Tradicionalni recepti

Finale 'Vrhunskog kuhara': Tom Colicchio i takmičari Brooke i Kristen odmjeravaju novi format

Finale 'Vrhunskog kuhara': Tom Colicchio i takmičari Brooke i Kristen odmjeravaju novi format

Za one koji su se uključili Finale u sredu uveče of Najbolji kuhar: Seattle očekujući da ćete vidjeti format koji je bio standard tokom cijele emisije, ono na što ste naišli najvjerojatnije je samo dezorijentiranje. Dok su se u prošlim sezonama od preostalih kuhara tražilo da se uključe u svoju ličnu istoriju kako bi razvili i poslužili sudijskom vijeću obrok od tri slijeda, u ovom finalu format, stil i ukupni ton bili su potpuno različiti.

Kuhari su već kuhali dok je epizoda počela, pred publikom koja je bodrila studio u okruženju koje je više ličilo na scenu nego na kuhinju. Jelovnici su planirani unaprijed, a kuhari su predstavili svoja jela i ocjenjivali se na licu mjesta, u stilu Quickfire, bez razmišljanja. Kuhari nisu mogli ispričati priču kroz hranu, kao što su to činili u prethodnim finalima, kuhali su za nekoliko stotina, za razliku od samo nekoliko, a format "prvi koji osvoji tri od pet jela pobjeđuje" uspio je lako je pogoditi ko će biti pobjednik, jer je epizodi ostalo samo nekoliko minuta do ulaska u četvrtu rundu.

Nedostaci novog formata izazvali su brojne, a čak je i glavni sudac kuhar Tom Colicchio dopustio da se zna njegovo nezadovoljstvo. "Čujem vas vani", napisao je na Twitteru u četvrtak ujutro. "Nije vam se svidio format. Pa ni meni nije, a sumnjam da ćemo to ponoviti."

No, što su dvije preostale konkurentice, Brooke Williamson i Kristen Kish, mislile o novom formatu? U ekskluzivnom intervjuu za The Daily Meal otvorili su priču o promjeni tempa.

"Zaista sam uživao", rekao je pobednik Kish. "Uopće nisam imao problema s tim. Zaista je dodalo energiju i tempo, a i stil ocjenjivanja mi se svidio."

"Bila je to zaista zabavna atmosfera", dodao je Williamson. "Bilo je to kao nastup, ali bez treme. Bio sam toliko uključen da nisam mario što ljudi gledaju. Također sam mislio da je super omogućiti publici da vidi kako se naša jela pripremaju od početka do kraja."

Što se tiče toga da li je novi format utjecao na njihovu koncentraciju ili jelo, nije smatrano da je to problem. "Zapravo sam se osjećao opuštenije", rekao je Kish. "Zaista se osjećao kao da kuham s Brooke, a ne protiv nje."

"Uvijek sam fokusiran na kuhinju, bez obzira na atmosferu", rekao je Williamson. "Uvijek sam uspijevao sve drugo isključiti i preusmjeriti živce na kuhanje. Kuhinja je jedno mjesto na kojem nikad ne osjećam tjeskobu."

Iako je veliki broj gledatelja, pa čak i Colicchio, bio pomalo zbunjen novim formatom, neizbježna posljednja dva takmičara očigledno su uspjela osvojiti izazovno novo okruženje pribjegavajući vještini koja je najvjerojatnije odigrala veliku ulogu u njihovom dolasku na finale na prvom mjestu: sposobnost da ignoriraju sve ostalo što se događa oko njih, spuste glavu i skuhaju najbolju hranu koju mogu.

Dan Myers je urednik za jelo/večeru u The Daily Meal -u. Pratite ga na Twitteru @sirmyers.


Finale vrhunskog kuhara

Kad sam krajem prošle godine podijelio nagradu Top Chef, bio sam sretan što sam vidio koliko je drugih ljudi gledalo emisiju, pa se čini da je ovo savršeno mjesto za objavljivanje mojih misli dok idemo u posljednju epizodu sljedeće sedmice (koja emitira se 27. veljače 2013. u 10/9 centralno.) Prvobitno sam htio uključiti nevjerojatan recept koji sam napravio od jednog od kuhara ove sezone (poput one matcha poslastice koju je prethodno napravila Kristen), ali svi su toliko komplicirani da nisam #8217 nemate vremena. Ako niste gledali epizodu ove sedmice, trebali biste prestati čitati ovo jer moj post raspravlja o onome što se dogodilo.

Nakon mog posta, Kristen se zaista počela povlačiti iz čopora s više pobjeda. Definitivno mi je postala omiljena.

A onda je došla ta kontroverzna odluka …

Znam da se ne slažem uvijek sa sudijama i nisam nužno očekivao da će Kristen pobijediti u cijeloj stvari, ali bio sam zaista uznemiren tom epizodom Ratova u restoranima, sudijama odlučujućim, i kako je Kristen eliminirana. Znam da nisam bio jedini jer je moj twitter feed bio pun ogorčenih odgovora.

Moram priznati, trebalo mi je nekoliko sedmica da to prebolim. Zapravo sam neko vrijeme prestao gledati emisiju, ostavljajući epizode na svom TiVou. A onda, nakon nekoliko tjedana, i vidjevši da je Kristen još uvijek preživljavala u kuhinji Last Chance Kitchen, postupno sam ponovno ušao u emisiju.

Tako da sam nakon sinoć, kad smo saznali da se zaista Kristen vratila (čime sam bio zaista impresioniran), pomislio sam da je vrijeme za još jedan post. Također mislim da činjenica da se vratila zaista pokazuje koliko su suci pogriješili što su je eliminirali tako rano jer je tada nastavila pobjeđivati ​​sve ostale kuhare koji su eliminirani nakon nje, čak su morali na kraju i protiv Josha i Lizzie.

U odsustvu Kristen,#8217 sam odrasla do Brooke. Budući da ona ima restoran u LA -u, definitivno razmišljam da to nekad provjerim, iako ću čekati dok sva popularnost vrhunskog kuhara ne slegne da to učinim. Prilično sam znatiželjan u pogledu hrane koja se tamo poslužuje, pogotovo jer je u ovoj posljednjoj epizodi pravila salatu od svinjskih ušiju.

Definitivno sam uzbuđen što vidim dvije žene u finalu, što garantuje pobjednicu ove sezone.

Što se tiče onoga za koga mislim da će pobijediti …

Pa iako još uvijek preferiram Kristen, mislim da će Brooke biti okrunjena za vrhunskog kuhara.

Evo mog rezonovanja. Primijetio sam da se Kristen najbolje snalazi kada je sama i mora se osloniti na svoje vještine. Kad je još uvijek bila na takmičenju, najslabiji nastup joj je bio kada su se morali upariti. Već sam bio nervozan što je ušla u ratove u restoranima jer sam primijetila njenu slabu pojavu u paru s nekim drugim. Ne znam da li i ljudi s kojima radi isto tako ne izvršavaju ili možda dopušta da njihovo mišljenje previše utječe na nju, ali ne djeluje tako snažno ako se ne oslanja samo na svoje vještine. Budući da će finale biti grupni napor s tim da mora delegirati dio kuhanja (slično kao i ratovi u restoranima), ne vidim je kako radi tako dobro, kao da je morala sve sama skuhati. Da, siguran sam da je naučila nešto iz svog iskustva u ratovima u restoranima, ali i dalje joj nedostaje iskustvo u odnosu na Brooke.

Drugo, mislim da je, bez obzira na sve, osoba iz kuhinje zadnje šanse u nepovoljnom položaju. Sudije su bile uz ove takmičare cijelu sezonu i koliko god objektivno pokušavali biti, naravno da će se vezati za neke takmičare, posebno što duže ostanu u igri. Većina sudija pratilo je Brooke od početka, ali nisu ni upoznali Kristen budući da je eliminirana otprilike na pola puta. Ako završi vrlo blizu, mislim da bi Brooke imala blagu prednost samo zato što suci imaju emocionalniju vezu s njom.

To je moje predviđanje. Ja i#8217m još uvijek navijam za Kristen, ali i s#8217 će mi biti dobro da Brooke pobijedi.


Najbolji kuvari: Gdje su sada?

13. sezona Bravo's#8217 hit hit reality serije o kuhanju Vrhunski kuhar premijera ovog mjeseca, zbog čega smo se zapitali: šta pobjednici rade nakon što kući odnesu glavnu nagradu? Krenuli smo na put pamćenja kako bismo sustigli sve prvake, sve do prve sezone 2006.

