By The Wiz
OK, maybe it’s just because it’s been 5 seasons. But I am getting a little bored with watching cheftestants crash and burn at catering events. I kept expecting Nikki to show up with her blueberry mushrooms.
I am not a huge fan of Martha Stewart, (Don’t hate me - she’s VERY intimidating) but I know she’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. I think Ariane won because of the ‘no butter’ thing more than anything - her dish didn’t seem to be very “one pot”. I thought the paella of Josea (oh the rhyme!) should have won, even though I probably would have enjoyed the beef more. (I don’t like paella much, and red meat and I get along very well.) Oh, well. On to elimination.
The choir was awesome. It had nothing to do with food, but they were awesome.
Blah. Blah. Blah. Let’s hand cuff the chefs by giving them no help and having them cook for 250-300 people in 3 hours with bizarre themes! That’ll be interesting! We’ve never done that before! It was the zoo challenge all over again, only without teams. And while I don’t mind repeating challenges, (Restaurant wars, the relay race, the palette testing) the catering ones are not that interesting to me. I mean, I won’t be catering meals any time soon, and I want to go to restaurants. (You know, if I had the money to spend at these super high end places). I do love appetizers, though. I could eat them as an entire meal any day of the week.
Fabio, (aka My Italian Lover) by his own admission, once again ‘gets the crap theme.’ It’s true. Nine ladies dancing does not inspire culinary genius. It’s not like ballerinas are known for their eating habits. His crab cakes were stretching it.
I don’t think they should have skipped ‘four calling birds’. That’s way more foodie than ‘lords a leapin or ladies dancing.’ Sigh - AGAIN, nobody asked me.
My boy Gene is going down. He’s got to step it up big time before he implodes.
I think Tom was too hard on Ariane for her deviled eggs. I mean, come on, ’six geese a layin.’ Eggs are completely appropriate, and they cater well, and are often served at holiday parties. But I do get his point, they’re not very exciting.
In fact, they are all trying not to lose, instead of trying to win, and Tom’s ticked about it. With 11 people still there, it’s not a bad strategy. I mean, hey, Lisa almost won last season by being the second worse the whole time. But it sure makes for some lackluster food.
Do you think the crew left the fridge open to create drama? I’m going to choose ‘no’, and yet, the doubt persists. But them pulling together was awesome, and something that would not have happened last season. (I don’t see Hung doing that, but I could be wrong).
I love Carla. I just do.
Jaime is bugging me. She will henceforth be known as “Scallop-head” forevermore.
Note: Actors as guest judges don’t work. It was very clear Natasha Richardson was out of her element. She knew it, too, and watching awkwardness just makes me feel awkward.
Once again, 3 hours with no help was just mean. Give these people a chance to shine. It looks like that’ll happen next time. One can only hope.
Top three: Stefan, Fabio, and Radhika. I think she’s one to watch.
Next to go: Eugene or Melissa.
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