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Top Chef - Super Bowl (*Possible Spoilers*)

First thoughts:

- Jeff is an idiot. when will he learn? K.I.S.S.
- Leah was so worried about screwing up with her fish again that she ended up OVER-cooking it. i laughed out loud.
- Jamie is "intimidated" by these past cheftestants? really? surprising.
- and speaking of the returning chefs from past seasons..."All-Stars" my ass (Andrew & Spike notwithstanding)
- i think it would be hilarious to see Nikki the Pasta Queen pitted against Mr. Ravioli
- random thought re: Scott Contant - sure Scarpetta just got 3* in the NY Times, but why haven't they also mentioned Alto or L'Impero?

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  1. in the QF, Jamie picked fruit but she made shrimp?

    So Fabio can cook some meat dish and just have a side of veggies?

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    1. re: Ericandblueboy

      Yeah, other than the nectarine salsa (which did NOT have oats in them, I don't think), her dish really did NOT fit her challenge - should have been a disqualification, IMO!

      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        yeah, Jamie was stretching it a bit with the fruit category. i know she was playing it off as though coconut is a fruit - many people believe it is - but technically it's a seed. but i guess since nectarine & avocado are both fruits, she got away with it anyway.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I thought Carla should have won the quickfire -- she was the only one who paid more than lip service to the requirements of the challenge. She used the oats as a major component of her dish, and in an innovative way, and the other major ingredients were from her required category. In contrast, Leah's oatmeal crust was barely visible, and Hosea's wasn't much more; Jamie used both the oats and the required fruit as minor components, basically garnishes. Stefan made a version of a dish you can buy at McDonalds (a parfait with oats). Fabio and Jeff both at least tried to fulfill the requirements, but failed in execution. Carla was the only one who met both the spirit and the letter of the challenge *and* executed her dish successfully.

          BTW, at judges table Tom mentioned that Carla had infused the crawfish into the stock, which was presumably made during the prep period. Perhaps the roux was also used to make the stock.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I wouldn't have disqualified Jamie, but I agree that Carla deserved the quickfire.

            Fabio's eggplant looked vile. Why didn't he grind up the oats to make flour?

            I'm not sorry to see Jeff go -- I was rarely impressed with his chops. My only regret is that my friends and I will no longer be able to make lame jokes about the "Dildo" Beach Club. Worst. Name. Ever.

            1. re: a_and_w

              It's "DiLido" not "Dildo," and it was the name of the original Art Deco hotel that is part of the Ritz-Carlton that houses the restaurant. The tribute to the history of the building is good enough reason for me to suppress childish giggles.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                I also couldn't look at it w/o seeing it as "Dildo" Beach Club.

                  1. re: Frodnesor

                    I don't think knowing the history for me would have made me more mature about the name. I was just waiting for them to omit the second "i."

                  2. re: a_and_w

                    I know what the correct name is, but this never stopped me--or my husband--from yelling "dildo beach club" every time I saw the name on the screen. I'm actually kind of relieved to know that we weren't the only ones being adolescent about this.

                    1. re: Nonsenseprecious

                      I guess living in Miami Beach and having driven by hundreds upon hundreds of times, I've finally grown out of it.

                      1. re: Frodnesor

                        not to mention that because it's pronounced with a decided dEE not a "Dill", the joke is rather lost.

                        Oh, and don't forget that we have DiLido Island too to reinforce the pronunciation -- so those of us who've been around Miami for years pretty much only hear " Dee-Lee-dough"in our heads whenever we see the word.

                    2. re: a_and_w

                      IIRC, whenever they showed Jeff's name the "l" in DiLido wasn't capitalized. And I too, immediately thought "dildo". Now that I see people writing it with a cap, "dildo" doesn't pop out quite as quickly.

                      1. re: a_and_w

                        No worries guys. Most of you would fit right in if you visit South Beach.

                      2. re: Ruth Lafler

                        Agree about the quickfire and how about tofu coming out in the top again! As I recall the last time we saw tofu was in Season 4 with the winning Green Perplexed Tofu.
                        When will the chefs truly embrace the versatility and wonderment of tofu?
                        Also liked Andrea mugging Tom on camera. His laughter made him seem more human and less robo-chef.

                        1. re: tofuburrito

                          I take it you really like tofu, especially in burritos?

                          1. re: tofuburrito

                            i thought he seemed more human too.

                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          if were gonna get all technical here, though, shouldnt her use of avocado boost the fruit count in her recipe?

                          1. re: tex.s.toast

                            uh yeah and it was COCONUT shrimp? no one remembered that?

                            1. re: CoryKatherine

                              as i said above, her use of avocado helped her get away with it.

                              technically coconut is *not* a fruit, though may people erroneously believe it is...so that may have been another consideration - i'm guessing the judges counted it as a fruit.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                This is splitting hairs, but botanically, a coconut is a fruit.

                                1. re: dave_c

                                  I think it's technically a seed, not a fruit.

                                  1. re: a_and_w

                                    yep, it's a seed, which is what i pointed out earlier in the thread...but most people do think it's a fruit.

