Okay, I'll do it - Next Iron Chef, Episode 2 (SPOILER)
An example of how even the "mighty" can stumble. Ming Tsai was being a bit over-confident, and then overdid his dish and ended up in the bottom 2.
I have to say that I was surprised that Mary Dumont squeaked by, considering the toughness of her meat. Flavor must have been her savior.
thank you for doing this! I wondered if they put Ming in the bottom to create drama- never intending to send him home, but wanting it to look like he isn't walking away with the competition. Thoughts? I have to say I am liking this more than I thought I would- less personality drama than Top chef.
I think Ming got a raw deal.
He shouldn't have been second to last.
The episode was about innovation. He definitely innovated, albeit a bit overboard. Plus, no one commented that his dish actually tasted bad, and Simon really enjoyed the beef.
That said, I think Ming was his own worst enemy. He's just too good, and oozing with technique and talent (dare I say, "innovation"). He just has to harness it and use it appropriately and the gig is his.
It's like a pinch of salt and pepper can really liven up a dish. A handful of each makes it unpalatable.
(Chef Estes rubs me the wrong way for some reason. Maybe it's those goldfish eyes, or something. Dunno ..)
When Ming Tsai was describing his dish, it sounded like he was never going to end with his description. I thought it was good when he admitted that as he described his dish, he knew he'd done too much, and agreed w/ the judges. I don't know if he was overconfident, as much as didn't think and just threw in everything he thought would be good, separately. It didn't seem like he'd planned out the whole dish, just each component. I'm so glad he stayed.
I don't understand how short ribs were updated pot roast for Mary Dumont--braised meat is braised meat? They never showed how she opened her pressure cooker.
Oh, and the meatloaf psuedo-sous vide? The best part of the meatloaf is the crustiness you get from baking it. If he was concerned about it cooking it time, make little ones or flatten it out and then roll after cooking--ooh, with mashed potatoes inside. Maybe large meatballs w/ mashed potatoes inside.