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Top Chef -Season 6 - Episode 7 - 10-7-09 (spoiler)

A so-so challege starts the competition.

Can we please get rid of scallops and ceviche?

I'm thinking Kevin will win the entire thing! Glad he didn't take immunity!

The main challenge looks interesting and I like some of the odder team pairings...

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  1. Mean Mike and Robin are paired off. Should be interesting. He's already coming off like a jerk....

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    1. re: jeanmarieok

      Yes - classic Reality TV villain and cliché -
      "my way or the highway"

      How many times have we heard that Jennifer is not feeling well... The editing this season has been sloppy and lackluster compared to past seasons.

      1. re: vinhotinto75

        if you think about it, feeling well usually affects your taste of smell and taste pretty strongly, so thats a big factor in her cooking abilities..... not to defend bad editing, but it is kind of a big deal

        1. re: kubasd

          That is a valid point indeed. Still, I think she would have to fail miserably to be sent home since she is always in the top.

          In any case, her dish with Kevin was a hit...

        2. re: vinhotinto75

          "How many times have we heard that Jennifer is not feeling well..."
          ~~~~~~

          Per Tom's blog on Bravo, she *only* mentioned it on camera because she was asked point blank by the camera crew.

          http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/blogs...

          Interesting comments re: Ash and how he looks at food vs. Michael. Reiterating that Ash essentially is saying he won't last in the competition.

          Also, looks like the judges didn't realize that Eli had re-salted the gnocchi, and Ashley did *not* say anything about it at JT. I'm thinking if they had known that, Eli might have been the one to go home. Eli *seriously* dodged a bullet!

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Tom said at JT that Eli was responsible for the saltiness of the gnocchi, but that Ashley screwed up even more.

            1. re: Ericandblueboy

              I'd have to re-watch last night's episode to know what he said at JT. From Tom's blog:

              "Most of the questions we ask don’t make it into the final version of the program, but we really do try to ascertain who was responsible for what. We didn’t know, as you did from watching the program, that when Ashley gave the gnocchi to Eli they were fine, and he then oversalted them. We knew only that Ashley had made the gnocchi. Ashley made a personal point throughout this competition to treat the team as a team and never ascribe blame to her partners, even when it was merited. She did so both with Mattin and, now, with Eli. This is admirable, but it would have benefitted her to say to us, “Eli oversalted the gnocci I’d made. I knew it the moment I tasted them.” "

              1. re: LindaWhit

                At one point, Tom says that Eli is the one responsible for the saltiness. Could that have happened at a later time and then edited to make it look like it was during JT? I dunno. I just remember Tom saying that.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Adding insult to injury for Ashley fans and Eli haters, Toby blog says that it was a close decision whether to eliminate Eli or Ashley. Sounds to me if Ashley had pinned the gnocci salt problems on Eli, it could have made all the difference in the judging. Tom knows Ashley knows how to make a proper gnocci from previous challenges.

                  1. re: dach

                    Crap. Haven't read Toby's blog yet (wasn't up earlier this a.m.), but I'm bummed. I would have much preferred Ashley staying. Eli's in my permanent dog house with Mike Isabella, the one who can't cook Asian and yet wouldn't listen to his teammate and said in confessional that he'd throw out whatever she had prepped anyway.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Gosh I missed that too!
                      (I tivo'ed it an was watching it this morning while I was getting ready for work!)

        3. I had started another thread just around the same time....my thoughts (a little bit more info here about the first 20 minutes)...

          Jennifer is REALLY sick - rut-roh!

          Tyler Florence is Guest Judge, and the Quickfire is sponsored by Cookster.com - a Top Chef slot machine where you pull the arm and get 3 keywords - Mood, Taste, and Cuisine. Seemed like Umami and Asian came up a LOT. It's also a high stakes QF.

          On the Low end? Robin, Eli and Jennifer. Ouch.

          Those who were in the Top 3 were Mike I., Kevin, and Michael. Kevin wins, and gets to choose his high stakes win - either $15,000 or Immunity....and he chooses the money!

          The Elimination Challenge? Padma shows up at their house to tell the chefs that in THREE HOURS they are going to be throwing their own home dinner party. They're working in teams - and Mike I. and Robin are a team....now THIS ought to be interesting!

          ETA: There's a LOT of confessional talk with Mike I. Hmmmmm....

          And Robin's right - there's a lot of "I" talk when Mike I. is speaking - even when he was talking to Tom Colicchio about what their team was cooking - it was all "I'm going to be doing...." - while Robin stayed off to the side, head down, and a wry grin on her face. He just proved her right. :-)

          Sounds like Jennifer/Kevin team did the best; I'm thinking Michael and Ash might be in the bottom. Rut-roh. Is this going to take out one of the favorites?

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            Laurene/Brian and Kevin/Jennifer were the Top 2 teams! Winning dish is Kevin & Jennifer's - and JENNIFER WINS for her sauce! Yay!!!

            Michael/Ash, and Eli/Ashley are in the bottom. Mike I. is saved.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              No Surprise! Kevin and Jennifer will be in the final 3 with one of the brothers!

              And Jennifer wins!

              1. re: vinhotinto75

                ugh, stupid me, i knew there would be spoilers, but i forgot to look at what time it was when i read these.... and i got started late watching the episode on tivo...... (hits herself in the side of the head... doh!)

                1. re: vinhotinto75

                  OK, did Ash just throw Michael under the bus? And interestingly, they (judges) came down hard on Eli and Ashley.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    This is one of the most awkward JT ever. Any of the four could go, but I think Ashley is safe and Michael is too good.

                    Yet - it was Ashley! I thought it would be Eli and the salted Gnocchi.