Nekoliko saznanja: Češće nego ne, Vrhunski kuhar pobjednici otvaraju svoj restoran (ili njih dva ili tri). Samo tri od 12 vrhunskih kuhara su žene, a neke su uglednije od drugih. Neki su osvojili nagradu James Beard, dok su drugi karijeru pronašli na televiziji. Mnogi su otvorili ili planiraju otvoriti koncepte brze zabave.

Ovdje je pregled#8217 Vrhunski kuhar pobednici, nekad i sad.

1. Harole Dieterle

Rođeni Njujork Harold Dieterle pobijedio je u prvoj sezoni Vrhunski kuhar, postavljen u San Franciscu 2006. godine, nakon što je u posljednjem izazovu u Las Vegasu osvojio drugu pratilju Tiffani Faison. Nakon što je boravio u Della Femini u Hamptonsu i Red Baru te 1770 House u New Yorku, radio je kao kuhar sous u The Harrisonu, također u New Yorku.

Nakon što je kući odnio nagradu od 100.000 dolara, Harold je postao ugostitelj u New Yorku. Prvi restoran Perilla otvorio je 2007. godine, a tri godine kasnije otvorio je tajlandski restoran Kin Shop. Kasnije je otvorio treći koncept, srž.

Nažalost, nijedan od restorana Harolda#8217 nije izdržao test vremena. U oktobru 2014. oprostio se od The Marrow, a prošlog mjeseca je najavio da će zatvoriti i Perillu i Kin Shop. U intervjuu za Eater on je svoju odluku pripisao sve većim troškovima poslovanja u New Yorku, dodajući da je došlo do toga da se ne zabavljam i uživam. Ja ’m ne kažem da se nikad ne želim vratiti u restoranske poslove, ali trenutno se osjećam malo pretučeno i pomalo umorno. ”

Sljedeće: Harold i njegova supruga u februaru očekuju svoje prvo dijete, pa on planira uzeti malo slobodnog vremena. Ali izrazio je interes za otvaranje koncepta brze ležernosti.

2. Ilan Hall

Snimljeno u Los Angelesu, druga sezona je bila prvi put da smo vidjeli Padmu Lakshmi — koja je sada zvijezda na Vrhunski kuhar i dalje — preuzimaju kao domaćini. Ilan Hall (takođe iz New Yorka) pobijedio je Marcela Vignerona u finalu sezone na Havajima, usred dosta žestokog rivalstva između dva takmičara. (Zanimljiva činjenica: Ilan i Marcel su istovremeno studirali u CIA -i. Očigledno su se u međuvremenu popravili.)

Ilan je prije pobjede bio linijski kuhar u Casa Monou u New Yorku Vrhunski kuhar. 2009. otvorio je svoj prvi restoran The Gorbals u Los Angelesu, ali se zatvorio u roku od tjedan dana, a okružno ministarstvo zdravstva ga je zatvorilo zbog neodgovarajućeg bojlera. Srećom, ponovo je otvoren nekoliko mjeseci kasnije, a 2014. otvorio je drugu lokaciju u Brooklynu. Iste godine najavio je da će preseliti lokaciju restorana L.A. i promijeniti jelovnik tako da bude gotovo u potpunosti veganski (još nije otvoren#8217).

Ilan je domaćin Borba nožem, još jedan reality show kuhanja u kojem se dva kuhara spremaju, pripremajući jela od nekoliko određenih sastojaka za samo jedan sat.

Sljedeće: Ove sedmice, Ilan je najavio da zatvara The Gorbals u Brooklynu, mijenjajući koncept i naziv. Esh — hebrejski za “fire ” — poslužit će izraelsko-bliskoistočni roštilj.

3. Hung Huynh

Treća sezona Vrhunski kuhar održao se u Miamiju i završio u Aspenu, gdje je Hung Huynh, vijetnamsko-američki kuhar, pobijedio dva vicešampiona: Dalea Levitskog i Casey Thompson. Hung je kuhao u Per Se -u i Gilt -u u New Yorku i prije nego što se pridružio showu obnašao je dužnost izvršnog kuhara sous -a u Guy Savoy Las Vegasu.

Poslije Vrhunski kuhar, Hung se 2008. natjecao na takmičenju Bocuse d ’Or USA, s ciljem da sljedeće godine predstavlja Sjedinjene Američke Države na međunarodnom takmičenju. Izgubio je od kuhara Timothyja Hollingswortha, ali je otvorio brojne restorane s EMM Group — The General, Catch, Lexington Brass — koji su pomogli grupi da se proširi na globalnoj razini.

Nakon četiri godine, prekinuo je veze s grupom u februaru 2015., frustriran što ga negdje nije ozbiljno shvatio New York Times” radeći sa velikim preduzećem.

Sljedeće: Nema riječi o sljedećem Hung -ovom projektu, ali želi da to bude nacionalno po opsegu. Dodao je, “Mislim da se smjer ide ka mnogo jednostavnijim i zdravijim tarifama. Mislim da je smjer ležerniji i jeftiniji. ”

4. Stephanie Izard

In Najbolji kuhar: Chicago, Kuharica Stephanie Izard proglašena je pobjednicom nad Lisom Fernandes i Richardom Blaisom nakon finala u Portoriku na kojem su nastupili poznati njujorški kuhari Eric Ripert, Dan Barber i April Bloomfield. Značajno je da je Stephanie bila prva kuharica koja je pobijedila Vrhunski kuhar, a ona je također među najistaknutijim stipendistima iz emisije.

Radila je u restoranu Vong Jean-Georges Vongerichten prije nego što se preselila otvorivši svoj prvi restoran, Scylla, u Chicagu i#8217s Bucktown (imala je samo 27 godina). Recenzije su bile pozitivne, iako je Scylla zatvorena 2007. godine, a Stephanie je nakon nje otvorila svoju vodeću djevojku Girl and the Goat sa grupom BOKA Vrhunski kuhar win. Ponovno je dobila odlične kritike za restoran, prateći ga s drugim projektom, Little Goat, 2011. godine.

Godine 2012. Stephanie je bila nominirana za nagradu James Beard Foundation ’s Best Chef: Great Lakes, a titulu je odnijela 2013. godine.

Sljedeće: Stephanie se sprema otvoriti Duck Duck Goat, koncept inspiriran Kinom, s ručno izrađenim rezancima i knedlama — i prozorom za van. Trenutno je predviđen za početak 2016. godine, a ulaznice za pretpremijeru uskoro će biti u prodaji.

5. Hosea Rosenberg

U ovoj sezoni sa sjedištem u New Yorku, Hosea Rosenberg oduševila je suce nad Stefanom Richterom i Carlom Hall (sada dragom televizijskom televizijom za hranu). Išli su glavom u New Orleans, sa vicešampionima iz prethodnih sezona kao sous kuvari.

Hosea je radio kod poznatih kuhara, poput Wolfganga Pucka, prije nego što je postao izvršni kuhar u Jax Fish Houseu. Poslije Vrhunski kuhar, otvorio je ugostiteljski obrt Blackbelly Catering, a zatim Blackbelly Farm. Njegov prvi restoran na odgovarajući način, Blackbelly Market — zaživio je 2011. godine s pravom filozofijom od farme do stola, u kojoj tim uzgaja vlastitu stoku i uzgaja organsko povrće za restoran.

Sljedeće: U rujnu je Hosea objavio da Blackbelly's#8217s planira proširiti svoje mesarske poslove, preuzimajući prostor pokraj restorana. Operacije doručka i ručka preselit će se u novi prostor, zajedno s ponudama poput kiselih krastavaca, suhomesnatih proizvoda i sireva.

6. Michael Voltaggio

Jedno od najupečatljivijih takmičenja u Rusiji Vrhunski kuhar istorija je bila kada je Michael Voltaggio uzeo svog brata Bryana, zajedno sa šefom kuhinje Kevinom Gillespiejem, u Las Vegasu, završavajući sezonu u Napi. Majka ih je iznenadila pojavljivanjem u finalu, pretvarajući priliku u punu porodičnu aferu.

Oba Voltaggia odrasla su u Marylandu. Bryan je pohađao kulinarsku školu, ali Michael nije uspio. Umjesto toga, naučio je u The Greenbrieru i kuhao u Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen. Za vrijeme dok je bio šef kuhinje u The Bazaar Jose Andresa, restoran je bio nominiran od strane James Beard Foundation za nagradu za najbolji novi restoran.

Poslije Vrhunski kuhar, Michael je radio kao šef kuhinje u trpezariji u Pasadeni, a kasnije je odlučio otvoriti svoj restoran, mastilo, u zapadnom Hollywoodu. Restoran je bio visoko cijenjen, a Michael se nadovezao sa prodavnicom sendviča, sa mastilom, samo nekoliko vrata dolje.

