgínia antes de se mudar para Austin para estudar culinária. Ele treinou com o Chef Tyson Cole em Uchi e dirigiu a cozinha em Uchiko, onde ganhou o prêmio James Beard de Melhor Chef: Southwest. Durante esse tempo, ele e Moto Utsunomiya iniciaram um projeto paralelo: East Side King, um food truck que se transformou em um conceito de cinco locações.

Ele já estava planejando abrir seu próprio restaurante quando ingressou Top Chef, mas a experiência o levou a uma nova direção e deu-lhe visibilidade para poder fazê-lo. (Tom Colicchio mais tarde chamou Paul de o chef mais talentoso de todos os tempos.) Depois Top Chef ele abriu as portas para o qui, um restaurante de inspiração asiática que foi aclamado por seu menu de degustação inventivo.

A seguir: No início deste ano, Paul anunciou planos para abrir o Otoko, um restaurante de 12 lugares no estilo omakase, em Austin & # 8217s South Congress Hotel. No verão, Comida e vinho relatou que também está abrindo um restaurante fora do Texas pela primeira vez & # 8212 ele & # 8217s se juntando aos chefs Gabriel Ask e Francis Mallman para iniciar conceitos no Faena Hotel. O dele se chama Pao.

10. Kristen Kish

Esta temporada baseada em Seattle viu a Chef Kristen Kish derrotar Brooke Williamson no final. Ele também adicionou outra camada à série & # 8220Last Chance Kitchen & # 8221: os espectadores podiam votar para salvar os chefs da eliminação, e os concorrentes com mais votos eram convidados a voltar para a rodada final do webcast.

Nascida em Seul, Coreia do Sul, Kristen cresceu em Michigan e estudou culinária em Chicago. (Ela também foi modelo no colégio.) Ela trabalhou como instrutora na Stir, uma cozinha de demonstração e loja de livros de receitas fundada pela Chef Barbara Lynch, antes de ser nomeada Chef de Cuisine no restaurante Lynch & # 8217s Menton. Ela comandou os fundos da casa lá até 2014.

Em 2015, ela co-apresentou uma nova série do Travel Channel, 36 horas, com base na coluna do New York Times.

A seguir: Semana passada o Boston Globe relatou que Kristen conseguiu uma editora para o livro de receitas em que ela estava trabalhando, uma coleção de receitas técnicas. & # 8221

11. Nicholas Elmi

Na 11ª temporada em Nova Orleans, o Chef Nicholas Elmi venceu Nina Compton e Bravo apresentou & # 8220Padma & # 8217s Picks & # 8221 uma série da web em que chefs locais competiam pela chance de entrar na lista oficial de participantes. Sua vitória foi um tanto controversa. Nicholas sobreviveu a algumas quase eliminações e foi considerado o azarão da temporada.

Tem um currículo impressionante, tendo cozinhado no Guy Savoy Paris, Oceana e Lutece, entre outros restaurantes. Seu próprio restaurante na Filadélfia, Laurel, estreou apenas um mês depois de Top Chef estreou it & # 8217s um conceito Traga sua própria bebida de inspiração francesa com uma sala de jantar pequena e íntima. Em março deste ano, ele fez a transição para um formato de menu de degustação apenas na Laurel.

A seguir: No ano passado, Eater relatou que Nicholas estava planejando abrir um segundo restaurante, mas nada foi anunciado. Ele está, no entanto, expandindo Laurel para o espaço ao lado, dando-lhe espaço para um bar.

12. Mei Lin

Na última temporada completa, ambientada em Boston, o Chef Mei Lin foi nomeado Top Chef em vez de Gregory Gourdet, e o ex-vencedor Richard Blais voltou como juiz recorrente.

Mei cresceu fora de Detroit e vem de uma família culinária. Ela trabalhou ao lado do pai no restaurante administrado pela família & # 8217s antes de cozinhar com Michael Symon no Roast Marcus Samuelsson no C-House e Wolfgang Puck no Spago Las Vegas. Ela fez parte da equipe de inauguração do ink., Restaurante lançado pela ex- Top Chef vencedor Michael Voltaggio, e foi finalmente nomeado Sous Chef.

Após a vitória, Mei disse a Eater que deseja abrir um restaurante próprio, mas não compartilhou nenhum detalhe específico & # 8212, apenas que deseja que seja casual, com serviço rápido de almoço e jantar completo.


Cozinha de última posição

Tom Colicchio compartilha suas considerações finais sobre cada prato final.

Então aí você viu - os dois chefs restantes de pé, cozinhando em uma competição frente a frente, curso por curso. Ao vivo. Antes dos juízes, é claro, mas também antes dos nove Top Chefs anteriores, na esperança de se juntarem a eles antes que a noite acabasse.

Posso imaginar que o formato deste desafio final colocou novas pressões sobre nossos dois chefs restantes que eles não tiveram que enfrentar antes, enquanto cozinhavam na frente de uma plateia, tiveram que fazer malabarismos para falar com os juízes enquanto supervisionavam a preparação de seus pratos e servidos ao público (incluindo suas próprias famílias e amigos, que vêm torcer por eles), os jurados e os nove Top Chefs. Eles também tiveram a pressão de obter feedback sobre cada curso na hora, o que poderia fornecer uma injeção de endorfina depois de terminar um curso vencedor e uma injeção de adrenalina nervosa após uma derrota.

