Top Chef 2 - Seven Sins...What would you have done?
I was thinking last night about what I would have made for this Top Chef episode representing the seven sins. So, I figured, I'd see what people here would do.
Keeping with the same courses for the same sins, what would you have made? Pick one, or pick them all, whichever you choose.
Wrath (Sam) - appetizer
Sloth (Betty) - appetizer (I was going to make this difficult and say soup course, but changed my mind)
Greed (Cliff) - entree
Envy (Michael) - entree
Pride (Elia) - entree
Gluttony (Ilan) - dessert
Lust (Marcel) - dessert
For example, for Lust - dessert, I would have chosen a small bite of dark chocolate mousse with a fudge sauce accented with chipotle pepper. Just a teaspoon would leave the guests wanting more and the heat in the sauce would represent burning passion.
What are your ideas?
Brilliant lust idea--leaving them wanting more, which is such a great analog for lust food-wise.
They didn't have to be in that order and since I just watched the show - Tivo - I haven't spent a lot of time on this but aside from what many of us saw as an obvious oysters appetizer for lust (see the other thread on this episode), I was thinking that for Gluttony go with a main course of a major hunk of roasted red meat - standing rib roast with everyone getting a large bone slice (a la Henry VIII) served with hearty roasted root vegetables and perhaps even surrounded by smaller stuffed game birds. I know they have a limited budget though. I just can't get past the visuals of that or perhaps huge roasted stuffed Turkey legs.
Wrath (Sam) - Tom yum
Sloth (Betty) - escargot
Greed (Cliff) - maybe a sushi plate of a huge scoop of salmon roe over 2 pieces of rice
Envy (Michael) - sole w/pesto
Pride (Elia) - peacock
Gluttony (Ilan) - ???
Lust (Marcel) - molten chocolate cake w/rum
(edit: Envy (Michael) - make that rooster w/pesto)
re: King of Northern Blvd
I loved the idea of the seven deadly sins. Sloth is related to dirty, so I would probably do a decadent dirty rice dish, or some kind of whimsical dirt pie, or something that looked like dirt. Or something in squid ink. I loved the fact that Elia chose the roasted chicken. They all played it pretty safe. Marcel stop with the foam and what was lustful about his dessert? How about a dessert where you wanted to lick the plate?
Wrath (Sam) - Something fiery and spicy - maybe steal the idea of david burke and make an angry lobster
Sloth (Betty) - appetizer - Sloth is laziness. maybe a raw soup or even something as simple as shucked oysters. I wouldn't think slow roasted here
Greed (Cliff) - entree - Decadence - Kobe beef and butter poached lobster.
Envy (Michael) - entree - This is the one I'm having trouble with. The first thing that came to mind would be to do two fishes, one simply prepared like poached so all its natural glory can shine and one all gussied up to make it taste good. the thought being that the fish that doesn't need a lot of work to make it taste good would be the envy of the other piece. Or maybe some sort of dualing shrimp ceviches with maybe u-8's on one plate and 21-30's on another.. play around with size envy.
Pride (Elia) - entree - Maybe make a crown rack of lamb and get some enormous serving platter to carve it tableside. I had something similar at a restaurant where they served me an entire frenched rack of lamb and brought it out on a huge copper tray, almost as big as the table.. certainly looked prideful.
Gluttony (Ilan) - dessert - the most decadent hot fudge sundae. what else is a symbol of gluttony besides a huge mound of ice cream with hot fudge, brownie, etc... maybe even serve it in a huge goblet for the table..
Lust (Marcel) - dessert - at a loss for a lustful desert too...
maybe some candy, like a lollipop or a play on chocolate covered strawberries with champagne maybe plate it with one dish for two people and strongly recommend having them serve each other..