                    1. re: vinhotinto75

                      I think that was the most awkward stew room ever! The whole Keven/Bryan interaction was really uncomfortable!

              2. re: LindaWhit

                Good for Kevin in the QF - gets a nice chunk of cash rather than the frying pan he won for his last win! Plus his team wins. Doing great for having no Asian experience.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Was Jennifer sick because of a virus, hungover or pregnant with Michael V's love child?
                  Also, she gave Tyler Florence a peck when she won the $10K Macy's shopping spree. Now we know the true origin of Swine Flu! :-)

                  1. re: dave_c

                    >Was Jennifer sick because of a virus, hungover or pregnant with Michael V's love child?<

                    Thanks for the mid afternoon spit take all over my monitor.

                    1. re: dave_c

                      I didn't catch the episode, but love catching up here. Laugh of the day goes to you re: Michael V's love child. LMAO.

                  2. I signed on just to say that I KNEW it! I knew the brothers weren't as competitive as the editors tried to make them seem. Good for Brian getting all protective and defensive for his brother. I loved it.

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                    1. re: charmedgirl

                      I gotta admit that was pretty touching. Even after being in the top you could see he was not at all happy. He can't help but protect his little bro.

                      1. re: charmedgirl

                        I think he crossed the line from protective to hostile; I didn't get the vibe from Kevin that he was trying to bash the dish, but had been busy with his own dish and didn't know specifics about the other dishes, and Bryan jumped down his throat.

                        1. re: Foodie in Friedberg

                          Well, we're all entitled to our opinions. :-) I don't think he was overly hostile or "jumped down" Kevin's throat. He got a bit snippy and shut down the conversation, yeah. He just didn't want to engage in a post mortem about the dish that might send his brother home. I thought it was a perfectly understandable reaction, and showed some loyalty to his brother.

                          1. re: Foodie in Friedberg

                            I don't think anyone ever said Kevin was bashing the dish. It seemed Kevin was just trying to figure out what the dish was and why there might have been a problem. But Bryan was protecting his brother in the sense that he didn't want anyone projecting or dissecting the dish without actually knowing how it tasted. He abruptly ended the conversation and was probably more terse than he should have been, but Kevin clearly understood.

                            I watched the pre-game show for the Colts-Titans game last night and there was an interesting parallel there. Bob Costas interviewed Peyton Manning and asked Peyton about watching Eli play football. Peyton said that if he wins and Eli loses on any given Sunday, he (Peyton) doesn't feel completely happy. This is someone who is arguably the best, and most competitive, quarterback in football who competes for a living and even he can't shake the brotherly need to protect.

                        2. And Ashley is gone. Looks like the judges were looking at her and Michael as the responsible ones.

                          I don't think Ash is long for the show.

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                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Especially after he admitted that he isn't as creative or innovative. Even if that is the case, he should never have even have put that in the judges thinking for this episode or the future.

                            1. re: vinhotinto75

                              There are still a couple of weaker chefs than Ash, at least in my opinion. But I agree, he has drawn unwanted attention to himself with his comments.

                              1. re: jeanmarieok

                                I thought it Michael V's comments about Ash were sweet- when he said Ash's a good #2 and will be a great chef after he learns a bit more. It seemed sincere, not arrogant.

                          2. Toby is channeling James Carville w/those glasses. Padma is drinking water. Toby alludes to a dish as Monet, better from afar than close up. Ash is bromancing Picasso.

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                            1. re: edible complex

                              Then I'm guessing she was pregnant when they were filming or trying to conceive- I don't recall the media saying when she's due so....

                              1. re: QSheba

                                IIRC, I think I read that she's only 4 months along? The baby bump at the Emmys was still pretty small and unnoticeable. And I *think* this part of the season was filmed in early summer. So I'm not sure the two tie together.

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  That's why I said she could have been trying to conceive and therefore avoiding alcohol. A lot of women who are actively trying to conceive will take prenatal vitamins and avoid alcohol "just in case" they get pregnant that cycle. Due to her infertility issues, that wouldn't be surprising. Or she could have been taking a medication that is contraindicated that day, something as simple as advil shouldn't be mixed w/ alcohol. Who knows....As far as having a big "bump"... it totally depends on the woman- I am 7 months and can still wear "normal" clothes - a "L" fitted shirt from Banana Republic instead of the usual "M", nomal yoga pants... The taller you are the longer it takes to show. (And my little one is measuring 1 week ahead, so I'm not starving him:))

                              2. re: edible complex

                                Toby's analogy is idiotic. The closer you examine a great painting, the more you appreciate the brilliance of the artist to create a masterpiece from thousands of individual brush strokes. The true art is in the details. Not even sure why he's on the show, other than to be a snark. How about Jonathan Gold if they want a newspaper critic on the panel?

                                1. re: tastyjon

                                  Ever heard of pointillism? If you examine it up close, it's just dots of color. You have to stand back to see the picture.

                                  1. re: tastyjon

                                    I understand his point. Monets, like most Impressionist works, are meant to be viewed from a relative distance. Up close they are nothing. Sure, talented artists and art lovers will appreciate the care, the strokes and the color mixing, but it's still a valid analogy I think.

                                    1. re: gastrotect

                                      The first time I heard something other than a painting being referred to as a "Monet" was in the movie Clueless. Alicia Silverstone says it of one of her classmates. Something to the effect of "from far away she's fine but up close she's just a mess."

                                      1. re: mojoeater

                                        Yea. "Monet" and "Butterface" are popular frat-boyish terms for girls that aren't as good looking as they may at first seem. I would imagine Monet could be just as easily applied to guys however.