Porque estávamos dando a Brooke e Kristen aquele feedback imediato e individual de juiz por juiz, nós juízes não discutimos os pratos entre nós para chegar a um consenso ... o que, por sua vez, significa que você, o espectador, não foi informado sobre o que exatamente o que estávamos experimentando e quais eram nossos processos de pensamento no processo de julgamento, como você normalmente está. E então aqui está minha avaliação mais aprofundada dos pratos colocados diante de nós:

Primeiro curso

Acho interessante que os dois decidiram começar pelas saladas. Ambos eram bons pratos Brooke's era um prato mais interessante. Seu grande defeito era que as orelhas estavam cozidas demais - estavam fritas demais. A princípio pensamos que CJ estava errando na maneira como os cozinhava, mas descobrimos que não, era assim que Brooke queria que fossem cozidos. Curioso. Nesta fase da competição, você primeiro olha para os pratos para ver se eles são mesmo boas ideias, então você olha para ver se os pratos foram executados da maneira que os chefs queriam e foram bem temperados. Nesse caso, você deve verificar se houve falhas. A salada estava temperada demais? Subvestido? O prato de Kristen estava impecável, mas as orelhas de porco de Brooke estavam fritas. Você pode ver que todos pensamos assim, e é por isso que o curso foi entregue a Kristen.

Segundo curso

Vieiras. O curso foi para Brooke, embora eu mesmo preferisse as vieiras de Kristen, e vou te dizer por quê: acho que Brooke tinha muita coisa acontecendo em seu prato. As próprias vieiras eram lindas - o melhor que podiam - e acho que muito do que ela fez a desviou desse ótimo produto. Kristen, por outro lado, se concentrou na vieira e na beleza da vieira, que foi levemente marinada com um pouco de ácido para realçar seu sabor. Eu teria gostado da oportunidade de discutir este curso com os outros juízes para ouvir por que eles estavam escolhendo o prato de Brooke em vez de Kristen - talvez eles tivessem me convencido. Da mesma forma, eu teria gostado da oportunidade de apresentar meu ponto de vista sobre permitir que a vieira brilhasse. Quando os pratos são os dois muito bons, como estavam aqui, tornando a decisão entre eles muito próxima, o julgamento pode se beneficiar da discussão.

Terceiro Prato

Sinceramente, não sei o que Brooke estava pensando aqui. Era o jogo de qualquer um - cada chef tinha a vitória de um curso em seu currículo - e ela entregou este curso a Kristen antes mesmo de começar a cozinhar. Por que, oh, por que ela escolheu fazer frango frito? Antes que você se irrite, pensando que estou sendo um esnobe gastronômico, ouça-me: como evidenciado pelo fato de que tínhamos orelhas de porco no local, nossos chefs planejaram seus menus com bastante antecedência e os ingredientes de que precisavam foram pré-encomendados. eles. Brooke não decidiu na hora fazer aquele frango frito para seu terceiro prato, ela planejou com antecedência (junto com os lados pouco inspirados que ela colocou com ele). Para o título de “Top Chef”, ela foi incumbida de planejar os cinco melhores pratos que ela poderia fazer, não para se redimir de um desafio anterior que ocorreu um pouco no início da temporada. Eu tinha poucas dúvidas neste final de que Brooke poderia fazer um bom frango frito, apesar de como o desafio anterior foi, e eu não precisava dela para provar isso para mim. Eu precisava que ela criasse para nós um dos melhores pratos que ela é capaz de fazer. Não me entenda mal - eu gosto de frango frito. Eu sirvo no Craftbar. Mas se eu estivesse enfrentando uma competição cara a cara, nunca teria feito o prato que Brooke fez - era um pequeno prato agradável que se poderia encontrar em um bistrô, um restaurante de esquina. Você não pode vencer Top Chef com aquele prato. E como você viu no episódio, todos os juízes tiveram a mesma visão da escolha de Brooke que eu. Todos ficaram um pouco perplexos com o fato de Brooke estar servindo o prato que ela colocou diante deles, e o curso foi unanimemente para Kristen, cujo prato de medula óssea aveludado era complexo, elevado, matizado e realmente muito bem preparado.

Quarto curso

Red Snapper de duas maneiras. Novamente, esses eram dois pratos bons. Nesta fase da competição, são os menores erros ou gradações de qualidade que podem fazer a diferença entre uma vitória e uma derrota. Para os jurados, também é uma sensação subjetiva, ao degustar os pratos lado a lado, sobre qual deles estava mais fresco, em qual prato os sabores estavam mais brilhantes? Se ambos fossem servidos em um restaurante, o que obrigaria o provador a voltar? Aqui, as bochechas de porco de Brooke estavam um pouco secas, e como o prato de Kristen foi perfeitamente executado, a carne de porco ligeiramente seca foi o suficiente para colocar a vitória deste curso diretamente na coluna de Kristen.

… O que deu a ela a vitória, no geral. E nunca pudemos provar suas sobremesas.

Uma palavra sobre sobremesas, já que estamos no assunto: muitas vezes nos perguntam por que nos importamos com sobremesas, por que estamos julgando chefs saborosos por sua capacidade de prepará-las. Vou reconhecer que há um ponto para este argumento. Mas aqui, a tarefa era simplesmente preparar cinco pratos - uma sobremesa não era necessária. E ainda assim, Kristen e Brooke planejaram fazer uma sobremesa como prato final. Eu me pergunto se os chefs acham que serão prejudicados de alguma forma se não planejam fazer uma sobremesa como prato final. Eles não seriam. Se eu estivesse competindo, faria cinco pratos saborosos sem pensar duas vezes. Eu acharia uma aposta melhor fazer um prato saboroso, a menos que eu tivesse uma sobremesa na manga que eu sabia que era simplesmente espetacular ... embora isso fosse improvável, porque com uma carreira ocupada como chef, haveria pouca chance de têm cultivado isso.

O que não conseguimos fazer no formato desta semana (porque não estávamos discutindo a comida em particular entre nós) foi olhar os cursos em relação um ao outro, com o que quero dizer duas coisas: 1) Nós não levar em consideração se um chef ganhou um prato por uma margem estreita, enquanto o outro chef ganhou outro por uma milha e 2) Não conseguimos olhar para o arco das refeições planejadas por cada um dos chefs, para ver como um curso se relacionou e levou ao próximo. No geral, porém, acho que a decisão de Brooke de fazer aquele prato de frango frito tornou muito difícil para ela ganhar pratos suficientes para receber o título (imagine seu filho adolescente deixando uma seção inteira em branco em um teste e esperando obter uma pontuação mais alta do que um colega de classe que preencheu todas as seções), e acho que teria sido esse o caso, quer tivéssemos filmado o show ao vivo ou não, e independentemente do sistema de julgamento.

