I am doing my weird sleep cycle thing where I am sleeping A LOT so I am just now getting around to watching the Season Premiere of Chef Roble. I liked the show last time, but after following Roble on twitter, I really started to find him a bit narrow-minded and offensive. I do really like his sister though. I hope she is on this season. Okay, let’s watch.
Jasmine is back as an event designer. YAY. She will be working closely with Artie. I like Roble’s team they are all unique and interesting. They have a new kitchen in Park Slope. Artie has new uniforms for the caterers and Jasmine has already vetoed them.
The first job may be Phaedra’s “couples dinner” for her, Apollo, Kandi and Todd. This event happened last September and had me doing all sorts of speculating about what was going on since Phaedra was all decked out in white church clothes. Finally, I am going to learn what was up. The crew appears to not know what the event is. They arrive at the Swan House, which is a swanky place on the grounds of the History Center where people hold WEDDINGS which is why I kept thinking Kandi and Todd got married that day. Phaedra is there in the tea room and she is in her full on “Phaedra mode” Praising the Lord and Amening everything they say, and trying her best to be what she thinks is a southern belle. (Don’t get me started…)
Oh Lord. Phaedra has flown them down to the Swan House to see what a tea room looks like and what they serve so that she can have them do a southern tea room event for her in NYC. She is trying to pimp a book to Simon and Schuster on “How to Be a Southern Belle.” Excuse me. I threw up a tiny bit in my mouth. Does anyone have a mint? I can’t imagine there is anyway in HELL that Simon and Schuster would be interested in such a travesty. Seriously. I nauseated by the thought. Apparently, DISHTV could not stomach it either as we lost satellite last night until everyone was safely back on the plane.
Although the show states that it was a one day trip, that is not true. Roble was here for the weekend. He spent the afternoon with Phaedra and later did a couple dinner at either her place or Kandi’s I forget which. (See Link for info) FYI, Chef Roble is also planning to open a restaurant here which I would love to try out.
Back in NYC, the team works on their menu. Four kinds of finger sandwiches including pimento cheese, cucumber goat cheese and melon, tuna salad, and curried chicken. It also features deviled egg with fried oysters, Seafood Cakes and collard green Quiche. Plus desserts including scones, pies and ambrosia. Um. Yum.
Jasmine is apparently just starting the design the day before the event. It seems to me she is wasting a lot of time trying to find seersucker bowties in NYC in September. I love a good southern bowtie, but it is hardly the point of a tea party.
There are the usual bitchfests in the kitchen. Nothing news worthy. Roble did continuously degrade the food at the Swan House though. To be fair, no one goes to the Swan House for the food. It’s for little old ladies and Old Money bridal showers. They are a place for groups to have some passed hors d’oeuvres catered in a deep south environment. I think Roble missed the point of the experience.
At setup Artie once again steps all over Jasmine’s design. Roble rejects some of Artie’s tiered trays and he is a bit pissy over it. Jasmine does her fake southern belle voice just like Phaedra. Artie really, really wants credit for everything. Actual Simon and Schuster people show up and appear to be talking about this book. I reckon some yankee women in Detroit might buy it. Maybe. I’ll believe it if and when I see it. How the heck can anyone not like Ambrosia? sigh.
Overall, I really like this show. There is drama. But it is work drama. It’s not a bunch of women backstabbing each other over he said, she said and acting a fool.