Sljedeće: Prošlog mjeseca, Michael i Bryan najavili su da planiraju otvoriti steakhouse u kazinu MGM National Harbor u svojoj matičnoj državi Maryland. Iako Bryan ima devet vlastitih restorana, ovo će biti prvo zajedničko ulaganje braće#8217.

7. Kevin Sbraga

Počevši od Washington D.C. -a, ova sezona kulminirala je kuharom Kevinom Spragom koji je izašao kao prvak nad Edom Cottonom i Angelom Sosom u Singapuru — u seriji ’ na prvom međunarodnom mjestu.

Kevin je 2008. postao kulinarski direktor Jose Garces ’ Garces Restaurant Group (osvojio je i najbolju prezentaciju mesa na Bocuse d ’Or USA.) U vrijeme kada se pridružio Vrhunski kuhar, bio je izvršni kuhar u Rat ’s u Hamiltonu, New Jersey, a nakon završetka predstave odlučio je, kao i mnogi drugi, da je vrijeme da učini svoje.

U oktobru 2011. Kevin je otvorio svoj istoimeni restoran Sbraga, gdje je zaslužio pohvale prijatno, Zagat i Esquire. Od tada je otvorio dva dodatna restorana, The Fat Ham i Sbraga & amp Company, oba izlažući kreativna jela inspirisana južnjačkom kuhinjom i tradicijom.

Sljedeće: Kompanija Sbraga & amp upravo je otvorena u novembru u Jacksonvilleu, pa Kevin preuzima potpuno novo tržište. Projekt je partnerstvo sa Colicchio Consulting — na čelu sa Phil Colicchio (rođak Vrhunski kuhar‘s Tom Colicchio) — koji ujedinjuje poslovne programere i kulinarske talente.

8. Richard Blais

Sezona 8 je bila Najbolji kuhar: All-Stars — svi takmičari su bili kuhari koji su se takmičili prethodnih sezona, ali su propustili titulu. Nagradni fond se takođe udvostručio sa 100.000 USD na 200.000 USD. Snimljeno u New Yorku i završeno na Bahamima, sezona je u kojoj je kuhar Richard Blais pobijedio Mikea Isabellu u posljednjoj epizodi.

Blais, Njujorčanin, diplomirao je u CIA -i i obučavao se na impresivnoj listi ustanova, uključujući The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse i elBulli. Preselio se u Atlantu 2000. godine i osnovao vlastitu kulinarsku kompaniju Trail Blais, otvorivši Flip Burger (s lokacijama u Atlanti, Birminghamu i Nashvilleu) i Juniper & amp Ivy (San Diego).

Prvi put se pojavio u četvrtoj sezoni Vrhunski kuhar, gdje je bio vicešampion chefu Stephanie Izard. Nakon pobede All-Stars, postao je redovna TV zvijezda hrane, voditelj emisije Skuhaj dupe na HLN -u i Mreži hrane ’s Halloween Baking Championship, i naravno, suđenje Vrhunski kuhar. Objavio je kuharicu, Isprobajte ovo kod kuće: recepti od moje glave do tanjura, koji je bio nominovan za nagradu James Beard 2014.

Sljedeće: Prošlog mjeseca Richard je otvorio još jedan restoran u San Diegu, The Crack Shack, cjelodnevni koncept piletine i jaja koji označava njegov prvi upad u prostor za opuštanje.

9. Paul Qui

U sezoni 9, Najbolji kuhar: Texas, Šef kuhinje Paul Qui osvojio je titulu najboljeg kuhara nad Sarom Grueneberg. Sa ukupno 29 kuhara, ove sezone je bilo mnogo više takmičara nego u prethodnim. Bravo je predstavio i web emisije “Last Chance Kitchen ”, u kojima su eliminisani takmičari nastavili takmičenje, a konačni pobjednik je pozvan nazad na takmičenje.

Paul je rođen na Filipinima, a odrastao je u Virginiji prije nego što se preselio u Austin na kulinarsku školu. Obučavao se kod kuhara Tysona Colea u Uchiju i upravljao kuhinjom u Uchiku, gdje je osvojio nagradu James Beard za najboljeg kuhara: jugozapad. Za to vrijeme, on i Moto Utsunomiya započeli su sporedni projekt: East Side King, kamion s hranom koji je prerastao u koncept na pet lokacija.

Kad se pridružio, već je planirao otvoriti vlastiti restoran Vrhunski kuhar, ali iskustvo ga je odvelo u novom smjeru i dalo mu vidljivost da to može učiniti. (Tom Colicchio je kasnije nazvao Paula najtalentovanijim kuharom koji se ikada takmičio u emisiji.) Nakon Vrhunski kuhar otvorio je vrata qui-u, azijski inspirisanom koji je dobio široko priznanje zbog svog inventivnog menija za degustaciju.

Sljedeće: Ranije ove godine Paul je najavio planove da otvori Otoko, restoran u stilu omakase sa 12 sjedećih mjesta, u Austin's South Congress hotelu. U ljeto, Hrana i vino izvijestio je da također prvi put otvara restoran izvan Teksasa i pridružuje se kuharima Gabrielu Asku i Francisu Mallmanu kako bi započeli koncepte u hotelu Faena. Zove se Pao.

10. Kristen Kish

Ove sezone sa sjedištem u Seattleu, chef Kristen Kish je u finalu nadmašila Brooke Williamson. Takođe je dodao još jedan sloj u seriju “Last Chance Kitchen ”: gledaoci su mogli glasati kako bi spasili kuvare od eliminacije, a takmičari sa najviše glasova pozvani su nazad u posljednju rundu web prijenosa.

Rođena u Seulu, Južna Koreja, Kristen je odrasla u Michiganu, a kuhanje je studirala u Chicagu. (Bila je i model u srednjoj školi.) Radila je kao instruktorica u Stiru, demo kuhinji i trgovini kuharica koju je osnovala kuharica Barbara Lynch, prije nego što je nazvana Chef de Cuisine u Lynch's restoranu Menton. Ona je tamo upravljala stražnjim dijelom kuće do 2014.

2015. godine vodila je novu seriju Travel Channel, 36 sati, na osnovu kolumne New York Times.

Sljedeće: Prošle sedmice Boston Globe izvijestila je da je Kristen dobila izdavača kuharice na kojoj je radila, zbirke recepata vođenih tehnikom. ”

11. Nicholas Elmi

U 11. sezoni u New Orleansu, kuhar Nicholas Elmi pobijedio je Ninu Compton, a Bravo je predstavio “Padma ’s Picks, ” web seriju u kojoj su se lokalni kuhari takmičili za priliku da se pridruže službenom spisku takmičara. Njegova pobjeda bila je zapravo pomalo kontroverzna. Nicholas je preživio nekoliko skoro eliminacija i smatran je autsajdera u sezoni.

Ima impresivan životopis, kuhajući u Guy Savoy Paris, Oceana i Lutece, između ostalih restorana. Njegov vlastiti restoran Laurel u Philadelphiji debitirao je samo mjesec dana nakon toga Vrhunski kuhar premijerno prikazao BYOB koncept inspiriran Francuskom s malom, intimnom blagovaonicom. U martu ove godine prešao je na format samo za degustaciju u Laurelu.

Sljedeće: Prošle godine Eater je izvijestio da Nicholas planira otvoriti drugi restoran, ali ništa nije objavljeno. On, međutim, proširuje Laurel u susjedni prostor, dajući mu prostora za šank.

12. Mei Lin

U posljednjoj punoj sezoni, smještenoj u Bostonu, šef kuhinje Mei Lin proglašen je najboljim kuharom nad Gregoryjem Gourdetom, a bivši pobjednik Richard Blais vratio se kao sudija koji se ponavlja.

Mei je odrasla izvan Detroita, a potječe iz kulinarske porodice. Radila je zajedno sa ocem u porodičnom restoranu koji je u vlasništvu i pod upravom#8217 prije nego što je nastavila kuhati s Michaelom Symonom u Roast Marcusu Samuelssonu u C-Houseu i Wolfgangom Puckom u Spago Las Vegasu. Bila je dio uvodnog tima u ink., Restoranu koji je pokrenuo bivši Vrhunski kuhar pobjednik Michael Voltaggio, te je na kraju imenovan Sous Chef.

Nakon pobjede, Mei je rekla Eateru da želi otvoriti vlastiti restoran, ali nije#8217 podijelila nikakve posebne detalje — samo da želi da to bude ležerno, uz ručak s brzom uslugom i večeru s punim servisom.


Last Stance Kitchen

Tom Colicchio iznosi svoja posljednja razmišljanja o svakom finalnom jelu.