E assim começamos o episódio com dois chefs muito talentosos se enfrentando, e terminamos com um novo Top Chef muito talentoso, que obstinadamente preparou seu caminho de volta à competição através de Cozinha Última Chance para levar o grande prêmio. Parabéns, Kristen!

No geral, fiquei muito feliz com essa temporada. Fiquei muito satisfeita com a decisão de focar na comida e, em geral, de apresentar apenas o drama inerente à cozinha, ao contrário de qualquer drama que poderia estar se desenrolando na casa. Achei que onde as histórias pessoais eram destacadas, elas eram ricas e significativas, como a interação que ocorreu entre Roy e Emeril na casa do governador do Alasca. Muitas pessoas me procuraram para dizer que gostaram muito da temporada e de como ela era voltada para a comida. Ansioso por mais do mesmo na 11ª temporada! Como sempre, obrigado por assistir e ler.

Nota do Editor: O novo documentário de Tom, A Place at the Table, abordando a questão da fome na América, será lançado nos cinemas, no iTunes e on Demand em 2 de março. Saiba mais sobre o filme com o próprio Tom AQUI.


Kristen Kish analisa o Top Chef: Seattle Final

Kristen Kish comemora se tornar a mais nova campeã de Top Chef. (Fotos cortesia da Bravo)

Apesar de uma configuração espalhafatosa que cheirava a um show secundário de Gordon Ramsay ou Chef de FerroTendências exibicionistas, havia componentes que adorei Top ChefO final da temporada. Tire o palco, os holofotes e os vencedores do passado destruindo a decoração da mesa (ou seja, Ilan Hall assumindo o papel de tio bêbado) e essencialmente você teve um concurso mano a mano, com Kristen Kish e Brooke Williamson - claramente os melhores chefs desta temporada - desinibidos para flexione seus músculos criativos. O novo formato beneficiou particularmente a Mesa dos Juízes, já que Colicchio e cia. estavam livres daquela consideração nebulosa e cumulativa do desempenho anterior de um chef, algo que muitas vezes obscurece suas impressões culminantes. Kristen Kish provou ser imperturbável, fugindo em uma vitória assimétrica que demonstrou claramente sua riqueza de técnica e sua preferência por sabores claros e limpos. Quando começamos esta coluna com Kish, a única expectativa era sua perspectiva interna. But as weeks turned into months, Thanksgiving into St. Patty’s Day, we’ve watched with mounting anticipation and a barely concealed awe. It’s thrilling to have the Top Chef crown in Boston, but we’re even more excited for Kristen Kish and all the amazing things that undoubtedly lay ahead for her.

What was your first reaction when you walked into the new Top Chef arena?
“Holy Shit!” It was massive. You saw the seats, you saw the judges right there, and you saw our cooking station. We saw it completely empty and then later on people filtered in. But it was nerve-racking right off the bat.

How did you choose your teammates?
So, after the last challenge at Craft, we flipped a coin and Brooke got to choose first. We got to choose two people and she chose Stefan [Richter] and CJ [Jacobsen] and I chose Sheldon [Simeon] and Lizzy [Binder]. Then later on we were informed we could choose one more, and that’s when I picked Josh [Valentine] and she took Kuniko [Yagi].

You said you wanted a team with no drama. How did you put together your sous chefs, and were there members of Brooke’s team that you were hesitant to pick?
I just chose people I knew I could work well with—that would respect me and that I could respect equally. I wanted calming personalities. So, those three for me were a perfect choice.

Did you feel any additional pressure in front of a live audience, members of your family, and all the past winners of Top Chef?
No, it was the same amount of pressure. Obviously, it was ramped up because it was the last finale. But at the end of the day, what a cool thing to be a part of. The fact that Brooke and I are going through this together and going through this whole ride side-by-side is amazing.

Kristen Kish takes her place in the pantheon of Top Chef winners.

So, who did you have on your side that was able to come and support you?
My brother was there, my dad, and then, Stephanie [Cmar]. My mom couldn’t make it because she was taking care of my grandpa at home. Unfortunately, he’s a little sick right now and he’s staying at their house.

What did you think about the new format of the finale?
I liked it because I liked the immediate gratification of knowing if I won a round for a specific dish. Of course, I would have liked for everyone to see how we picked our sous chefs and how our menu came to be, and all that stuff, but I thought it was interesting. It was fun!

As you prepared for this final challenge, how long did it take you to conceptualize your dishes and what were some of your influences behind them?
We had a couple days to really nail it down. We had some time to make changes in L.A., but a couple of days to really write the menu. It kind of came about with knowing how much time we had to cook and how many people we had helping us. At the beginning we were told that we would have two sous chefs. The third one was a surprise, which was fantastic. But you try to work your menu around the constrictions that are put upon you, while still giving them a beautiful product.

We saw CJ Jacobsen over-frying some of Brooke’s pig’s ears that garnished her salad course. Can you describe the role your team played in your eventual victory?
Oh my god, they took direction so amazingly. I tried my best to convey my vision and what I wanted to see. At that point we really understood each others’ style of cooking, so they could pick up on where I was going. But I was rapid-firing tasks to them and they kept taking it on and finishing out, and they did a fantastic job.

Afterward, on Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen asked you who had survived for too long in this year’s competition. You picked Josh Valentine, who was on your team. What made you pick him?
So, when he asked that question, I was like, “Oh god, what do I say?” Then he looked and me and reassured me that it was all in fun. When I said Josh, it just came out. Maybe I said it because in past episodes I heard him say that he never expected to make it as far as he did. Maybe that’s why it came out. But I couldn’t tell you why or how, it just sort of vomited out of my mouth. Andy’s show is a fun environment. You watch past shows of his and that’s just kind of how it rolls.

