Wow, where to begin?
A lot of the dishes served this episode seemed to fail. And in some of the cases, the chefs knew the dishes weren’t that good before they served them. Why send a not-so-good dish out? And what’s with all the dated plating and presentation? I would think that as Top Chef competitors, you would know enough to strive for innovation every single time.
Furthermore, if this batch of chefs could have learned anything from last week’s elimination, it’s that you do not make something you’ve never used/made before when your spot in the competition as at stake. Jill, are you listening? You don’t use an egg you’ve never used before, in a dish that won’t be enhanced by it … And worse, you can’t give a convincing, sensible reason why you should be given another chance. It’s no wonder that she was the one to go.
And Jill’s regret is not being able to show off a dish she does well? Um, that is exactly what she should have been doing all along.
And seasoning. Every single season a new batch of chefs show up with a new batch of seasoning issues. This episode was wrought with seasoning issues — too sweet desserts, unseasoned dinners … When will these chefs learn? They should have prepared for the show by watching the old episodes. Seriously.
On a lighter note, I laughed when Fabio jumped into his defense of his dish. It couldn’t have been a better defense. And then for him to win the Elimination Challenge made it all the better. It seems like Fabio and Stefan are pretty strong this season.
This season is still in its infancy. I am looking forward to getting to the point where favorites become clear and personalities start to shine. Right now, everyone seems very … bland. But, at least this season is free from the gratuitous use of the F-bomb.
Till next week …
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.