Eto, vidjeli ste to-dva kuhara su ostala stajati, kuhajući na takmičenju, naravno, naravno. Uživo. Naravno, pred sudijama, ali i pred devet prethodnih vrhunskih kuhara, u nadi da će se pridružiti njihovim redovima prije nego što noć izađe.

Mogu zamisliti da je format ovog posljednjeg izazova izvršio nove pritiske na naša dva preostala kuhara s kojima se ranije nisu morali boriti, dok su kuhali pred publikom, morali su žonglirati razgovarajući sa sucima dok su nadgledali pripremu poslužili publiku (uključujući njihove porodice i prijatelje, došli su ih bodriti), sudije i devet vrhunskih kuhara. Takođe su imali pritisak da dobiju povratne informacije o svakom kursu na licu mjesta, što bi im moglo dati injekciju endorfina nakon što je skuhalo pobjednički tečaj i injekciju nervnog adrenalina nakon gubitka.

Budući da smo Brooke i Kristen davali neposredne, individualne povratne informacije od sudije do sudije, mi suci nismo međusobno raspravljali o jelima kako bismo postigli konsenzus ... što, pak, znači da vi gledatelj niste bili toliko upušteni u ono o čemu upravo smo kušali i kakvi su naši misaoni procesi bili u procesu ocjenjivanja kao što ste i inače. Evo moje dublje procjene jela stavljenih pred nas:

Prvi kurs

Zanimljivo mi je da su oboje odlučili početi sa salatama. Oboje su bila dobra jela. Brookeova je bila zanimljivije jelo. Njegova velika mana bila je to što su uši bile pretjerane - bile su previše pržene. Isprva smo mislili da je CJ pogriješio u načinu na koji ih kuha, ali pokazalo se da ne, Brooke je zapravo htio da ih skuha. Znatiželjno. U ovoj fazi natjecanja prvo pogledate jela da vidite jesu li uopće dobre ideje, a zatim provjerite jesu li jela napravljena onako kako su kuhari htjeli i jesu li dobro začinjena. Ako je tako, onda provjeravate ima li nedostataka. Je li salata bila pretjerano obrađena? Underdressed? Kristenino jelo bilo je besprijekorno, ali Brookeine svinjske uši bile su prepržene. Vidite da smo svi tako mislili, zbog čega je kurs prepušten Kristen.

Drugi kurs

Kapice. Kurs je išao kod Brooke, iako sam i sama zapravo preferirala Kristenine kapice, pa ću vam reći zašto: mislim da se Brooke previše toga zbivala u jelu. Kapice su same po sebi bile prekrasne - koliko god bile dobre - i mislim da je mnogo toga što je radila odvratilo pažnju od tog sjajnog proizvoda. Kristen se, s druge strane, fokusirala na kapicu i ljepotu kapice, koja je bila vrlo lagano marinirana s malo kiseline kako bi se istaknuo njen okus. Volela bih priliku da razgovaram o ovom kursu sa ostalim sudijama da čujem zašto su birali Brookino jelo umesto Kristenino - možda bi me ubedili. Slično, volio bih priliku da iznesem svoje mišljenje o tome da dopustim da kapica sjaji. Kad su obojica jela vrlo dobra, kao što su bila ovdje, pa su odluke donesene vrlo blizu, ocjenjivanje može imati koristi od rasprave.

Treći kurs

Iskreno ne znam šta je Brooke mislila ovdje. To je bila svačija igra - svaki kuhar imao je na umu pobjedu u jednom tečaju - i predala je ovaj tečaj Kristen prije nego što je uopće počela kuhati. Zašto je, oh, zašto odlučila napraviti pečenu piletinu? Prije nego što se razbjesnite, misleći da sam snob u hrani, saslušajte me: što dokazuje činjenica da smo u prostorijama imali svinjsko uho, naši su kuhari unaprijed isplanirali svoje jelovnike, a sastojci su im bili unaprijed naručeni njih. Brooke nije odlučila na licu mjesta pripremiti tu prženu piletinu za svoje treće jelo, već je to planirala unaprijed (zajedno s prilično neinspiriranim stranama koje je stavila uz nju). Za titulu "Vrhunski kuhar" imala je zadatak planirati pet najboljih jela koje je mogla napraviti, a ne da se iskupi od prethodnog izazova koji se dogodio prilično ranije u sezoni. Nisam sumnjao da ću ući u ovo finale da bi Brooke mogla napraviti dobru prženu piletinu, uprkos tome kako je prošli izazov, i nije mi bila potrebna da mi to dokaže. Trebala mi je da nam napravi jedno od najboljih jela koje je u stanju napraviti. Nemojte me pogrešno shvatiti - volim pečenu piletinu. Služim ga u Craftbaru. Ali da sam išao direktno na takmičenje, nikada ne bih napravio jelo koje je Brooke napravila - bilo je to lijepo malo jelo koje se može naći u bistrou, restoranu na uglu. Ne možete pobijediti Vrhunski kuhar sa tim jelom. I kao što ste vidjeli u epizodi, sve sudije imale su isti pogled na Brukin izbor kao i ja. Svi su bili pomalo zbunjeni što im je Brooke poslužila jelo koje je stavila pred njih, a kurs je jednoglasno otišao do Kristen, čija je baršunasta posuda od koštane srži bila složena, povišena, nijansirana i zaista lijepo pripremljena.

Četvrti kurs

Red Snapper na dva načina. Opet, ovo su bila dva dobra jela. U ovoj fazi takmičenja najmanja greška ili stepenovanje kvaliteta može napraviti razliku između pobjede i poraza. Za sudije je to također subjektivan osjećaj, kada se jedni pored drugih kušaju jela, o tome koje je bilo svježije, u kojem jelu su okusi bili svjetliji? Ako se oboje poslužuju u restoranu, šta bi natjeralo degustatora da se vrati? Ovdje su Brookeini svinjski obrazi bili malo na suhoj strani, a kako je Kristenino jelo bilo savršeno izvedeno, blago suho svinjsko meso bilo je dovoljno da pobjedu za ovaj tečaj stavi ravno u Kristeninu kolonu.

... što joj je ukupno donelo pobedu. I nikada nismo uspjeli kušati njihove deserte.

Nekoliko riječi o desertima, dok smo na temi: često nas pitaju zašto se uopće trudimo s desertima, zašto ocjenjujemo slane kuhare prema njihovoj sposobnosti da ih naprave. Priznat ću da ovaj argument ima smisla. Ali ovdje je zadatak bio jednostavno pripremiti pet jela - desert nije bio potreban. Pa ipak, i Kristen i Brooke planirale su napraviti desert kao posljednju jelo. Pitam se misle li kuhari da će na neki način biti označeni ako ne planiraju napraviti desert kao svoje posljednje jelo. Ne bi bili. Da sam se takmičio, napravio bih pet slanih jela bez razmišljanja. Mislim da je bolje kladiti se u slano jelo, osim ako nemam desert u rukavu za koji sam znao da je jednostavno spektakularan ... iako bi to bilo malo vjerojatno, jer s napornom kuharskom karijerom, bile bi male šanse to kultivisali.

Ono što nismo uspjeli učiniti u ovonedeljnom formatu (jer nismo međusobno razgovarali o hrani nasamo) je gledanje kurseva međusobno, pri čemu mislim na dvije stvari: 1) Nismo uzeti u obzir da li je kuhar osvojio jedan kurs s malom razlikom, dok je drugi kuhar osvojio drugi tečaj za milju i 2) Nismo uspjeli pogledati luk obroka koje je svaki kuhar planirao, da bismo vidjeli kako se jedan kurs odnosio i doveo do sljedećeg. Sve u svemu, mislim da joj je Brookeina odluka da napravi taj tečaj pečene piletine jako otežala da osvoji dovoljno tečajeva da osvoji titulu (zamislite da vaš tinejdžer ostavlja cijeli dio prazan na testu i nada se da će dobiti bolji rezultat od razrednik koji je popunio sve rubrike), i mislim da bi to bio slučaj bez obzira jesmo li emisiju snimali uživo ili ne, bez obzira na sistem ocjenjivanja.

Tako smo započeli epizodu s dvojicom vrlo nadarenih kuhara, a završili s jednim vrlo talentovanim novim vrhunskim kuharom, koji se mukotrpno probio natrag u konkurenciju kroz Kuhinja Last Chance da preuzme veliku nagradu. Čestitam, Kristen!