                      3. You and Phaedrus ended up posting close to the same time - with a lot of agreement between your two posts!

                        I broke out laughing when Leah overcooked the fish this time as well. And Jeff??? How many freakin' times has he SAID he overthinks things? If he knows he does that, fix it!

                        Agree with your "all-stars my ass" comment - not REALLY!

                        With the Bowl challenge, I'm thinking (hoping?) that Stefan has severely underestimated his All-Star, Andrea! He's thinking he picked an easy mark - what fun it would be if she outcooked him!

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                          1. re: Ericandblueboy

                            It's quite possible - she was pegged as a vegetarian, but she said she's not. Let's see what happens!

                            ETA: SEE???? LOL

                            And Andrew's imitation of Stephan was great!

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              i choked on my water when Andrew imitated Stefan. he's still freaking hi-larious!

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                wow.....I think the crowd is biased against Stefan.

                          2. Hosea's cracking me up every time he calls Miguel "Chunk" (my fellow "Goonies" fans will get the reference)...and his salmon dish looked AWESOME.

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                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              I caught that as well - LOVED it - he's the perfect Chunk!

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                The "Chunk" nickname started during Miguel's season. Hosea didn't come up with it. ... I think Padma even introduced Miguel with his nickname when she revealed the "all star" team.

                                1. re: charmedgirl

                                  Yes, I know that. I just liked that Hosea used it as well.

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    yep, remembered it from his season, but that doesn't make it any less amusing now :)

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Eep, that's my anti-Hosea bias showing. Heh, I guess I want to make sure he didn't get undue credit for being creative or funny. Sorry guys. ;-)

                                      1. re: charmedgirl

                                        that's ok, any "undue credit" he might have gotten is immediately negated by his ridiculous, continual cry-baby bitching about Stefan.

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          Yeah, he definitely needs to stop the wah-wah machine. It's getting rather boring. Fix it by beating him in challenges, Hosea!

                            2. Spike's an a$$. Stop casting after season 4? So now he's selling crappy burgers in DC, big whoop.

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                              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                                That comment made me want to throw something at the screen. Talk about inflated ego. If we want to talk best seasons and when they should have stopped casting, it would be more accurate to say cast seasons 1 and 3, but skip 2 and 4. And, sadly, the way things are shaping up now, I'd say skip 5 too.

                                1. re: Ericandblueboy

                                  I had to tell my husband last night about your question to him on what gives him the right to shove crappy burgers down DC's throats on the other thread. Too funny.

                                2. So - it's Jeff and Stephan in the bottom. I have to believe it's going to be Jeff. Wait - they just showed Fabio in the bottom group arguing with Conant? Or was he in the top group?

                                  ETA: BTW, did anyone catch Fabio using the "monkey ass" comment again in a confessional? I missed what he was saying - something with ___-bananas?

                                  So is Fabio in the bottom because he only got 3 points in a field goal?

                                  And Carla got two tix to the Super Bowl????? Holy CRAP! Great prize!
                                  ~~~~~~~~
                                  I was right. Jeff's gone. Dammit. I really REALLY think that Fabio should have gone. But Jeff couldn't keep it simple - that was his downfall. I'm seriously bummed that he is gone before Leah and Fabio.

                                  And OOOOHHHHH! Eric Ripert is back next week - woo-hoo!

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                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    or Fabio. looks like he REALLY pisses of Scott Conant at JT. you know, for everyone's griping about how Stefan can't take criticism, Fabio always gets so pissy & refuses to accept any negative feedback about his food.

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Seems like the editors threw us a bit of misdirection this time. I was certain Fabio was getting the edit of doom when we learned that his mother is very ill and that he needs to win TC to pay for her medical treatment.

                                      Incidentally, Fabio had my sympathy over the cheese/acidity situation. He's Italian. Forget the stereotype about rigid Germans. Germans seem downright anarchic compared to Italians commitment to cooking rules. When Fabio heard the particular cheese/acid suggestion from the chef of an Italian restaurant, from Fabio's point of view, he was hearing pure unadulterated blasphemy.

                                      1. re: Ericandblueboy

                                        yep - i just caught it on the replay. he said if the ingredient was monkey ass, he'd "serve it with fried bananas or something."

                                      2. re: LindaWhit

                                        LOL Linda - look at the last line of my post below. i think you & i really must share a brain :)

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          It's ERIC RIPERT!!!! What is there *not* to WOO-HOO about? ;-)

                                        2. re: LindaWhit

                                          All Fabio cooks is monkey ass. Someone should tell Fabio that this is "Top Chef", not "Top Monkey Ass".

                                          1. re: kmcarr

                                            LOL! he knew he couldn't make any more ravioli, so he had to find another "pet" ingredient ;)

                                            i was just thinking about all the monkey comments on this show. first Hung, now Fabio. what's up with that?

                                            1. re: kmcarr

                                              To give him the benefit of the doubt, it's not his first language and, at least for me, I tend to stick with phrases I know well, in other languages. Though, I have to admit I don't know how to say "monkey's ass" in any other language.

                                              1. re: chowser

                                                Affenarse

                                                derriere du singe

                                                culo di scimmia

                                                1. re: coney with everything

                                                  ...proving Fabio's point: "culo di scimmia nello conchiglia" sounds like it would be great!