Top Chef “Po’ Boy Smackdown “ by BB
Remaining cheftestants are Nicholas, Nina, Shirley, Carlos and Brian. The guest standing with Padma in the kitchen is author Roy Choi, the king of the food truck in LA. He started out selling tacos from a truck. The chefs must create their own take of a New Orleans Po’ Boy sandwich. They have 20 minutes and the winner gets immunity. Stop right here! Why are they granting immunity in this late stage of the competition? That’s just dumb. Rant over.
Shirley is using catfish. Carlos is going Mexican of course, but will use bread instead of a tortilla. Nicholas is frying shrimp for his Po’ Boy. Brian is using lobster and Asian slaw. Nina is using fruit and mahi mahi. Roy Choi is really thorough in his tasting and examination of the food. Roy and Brian know each other, but Roy says it won’t make a difference. Roy tells all the contestants they all kind of missed the boat on their dishes. He’s disappointed in them. He tells them they are thinking too much as chefs and that they need to find their souls. He tells Carlos his was lacking flavor. Nicholas’ was too salty. Brian didn’t represent Korean flavors. He tells Shirley hers was a little pedestrian. Nina’s didn’t pop for him. He announces that Shirley is the winner. She has immunity, which means she’ll be in the top four. She’s happy but she didn’t like the criticism from Roy.
Padma next introduces actor/director/screenwriter Jon Favraeu. He recently added chef to his resume. He tells them they will only be allowed to use things found in a dumpster for their next challenge. They all looked shocked and he tells them he’s only kidding and wants them to loosen up. He tells them he’s working on a film about a chef who’s lost his voice and is cooking food he no longer connects with. This chef decides to open a food truck and travel across the country with his son to find his passion again. Jon asked Roy to help him out with it. Roy said he lost everything he had before he found his cooking voice. Shirley can relate that cooking food her own way and not someone else’s way is more fulfilling.
Elimination Challenge: Create a dish representing a turning point in their careers that led them to discover their own culinary voice. They will serve their dishes at a local charity that teaches culinary skills to at risk youth. Nina feels good going into this challenge. They will have two hours to prepare their dishes at Café Reconcile. That night they will be going with Jon Favraeu, Emeril and Gail as they visit some food trucks in the area. The chefs stand around that night talking about their stories and experiences. When they get back, they make a picture of Roy Choi on a paper towel, place it on the dart board and throw darts at it.
Nina is making a simple dish. She thinks going simple is the best way as long as you execute it perfectly and use the best quality ingredients. It served her well in the last challenge. Nicholas wants to highlight two different products. When he explains it to Nina, he calls it simple. Nina tells him what he’s explaining is not simple. Nina thinks Nicholas overthinks things and has a short fuse. She likes him, but says that combination could get him into trouble. Carlos used to be a chef at a French restaurant, but he really wants to cook his roots this time, which is Mexican. He is so happy to be cooking something he chooses for this challenge. Nicholas gets out three pots and puts them on the stove. He announces to everyone to not move his pots. He says this about five times. I’m sure editing played a part in this, but it’s annoying. He thinks Carlos works like a slob and an a-hole, and Nicholas can’t work with people like that. Carlos’ feelings aren’t hurt. He’s like whatever. He’s there to cook.
Nina is trying to make her own pasta. The kitchen is too hot and it’s not working. She’s in a state of panic and has to think of something. She has to change her whole dish. Tom and Jon come in to check on the chefs. Tom mentions Shirley’s immunity and she tells him that doesn’t matter. She hopes to blow them out of the water. Nina needs some inspiration from Jon because she shaking in her boots. Since her dish is so simple it has to be perfect and she knows it.
Nicholas is making a totally difficult dish once again. His quinoa gets burnt and he won’t have any texture on his dish. He doesn’t have an alternative. He mentions something about the temperature going from 275 degrees to 500 degrees and he doesn’t know how it happened. Was it his stupid mistake or someone else’s? Shirley doesn’t think Brian should be using skinless chicken breast.
Café Reconcile has been open since 2000 and students learn a skill so they can get a job. Emeril employs a few of the graduates. The kids of Café Reconcile will be the servers for the chefs. Shirley is up first. She made Seared Snapper with Crustecean Broth, Silken Tofu and Napa Cabbage. She was inspired by the trip Emeril took them to the shrimp boats. All of the judges totally love it.
Nina made Fettuccine with Charred Calamari, Pine Nut Gremolata and Crab Meat. Tom says in this stage of the game, this is how the chefs should be cooking. Perfect according to the judges. Brian made Chicken Anticucho with Twice Cooked Potatoes and Feta Walnut Pesto. They call Brian’s dish interesting. Tasty but muddled and boring. Emeril’s potato is raw.