Generalno, bio sam jako zadovoljan ovom sezonom. Bio sam zaista zadovoljan odlukom da se usredotočim na hranu i, općenito, da predstavim samo dramu svojstvenu kuhinji, za razliku od bilo koje drame koja se mogla odvijati u kući. Mislio sam da su tamo gdje su istaknute lične priče bogate i smislene, poput interakcije koja se dogodila između Roya i Emerila u kući guvernera Aljaske. Mnogi ljudi su mi se obratili da kažu da im se jako dopala sezona i koliko je bila fokusirana na hranu. Veselimo se još istim stvarima u sezoni 11! Kao i uvijek, hvala na gledanju i čitanju.

Napomena urednika: Tomov novi dokumentarac, Mjesto za stolom, koji se bavi pitanjem gladi u Americi, izlazi u kinima, na iTunes -u i na zahtjev 2. marta. Više o filmu od samog Toma saznajte OVDJE.


Kristen Kish Breaks Down the Najbolji kuhar: Seattle Finale

Kristen Kish slavi što je postala najnovija šampionka Vrhunski kuhar. (Fotografije ljubaznošću Brava)

Uprkos mračnoj postavci koja je zaudarala na sporednu predstavu Gordona Ramsayja ili Iron ChefEgzibicionističke tendencije, postojale su komponente koje sam volio Vrhunski kuharFinale sezone. Sklonite pozornicu, reflektore i prošle dobitnike koji su razbijali dekor stolova (tj. Ilan Hall je preuzeo ulogu pijanog ujaka), a u suštini ste imali mano mano takmičenje, sa Kristen Kish i Brooke Williamson - očigledno najboljim kuharima ove sezone - nesputanim saviti svoj kreativni mišić. Novi format posebno je koristio Sudijskom stolu kao Colicchio i saradnici. bili slobodni od tog maglovitog, kumulativnog razmatranja prošlih performansi kuhara, nečega što tako često zamagljuje njihove krunske utiske. Kristen Kish pokazala se nepogrešivom, pobjegavši ​​u krivoj pobjedi koja je jasno pokazala njeno bogatstvo tehnike i sklonost svijetlim, čistim okusima. Kad smo započeli ovu kolumnu s Kish, jedino očekivanje bila je njezina insajderska perspektiva. No kako su se sedmice pretvarale u mjesece, Dan zahvalnosti u Dan svete Patty, gledali smo sa sve većim iščekivanjem i jedva prikrivenim strahopoštovanjem. Uzbudljivo je imati Vrhunski kuhar crown in Boston, but we’re even more excited for Kristen Kish and all the amazing things that undoubtedly lay ahead for her.

What was your first reaction when you walked into the new Vrhunski kuhar arena?
“Holy Shit!” It was massive. You saw the seats, you saw the judges right there, and you saw our cooking station. We saw it completely empty and then later on people filtered in. But it was nerve-racking right off the bat.

How did you choose your teammates?
So, after the last challenge at Craft, we flipped a coin and Brooke got to choose first. We got to choose two people and she chose Stefan [Richter] and CJ [Jacobsen] and I chose Sheldon [Simeon] and Lizzy [Binder]. Then later on we were informed we could choose one more, and that’s when I picked Josh [Valentine] and she took Kuniko [Yagi].

You said you wanted a team with no drama. How did you put together your sous chefs, and were there members of Brooke’s team that you were hesitant to pick?
I just chose people I knew I could work well with—that would respect me and that I could respect equally. I wanted calming personalities. So, those three for me were a perfect choice.

Did you feel any additional pressure in front of a live audience, members of your family, and all the past winners of Vrhunski kuhar?
No, it was the same amount of pressure. Obviously, it was ramped up because it was the last finale. But at the end of the day, what a cool thing to be a part of. The fact that Brooke and I are going through this together and going through this whole ride side-by-side is amazing.

Kristen Kish takes her place in the pantheon of Vrhunski kuhar winners.

So, who did you have on your side that was able to come and support you?
My brother was there, my dad, and then, Stephanie [Cmar]. My mom couldn’t make it because she was taking care of my grandpa at home. Unfortunately, he’s a little sick right now and he’s staying at their house.

What did you think about the new format of the finale?
I liked it because I liked the immediate gratification of knowing if I won a round for a specific dish. Of course, I would have liked for everyone to see how we picked our sous chefs and how our menu came to be, and all that stuff, but I thought it was interesting. It was fun!

As you prepared for this final challenge, how long did it take you to conceptualize your dishes and what were some of your influences behind them?
We had a couple days to really nail it down. We had some time to make changes in L.A., but a couple of days to really write the menu. It kind of came about with knowing how much time we had to cook and how many people we had helping us. At the beginning we were told that we would have two sous chefs. The third one was a surprise, which was fantastic. But you try to work your menu around the constrictions that are put upon you, while still giving them a beautiful product.

We saw CJ Jacobsen over-frying some of Brooke’s pig’s ears that garnished her salad course. Can you describe the role your team played in your eventual victory?
Oh my god, they took direction so amazingly. I tried my best to convey my vision and what I wanted to see. At that point we really understood each others’ style of cooking, so they could pick up on where I was going. But I was rapid-firing tasks to them and they kept taking it on and finishing out, and they did a fantastic job.

Afterward, on Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen asked you who had survived for too long in this year’s competition. You picked Josh Valentine, who was on your team. What made you pick him?
So, when he asked that question, I was like, “Oh god, what do I say?” Then he looked and me and reassured me that it was all in fun. When I said Josh, it just came out. Maybe I said it because in past episodes I heard him say that he never expected to make it as far as he did. Maybe that’s why it came out. But I couldn’t tell you why or how, it just sort of vomited out of my mouth. Andy’s show is a fun environment. You watch past shows of his and that’s just kind of how it rolls.

Were you drinking, Kristen?
(Laughing) Yes I was. I would have preferred not to have said anything because I thought everyone deserved to be there. Josh texted me last night saying, “Really. ” It was actually really funny and we had some great banter back and forth. I owe him dinner when he comes to Boston.

Tom Colicchio voted for your dishes in every course, which seemed to add to the rumblings of favoritism. You mentioned to Andy Cohen that you were privy to some of these rumors? What are some of the things you’ve read and how do you react to some of those statements?
I really don’t read a lot of the things, but you obviously want to stay up to date on what people are saying about you. I heard that Tom was favoring me, and all that stuff. I don’t think it’s favoritism at all. I don’t know, I think maybe I played into his tastes. My style of cooking is something I hope he enjoys. I think it’s stupid. People are going to find things to say regardless.

Kristen Kish almost unanimously won every challenge in the Vrhunski kuhar finale.

Since you won before the fifth course, could you tell us about the dessert you were prepared to make?
It was a fennel pollen olive oil cake with candied fennel, olive oil powder, and meyer lemon ice cream. Josh completely took control of that. I just gave him all the stuff and I was like, “Go, you’re my new pastry chef.” And I’ve got to say, that ice cream was probably the most perfect texture that I could have ever hoped for.

All the former Top Chef winners have opened at least one signature restaurant since their respective victories. We know you love working with Barbara Lynch, but are you already feeling the pressure to go out on your own?
Well, I definitely want to go off at some point and do my own thing. I have some time, though. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of ideas Barbara [Lynch] has for me. Whether I stay with her or go off on my own, I know she’ll support me. In the meantime, I’m sticking with Barbara. That might be at Stir or somewhere else. I’m not sure.

Is it a possibility that you two partner up on a restaurant?
Vjerovatno ne. I think she’s over that kind of work and, quite frankly, I’d love for her to be coming in as a guest. It would be nice to serve her and not just as a work thing.

Has Jimmy Fallon invited you onto his show yet?
Ne! I really hope he invites me on. I’d love to hang out with him. Watch What Happens Live was so much fun, though. We basically just sat there with cocktails and talked all night. At the end, Brooke and I just looked at each other and said, “Is it really over?” It’s hard to believe, but we just wanted to keep going.


Aw! Stephanie Cmar reads reddit

Tačno? I don’t think I’ve ever had a friend crush on someone from a TV show before, but I have a fantasy of us hanging out. She’s so awesome.

I was secretly rooting for her to win just because she seems like such a great person.

I was rooting for Melissa, but Iɽ have been happy with and for Bryan, and thrilled for Stephanie for the same reason

I thought of reasons to be happy if any of the top 3 won.

Melissa- was an unstoppable freight train this season

Stephanie- who doesn’t love an underdog? This had to help her private chef business

Bryan- I think most would agree that he had the best pedigree. He took second in a masters for cryin out loud.

What a great season. I miss Melissa being on my TV the most

Hi Stephanie! Love you! You too, Kristen!

Don’t be shy, Stephanie, say hello.

