Every day, I forget what day it is and what I have to recap that night. On housewives nights I have to sort of pull myself together and get on with it, but when it is Top Chef, I look forward to the show all day. I guess that means Top Chef is my favorite show at the moment. It’s not a particularly easy show to write a good recap for, since I often have to listen three times to the description of the dishes I am not familiar with. And it’s not really a show that lends itself to a funny recap. It’s basically a recap I write so that some of you will talk to me about the show. Because I’m selfish like that. So let me knock something out.
They start with Adrienne being salty about Claudette throwing her under the bus with the judges. I am kind of hoping they included that clip because Claudette comes back from LCK to cook against Adrienne. Alaskan, Laura Cole is getting the emotional phone call home scene. That is often the kiss of death.
Top Chef Master, Lachlan Patterson is the judge for the Quickfire. He’s the owner of Frasca Food & Wine. Of course Bruce knows him. The quickfire is a deconstructed Denver omelet challenge. Laura says she practiced Denver omelets before coming on the show. I’m worried about her already, then Padma says it is a sudden death quickfire. Laura is already frazzled. She’s toast. Rogelio also seems to be in the weeds. I’m surprised by his lackluster performances so fare. Carrie seems strong with her sandwich idea. That is what I would have done after Chef Lachlan mentioned that folklore suggests the first Denver omelette was served as a sandwich. Brother Luck seems to be some kind of Asian twist. Bruce is using duck eggs. Joseph is struggling. Could a bear be in danger?
The top three were Carrie, Brother Luck’s smoked duck egg was also a hit, and Tu really redeemed himself with his dish. All of these dishes focused on their egg components. Brother Luck’s Asian twist one the quickfire.
Those who didn’t prominently use their eggs landed in the bottom. The bottom three were Tanya, Laura (who the chef called Laurie) and Rogelio. Rogelio made a toad in the whole, so he did feature the egg but the egg was overcooked. I still think Laura is going home. Her mind is with her kid who is back in Alaska.
The sudden death round is to make the perfect French omelet in 15 minutes. Everyone is struggling and making really bad mistakes. But Laura doesn’t even get an actual omelet on the plate. Laura is sent packing. There is much crying and embarrassment in her final interview. My dog Banjo and I don’t interact as much as I suspect other dogs and dog owners do, but ever since he rescued me, I miss him like crazy and worry about him constantly when I go on a trip. I used to miss my students a lot over Holiday breaks. I can’t imagine leaving a child of my own miles away to go do a cooking contest. I just don’t think I could do that any easier than Laura did. The vagicide continues.
The elimination challenge is a team challenge. Each team will design a three item menu for 150 college kids. Essentially, it’s a hangover food challenge. Each chef will be responsible for one item. They draw knives to make the teams.
The teams are The Black Team: Tonya, Carrie and Joseph… this is a strong team; Then there is the Blue Team: Tu, Christopher and Adrienne…when Tu is good he’s good but he can also be a potential hazard; Yellow Team: Fatima, Mustache Joe and Tyler… Mustache Joe does not play well with others but he likes his teammates; and finally Green Team: Bruce, Rogelio and Brother Luck… Brother Luck has immunity and Rogelio is the weak link. Each college kid gets one ticket to spend on one item the team with the most tickets wins immunity.
Everyone tells their hangover stories from college. Bruce says it is kind of ironic that he was in a hair band called Phoenix and their big gig was opening of for Meatloaf. Get it? Chef? Meatloaf? Work with me here people!
I love all the scenes in the house. I love that Tonya is doing Chicken and Waffles. I’ve personally never understood the appeal, but I think this will be great for her and I am pulling for her this week. Adrienne has it right with her “Chopped Cheese” its a hamburger all chopped up and covered with cheese and in this case there will be Flaming Hot Cheetos in there. The tickets appear to go to the truck and they get the food from all three chefs. I think for that reason Christopher or Tu need to do a really, really great French Fry. The Blue team is riding high at this point.
Sidenote: Colorado is gorgeous. I need to travel the US more.
Fatima is making a waffle with rose water whipped cream and macerated strawberries. This is lovely for snotty brunch in NYC but not for this challenge. The convection oven is not working on the Green Team’s truck. Bruce is going to have to cook his pork bellies in “high-end toaster ovens.” Then another appliance stops working. The Green Team is having a whole lot of electrical issues on their truck. Seems kind of unfair.
Sidenote: It’s 11:04 on a Thursday night. I live on a street that is about a half mile or so long, and there is some idiot drag racing. Like literally going 60 up and down the street. Welcome to my ghetto.
Team Blue is giving us three sandwiches. Tu’s is a Saigon inspired meatball sandwich, Christopher’s is a fried catfish, that sounded great until he got to jalapeno jam. I recently was gifted with some Jalapeno Jam and it was great, but I need a shit ton of tartar sauce on my catfish sammich. He also has sweaty buns. Not his buns, but the sandwich buns. Or maybe both.
Yellow Team surprises me and stars out strong. Tyler’s tomato soup is an unexpected hit with the judges who initially thought it was a dumb idea. I did too but I am a total soup head so I would like it. Joe’s wings are also a hit. As are Fatima’s waffles.
Blue Team gets some “too many carbs with three sandwiches” blow back from the female college students. What is a “southern red pickle?” Made by the Brooklyn guy? It gives me bad visuals. Tom agrees with me that Christopher’s fish sandwich needs some mayo. Padma seems to like his pickle thought. SWIDT? Adrienne’s chopped cheese is a hit and Tu’s salad is kind of almost good enough. I am worried for my Christopher.
Black Team named their truck Down The Chin, sorry I have not been adding names until now but this name sums up what I want when I am hungover. Really wet food that dribbles down your chin. It’s a great cheese stuffed burger that the judges love, chicken and waffles that the Dude Where’s My Car guy loves, and some really good ribs. Black team moves into the lead.
Over on Green Team, Brother Luck is taking it to the streets with samples to get people over to his truck. Advertising is everything, no? Rogelio did some kind of weird salad, Bruce’s sandwich is a grilled cheese with smoked Gouda and pork sandwich (I take back every mean thing I ever said about Bruce this sounds fucking amazing), Brother made a dessert. I do not want dessert when I am hungover. Give me meat, cheese and bread. They HATE Rogelio’s salad he might being going home. They HATE Bruce’s sandwich and they also HATE Brother’s desert thingy. Bye Bye Rogelio. Thanks for breaking the vagicide but it will likely continue next week.
Down the Chin takes the win for immunity, but the Yellow Team is the judges’ choice for the win. I’m pissed. Down the Chin should have won the Judges favorites too. Yet it looks like the winner could come from either team. Or maybe not. It looks like the winner will be from the Yellow Team. And Mustache Joe wins. UGH. Really? Chicken wings. Nope. Too hard to eat when hungover.
Rogelio is toast. Which is good for me because I always have to look up how to spell his name. But the judges are trying to make me worry more about Christopher. Thank God they sent home Rogelio.
He just was not ready for this show.