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04.09.08

30 Seconds on Top Chef: East Meets Midwest Edition

Bites: News and Miscellany


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1 - Ming Tsai might be the first guest judge who’s taller than Padma.

2 - Richard “I’m basically the executive chef” Blais and his faux-hawk is an affront to Dale Levitski.

3 - Lisa doesn’t like Dale and Stephanie’s seared beef and deviled egg dish. She would rather pander by cooking Asian food for Ming Tsai…’cause it’s always a good idea to give a sermon to the pope.

4 - I think Team Air should just do a series of foams.

5 - Isn’t Zoi’s name spelled wrong? Shouldn’t Zoi be pronounced “Zoy” and not “Zo-E”…

6 - Spike belies his contempt for female chefs with a smile.

7 - Why does Tom Colicchio put on his chef’s jacket everytime he goes into the kitchen. It’s not like he ever does any cooking.

8 - Tom Colicchio hates shot glass drinks on plated dishes. He and Graham Elliot Bowles probably wouldn’t get along.

9 - I stand corrected. Lisa standing up for herself results in a team win and a trip to Italy.

10 - I’m waiting for Spike to get all alpha male like last week and talk about how security guards are going to have pull him off the set. Maybe his porkpie hat is the source of all his power.

11 - Zoi - she gone.

13 - Top Chef total freakout. Dale vs Lisa. My money’s on Lisa.

14 - Next week, Tom Colicchio proves he’s never been to a football game in his life by wearing a beret with his Bears jersey

3 Comments on "30 Seconds on Top Chef: East Meets Midwest Edition"

Jasmine

1. Ming Tsai is so cute. I was so hoping the Quickfire prize was going to be a five minute makeout session with him. Though immunity isn’t so bad.

2. Lisa is a drag. I thought her wanting to cook Asian was pandering, but she won, so I guess it isn’t anymore?

3. A future challenge should be making Spike a new hat that isn’t ugly. This could be a crossover with Project Runway, if the two shows were ever in production at the same time.

4. Did you notice that they referred to Macy’s as “the old Marshall Field’s building”? Love it. Take that, Macy’s!

5. I knew Fire had it when I saw the look on Padma’s face when she first bit into that shrimp.

6. I thought teams Team Air should have renamed themselves Team Wind, then gotten together to form a supergroup with Earth and Fire.

7. Clearly, I’m up way too late. But I was so totally waiting for your recap.

8. I just loved that Dale was still a hater when Lisa won.

9. That fight at the end? Just like any fight on “The Real World” only nobody’s naked or drunk or spouting racial epithets. And BTW, I thought Dale totally called Lisa on her Debbie Downerism.

10. I always IM with my brother Patrick during TC and he wrote “Ming Tsai sold a brother out.” when Ming awarded the prize to Lisa.



Barry I. Strum

I get the outrageousness of “Iron Chef”. The American version is spared most of the melodramtic shtick…save for the Chairman’s Kamakazie shreik as the challengers run to their respective teams with the secret ingredient. “Top Chef” on the other hand,lacks all the camp, frenzy, and ESPN’ish commentary. It’s food thrown at a reality show….and a bad one at that. Food, cooking skills, and studied culinary hipsterism all get tossed in the Cuisinart here. The results are ghastly.

To begin, the show has a built-in nastiness that makes other nauseatingly contrived reality ditties pale by comparison. The chefs each try to outdo the other at being petulant, strident, and aggressive….after all, these are the recruits in this culinary boot camp.

The panel is a group of farbissiner yentas if there ever was one. This is the boot camp staff……skilled in bringing young, arrogant aspiring chefs down a peg or three. Chef Tom attempts to be a firm coah in the kitchen but a gossip at the judges’ table. Padma is a beautiful she-wolf. Ming Tsai’s comments were instructive once he got off his near-litigious fish scales issue. Of course, it wouldn’t be a reality show without the obligatory humiliation……..give the foodies at home something to chew on.

I’ve seen this a few times before. The Chicago edition was the low point……..and that includes the seemingly endless Howie whining awhile back in Florida.

But for the kitchen equipmnt, Top Chef’s a bad riff on “The Biggest Loser”



Hunnyoil

7 - Why does Tom Colicchio put on his chef’s jacket everytime he goes into the kitchen. It’s not like he ever does any cooking.

OMG!!! That is SOOOO funny :)

(and true….)



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