The downside of this is that I had to get up and watch the show first thing this morning. Maybe it was watching the show in the cold light of day, but was this episode a bit of a dud? No tween heartthrobs, no Bourdain, no dinosaur bones. No whiskey for me. Now that I think of it, that has to be the real issue - this show is maybe insufferable without booze.
The quickfire challenge, to make stuffing with no tools, was kind of dumb. Under what circumstances would you be required to cook gourmet food with no tools? You know what I'd like to see? A challenge where they have to cook in prison, with only prison kitchen ingredients, and make food delicious enough to keep them from being Tito's bitch. That's a realistic challenge. I actually know someone who had to do that. Ahem...
Apart from the onions, my stuffing recipe is basically a bunch of stuff torn up with my hands anyway. Stuffing is smoosh. Which Tre proved by making some smoosh that won when everyone else was busy grating cheese with kitchen racks. It was nice to see Tre win that quickfire. He may not be the best chef in the group, but his kids probably deserve 20K more than Marcel and his smirky hairdo.
A few words on the elimination challenge: Richard. Thai-bouleh? Sometimes I wonder if Richard could actually really cook just about anything but he only ever cooks things that come from bad puns. It's like if I wrote stories based on my store of bad-pun headlines. I'd be an expert on Vietnamese food 'cause all I'd write is stories that could work with the headline "Pho Shizzle." I've got a fun game - let's all think up new dishes for Richard. Thai-penade (olive spread with coconut milk)? French rye (fried whiskey - that one's for me, please)? I know you guys can do better than me here.
Fabio. Can you make anything other than gnocchi?
Spike's strategy really was kind of dumb. His love for game-playing is cutely sad, seeing as he's so bad at game-playing.
Angelo really is insufferable. Sneaky, pushy, arrogant jerk.
Jamie has now positioned herself as the chef who just slides out the side of challenges, smirks and shrugs and gets away with it. Girl better cook something worth eating in the upcoming weeks, or I'm gonna throw my whiskey bottle at the television.
Was never a Carla-lover before, got nothing against the woman but never understood the folks who adore her and think she should have won. But she's winning me over with her nasty finger and her undone-té quinoa (Richard! I feel a stolen pun dish coming on! Undone-té potato crusted salmon! Like sushi but with a crust! So it's a little crunchy! Undone, and al-denté! Get it?!?! I suck at this game). All in all, two feel-good wins tonight.
And one feel-bad loss.
Now where's my Jameson?
OH: Here's where we currently stand with the guess-the-finalists competition:
JoeInAtlanta is OUT with his Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn, and Tiffany Derry picks. Joe, feel free to re-pick, as long as your picks aren't the same as someone else's you can still win.
clreader is also OUT with Blais, Angelo, Spike.
Kelleysue82 is still in the running with Blais, Angelo, Carla.
Foodgeek is still in the running with Blais, Tiffany D. and Jamie.
Our good friend Nom Nom Nom is still in the running with Angelo, Marcel and Blais.
brittj8585239b is still in the running with Blais, Marcel and Tiffani F.
Keep guessing! So far, no one has picked a final 3 that doesn't include Blais. The prize is something I haven't thought of yet, but it'll be better than a t-shirt, not as good as a cruise.
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