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America's Next Top Restaurant, 4/24/11 (spoilers)

I think only 10 people are watching this show but I'll do a quick write up anyway. This is the last task before the finals and they have to hire two personnel to sell their product for them at, wow I'm spacing. What function were they at? Soul Daddy has made his food more healthy but it's still everyone's favorite. Sudhir (sp?) finds two people who describe his food pretty well, Joey Meatballs has some personable guys but his meatballs supposedly aren't so good that day (altho I don't remember specific criticisms), and Healthy lady has decent food but two workers who know nothing about the preparations. I don't think she spent enough time with them. The judges asked Sudhir what he needs to improve on and he says he really can't think of anything which they all proceed to rag on but did I hear ONE of them tell us what was wrong with his food or concept? Other than he maybe played it a bit safe with the taco dish? It was between Joey and Healthy for the last spot and saucy balls won out. He definitely seems to take in everything they say and she just always seemed a little spooked by the whole ordeal. One more week.

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  1. It was only a matter of time before healthy girl was booted. I preferred her former concept.

    Looks like editing is pointing towards Soul Daddy winning. Would have preferred Spice Coast, but I'd be OK with either of them.

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    1. re: Miss Needle

      And what/who were they cooking for? I can't think of it for the life of me.

      1. re: Miss Needle

        I preferred "healthy girl's" earlier concept as well, and she does seem spooked by the whole ordeal. I agree that things are pointing to Soul Daddy as the winner, altough I, too, would have preferred Spice Coast.

        Here is my real question though, one that has been bothering me for weeks -
        Why is everyone's face so red in this show? At first I thought it was sunburn from being outside during one of the earlier challenges, but it's not going away. Even the investors have a red look to them. Really red lips, red ears, is it bad lighting? Is anyone else noticing this?

        1. re: Whinerdiner

          i thought it was just me! the mouth issue has been creeping me out all season - Steve Ells, Curtis & Joey Meatballs in particular all look like they're wearing lips from a clown costume...and Joey always looks like he spent too much time in a tanning bed. either the lighting is AWFUL, or their makeup people suck.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I thought I was tghe only one who noticed this. The Chipotle guy's mouth always looks liker he just ate a basket of chicken wings.

            1. re: AmblerGirl

              As I was watching it I was thinking that he must have been in an accident and had had bad plastic surgery.

              1. re: junescook

                Or maybe he's just an unattractive man. Rich.. but unattractive.

                Don't get me wrong.. It's a deal I would take in a heartbeat.

          2. re: Miss Needle

            I think the real reason she was booted came before the food was served -- when she bemoaned that she couldn't get humanely raised lamb, but paid no attention to where her beef came from. That she has no idea about the controversies surrounding cattle raising and feedlots, which are major news items these days, while her whole concept centers around "natural and chemical free," it was hugely apparent that she knows nada about how to play out her ambitions.

            1. re: pitterpatter

              Not knowing the difference between lamb and veal was also a problem. She seemed a little scatterbrained. The Ibdian guy might have a little of the same problem as the guy that didb't want to sell grilled cheese sandwiches at grilled cheese sandwich restaurant: he thinks he already knows it all. When they asked him what his weakness was he should have said his inexperience in the restaurant business because that's something all the remaining contestants have in common. I don't find the mearball guy as likable as the soulfood guy but even though he stumbled on this episode, they might like his concept enough to rate him high at the end.

              I have a question for people from other parts of the country: when referencing the Twin Cities, do you immediately know that it is a reference to Minneapolis-St. Paul? All season long they have been saying one of the restraurants is going to be in Minneapolis. I knew it was not going to be in Minneapolis, but in the Mall of Americal which is in a suburb just as close to downtown Minneapolis as it is to downtown St. Paul. I have worked in both downtowns but it still bugs me when people refer to the Twin Cities as Minneapolis.

              1. re: John E.

                I have a question for people from other parts of the country: when referencing the Twin Cities, do you immediately know that it is a reference to Minneapolis-St. Paul?
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                yup. even though there are other major metro twin/paired cities in the US (e.g. Dallas-Fort Worth, Tampa-St Pete, Raleigh-Durham), MSP is the only pair in the US i've ever heard referred to officially as "The Twin Cities."

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Yup, there's a reason the baseball team is known as the Twins.

                2. re: John E.

                  Scatterbrained is an understatement. Not having a clue on the sheep/veal thing, he staff (and likely she) had no clue as to what the Mediterranean concept was "fused" with. It made me think she knew a bunch of popular words, maybe read an article or two, and figured buzz words were the same as knowledge. Irrtiataing and sad.

                3. re: pitterpatter

                  The only one of the 'investors' that I have not found annoying is Bobby Flay. The Chipotle guy is the worst of the bunch. Apparently none of the ideas will work without making a taco out of it.

                4. re: Miss Needle

                  I too thought "compleat" was the best concept on the show, and by a large margin. She couldnt execute it, but I wont be suprised when someone takes her idea and makes a bazillion dollars with it.

                  1. re: twyst

                    I thought the Compleat concept was the best as well. The problem is that the investors completely made her change it into something she was unfamiliar with. She was just thrown the whole "sustainable/organic" concept so probably had little time to prepare for it or understand it.

                5. They're already doing the same thing they did with Big Daddy a couple of years ago. They made it a point then to have BD's family out in the studio for the finals. Now they're talking up how soul Daddy has three children with his fiancee to take care of, and while Sudhir "is a starter", Soul Daddy is "a finisher."

                  I'm agreeing that I see Indian cuisine as underrepresented in today's marketplace, and that it presents a good opportunity in the convenience food sector.

                  1. as much as i would have liked to see a healthful concept make it to the finale, i'm really glad Stephanie is gone - i couldn't tolerate her cluelessness anymore. and those employees she hired were RIDICULOUS. what makes it Mediterranean? "Well there's lots of yummy Mediterranean stuff in it." i couldn't *believe* she said that!

                    i agree that they're setting it up editorially for Jamawn to win, playing up the "Dad with a heart of gold makes good" angle. as i've said all along i'm pulling for Soul Daddy or Spice Coast, so that would be fine with me...but *so help me* if Joey Meatballs pulls off an upset!

                    1. haven't watched last nights yet.
                      it isn't my favorite show so don't much care who ends up winning.
                      liked the grillin two [guy and gir]l but they got booted.
                      dipwad chef kicked their food tray after dropping it.
                      what a great attitude he had, NOT..................

                      1. So please remind me, who were they cooking for?

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                        1. re: Joanie

                          They were in Las Vegas to get a "real" cross section of the American public to try their food.

                          1. re: Budser1228

                            <<They were in Las Vegas to get a "real" cross section of the American public to try their food.>>

                            As in , "huh?"

                            1. re: chicgail

                              Really not such as bad idea, there are tourists in LV from all over the country, much more so than in LA.

                              1. re: saeyedoc

                                I under stand that point, but neither one is particularly representative of the country. Why not Minneapolios if that's where one of the restaurants is scheduled to open? Or Des Moines? Or Denver? Or Tallahassee? Or Portland, ME? The bottom line is that Las Vegas is a glamorous, media-friendly city that works for the producers.

                                1. re: chicgail

                                  i think that las vegas is representative of the american middle class