Were you drinking, Kristen?
(Laughing) Yes I was. I would have preferred not to have said anything because I thought everyone deserved to be there. Josh texted me last night saying, “Really. ” It was actually really funny and we had some great banter back and forth. I owe him dinner when he comes to Boston.

Tom Colicchio voted for your dishes in every course, which seemed to add to the rumblings of favoritism. You mentioned to Andy Cohen that you were privy to some of these rumors? What are some of the things you’ve read and how do you react to some of those statements?
I really don’t read a lot of the things, but you obviously want to stay up to date on what people are saying about you. I heard that Tom was favoring me, and all that stuff. I don’t think it’s favoritism at all. I don’t know, I think maybe I played into his tastes. My style of cooking is something I hope he enjoys. I think it’s stupid. People are going to find things to say regardless.

Kristen Kish almost unanimously won every challenge in the Top Chef finale.

Since you won before the fifth course, could you tell us about the dessert you were prepared to make?
It was a fennel pollen olive oil cake with candied fennel, olive oil powder, and meyer lemon ice cream. Josh completely took control of that. I just gave him all the stuff and I was like, “Go, you’re my new pastry chef.” And I’ve got to say, that ice cream was probably the most perfect texture that I could have ever hoped for.

All the former Top Chef winners have opened at least one signature restaurant since their respective victories. We know you love working with Barbara Lynch, but are you already feeling the pressure to go out on your own?
Well, I definitely want to go off at some point and do my own thing. I have some time, though. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of ideas Barbara [Lynch] has for me. Whether I stay with her or go off on my own, I know she’ll support me. In the meantime, I’m sticking with Barbara. That might be at Stir or somewhere else. I’m not sure.

Is it a possibility that you two partner up on a restaurant?
Provavelmente não. I think she’s over that kind of work and, quite frankly, I’d love for her to be coming in as a guest. It would be nice to serve her and not just as a work thing.

Has Jimmy Fallon invited you onto his show yet?
Não! I really hope he invites me on. I’d love to hang out with him. Watch What Happens Live was so much fun, though. We basically just sat there with cocktails and talked all night. At the end, Brooke and I just looked at each other and said, “Is it really over?” It’s hard to believe, but we just wanted to keep going.


Aw! Stephanie Cmar reads reddit

Direito? I don’t think I’ve ever had a friend crush on someone from a TV show before, but I have a fantasy of us hanging out. She’s so awesome.

I was secretly rooting for her to win just because she seems like such a great person.

I was rooting for Melissa, but Iɽ have been happy with and for Bryan, and thrilled for Stephanie for the same reason

I thought of reasons to be happy if any of the top 3 won.

Melissa- was an unstoppable freight train this season

Stephanie- who doesn’t love an underdog? This had to help her private chef business

Bryan- I think most would agree that he had the best pedigree. He took second in a masters for cryin out loud.

What a great season. I miss Melissa being on my TV the most

Hi Stephanie! Love you! You too, Kristen!

Don’t be shy, Stephanie, say hello.

This is adorable. Awww. Poor David. Haha

Stephani has an Instgram account called mys**tylittlekitchen. Its kind of fun to watch. She just cooks her recipes/dishes in her teeny kitchen.

that "show" is so fucking adorable & charming–just like Stephanie herself

Stephani has an Instgram account called mys**tylittlekitchen. Its kind of fun to watch. She just cooks her recipes/dishes in her teeny kitchen.

If you search for "mys**tylittlekitchen" you won't find it! Here is a link for convenience: https://www.instagram.com/_myshittylittlekitchen/?hl=en

And there were posts on the finale thread wondering "wHy WoUlD sHe CaLl KrIsTeN iNsTeAd Of HeR hUsBaNd?!"

Like maybe calling your BFF who you've known longer than your SO and has direct relevant knowledge of winning the competition you're trying to win makes sense. Kinda like calling your brother who also has direct relevant knowledge of winning the competition you're trying to win makes as much sense as calling your SO, but no one was whining about Bryan not being shown calling his wife.


Top Chef: terrific winner terrible, suspense-free finale weak season

Top Chef Seattle became a bizarre combination of Hell&rsquos Kitchen, Iron Chef, e American Idol for its finale, concluding its &ldquoback to basics&rdquo season by crowning its second female winner after a misguided, suspense-free live competition.

First, I&rsquom thrilled Kristen Kish won, defeating Brooke Williamson, although Brooke would have been a deserving winner, too. Kristen seemed competent and talented throughout the season, and has been nothing but gracious even when less diplomatic reactions would have been easily justified&ndashespecially after she was eliminated in a bullshit, credibility-destroying decision.

After that, Kristen was kept around and eventually re-entered the competition in what seemed like even more bullshit than her initial elimination. At the very least, the episode of Last Chance Kitchen during which she defeated CJ and broke his streak was edited poorly, because it seemed like CJ should have won. And while I trust Tom Colicchio to judge fairly and impartially, I am not sure even he is capable of truly blind evaluation, especially after being partially responsible for prematurely sending Kristen out of the competition.

The finale was filmed in an arena reminiscent of The Taste e Iron Chef, with a bit of Hell&rsquos Kitchen thrown in, as diners and family members sat, watched, and made bland comments after tasting the food that was served in head-to-head battles.

Yet there was virtually no suspense. About 50 minutes into the hour, Kristen was up two rounds to one, and the show went into an act break with a supposed cliffhanger. Of course Kristen would win: there was no time left for a fifth and final round had Brooke won the fourth.