This is adorable. Awww. Poor David. Haha

Stephani has an Instgram account called mys**tylittlekitchen. Its kind of fun to watch. She just cooks her recipes/dishes in her teeny kitchen.

that "show" is so fucking adorable & charming–just like Stephanie herself

Stephani has an Instgram account called mys**tylittlekitchen. Its kind of fun to watch. She just cooks her recipes/dishes in her teeny kitchen.

If you search for "mys**tylittlekitchen" you won't find it! Here is a link for convenience: https://www.instagram.com/_myshittylittlekitchen/?hl=en

And there were posts on the finale thread wondering "wHy WoUlD sHe CaLl KrIsTeN iNsTeAd Of HeR hUsBaNd?!"

Like maybe calling your BFF who you've known longer than your SO and has direct relevant knowledge of winning the competition you're trying to win makes sense. Kinda like calling your brother who also has direct relevant knowledge of winning the competition you're trying to win makes as much sense as calling your SO, but no one was whining about Bryan not being shown calling his wife.


Top Chef: terrific winner terrible, suspense-free finale weak season

Top Chef Seattle became a bizarre combination of Hell&rsquos Kitchen, Iron Chef, i American Idol for its finale, concluding its &ldquoback to basics&rdquo season by crowning its second female winner after a misguided, suspense-free live competition.

First, I&rsquom thrilled Kristen Kish won, defeating Brooke Williamson, although Brooke would have been a deserving winner, too. Kristen seemed competent and talented throughout the season, and has been nothing but gracious even when less diplomatic reactions would have been easily justified&ndashespecially after she was eliminated in a bullshit, credibility-destroying decision.

After that, Kristen was kept around and eventually re-entered the competition in what seemed like even more bullshit than her initial elimination. At the very least, the episode of Last Chance Kitchen during which she defeated CJ and broke his streak was edited poorly, because it seemed like CJ should have won. And while I trust Tom Colicchio to judge fairly and impartially, I am not sure even he is capable of truly blind evaluation, especially after being partially responsible for prematurely sending Kristen out of the competition.

The finale was filmed in an arena reminiscent of The Taste i Iron Chef, with a bit of Hell&rsquos Kitchen thrown in, as diners and family members sat, watched, and made bland comments after tasting the food that was served in head-to-head battles.

Yet there was virtually no suspense. About 50 minutes into the hour, Kristen was up two rounds to one, and the show went into an act break with a supposed cliffhanger. Of course Kristen would win: there was no time left for a fifth and final round had Brooke won the fourth.

As a Magical Elves production, the show is usually technically flawless, but from Padma&rsquos awkwardly modulated voice-overs to the obnoxious studio audience noise and cutaways, it was far from the watchable kind of episode I expect from the show. And let&rsquos not even discuss the time-wasting clip packages.

I admire Vrhunski kuhar&lsquos producers and Bravo for trying something new with the finale, and the five-round face-off is not a terrible idea, though, as I mentioned above, voting along the way destroyed the suspense. However, the stadium setting, studio audience, and frenetic editing did not work. Even Tom Colicchio didn&rsquot like the format, and said it will probably not return.

As to the rest of the season, the episodes in Alaska, including the episode filmed onboard product placement, was inspired and really refreshing, and there were other high points. And I liked the &ldquocasting&rdquo at the start, testing the chefs in each of the judges&rsquo kitchens. But too much of the season felt familiar, not the promised &ldquoback to basics&rdquo that would hopefully have pulled it out of the rut it has been in since the all-star season.

From the bad decision to have returnees judge a challenge and then enter the competition (!) to the bad decision to have the finale be live, Vrhunski kuhar just did not live up to its well-established reputation of being one of the top cable competition series.

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So, who are these 15 talented cheftestants on Top Chef Season 18?

BRITTANNY ANDERSON-Richmond, Virginia

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoAnderson&rsquos steak tartare reveals the care lavished on every plate&hellipJust as echt is the chef&rsquos schnitzel&hellipMy fork darts between the crisp meat and the accompanying fingerling potatoes, fried in duck fat and just as irresistible.&rdquo- Tom Sietsema, Washington Post

AVISHAR BARUA-Columbus, Ohio

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoBarua&rsquos work is a sampling of what American food truly is today, a pastiche of influences-from fast food to immigrant kitchens-filtered through Barua&rsquos modern culinary techniques.&rdquo- Bailey Trask, Columbus Monthly

DAWN BURRELL-Houston, Texas

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoI have a predilection for deviled eggs, and Burrell&rsquos are one of my favorite iterations of this classic dish&hellipAnother hit is the wafer-thin bread and nutty, creamy black-eyed pea hummus&hellipAnd I couldn&rsquot stop sopping up the rich collard dip with the chef&rsquos airy calas, or rice fritters.&rdquo- Timothy Malcolm, Houstonia

GABE ERALES-Austin, Texas

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoThe double-cut pork chop again recalled some medieval savagery with its weapon-ready size, and it hit me directly in the pleasure center of my brain. So much so that I ordered it at consecutive dinners (a rare move).&rdquo- Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

NELSON GERMAN-Oakland, California

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoExecutive Chef Nelson German&rsquos Michelin-recommended cuisine is just as I remember it: creative, high-quality and full of fiery flavors made with locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients&hellipFour stars should go to alaMar for what it is: a stellar example of high-quality, chef-driven cuisine.&rdquo- Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News

BYRON GOMEZ-Aspen, Colorado

The skinny : The self-taught chef earned his stripes at Michelin-starred restaurants, including Eleven Madison Park, before heading west to take over the kitchen at 7908 Aspen.

SASHA GRUMMAN-Houston, Texas

The skinny : Chef Grumman worked for Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino at his Cockscomb in San Francisco before becoming Executive Chef at his Rosalie Italian Soul in Houston, where her Sicilian roots aligned with Cosentino&rsquos vision to recreate his childhood memories of Italian-American food.

ROSCOE HALL-Birmingham, Alabama

The skinny : The multi-talented chef is also an acclaimed artist whose culinary training includes stints working under the legendary Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and David Chang in New York. Chef Hall ultimately settled in Alabama, where his versatility shined bright as Executive Chef at the award-winning Rodney Scott&rsquos BBQ.

SARA HAUMAN-Portland, Oregon

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquo&hellipthe food produced by Sara Hauman has a relaxed maturity. The appetizer that&rsquos already become a signature after only two months-for good reason-is avocado toast where the bread is slathered with uni aioli, slices of soft, ripe fruit and paved with seaweed and sesame seeds.&rdquo- Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle

KIKI LOUYA-Detroit, Michigan

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoFolk approaches breakfast with a global perspective&hellipAt Folk, it&rsquos never a bad idea to start your day with a turmeric milk and ginger latte with a helping of Tigress Aussie meat pie&hellipOne of the best things I ate all year was a sardine toast Folk served last spring.&rdquo- Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press

MARIA MAZON-Tucson, Arizona

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoThere is nobody in this town who has done more to promote the new Sonoran cuisine than her&hellipShe reinvents the wheel every day at her Fourth Avenue restaurant&hellipHer tacos practically explode with color, so much that they become an exercise in keeping food off your shirt&hellipI mean, who else would make salsa out of Girl Scout cookies?&rdquo- Andi Berlin, This is Tucson

"This is my time to showcase what Mexican cuisine is to the world…Mexico gets recognized &mdash it's gonna sound funny &mdash from the waist down. So you get a lot of Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Puebla, and then everybody forgets the waist up: Sonora, the north, the norteños. And just to see &hellip pic.twitter.com/AIqLtLJtyh

&mdash BOCA Tacos By Chef Maria Mazon (@bocatacos) February 9, 2021

SHOTA NAKAJIMA-Seattle, Washington

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoMeat, seafood and vegetables turn up in soulful braises and fragrant broths, sometimes paired with vivid sauces or with little more than a wedge of lime&hellipKatsouobushi (shaved dried bonito flakes) waggled in the heat rising from caramelized Brussels sprouts and pork belly…Clams steamed in butter and sake amounted to a spring fling with fiddleheads, ramps, and fava beans joining the frolic.&rdquo- Providence Cicero, Seattle Times

GABRIEL PASCUZZI-Portland, Oregon

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoThe headliner is a reimagined French dip, that swaps out roast beef for heaps of pulled oxtail and uses the rich, rosemary-steeped braising liquid for dipping&hellipTopped with Havarti, onions, and cremini mushrooms, it tastes like a two-handed French onion soup of the gods.&rdquo- Portland Monthly

JAMIE TRAN-Las Vegas, Nevada

What they&rsquore saying : &ldquoThe smoky heirloom beet salad takes the vegetable to a new level with golden and red baby heirloom beets, citrus and goat cheese yogurt, spiced walnuts, black radish, must-eat beet dust, and watercress. The dish brings together smoke with sweet with savory.&rdquo- Susan Stapleton, Eater Las Vegas

CHRIS VIAUD-Milford, New Hampshire

The skinny : As he details in The Farmers Dinner Cookbook that he co-authored, Chef Viaud is passionate about the New England farmers and artisans with whom he works to create the seasonal dishes at his Greenleaf restaurant and Culture scratch bakery.

