Top Chef: Season 5

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[QUOTE=Bacchus;44554]Ariane can't tie lamb. Obviously a fatal flaw, lol. You knew they would get her for something eventually...[/QUOTE] Ha, my comment was the best I could do at the time, knowing your dislike of spoilers. :)
Ugh, now I remember why I don't like the judges very much! Either Leah or Hosea should have gone home -- they left poor Ariane with the most work to do and set her up for failure.
[QUOTE=Zereaux;44629]Ugh, now I remember why I don't like the judges very much! Either Leah or Hosea should have gone home -- they left poor Ariane with the most work to do and set her up for failure.[/QUOTE] And you could tell that both Leah and Hosea felt guilty, or the editors made it look like they should be feeling guilty. As Ariane said, "...Karma..."
God, I can only hope one or both of them is asked to pack their knives soon -- I am not a fan of their little 'romance' or whatever it is. I'm not sure whether they sabotaged Ariane or not (Leah [I]did[/I] help tie the lamb), or if their relationship storyline had any influence on who went home, but I think they should feel guilty. Two people screwing up potatoes seems like a bigger mistake than one person botching lamb.
Fabio should have been sent packing last night. He seems like a fun guy, but his food has been suffering for weeks and overcooking the veal was much worse than being "uninspired" - which was the reason given to send Jeff home. I think they finale will be Stefan, Jaime, Hosea. Does anyone else think Padma should get into the referee business full time? Yowza! :D
...does anyone else have a sudden hankering for oatmeal and Diet Dr. Pepper? B- I agree on Stefan, Jamie, and Hosea being the likely Final 3, and also think that Fabio should have gone home last night. And whooo Carla won one!! I was so happy for her- she's definitely emerged as one of the more pleasant chefs this season (cooking everything with love and all).
[quote=roomie;46480]...does anyone else have a sudden hankering for oatmeal and Diet Dr. Pepper?[/quote] Hahaha, that looked absolutely appetizing - [I]NOT![/I] Carla is a weirdo and that works for her. She is clearly a good person and funny at times - although her [I]roving eyes[/I] sometimes scare me, lol. I have a feeling Jaime is going to win. Sometimes I like her, sometimes I don't. I think she is extremely talented, but at the same time her overconfidence grates me a bit. Stephan is the ultimate narcissist. Nothing else needs to be said (well, except that he is probably the Top all around Chef.) I think Hosea is a nice guy deep down who cheated on his girlfriend. Not sure that is a fan favorite quality, although he has skills.
I don't know about Jaime winning, I have a feeling that she stands a good chance at making it to the finals. No scallops! Does no one like Leah? I think she's a pretty good chef...she just never sounds EXCITED about her food. I don't want to say it, and I don't really want to see him win, but I have a feeling Stefan will be the winner of this season. I do like Hosea, but I don't see him winning. Same with Carla.
[quote=molds13;46491]Does no one like Leah? I think she's a pretty good chef...she just never sounds EXCITED about her food.[/quote] She falls into the: "My girlfriend goes away for a few weeks and cheats on me category." I think she is a fine chef, but does not jump out at me. Her ticket is a short ride, with it being a tossup of her, Carla and Fabio going next week. (Yes Roomie, I know Carla won this week - she also actually lost last week. Really bad.)
Leah is my favorite cast member on the show, but not my favorite chef. Oh, the things I would do for Padma... The British judge reminds me of most food in the UK... unmemorable.
Have they mentioned if Gail is coming back at all this season?
[quote=molds13;46516]Have they mentioned if Gail is coming back at all this season?[/quote] It sounds like she will be back for the finale.
I'm not sure Jaime was the worst Chef on the block this week. Hosea started looking like a Denny's line cook in this episode, making stupid mistakes and showing he did not have the culinary background to adapt to classical cuisine. Still, Jaime's attitude made me shed no tears when she was let go. The statement, "this food is boring to me" made me laugh (in reference to Chef Eric Ripert's food.) It is such a "young chef" comment to make. The reality is, with the proper seasoning (time & experience) most great chefs return to simple, clean dishes after spending years on the experimental front. Not everyone is Wylie Dufresne and for her to make such a comment at her current skill level was laughable. Stephan has to be the favorite by leaps and bounds at this point. There is really no one with his overall level of skill and experience. Wouldn't be the first time [URL="http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=202546734"]an ****ole won[/URL].