As a Magical Elves production, the show is usually technically flawless, but from Padma&rsquos awkwardly modulated voice-overs to the obnoxious studio audience noise and cutaways, it was far from the watchable kind of episode I expect from the show. And let&rsquos not even discuss the time-wasting clip packages.

I admire Top Chef&lsquos producers and Bravo for trying something new with the finale, and the five-round face-off is not a terrible idea, though, as I mentioned above, voting along the way destroyed the suspense. However, the stadium setting, studio audience, and frenetic editing did not work. Even Tom Colicchio didn&rsquot like the format, and said it will probably not return.

As to the rest of the season, the episodes in Alaska, including the episode filmed onboard product placement, was inspired and really refreshing, and there were other high points. And I liked the &ldquocasting&rdquo at the start, testing the chefs in each of the judges&rsquo kitchens. But too much of the season felt familiar, not the promised &ldquoback to basics&rdquo that would hopefully have pulled it out of the rut it has been in since the all-star season.

From the bad decision to have returnees judge a challenge and then enter the competition (!) to the bad decision to have the finale be live, Top Chef just did not live up to its well-established reputation of being one of the top cable competition series.

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So, who are these 15 talented cheftestants on Top Chef Season 18?

BRITTANNY ANDERSON-Richmond, Virginia

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoAnderson&rsquos steak tartare reveals the care lavished on every plate&hellipJust as echt is the chef&rsquos schnitzel&hellipMy fork darts between the crisp meat and the accompanying fingerling potatoes, fried in duck fat and just as irresistible.&rdquo- Tom Sietsema, Washington Post

AVISHAR BARUA-Columbus, Ohio

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoBarua&rsquos work is a sampling of what American food truly is today, a pastiche of influences-from fast food to immigrant kitchens-filtered through Barua&rsquos modern culinary techniques.&rdquo- Bailey Trask, Columbus Monthly

DAWN BURRELL-Houston, Texas

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoI have a predilection for deviled eggs, and Burrell&rsquos are one of my favorite iterations of this classic dish&hellipAnother hit is the wafer-thin bread and nutty, creamy black-eyed pea hummus&hellipAnd I couldn&rsquot stop sopping up the rich collard dip with the chef&rsquos airy calas, or rice fritters.&rdquo- Timothy Malcolm, Houstonia

GABE ERALES-Austin, Texas

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoThe double-cut pork chop again recalled some medieval savagery with its weapon-ready size, and it hit me directly in the pleasure center of my brain. So much so that I ordered it at consecutive dinners (a rare move).&rdquo- Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

NELSON GERMAN-Oakland, California

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoExecutive Chef Nelson German&rsquos Michelin-recommended cuisine is just as I remember it: creative, high-quality and full of fiery flavors made with locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients&hellipFour stars should go to alaMar for what it is: a stellar example of high-quality, chef-driven cuisine.&rdquo- Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News

BYRON GOMEZ-Aspen, Colorado

The skinny : The self-taught chef earned his stripes at Michelin-starred restaurants, including Eleven Madison Park, before heading west to take over the kitchen at 7908 Aspen.

SASHA GRUMMAN-Houston, Texas

The skinny : Chef Grumman worked for Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino at his Cockscomb in San Francisco before becoming Executive Chef at his Rosalie Italian Soul in Houston, where her Sicilian roots aligned with Cosentino&rsquos vision to recreate his childhood memories of Italian-American food.

ROSCOE HALL-Birmingham, Alabama

The skinny : The multi-talented chef is also an acclaimed artist whose culinary training includes stints working under the legendary Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and David Chang in New York. Chef Hall ultimately settled in Alabama, where his versatility shined bright as Executive Chef at the award-winning Rodney Scott&rsquos BBQ.

SARA HAUMAN-Portland, Oregon

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquo&hellipthe food produced by Sara Hauman has a relaxed maturity. The appetizer that&rsquos already become a signature after only two months-for good reason-is avocado toast where the bread is slathered with uni aioli, slices of soft, ripe fruit and paved with seaweed and sesame seeds.&rdquo- Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle

KIKI LOUYA-Detroit, Michigan

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoFolk approaches breakfast with a global perspective&hellipAt Folk, it&rsquos never a bad idea to start your day with a turmeric milk and ginger latte with a helping of Tigress Aussie meat pie&hellipOne of the best things I ate all year was a sardine toast Folk served last spring.&rdquo- Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press

MARIA MAZON-Tucson, Arizona

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoThere is nobody in this town who has done more to promote the new Sonoran cuisine than her&hellipShe reinvents the wheel every day at her Fourth Avenue restaurant&hellipHer tacos practically explode with color, so much that they become an exercise in keeping food off your shirt&hellipI mean, who else would make salsa out of Girl Scout cookies?&rdquo- Andi Berlin, This is Tucson

"This is my time to showcase what Mexican cuisine is to the world…Mexico gets recognized &mdash it's gonna sound funny &mdash from the waist down. So you get a lot of Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Puebla, and then everybody forgets the waist up: Sonora, the north, the norteños. And just to see &hellip pic.twitter.com/AIqLtLJtyh

&mdash BOCA Tacos By Chef Maria Mazon (@bocatacos) February 9, 2021

SHOTA NAKAJIMA-Seattle, Washington

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoMeat, seafood and vegetables turn up in soulful braises and fragrant broths, sometimes paired with vivid sauces or with little more than a wedge of lime&hellipKatsouobushi (shaved dried bonito flakes) waggled in the heat rising from caramelized Brussels sprouts and pork belly…Clams steamed in butter and sake amounted to a spring fling with fiddleheads, ramps, and fava beans joining the frolic.&rdquo- Providence Cicero, Seattle Times

GABRIEL PASCUZZI-Portland, Oregon

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoThe headliner is a reimagined French dip, that swaps out roast beef for heaps of pulled oxtail and uses the rich, rosemary-steeped braising liquid for dipping&hellipTopped with Havarti, onions, and cremini mushrooms, it tastes like a two-handed French onion soup of the gods.&rdquo- Portland Monthly

JAMIE TRAN-Las Vegas, Nevada

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoThe smoky heirloom beet salad takes the vegetable to a new level with golden and red baby heirloom beets, citrus and goat cheese yogurt, spiced walnuts, black radish, must-eat beet dust, and watercress. The dish brings together smoke with sweet with savory.&rdquo- Susan Stapleton, Eater Las Vegas

CHRIS VIAUD-Milford, New Hampshire

The skinny : As he details in The Farmers Dinner Cookbook that he co-authored, Chef Viaud is passionate about the New England farmers and artisans with whom he works to create the seasonal dishes at his Greenleaf restaurant and Culture scratch bakery.