As you can tell, Top Chef Portland&rsquos competitors represent a wide array of approaches, styles, and cuisines. And to hear early intel from Tom Colicchio, they also bring it in the talent department, which will make what has seemed like an interminable wait since the Top Chef All Stars finale a little more bearable. Springtime and a new season of Top Chef, what could be better?!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Go For It, People!

Most of the shows either had their finales or premieres so we're in the middle of the new shows except for 1 that did start this week. There's quite a few, so I'd better get going.

The Amazing Race was in Bora Bora. I can't believe the racers are actually staying in one place for 2 episodes. They started out w/ a bit of delay due to water taxis not being 24/7. In the meantime, there was a lot of talk about alliances and the who would get the 2nd express pass. It was kind of stupid and boring like watching people mingle at a corporate party. Finally the first batch of racers got underway to find the wedding chapel and the shaman-like guy to get a blessing. If I was one of the guys from the unmarried couples, I would've been very suspicious because who knows what the guy is saying? They could've been accidentally married. But. I guess not. If you don't have an American license, you're not married. Then they had the detour with a choice of finding 2 red pearls from oysters they had to dive for or setting up an underwater picnic thing. Yo, twins! When you can't swim, it's probably not wise to choose something you have to swim at. I don't know why they didn't try the other detour after 10 minutes because the 2 detours were in the same spot. Instead, they splashed, choked, floundered around and considered skipping and taking a penalty. Meanwhile, everybody else finished the detour. The next task was to use jetskis to find the roadblock on another little island. Unfortunately, the Asian sisters had to do that alone and buzzed around the ocean, lost for quite awhile. Well, Asian women aren't known for their sense of direction. Meanwhile, back at the detour, the 2nd batch of racers had shown up. They were the teams that chose to take the penalty in the last epidode. By the time the twin doctors decided to switch detour tasks, it was too late. Everybody had passed them up. The roadblock looked like fun but the show made it look really hard. A racer from each team had to kick a ball from one end of the sand to the other while on stilts. It was all about technique. It was obvious who had experience using stilts. It was surprising the Asian sister didn't do well. It looked like she had good technique and Asian women are known for having good balance. Anyway, the hunky hockey brothers hit the finish mat first. The twin doctors met their literal water-loo and were eliminated from the race. Note to future racers learn to swim for pete's sake. For that matter, learn to ride a bike, ride an animal, drive a stick shift, climb rocks and rappell. It seems you're going to have to do one or more of those activities during the race.

Worst Cooks in America had it's premiere. I have to say. This is the funniest show on the Food Network. Some people say it's kind of a set up thing w/ fake contestants. I have news for everybody. After the first season of Survivor, all reality show contestants are fake except for most of the chefs on the expert cooking shows. Sometimes they seem unreal too. But yeah. Most reality show contestants have agents and are the people who'll do anything to be on a show because they have no real talent and have no other option but to be stupid on camera. I don't care because the best part of competition reality is seeing people eliminated. The candidates for the show this year are especially stupid and dramatic. There's a guy who says he's a doctor but that's questionable because he's a chiropractor. He's a glorified masseuse with more college credits. The scary thing is, he's a complete dork when using any kitchen utensil. There's the contestants w/ perpetual scared and puzzled looks on their faces. There are the contestants who don't listen and therefore seem really retarded. Then there are a couple of truly sincere people who's families have nominated them, had no idea they were bad cooks and really want to learn. These are the people I love to watch because you know their families had to do interventions to convince them they were bad cooks. They also seem to have bad palates and I can totally relate. People hate my food too but I like it. Poor Ann and Bobby have the task of teaching these people to cook and be the test tasters too. I think some of the people are purposely chosen by the producers to drive Ann and Bobby nuts. The funniest thing about this show is, they don't treat the cooks like first time cooks. Some of the cooking challenges are really challenging to even real cooks. I love the look of fear that comes on the cooks' faces. The first thing was picking teams and then the cooks had to make signature dishes. The black lady who's totally gaga over Bobby Flay lost her fake fingernail while cooking and I about fell out of my chair laughing cuz she thought it might be in her dish. O MOJ BOŽE! Some of the dishes looked terrible, some sounded terrible and some were both. Can you say mole marinara pasta? Neither Ann nor Bobby threw up so they were actually edible. One cook from each team was eliminated. The lady who burned everything so she knew it was done and the guy who tried to make a dessert were sent home. Bye! You're still bad cooks.

The Biggest Loser was full of surprises. First, it was announced that the fatties all had to lose 70 pounds altogether. In early seasons, that would've been totally doable but I don't know what's happened to the huge weight losses they used to have. I have a feeling they're not allowing fatties to live on diet shakes anymore. For only 7 fatties, 10 pounds apiece made their blood pressure go way up. Then the kids were brought in to save the day. They had to do little challenges to lower the required poundage loss. The kids did really well w/ the trivia, guessing caloric dishes and the physical challenges to see if they could improve their beginning of the show times. Of course they improved. It would've been really embarrassing for the producers if they hadn't improved. After the kids, the fatties only had to lose 61 pounds. Then a lot of revelations and drama ensued. We learned Francelina and Jeff are getting close, aw. Gina's a lawyer. I knew there was something about her I didn't like. And, there are a few weenies on the ranch this season. That's bad because if you have really lazy schlubs around you, it's not hard to look like a hard worker when you're really not. No wonder there hasn't been any really impressive weight loss. Remember, the fatties have nothing to do but lose weight. Jillian tries her motivation thing on Alex and instead of making her work harder, it makes the girl curl up and cry about her life. Oy. Gina is the whiniest cryingest fattie on the ranch and she looks horrible w/out makeup. She also has the figure of a nesting doll. She is especially bratty and whiny this week. Maybe it's hormones. It couldn't possibly be because she's just an adult whiny brat. She has a thin skin around Joe and it seems he's kind of oblivious about it. At this point, I think I did a little fast forwarding. Then the fatties had to dig in a sand course to find arrows and eventually a flagpole they had to erect at the end. They did it in time to earn 10 pounds knocked off of their required poundage loss for the week. Then there was an in show commercial for a certain sandwich franchise. The weigh-in turned out to be very surprising. If the fatties did not lose 51 pounds altogether, there was a red line that eliminated the person who lost the least percentage of weight. It turns out, the fatties should've been more worried than they looked. Hey fatties, make sure and take a dump before the pre-weigh-in. Yeesh. The trainers were more upset by the low weight losses than the fatties were. In the first seasons, 2 or 3 pound weight loss would've made people cry and panic but they didn't. In the end, Francelina was eliminated and didn't even look upset. Actually, she was probably the only fattie who didn't cry, ever. Bye Francie. Now we're stuck w/ Joe and the whiners. It sounds like a 50's band.

Face Off seems to have a new guy to beat: Eric F. He may look Goth scary but he's very talented and managed to win the immunity. The first challenge was take a fairytale girl and make her a horror character complete w/ story. Eric F. made Little Red Riding Hood into a werewolf which totally gave a cool twist to that story. I never thought that the wolf might've been biting people out of anything but hunger. They only had like a half an hour too and he did a fantastically awesome job. The other artists did well too but didn't twist their stories as well. He also won a make-up box and I found out, pro boxes are very expensive. Wow! Worth thousands of dollars? For the main challenge, the artists were shown cool colorful abstract photos. They chose which one they wanted to work with and then it was revealed that each one was a microscopic close-up of a different insect. Cooool. The artists had to make a look that not only looked like their insect but used the patterns and color of the photo too. One guy made a beautiful blue butterfly w/ huge impressive wings and won best in show. One guy made a firefly but didn't show the photo in his design. Anthony disappointed everyone w/ a plain looking weird ant but was kind of saved by his model who worked the look. Eric F. was lucky he had immunity because his wolf spider wasn't as scary looking as the real thing. Some of the artists had bad luck which caused time management problems. In the end, Alam's look that seemed okay to me was totally hated by the judges. It's not ok to just tie wings on. Ohhh. She was sent home. Aw. bye Alam. I'll miss your Japanese cartoon inspired looks.