[QUOTE=Bacchus;47221]I'm not sure Jaime was the worst Chef on the block this week. Hosea started looking like a Denny's line cook in this episode, making stupid mistakes and showing he did not have the culinary background to adapt to classical cuisine. Still, Jaime's attitude made me shed no tears when she was let go. The statement, "this food is boring to me" made me laugh (in reference to Chef Eric Ripert's food.) It is such a "young chef" comment to make. The reality is, with the proper seasoning (time & experience) most great chefs return to simple, clean dishes after spending years on the experimental front. Not everyone is Wylie Dufresne and for her to make such a comment at her current skill level was laughable. Stephan has to be the favorite by leaps and bounds at this point. There is really no one with his overall level of skill and experience. Wouldn't be the first time [URL="http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=202546734"]an ****ole won[/URL].[/QUOTE] While I'm not surprised that Jamie was eliminated, I agree with her comment about Ripert's food. I've had the Escolar at La Bernardin, the dish Carla attempted to recreate. Frankly, I've prepared better tuna in my own kitchen using only saffron, fresh dill, fresh creme and 1/2 cup of a nice Chenin Blanc. We'll probably see Carla in the finals which can only be seen as homage to political correctness. She should have been booted long ago.
[quote=V1man;47246]While I'm not surprised that Jamie was eliminated, I agree with her comment about Ripert's food. I've had the Escolar at La Bernardin, the dish Carla attempted to recreate. Frankly, I've prepared better tuna in my own kitchen using only saffron, fresh dill, fresh creme and 1/2 cup of a nice Chenin Blanc.[/quote] Sacrilege! Leave my celebrity Chefs alone! (Umm, unless it is Rachel Ray.) What I am getting to is not the food itself (as she did not complain about its preparation) but rather that that style of cooking was below her (i.e. Classic French Cuisine.) [quote]We'll probably see Carla in the finals which can only be seen as homage to political correctness. She should have been booted long ago.[/quote]I agree. She is the weakest remaining and both Jeff and Jaime are probably better Chefs. That being said, it is not her food that bothers me - it is her personality. I just think she is too out there for my tastes.
Wow I cannot BELIEVE that Leah didn't go home last night!! I thought for sure with all of the discussion they were having that she would be out. Sad to see Jamie go. And Carla is making a comeback! Where'd she come from?
[quote=Bacchus;47247]I agree. She is the weakest remaining and both Jeff and Jaime are probably better Chefs. That being said, it is not her food that bothers me - it is her personality. I just think she is too out there for my tastes.[/quote] I agree that Carla is not as strong as some of the chefs left, but I think her personality will prove to be one of the most memorable from this season of Top Chef. Her reaction to the eel? Priceless! And the finale is going to be in New Orleans, which is funny because the other day I was talking about the show with my mom and we agreed that New Orleans would be a good place to set the next season (which starts casting this weekend). B - Are you not a fan of Rachel Ray? Check out this parody book: [url=http://www.amazon.com/Every-Freaking-Day-Rachell-Ray/dp/0446509442/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233876177&sr=1-1]Amazon.com: Every Freaking! Day with Rachell Ray: An Unauthorized Parody: Elizabeth Hilts: Books[/url] haha :)
[QUOTE=roomie;47346]I agree that Carla is not as strong as some of the chefs left, but [B]I think her personality will prove to be one of the most memorable from this season[/B] of Top Chef. Her reaction to the eel? Priceless! And the finale is going to be in New Orleans, which is funny because the other day I was talking about the show with my mom and we agreed that New Orleans would be a good place to set the next season (which starts casting this weekend). B - Are you not a fan of Rachel Ray? Check out this parody book: [url=http://www.amazon.com/Every-Freaking-Day-Rachell-Ray/dp/0446509442/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233876177&sr=1-1]Amazon.com: Every Freaking! Day with Rachell Ray: An Unauthorized Parody: Elizabeth Hilts: Books[/url] haha :)[/QUOTE] I have to mute my TV whenever she talks. I find her to be one of the most annoying people I've seen on any reality program in the past two to three years.