As you can tell, Top Chef Portland&rsquos competitors represent a wide array of approaches, styles, and cuisines. And to hear early intel from Tom Colicchio, they also bring it in the talent department, which will make what has seemed like an interminable wait since the Top Chef All Stars finale a little more bearable. Springtime and a new season of Top Chef, what could be better?!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Go For It, People!

Most of the shows either had their finales or premieres so we're in the middle of the new shows except for 1 that did start this week. There's quite a few, so I'd better get going.

The Amazing Race was in Bora Bora. I can't believe the racers are actually staying in one place for 2 episodes. They started out w/ a bit of delay due to water taxis not being 24/7. In the meantime, there was a lot of talk about alliances and the who would get the 2nd express pass. It was kind of stupid and boring like watching people mingle at a corporate party. Finally the first batch of racers got underway to find the wedding chapel and the shaman-like guy to get a blessing. If I was one of the guys from the unmarried couples, I would've been very suspicious because who knows what the guy is saying? They could've been accidentally married. But. I guess not. If you don't have an American license, you're not married. Then they had the detour with a choice of finding 2 red pearls from oysters they had to dive for or setting up an underwater picnic thing. Yo, twins! When you can't swim, it's probably not wise to choose something you have to swim at. I don't know why they didn't try the other detour after 10 minutes because the 2 detours were in the same spot. Instead, they splashed, choked, floundered around and considered skipping and taking a penalty. Meanwhile, everybody else finished the detour. The next task was to use jetskis to find the roadblock on another little island. Unfortunately, the Asian sisters had to do that alone and buzzed around the ocean, lost for quite awhile. Well, Asian women aren't known for their sense of direction. Meanwhile, back at the detour, the 2nd batch of racers had shown up. They were the teams that chose to take the penalty in the last epidode. By the time the twin doctors decided to switch detour tasks, it was too late. Everybody had passed them up. The roadblock looked like fun but the show made it look really hard. A racer from each team had to kick a ball from one end of the sand to the other while on stilts. It was all about technique. It was obvious who had experience using stilts. It was surprising the Asian sister didn't do well. It looked like she had good technique and Asian women are known for having good balance. Anyway, the hunky hockey brothers hit the finish mat first. The twin doctors met their literal water-loo and were eliminated from the race. Note to future racers learn to swim for pete's sake. For that matter, learn to ride a bike, ride an animal, drive a stick shift, climb rocks and rappell. It seems you're going to have to do one or more of those activities during the race.

Worst Cooks in America had it's premiere. I have to say. This is the funniest show on the Food Network. Some people say it's kind of a set up thing w/ fake contestants. I have news for everybody. After the first season of Survivor, all reality show contestants are fake except for most of the chefs on the expert cooking shows. Sometimes they seem unreal too. But yeah. Most reality show contestants have agents and are the people who'll do anything to be on a show because they have no real talent and have no other option but to be stupid on camera. I don't care because the best part of competition reality is seeing people eliminated. The candidates for the show this year are especially stupid and dramatic. There's a guy who says he's a doctor but that's questionable because he's a chiropractor. He's a glorified masseuse with more college credits. The scary thing is, he's a complete dork when using any kitchen utensil. There's the contestants w/ perpetual scared and puzzled looks on their faces. There are the contestants who don't listen and therefore seem really retarded. Then there are a couple of truly sincere people who's families have nominated them, had no idea they were bad cooks and really want to learn. These are the people I love to watch because you know their families had to do interventions to convince them they were bad cooks. They also seem to have bad palates and I can totally relate. People hate my food too but I like it. Poor Ann and Bobby have the task of teaching these people to cook and be the test tasters too. I think some of the people are purposely chosen by the producers to drive Ann and Bobby nuts. The funniest thing about this show is, they don't treat the cooks like first time cooks. Some of the cooking challenges are really challenging to even real cooks. I love the look of fear that comes on the cooks' faces. The first thing was picking teams and then the cooks had to make signature dishes. The black lady who's totally gaga over Bobby Flay lost her fake fingernail while cooking and I about fell out of my chair laughing cuz she thought it might be in her dish. OH MEU DEUS! Some of the dishes looked terrible, some sounded terrible and some were both. Can you say mole marinara pasta? Neither Ann nor Bobby threw up so they were actually edible. One cook from each team was eliminated. The lady who burned everything so she knew it was done and the guy who tried to make a dessert were sent home. Bye! You're still bad cooks.

