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this is top chef, not top scallops!

January 9, 2009


Ella and I have been in Top Chef withdrawal over the holidays.  Last night we huddled around the computer to watch this week’s Top Chef episode.

Here is our muddled, scribbled analysis, as written down by Ella, age 12:

  • Our favourite line was when Fabio exasperatedly said, in response to Jamie’s choice of scallops for the Elimination Challenge:  This is Top Chef, not Top Scallops!  This cracked us up.  That Fabio is a real dreamy card.  But why oh why did he cook his lamb in water in a ziplock and then serve it raw to the judges and tried to cover it up with sauce?  Fabio!  At least sear it on the frying pan to hide the pink!  Please do not do stuff like that any more so you do not get eliminated.
  • I agree though – enough with the scallops!  This is an easy dish to cook – hence the grabbing of scallops every time they run into Whole Foods to get ingredients.  But are scallops that creative or mod?  Even I can cook a scallop.  I like how Stephan (arrogant as he is), cooked duck breast for the Elimination Challenge.  To me, that’s a more interesting meal. 
  • Ella and I think it should be called Top Arm Tatts.  Both Jamie and Eugene are sporting serious arm tattoos.  Although Eugene has now gone to Las Vegas, so I suppose he lost that particular challenge.
  • I was glad that Carla wasn’t eliminated.  One, she’s old like me, and two, I like her spunk.  The way they edit the show, you know who is going to be eliminated – they always focus on those people – Eugene has had the spotlight for two episodes, so there’s no surprise he left.  Melissa should not have made tacos as her signature dish.  Silly girl. 
  • The no-sugar Quick Fire challenge, challenging the contestants to make a dessert without sugar, included many many versions of the Baklava.  The Baklava must be to the dessert world what Scallops are to the entree world. I thought immediately:  no sugar = maple syrup!  But there must not have been any maple syrup in their pantry. 
  • There’s a new judge, since Gail must be on an extended honeymoon.  He is from the UK, and really mean.  Expect tears from contestants in future episodes.  He’s like the Janice Dickinson or Simon Cowell of Top Chef. 
  • In the end, Jamie won the Elimination Challenge with her damn scallop dish and Eugene and Melissa were sent home (shocking – two sent home at once!).   Next week, a secret ingredient, a la Iron Chef America – Padma unveils some vile ingredient that makes everybody gasp!
4 Comments leave one →
  1. madalenab permalink
    January 9, 2009 9:10 am

    I am also a big fan of top chef and was exctied to watch it this past week. I was left to watch reruns of old top chefs during the Christmas break. I am tired of Jamie’s use of scallops and I don’t think that Ariana makes very interesting dishes but she keeps winning – why?

  2. January 9, 2009 2:01 pm

    I agree re: Ariane. She cooks like I do! (And that’s not a compliment). Grilled fish with a bit of pineapple on top? Devilled eggs? Geez!

    I think they sometimes keep people around for the drama…

  3. supersu permalink
    January 9, 2009 6:40 pm

    i think you are absolutely right! drama is the thing that keeps me coming back, that and the funny lines! i laugh out loud all by myself at some of the shenanigans on top chef… scallops har har har….

    not exactly a big fan of the new judge….maybe he will grow on me? but he’ll never be as yummy as fabio…:)

  4. January 10, 2009 6:51 am

    Here’s a really great summary, complete with photos:

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