[quote=V1man;47347]I have to mute my TV whenever she talks. I find her to be one of the most annoying people I've seen on any reality program in the past two to three years.[/quote] When making a call, I have to tell people I will call them back if she is on in the background (abruptly hanging up)....and then never do just to punish them for not knowing better. :wink2:
I know I'm in the minority here, but I'm rooting for Carla to win! Realistically, I'm expecting a Stefan/Hosea 'showdown' at Final 2 (after next week's double elimination) with Stefan emerging victorious. Also, one of my friends mentioned today she heard next season is going to be in Las Vegas... is this online anywhere yet? A Google search brought up some blogs that list Vegas as a rumor; I was just wondering if it was announced somewhere officially yet.
I'm happy that Leah was eliminated in last night's episode. Call me shallow, but other than for Padma, I now have no reason to watch. Tom and the other judges have simply become too self-righteous for me to take them seriously. The Food Network offers me more insight into the world of food.
[quote]I know I'm in the minority here, but I'm rooting for Carla to win! [/quote]I don't think I can become a Carla fan. She would rank at the bottom of the remaining chefs in my book, although I know as a whole she seems quite popular in other online communities. I just can't stand her puns. They are so kitschy...and that laugh...oh that freaking laugh. Actually, I like Fabio out of all the remaining chefs. [quote]Also, one of my friends mentioned today she heard next season is going to be in Las Vegas... is this online anywhere yet[/quote]I have not heard about next season, although I know they announced yesterday that they are doing a spin off series for next fall called Top Chef Masters. [quote]I'm happy that Leah was eliminated in last night's episode. [/quote]I was not a Leah fan, so I was fine with her departure. As soon as I saw her first on the fly I knew she was going to lose. She might be a nice girl, but her food throughout the competition was sub par and she basically lived on the chopping block. Stephan has been the best chef throughout the competition and even though his dish was probably the worst this week, there was leniency applied for his previous efforts. Even though they say that they fully base their decisions on the food that day, in fairness they have to keep some sort of running score and getting rid of someone that has won 9 times thus far would have raised questions as to the legitimacy of the competition. He had to have a shot at the final - and Carla was untouchable as an option to send home.
[quote=Bacchus;48044]Stephan has been the best chef throughout the competition and even though his dish was probably the worst this week, there was leniency applied for his previous efforts. Even though they say that they fully base their decisions on the food that day, in fairness they have to keep some sort of running score and getting rid of someone that has won 9 times thus far would have raised questions as to the legitimacy of the competition.[/quote] Has he REALLY won 9? I didn't think it was that many...either way, I still would prefer it if someone else won. He needs an ego check (although he backs up his mouth more often than not). I wouldn't mind seeing Fabio or Hosea win, and Carla might have an outside chance, as they're cooking for people from NO and southern recipes seem to be her forte...we will see!
[quote=molds13;48045]Has he REALLY won 9? I didn't think it was that many...either way, I still would prefer it if someone else won. He needs an ego check[/quote] Yes, even though I feel that his is hands down the best chef there - I'd rather see Fabio or Hosea win as well. I tend to gravitate away from narcissists... Sorry Roomie, I just can't pull for Carla. I can't! I think molds and I are two peas in a pod on this one. *ba dum dum* - [I][B]cymbal crash[/B] [/I]
[quote=Bacchus;48051]Yes, even though I feel that his is hands down the best chef there - I'd rather see Fabio or Hosea win as well. I tend to gravitate away from narcissists... Sorry Roomie, I just can't pull for Carla. I can't! I think molds and I are two peas in a pod on this one. *ba dum dum* - [I][B]cymbal crash[/B] [/I][/quote] But she cooks with [I]love[/I], B... [B]with love!![/B] heh heh heh peas in a pod ;)

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