The Biggest Loser was full of surprises. First, it was announced that the fatties all had to lose 70 pounds altogether. In early seasons, that would've been totally doable but I don't know what's happened to the huge weight losses they used to have. I have a feeling they're not allowing fatties to live on diet shakes anymore. For only 7 fatties, 10 pounds apiece made their blood pressure go way up. Then the kids were brought in to save the day. They had to do little challenges to lower the required poundage loss. The kids did really well w/ the trivia, guessing caloric dishes and the physical challenges to see if they could improve their beginning of the show times. Of course they improved. It would've been really embarrassing for the producers if they hadn't improved. After the kids, the fatties only had to lose 61 pounds. Then a lot of revelations and drama ensued. We learned Francelina and Jeff are getting close, aw. Gina's a lawyer. I knew there was something about her I didn't like. And, there are a few weenies on the ranch this season. That's bad because if you have really lazy schlubs around you, it's not hard to look like a hard worker when you're really not. No wonder there hasn't been any really impressive weight loss. Remember, the fatties have nothing to do but lose weight. Jillian tries her motivation thing on Alex and instead of making her work harder, it makes the girl curl up and cry about her life. Oy. Gina is the whiniest cryingest fattie on the ranch and she looks horrible w/out makeup. She also has the figure of a nesting doll. She is especially bratty and whiny this week. Maybe it's hormones. It couldn't possibly be because she's just an adult whiny brat. She has a thin skin around Joe and it seems he's kind of oblivious about it. At this point, I think I did a little fast forwarding. Then the fatties had to dig in a sand course to find arrows and eventually a flagpole they had to erect at the end. They did it in time to earn 10 pounds knocked off of their required poundage loss for the week. Then there was an in show commercial for a certain sandwich franchise. The weigh-in turned out to be very surprising. If the fatties did not lose 51 pounds altogether, there was a red line that eliminated the person who lost the least percentage of weight. It turns out, the fatties should've been more worried than they looked. Hey fatties, make sure and take a dump before the pre-weigh-in. Yeesh. The trainers were more upset by the low weight losses than the fatties were. In the first seasons, 2 or 3 pound weight loss would've made people cry and panic but they didn't. In the end, Francelina was eliminated and didn't even look upset. Actually, she was probably the only fattie who didn't cry, ever. Bye Francie. Now we're stuck w/ Joe and the whiners. It sounds like a 50's band.

Face Off seems to have a new guy to beat: Eric F. He may look Goth scary but he's very talented and managed to win the immunity. The first challenge was take a fairytale girl and make her a horror character complete w/ story. Eric F. made Little Red Riding Hood into a werewolf which totally gave a cool twist to that story. I never thought that the wolf might've been biting people out of anything but hunger. They only had like a half an hour too and he did a fantastically awesome job. The other artists did well too but didn't twist their stories as well. He also won a make-up box and I found out, pro boxes are very expensive. Uau! Worth thousands of dollars? For the main challenge, the artists were shown cool colorful abstract photos. They chose which one they wanted to work with and then it was revealed that each one was a microscopic close-up of a different insect. Cooool. The artists had to make a look that not only looked like their insect but used the patterns and color of the photo too. One guy made a beautiful blue butterfly w/ huge impressive wings and won best in show. One guy made a firefly but didn't show the photo in his design. Anthony disappointed everyone w/ a plain looking weird ant but was kind of saved by his model who worked the look. Eric F. was lucky he had immunity because his wolf spider wasn't as scary looking as the real thing. Some of the artists had bad luck which caused time management problems. In the end, Alam's look that seemed okay to me was totally hated by the judges. It's not ok to just tie wings on. Ohhh. She was sent home. Aw. bye Alam. I'll miss your Japanese cartoon inspired looks.

Survivor was so stupid. They only did one challenge. I hate that. It was mainly conniving and planning on the unFavorites team and fighting w/ the ex-marine on the Fans team. The unFavorites woke up and realized they'd better try harder at the challenge. The challenge consisted of some pulling some on a raft to a platform where they dove to pull sticks to release rings. The Fans made a mistake by having 3 women do the diving thing. They might have pulled it off in calm water but skinny women fighting the ocean is a whole different thing. Then they were pulled back to shore and had others had to do a ring toss. This season, Malcolm isn't proving to be the hero in the challenges. Then again, he wasn't in his season either cuz his tribe almost was wiped out. He might be doing it on purpose because many times at the merge, the biggest threat is voted out first. Anyway, the unFavorites won. The Fans tribe is unevenly split and it's totally obvious. There's a group of 2 romantic couples (4 people) who think they're the pretty people. Then there's a group of 6. I think the pretty people are pretty much sunk. They shouldn't pick fights but they do. Gawd, those jocks and cheerleaders are so stupid. Although one of the pretty people guys did find the HII. At Tribal council you could tell the people just wanted to vote and go home. Jeff had to use the cattle prod to make them talk and then they really didn't say anything. In the end, the blonde lady from the pretty people group was voted out. I think they should re-name themselves sitting ducks. The ex-marine guy is actually doing the smart thing in the heat. He rests in the shade during the day and works in the cooler evening and night. Unfortunately, nobody sees him working cuz they're wiped out. Then the pretty people make the mistake of antagonizing him. Don't poke the bear! The producers are wanting to edit him to be the ass but I can tell that the large group of the tribe respect him. I don't know his name yet but I'm rooting for him. BTW, I'm not watching this show on TV.

On The Face, I can't tell you how tired I am of Carolina Kurkova's face. It's kind of homely in a white rat way w/ pale skin, long pointy nose and buck teeth. Everybody makes a big deal of the young girl w/ no modeling experience. She has a beautiful face but boy, they're right. She's very awkward and way behind in modeling skills. The mentors aren't very good teachers and just tell the models what they want. The first challenge is a quick snapping commercial shoot that gets to highlight Coco's posing talent. A blonde model wins. Whatever. Then the models go home to fight for awhile. The photoshoot is lingerie w/ each model showing a different aspect of an underwear model: innocent, sexy, flirty, sophisticated. Instead, the models all looked like they were trying to upstage each other. I didn't see the differences. Whatever. Naomi's team won. One model from each of the 2 losing teams is put up for elimination to be judged by the winning Mentor. Got that? Ok, well, Carolina sent home Naomi's model last week so Naomi returned the favor this week and it seems the young inexperienced girl is the black hammer of the season so far. These mentoring reality shows are kind of boring.