Carlos made Braised Pork Belly with Sweet Potato Puree and Chipotle Tamarind Glaze. Emeril says you can taste every single element of Carlos’s dish. Tom says everything has a purpose. Last is Mr. Intense, Nicholas. He made Yellowfin Tuna, Several Preparations of Carrot and Fennel Dust. He starts reeling off how many different carrot things are in the dish. He also tells them he planned on the Quinoa but it didn’t work out. Jon makes a joke about the dish being inspired by the comedy of Carrot Top. Padma again says it’s an interesting dish (not a good thing, I’m guessing). Emeril and Tom think the fish is under seasoned. The servers aren’t impressed with it either.
Padma comes in and asks them all to come to the judges’ table. Emeril tells them they all inspired and impressed the kids at Café Reconcile. They start with Nina who tells them about having to change her dish because of the heat and her pasta not turning out the way she wanted. Tom thinks the pasta was perfectly cooked. Emeril thinks it was a good balance. Tom asks Brian why he chose boneless chicken breasts and tells him it had no flavor. Gail called his dish heavy. Gail tells Shirley the broth of her dish was breathtaking and Emeril thinks her fish was cooked perfectly. Carlos tells the judges the dish was very easy for him and that it’s his signature dish. Tom tells him his dish made sense and everything had a purpose. Emeril says his sweet potatoes were dynamite. Nicholas explains the oven temperature debacle. Tom mentions he keeps having mishaps and Nicholas replies it’s been little tiny things. Gail says his carrot sauce was delicious, but the fish was disconnected. Emeril was also looking for some texture. Brian says it’s between him and Nicholas going home. Nicholas says he would be surprised if Brian went home.
The judges have a hard time picking the winner of this one. Gail loved Shirley’s dish. Padma liked Carlos’ dish. Jon was impressed by Nina’s improvisation. Tom can’t get past Brian’s boneless chicken breast and Emeril got a raw potato. Emeril says it sounded like Nicholas had a hard day in the kitchen. Tom says when you have that much money on the line and the title of top chef and you’re in the top five, you don’t forget your food and let it burn. Padma adds that it wasn’t like he was cooking his tuna for a long time. Gail says that’s for sure.
The winner is . . . . . Shirley! She had immunity and still managed to come out as a winner. Padma tells Shirley, Carlos and Nina they are safe and can go back to the kitchen. Oh my. Padma asks Brian to pack his knives and go. I’m not a happy camper. Nicholas hasn’t lived up to his own lofty advertising and I really like Brian’s attitude.
Last Chance Kitchen: Brian vs. Louis. They had to make dishes from skin and bones (chicken, pork, etc.) They both make great dishes. Tom tells Brian it’s the best dish he (Brian) has made all season. It’s not enough though, because Tom tells Louis he made the best dish he’s tasted from everyone ALL season. So Louis wins again. One more win and he’s back in the competition.
Couple’s Therapy Ep 3 “Not lying Jon Gosselin is on this show” by Mr and Mrs LuLu
The one who flew over the cuckoo’s nest
Opens to Taylor and her temper tantrum from last week. See she was too hot and rather then like a decent human being. Ask to have the heat turned off she goes ballistic!!! Her drunkenprincessness is too good for “Pea green towels now!” She calls Dr Jen at 3 in the morning to complain about yes “pea green towels!!!” See she has a certain standard of living. She demands filet mignon!!!! an “expensive” vanilla latte!!!! Words fail me with just how badSh@t crazy she is!!!
Group Therapy I want you to hurt by Dr Jen
A calm collected and amazingly well rested Dr Jen starts therapy off by addressing batsh#t crazy Taylor’s antics. See Taylor had an “entitled tantrum!” that my friends excuses ALL of her behavior. She is a victim and a survivor!! Just as Dr Jen lavishes her with all these “survivor” titles. Taylor opens her mouth and states “the food in the house is like what they would serve in a cafeteria at high school………Umm victim one second/batsh#t the next??? I’m beginning to wonder if a full mental work up is in order??? She switches personality in a split second.
Ghostkillah and Kelsey
I find them heartbreaking as a couple and individuals. For some reason Ghost associates “Stripping” with being unclean, not relationship worthy. He does not let go of Kelsey’s past and he continues to put her down. I don’t think they will make it. Hopefully Kelsey’s self worth is not destroyed by this.
I will warn all of youse that she does attempt to cry. It is rather painful to watch her try to contort her face into expressing emotion. Not one drop from her eye…. What a lost soul that one. To sum up her “session” she feels she accommodates others, she is a victim. Too much time has passed in this session so of course Taylor had to say something. Taylor berates her by basically calling her fake but see she is only saying that because she wants to help her and steal screen time…..
Jon finally shows up!!!!