Survivor was so stupid. They only did one challenge. I hate that. It was mainly conniving and planning on the unFavorites team and fighting w/ the ex-marine on the Fans team. The unFavorites woke up and realized they'd better try harder at the challenge. The challenge consisted of some pulling some on a raft to a platform where they dove to pull sticks to release rings. The Fans made a mistake by having 3 women do the diving thing. They might have pulled it off in calm water but skinny women fighting the ocean is a whole different thing. Then they were pulled back to shore and had others had to do a ring toss. This season, Malcolm isn't proving to be the hero in the challenges. Then again, he wasn't in his season either cuz his tribe almost was wiped out. He might be doing it on purpose because many times at the merge, the biggest threat is voted out first. Anyway, the unFavorites won. The Fans tribe is unevenly split and it's totally obvious. There's a group of 2 romantic couples (4 people) who think they're the pretty people. Then there's a group of 6. I think the pretty people are pretty much sunk. They shouldn't pick fights but they do. Gawd, those jocks and cheerleaders are so stupid. Although one of the pretty people guys did find the HII. At Tribal council you could tell the people just wanted to vote and go home. Jeff had to use the cattle prod to make them talk and then they really didn't say anything. In the end, the blonde lady from the pretty people group was voted out. I think they should re-name themselves sitting ducks. The ex-marine guy is actually doing the smart thing in the heat. He rests in the shade during the day and works in the cooler evening and night. Unfortunately, nobody sees him working cuz they're wiped out. Then the pretty people make the mistake of antagonizing him. Don't poke the bear! The producers are wanting to edit him to be the ass but I can tell that the large group of the tribe respect him. I don't know his name yet but I'm rooting for him. BTW, I'm not watching this show on TV.

On The Face, I can't tell you how tired I am of Carolina Kurkova's face. It's kind of homely in a white rat way w/ pale skin, long pointy nose and buck teeth. Everybody makes a big deal of the young girl w/ no modeling experience. She has a beautiful face but boy, they're right. She's very awkward and way behind in modeling skills. The mentors aren't very good teachers and just tell the models what they want. The first challenge is a quick snapping commercial shoot that gets to highlight Coco's posing talent. A blonde model wins. Kako god. Then the models go home to fight for awhile. The photoshoot is lingerie w/ each model showing a different aspect of an underwear model: innocent, sexy, flirty, sophisticated. Instead, the models all looked like they were trying to upstage each other. I didn't see the differences. Kako god. Naomi's team won. One model from each of the 2 losing teams is put up for elimination to be judged by the winning Mentor. Got that? Ok, well, Carolina sent home Naomi's model last week so Naomi returned the favor this week and it seems the young inexperienced girl is the black hammer of the season so far. These mentoring reality shows are kind of boring.

Top Chef had it's finale part 1. Kristen, the winner of last chance kitchen, was brought back but she earned it. Take that, Josie! They did a really boring thing of showing the chefs at home w/ their families. Zzzzz. okay, so they cook at home. BFD. I also don't give a rat's patoot what their family is like either. So no quickfire and right to the elimination challenge. The chefs had to just make a 3 course meal. O MOJ BOŽE! Boring! Kristen made simple French dishes which were delicious but the judges didn't think were too creative and her dessert was just a big bowl of chocolate. Kids would've loved it. The Hawaiian guy made something that wasn't Asian and was totally raked over the coals for not showing himself in the dishes. Da! They wanted spam and pineapple. Brooke can do no wrong and the criticisms of her dish were really dumb and weird. I think the judges wracked their brains coming up w/ something negative to say. In the end, the Hawaiian guy was sent home and now we're definitely going to have a female Top Chef this season. Ho hum. it's been a boring season so they may as well keep it that way.

Project Runway finally broke up the big teams and made the designers work in teams of 2. Some of the designers were able to choose who they wanted to work w/. The Aussie guy got stuck w/ the mole faced lady who had the worst looks in the previous challenges. The black haired lady who thinks she's all that and doesn't want to help other people really showed her lack of talent this week. The designers had to make looks for a country singer star. I think Miranda Lambert. All I know is, she's white and not wafer thin. 1 designer in the team had to make a stage look and the other had to make a red carpet look. The curlique mustache guy made some honky tonk gown complete w/ frayed edges on the hems. The judges hated it. The Aussie guy made a gorgeous gown and proved he did know how to do strapless construction. Meanwhile, his partner, the loser lady w/ the mole on her face made a cute fringey outfit. Performers love clothes that have movement because it gives more energy to the whole stage look. The black haired lady not only made an outfit that looked boring but it made the model look fat. Terrible. Aussie and Mole Face were declared the winners and black haired unhelpful lady was sent home. Bye! Hi hi. I love when people get their just desserts.

King of the Nerds had the Nerds making music. Oh boy! First they had to create a song, then learn to dance. It was a little painful to watch but not too painful to laugh at them. I keep mixing up the teams and it seems it was the blue team who won last week and are 3's company. They're name is actually Blextrophy. The Orange team is something like Ruler's of the Golden Orb. I know there's Orb in their name. I'll just call them the Orb team. The pink haired girl from the Orb team has gotten some kind of ego and she's probably the dumbest on the team. Ohhh. she's an expert gamer. Well, so is the 2 ton schlub who lives on his mother's couch. I was also wrong about who went home last week. The curly haired leader guy stayed and the brunette arrogant guy went home. Pink haired girl didn't get along w/ him so after he left, she partied and danced around in glee. So back to the challenge. The teams then had to perform their song and do a dance to it in front of judges. Oh boy! I thought they both did a good job. One of the judges was that ukelele playing girl who does quirky characters on sitcoms. I had no idea she was part of a singing duo. Anyhoo. the judges couldn't get Blextrophy's song out of their head and the dancing was equally bad on both sides. Somehow, Orb team or orange team was declared the winners. Huh? The curly haired girl and the guy on the team were sent to the dual. They had to do a dance dance revolution kind of thing. The guy turned out to be less awkward and more experienced at the game and curly haired girl met her demise. Aw. bye. Sorry to see her go cuz of all the nerds, she seemed the most cool.

Well, that's it for this week. I didn't talk about Joe Schmoe Show because it's just more of the same. They are bringing back Lorenzo Lamas for another episode so that should be fun. ABC used The Middle to promote their telecasting the Oscars. The show was still funny. So until next time people stay tuned.


‘Top Chef’ recap: Comeback kid Kristen Kish wins

The Wednesday night finale of “Top Chef” was like a great comeback kung fu movie. After having been sent home too early in the season, Kristen Kish fought her way back into the competition. The “Last Chance Kitchen” champion beat L.A. girl Brooke Williamson by two rounds to earn the title of Top Chef.

Williamson and Kish each cooked in front of a live audience of more than 300 people, the judges, their former competitors and all nine of the previous “Top Chef” champions. The first chef to win three rounds was named the winner. It turned into an Iron Chef-like competition with the audience counting down the final 10 seconds of each round, but the live audience really bugged me. It was distracting, unnecessary and gave the entire finale a cheese ball game show feel.

It was fun to see a look back at the past winners who collectively run 17 restaurants. They were however the harshest critics. After each bite they shrugged their shoulders and looked at each other like maybe they could have done better.

Back in the kitchen, Williamson had Stefan Richter, Kuniko Yagi and Chris “C.J.” Jacobson on her team and Kish had Elizabeth Binder, Sheldon Simeon and Josh Valentine in her corner. Kish took the first round with her chicken liver mousse, frisee, mustard, prune, hazelnuts and pumpernickel, beating Williamson’s crispy pig ear and chicory salad with a six-minute egg, apricot jam and candied kumquats. The live judging was tense with each judge voting on the spot for a favorite dish.

Williamson took the second round with her seared scallop with salt cod puree, speck, black currant and mustard seed vinaigrette, over Kish’s citrus- and lavender-cured scallop with bitter orange and lemon. But Kish came back swinging. Williamson attempted to redeem herself for her fried chicken debacle by making vadouvan chicken wings, but Kish’s celery root puree with bone marrow and mushrooms was the judges’ favorite.

The saddest part of the finale was when Williamson admitted “I want to win this because I want to prove that I wasn’t winning because Kristen wasn’t there.”

For the fourth and final round, Williamson went all out with a braised pork cheek with red snapper, collard green slaw, sorrel puree and pine nut cream, but it was no match for Kish’s red snapper with leeks, little gem lettuce, tarragon, uni and shellfish nage. Kish was announced the winner and awarded a showcase at Aspen Food and Wine, a feature in Food and Wine magazine and $125,000. She told the camera she plans to travel to Korea for the first time with a portion of her winnings.

I was pulling for Williamson, but Kish really deserved the win. Congrats to both ladies!