Top Chef had it's finale part 1. Kristen, the winner of last chance kitchen, was brought back but she earned it. Take that, Josie! They did a really boring thing of showing the chefs at home w/ their families. Zzzzz. okay, so they cook at home. BFD. I also don't give a rat's patoot what their family is like either. So no quickfire and right to the elimination challenge. The chefs had to just make a 3 course meal. OH MEU DEUS! Boring! Kristen made simple French dishes which were delicious but the judges didn't think were too creative and her dessert was just a big bowl of chocolate. Kids would've loved it. The Hawaiian guy made something that wasn't Asian and was totally raked over the coals for not showing himself in the dishes. Isso! They wanted spam and pineapple. Brooke can do no wrong and the criticisms of her dish were really dumb and weird. I think the judges wracked their brains coming up w/ something negative to say. In the end, the Hawaiian guy was sent home and now we're definitely going to have a female Top Chef this season. Ho hum. it's been a boring season so they may as well keep it that way.

Project Runway finally broke up the big teams and made the designers work in teams of 2. Some of the designers were able to choose who they wanted to work w/. The Aussie guy got stuck w/ the mole faced lady who had the worst looks in the previous challenges. The black haired lady who thinks she's all that and doesn't want to help other people really showed her lack of talent this week. The designers had to make looks for a country singer star. I think Miranda Lambert. All I know is, she's white and not wafer thin. 1 designer in the team had to make a stage look and the other had to make a red carpet look. The curlique mustache guy made some honky tonk gown complete w/ frayed edges on the hems. The judges hated it. The Aussie guy made a gorgeous gown and proved he did know how to do strapless construction. Meanwhile, his partner, the loser lady w/ the mole on her face made a cute fringey outfit. Performers love clothes that have movement because it gives more energy to the whole stage look. The black haired lady not only made an outfit that looked boring but it made the model look fat. Terrible. Aussie and Mole Face were declared the winners and black haired unhelpful lady was sent home. Bye! Hee hee. I love when people get their just desserts.

King of the Nerds had the Nerds making music. Oh boy! First they had to create a song, then learn to dance. It was a little painful to watch but not too painful to laugh at them. I keep mixing up the teams and it seems it was the blue team who won last week and are 3's company. They're name is actually Blextrophy. The Orange team is something like Ruler's of the Golden Orb. I know there's Orb in their name. I'll just call them the Orb team. The pink haired girl from the Orb team has gotten some kind of ego and she's probably the dumbest on the team. Ohhh. she's an expert gamer. Well, so is the 2 ton schlub who lives on his mother's couch. I was also wrong about who went home last week. The curly haired leader guy stayed and the brunette arrogant guy went home. Pink haired girl didn't get along w/ him so after he left, she partied and danced around in glee. So back to the challenge. The teams then had to perform their song and do a dance to it in front of judges. Oh boy! I thought they both did a good job. One of the judges was that ukelele playing girl who does quirky characters on sitcoms. I had no idea she was part of a singing duo. Anyhoo. the judges couldn't get Blextrophy's song out of their head and the dancing was equally bad on both sides. Somehow, Orb team or orange team was declared the winners. Huh? The curly haired girl and the guy on the team were sent to the dual. They had to do a dance dance revolution kind of thing. The guy turned out to be less awkward and more experienced at the game and curly haired girl met her demise. Aw. bye. Sorry to see her go cuz of all the nerds, she seemed the most cool.

Well, that's it for this week. I didn't talk about Joe Schmoe Show because it's just more of the same. They are bringing back Lorenzo Lamas for another episode so that should be fun. ABC used The Middle to promote their telecasting the Oscars. The show was still funny. So until next time people stay tuned.


‘Top Chef’ recap: Comeback kid Kristen Kish wins

The Wednesday night finale of “Top Chef” was like a great comeback kung fu movie. After having been sent home too early in the season, Kristen Kish fought her way back into the competition. The “Last Chance Kitchen” champion beat L.A. girl Brooke Williamson by two rounds to earn the title of Top Chef.

Williamson and Kish each cooked in front of a live audience of more than 300 people, the judges, their former competitors and all nine of the previous “Top Chef” champions. The first chef to win three rounds was named the winner. It turned into an Iron Chef-like competition with the audience counting down the final 10 seconds of each round, but the live audience really bugged me. It was distracting, unnecessary and gave the entire finale a cheese ball game show feel.

It was fun to see a look back at the past winners who collectively run 17 restaurants. They were however the harshest critics. After each bite they shrugged their shoulders and looked at each other like maybe they could have done better.

Back in the kitchen, Williamson had Stefan Richter, Kuniko Yagi and Chris “C.J.” Jacobson on her team and Kish had Elizabeth Binder, Sheldon Simeon and Josh Valentine in her corner. Kish took the first round with her chicken liver mousse, frisee, mustard, prune, hazelnuts and pumpernickel, beating Williamson’s crispy pig ear and chicory salad with a six-minute egg, apricot jam and candied kumquats. The live judging was tense with each judge voting on the spot for a favorite dish.

Williamson took the second round with her seared scallop with salt cod puree, speck, black currant and mustard seed vinaigrette, over Kish’s citrus- and lavender-cured scallop with bitter orange and lemon. But Kish came back swinging. Williamson attempted to redeem herself for her fried chicken debacle by making vadouvan chicken wings, but Kish’s celery root puree with bone marrow and mushrooms was the judges’ favorite.

The saddest part of the finale was when Williamson admitted “I want to win this because I want to prove that I wasn’t winning because Kristen wasn’t there.”

For the fourth and final round, Williamson went all out with a braised pork cheek with red snapper, collard green slaw, sorrel puree and pine nut cream, but it was no match for Kish’s red snapper with leeks, little gem lettuce, tarragon, uni and shellfish nage. Kish was announced the winner and awarded a showcase at Aspen Food and Wine, a feature in Food and Wine magazine and $125,000. She told the camera she plans to travel to Korea for the first time with a portion of her winnings.

I was pulling for Williamson, but Kish really deserved the win. Congrats to both ladies!


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