I think that Jon was having second thoughts about being on this show. But of course that reason is spun to “logistical” issues??!?!?! For whatever that means!! I guess no planes fly out of wherever he lives!! Jon gives us a bio: he was on a reality show Jon and Kate plus 8. Further explains he was portrayed as being emasculated.
I used to watch the show and I agree. Kate was horrible to him whenever he spoke and if she did not like what he said. She would berate him……..So to clarify Kate broke it off with him first………..But she wanted him to pretend everything was ok on camera. I always thought he cheated on her and that’s how their marriage dissolved!?!??!?! WTH?!?!?! I feel lied to!! I always felt poor Kate the single mother of 8 children was dumped on her dupa. He then brings up how “militant” she was with running the household. The truth is no one knows what went on in that marriage but with how broken Jon is….. Something is clearly not right.
Taylor and that pesky voice of hers………….
The minute Jon and Liz step out to meet the group. Of course she has to make a snide remark. She is undignified by what they are wearing. It doesn’t end there first innocent pea green towels were the victim of her wrath. Now Jon is a nobody reality “person” who is not a musician or celebrity (like in her mind!!) so he does not belong there. Does or will she ever get over herself??!?!?!?
Jon and Liz first therapy session
Dr Jen asks them how they met. They met first at a parking lot then in a bar. Liz can’t get over “Jon Gosselin” is at her house, sitting in her car, on the seat next to her and sleeping in the bed beside her. Jon voices how he doesn’t like that, how he’s had major issues with opening up to people because of his negative image.
Liz (a nasty version of Kate) berates him for expressing an opinion…… This woman IMO is worse then Kate she is vulgar. The minute Jon shows emotion she is on the attack. Dr Jen tells her to show some empathy………. Clearly this woman has “issues” with men. Jon goes on to tell Dr Jen about how he is not civil with Kate. She is suing him stating that he broke into her email accounts and sold her information. I’m feeling really bad for him you could see he is completely broken.
Sadie and Whitney investigate “backdoorgate”
You have to love these two!! It’s refreshing that they are on this show to at some points provide comic relief! They decide to watch Farrah’s Porno “back door teen mom.” They quickly notice “makeup, her acting on cue” a production crew! They no longer buy this “I am not a porn star I am a victim that sold the rights for profit. But my boyfriend exploited me and did this without my consent!”
Fakefakefakerah!! They state she should stop pretending that this was a completely innocent Kim Kardashian incident. She is not a victim!!! Next week they call her out………………..
Ha Ha Ha, wow, Taylor isn’t crazy. She’s just an attention whore beyond reason. And crazy jealous of Farrah.
Doctor Jen, wrong as usual.. Everything Taylor did was to perform for those cameras and have an old school ‘Real Housewives of X’ at rehab.
Kelsey and Ghostface, yeah, he derailed it. His issues and insecurities run too deep, Ghost needs real help. Ghostface can’t even help himself, or objectively assess his impact on others. Kelsey can do better, but she also has some issues of self worth to be worked out.
WHY THE HELL IS SHE THERE?!?!? She’s like Taylor’s doppelganger two decades ago. And she is in the porn business, she negotiated a freaking cut of the sales from a sex tape! The only way you get to do that is if you’re in on the deal to film, produce, and distribute it. Also, the fake crying is getting old.
Doctor Jen’s wrap up…
WHY THE HELL IS SHE THERE?!?!?!?
Sadie, Whitney, and Farrah,
My girls there see right through Farrah’s crap on the sex tap. Wish though they (Whitney and Sadie) has a couple, were receiving more attention. Because I see them as this season’s ‘happy ending’ and also the ones I relate to most.
John and Liz Arrive,
…And Taylor gives them her judgement based on how they are dressed. Wow John looks pretty good all things considered. Really hope him and Liz get the help they are looking for and need. (Fat chance under Doctor ‘Drop the Ball’ Jen there.)
John and Liz first session,
Second thought, she is Kate squared…. with a fifth of gin in her. No really John needs to escape the Western Hemisphere I think to stand a chance of finding a woman he can start over with, like a visit to rediscover his ancestral roots in Korea is in order.
Sadie and Whitney,
MY SIDES!?!? BACK DOOR TEEN MOM!?!? And they are watching it. Ha Ha Ha. If me and my wife were there, watching that tape, we’d afterwards be dropping inside jokes about it in front of Farrah like it was an Olympic sport. ‘Hey there Mrs Lulu, think there is enough space in this place’s REAR ENTRANCE to deliver some MAGIC WANDS?’ ‘I don’t know Mr Lulu, but I hope they keep the BACK DOOR clean here, it get messy enough if there was some sort of accident.’ Cue us both laughing together like Statler and Waldorf on the Muppets.