Thursday, August 19, 2010

Top Chef: CIA

The episode of Top Chef: DC was actually kind of bland and drama free for a change.

Quick fire challenge: create a dish from ingredients from a mystery box. Throughout the challenge new boxes with additional ingredients will appear. All of the ingredients from each box must be used. At stake is 10 thousand dollars. In each box:
  1. Rock fish, fava beans, and canned hominy.
  2. Squid and black garlic.
  3. Ramps and passion fruit.
  4. Jicama.

Alex and Amanda are in the bottom (big surprise) with Tiffany and Kevin producing the best dishes. Tiffany wins the challenge and the money.

Elimination challenge: create a new identity for a classic dish. The winner receives a trip to Paris. After shopping and prep, the contestants are taken to CIA headquarters to cook for several guests who work for the organization including Director Panetta. In the bottom are Alex, Amanda, and Angelo. The most successful dishes were made by Tiffany, Kelly, and Ed. Tiffany wins the competition and a the trip to Paris while Alex is sent home (goodbye creepy, thank you Jeebus!).

Random thoughts on the episode:

Has anyone cooked with ramps before? I don't even know what they are!

Kevin needs to shut the fuck up about the other contestants, namely Alex, and concentrate on his own cooking. It really, really gets on my nerves when other contestants whine about who shouldn't be around. It's petty and unflattering. It's OK for me to do it because I am petty and unflattering!

It looks like Angelo may not be the man of steel after all.

This is the second time in the competition that Tiffany has won a quick fire challenge and an elimination challenge on the same show. She seems to be getting better as the competition progresses, maybe she'll be the one to beat, she's certainly setting the pace.

I thought it was cool of Tiffany to help Kelly finish plating her dishes in the elimination challenge.

Directory Panetta was called away in the middle of judging the elimination challenge. He probably had to oversee a coup somewhere in South America.

Kelly has never cooked Chinese. Really?

Next week on Top Chef: concession stand food. Sounds fun. Looks like Kevin is still on his little tirade.

My "Bye Felicia" award this week goes to guest judge Wylie Dufresne. Shave and a haircut two bits! Wylie Dufresne, bye Felicia!

Next chef out: Amanda most likely. While she doesn't get on my nerves as much as the majority of the other contestants, her skills are probably the worst of the six remaining.

Two of my top four that I predicted in the first week are still alive in the competition, Angelo and Kevin. To see the original post, click here.

Lame recap this week, I know. The jackasses on the show didn't give me much to work with on this episode!

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