Thursday, 2. September 2010
If only this season of Top Chef were one ounce as exciting as the for real final four. We are now on the home stretch with only four chefs remaining. This is when the competition should take an uber-competitive, exciting turn. Except that we’ve got Kevin, Kelly, Angelo and Ed. Personally, I wanted Tiffany in the final four and Kevin sent on his way. Tiffany’s personality was starting to grow on me, and she did provide somewhat of a spark during the competitions. Kelly, on the other hand, is a better chef, but fuckin’ A she has one expression, and one expression only. She’s a walking bottle of Xanax, flatlined at all times.
Which is exactly why Eric Ripert loved her boring-ass (albeit probably yummy) halibut dish. It was super simple, and very plain. It was an all-white plate with a tiny hint of green. Nothing made my life more than Anthony Bourdain poking fun at Ripert. They are so different in their styles and tastes, it was fun to see them have a little fun. I don’t think I’d ever want to cook for Eric Ripert. He seems so…strict. Food should be allowed to be a little fun and colorful from time to time, which is apparently why Kevin and Ed did well in Bourdain’s eyes this week.
I think it was Angelo who said, “It’s all up to subjectivity at this point.” And you could see that during judges table. You’ve got 4 different egos, who are all considered to be at the top of their culinary game (although, I am not sure what Padma’s level of skill is other than wearing a suit and tie to a Quickfire) with completely different tastes, likes and dislikes.
From my view on the couch, it seemed that all four chefs did a good job this week. Nobody embarrassed themselves. And, if Tiffany’s dish was crappy, they did a good job of leading us to believe that it was a close call.
To be honest, it was hard to even concentrate on what the judges were saying because all I saw was a face full of braces.
At this point, I’ve got to believe that Angelo’s back in the driver’s seat, and his “setback” was only to keep things interesting. I can’t decide if it will be Kelly or Ed next to him in the final. My gut says Kelly.
The sad thing is, I could give two shits as to who wins. I definitely don’t want Kevin to win, but I don’t care who wins. None of these people has grown on me in any way. Ed admitted to Facebook stalking the guest judge, and his creepy, “Nice to meet you”, just continued his string of awkward, icky behavior. Kelly seems like she has a nice life, with a nice sommelier husband, with a nice house in a nice neighborhood and a sweet dog. Boring. She should get a tattoo or something. Angelo is a weird-ass dude. As more details of his life trickle out, the more I think “Whatever! Fine, he’s the best chef, hurry up and let him win so I no longer have to see him every week!” Kevin wants to be there more than anyone else because he’s still trying to make a name for himself. Whatever. PPYKAG.