Thursday, December 4, 2008

Top Chef Season 5: New York Episode #4 Recap WITH SPOILERS!



Okay, when did Alek join team Rainbow? I mean I get that Richard is gone, but did we REALLY need someone to fill his clogs shoes ?

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Quickfire Challenge:


Rocco DiSpirito is the guest judge for a quickfire BREAKFAST challenage. They have to create a Breakfast Amuse-Bouche. (a single, bite-sized hors d’Ĺ“uvre.)

Stefan starts talking about blah, blah, cocky, blah and Jack does the same thing. Daniel pulling out corn flakes = me terrified. and Ariane plans.

Melissa: French Toast Eggs in a Nest - LOVED
Stefan Huevos Rancheros - LOVED the presentation
Radihka- Latke. um, no. Didn't she see Paula Leen's brilliant version?
Daniel - Um NO!
Ariane - Stuffed French Toast. LOVED
Jamie- Egg BLT. LOVED


Leah EGG BLT -THE PERFECT SIZED (and she made sure to say to the judges AND the camera) Quail Egg BLT. -LOVED
Husband Fabio - Briouche Brulee - IFFY
Jeff- Twice Baked Potatoe

BOO-
Daniel
Fabio (NEXT TIME BACON, BITCH!)

YEA-
Stefan
Leah
and sorta Jamie

And the winner is:

LEAH with her Fried Quail Egg with Tomato and Cheese:

...and then Rocco pushes his new cookbook.


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Elimination Challenge:


They have to make an entree that they can teach on a television segment. (That means in like 2 minutes, people)

Okay, I officially hate Jeff. And FYI: Carla, Leah and Radhika are a mess.



Jamie served raw egg white because she ran out of time and Alex is SO about to get screwed trying to make a creme brulee in under an hour.

The judges went back and forth on Daniel and weren't impressed at all with Stefan. (Thank goodness!)

In the end they like Jeff, Fabio (of course) and Ariane and they become the top three.

The bottom three:
Melissa, Alex and Jaime.

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SO, it turns out the top three will get a chance to have their meal tasted on The Today Show and so they woken up at the buttcrack of dawn (the time, not the person) and as they watch the hosts taste and rate their food Kathy Lee Gifford spits out Jeff's food.

Nice.

Ariane wins the challenge with her Watermelon Caprese Salad:

... and Meredith comes back and congratulates her.


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Judges Table:


Jamie did REALLY good defending herself. Like, REALLY good. (Not ugly, not snotty, just very stand-up-for-yourself meets You-Go-Gurl!)

Alex, was kind of whiny and I could care less about whatever he said because I totally zoned out because, well, who cares.

Oh crap, then Melissa starts talking again about how SHE wants to be here and OH MY CRAP WHO CARES!!!

Alex realizes that Melissa JUST threw him under the bus. DUN, DUN DUNNNNNNN!!!

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So with ZERO ELIMINATION CHALLENGE WINS and ZERO QUICKFIRE WINS, Alex is eliminated:

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