Quick Fire Challenge:
- Ryan says he spent a short time working with Daniel Boloud. "It wasn't my style," he said, with a sneer. Now wait a minute ... if memory serves me right, didn't I read on Rick Bayless' blog that Ryan worked for HIM? I checked, and sure enough, Bayless wrote that he didn't care for Ryan:
... I remembered him and the swagger with which he walked through the kitchen, and that doesn’t go over very well in our kitchen.Then Ryan goes on to gripe about the kiwi guy with the curly hair (I'll get the names straight one of these days) ... and then talk about "Dumb and Dumber" being one of his favorite movies. I think Ryan has surpassed Andrew as the jerk who's gotta go.
- The Quickfire dishes were impressive. I wish they had shown more than seven of them.
Movie Theme Elimination Challenge
- I liked the theme of the challenge. Like the zoo challenge, it required some creativity but it gave the chefs enough leeway to make good food.
- Did you notice that some of the chef's coats had pockets for pens in the sleeves? Cool. I want a jacket like that ... but I'd rather have a pocket for my iPod.
- I thought Ryan and the kiwi guy would get skewered for their take on "A Christmas Story." Their explanation: in the movie, there's a scene when they went to a Chinese restaurant and ate duck (which is, in fact, a great scene). So they served quail. That's quite a departure from duck, isn't it? But they seemed to get a pass for that interpretation.
- There were raves about the "Christmas Story" carrot puree. I can't imagine ever getting excited about carrot puree so I'm intrigued. I'd like to try it, but the recipes on that site are written for chefs, not home cooks. The recipe reads, "Roast carrots in saute pan with ginger, onion and corn oil." No information on temperature or technique. I either roast food in a roasting pan in the oven, or saute in a saute pan on the stove. How do you roast carrots in a saute pan? I'm puzzled.
- No crazy closeups of Padma eating. She looked gorgeous in that blue dress.
- This week's turd award goes to Andrew for his appetizing comment, "I have no doubt that the people eating the food will culinarily crap in their pants." Appetizing.
- The lesbian couple has bad taste in earrings. Especially Zoi. I can't watch her talk without staring at the great big earrings.
- I wanted Spike to be eliminated. Manuel was likable. He had a very classy departure.
- Fewer obvious, obnoxious product placements this week, thank goodness.
- I think I spied Ming Tsai next week! Hooray, I like him.