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Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #7 - 12/19/12 (Spoilers)

LindaWhit Dec 19, 2012 07:45 PM

So we're down to 11 cheftestants. Start off back in the Stew Room; Josh said he's not going to cook any more pork. They show back up the next morning in the Top Chef Kitchen and see Stephanie Izard there with Padma. Kristen quietly wonders "She's coming back into the kitchen." Nope - Stephanie is just there as a judge!

For the Quickfire Challenge, they can cook anything they want. They can choose anything they want from the pantry - BUT....everything in the pantry has been wrapped in Reynolds Wrap foil (product placement!) They can open as many foiil wrapped ingredients as they want but if they open the foil, they have to use the ingredient in their dish. And the foil is the only cooking vessel. Bart calls is "arts and crafts class." Stephanie notes that in her restaurant, they use foil all the time for ribs, for baking cheesecakes. The winner of the QF will be safe from elimination, and they have ONLY 30 minutes to cook.

Stefan ends up with salmon; someone else gets chicken; John gets a pineapple. Kristen is going for specific things to make a spongecake and does manage to get eggs, and beats them in a foil bowl. Danyele says in the confessional "Are you kidding? She's making a cake - that's the ballsiest thing I've heard of!" Sheldon gets scallops, and wants to sear them, but he can't, as he has to cook them in foil.

They're running around; several people are slipping on the floor - Stefan almost takes a header, Josie slips as well.

Danyele - Cannellini Bean Stew with Bacon, Asiago Cheese and Tomatillo - Stephanie liked the grilled tomatillo on bread.

Micah - Grilled Lamb with Tomato Fennel Panzanella - Padma notes that the lamb looks quite rare.

Stefan - Hot Smoked Salmon with German Potato Salad (and he had a small glass of champagne alongside) - Stefan got lots of Asian flavors, and said he's going back to his Asian heritage. That Stefan - such a kidder. Stephanie said the champagne was a nice touch.

John - Beef Egg Drop Soup with Braised Pineapple - Stephanie liked the pineapple and beef together.

Brooke - Bacon Roasted Yams with Bacon, Onion & Apple Salad - Padma asked if the onion was cooked (while waving her hand in front of her mouth). Brooke said half of the onion was cooked; Stephanie noted the raw onion was pretty strong.

Josh - Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Poblano, Tomatillo & Carrots - Stephanie liked the bit of heat from the Poblano.

Kristen - Almond & Chocolate Sponge Cake - they liked the texture of the cake - nice and light and moist.

Bart - Beer-Poached Cod with Butter Beer Sauce - fish was cooked beautifully. Bart really took the using the foil to heart - he even made a foil strainer!

Sheldon - Lemongrass Smoked Scallops with Tomato & Shallot Salad - Both Padma and Stephanie can smell the smokiness of the scallops.

Bottom group - Brooke, Micah, Josh
Top group - Danyele, Kristen, and Sheldon.

And the winner was the chef who used the foil most creatively and made a dish that had great flavors and where they never would have guessed the dish was made in 30 minutes - it's Kristen! She has immunity in the Elimination Challenge.

For the EC, Padma tells them they are to get their competitive juices flowing. The next day, they'll be at Remlinger Farms' Berry Festival. And they'll be cooking with berries - Micah gets a bit snarky in the confessional saying "berries are so sweet and tangy; I'm very excited to be cooking with these little bundles of joy!"

And they'll be cooking head-to-head battles. Stephanie notes that her first competition was a head-to-head battle, and now is the time for them to let their competitiveness come through. They will have to feature a highlighted berry for 150 diners.

Padma separates out the top six in the Quickfire (Danyele, Kristen, Sheldon, Josie, Bart, and Stefan). Since Kristen has immunity, she'll be cooking alone, but she still has a chance to win. In order for them to be safe from elimination, they have to beat the chef against whom they're cooking. The top 5 in the Quickfire have earned the right to pick the chef against whom they will compete. The dining guests will pick who wins in each battle. They have 3 hours to cook, and the winner will get $10,000.

There are 6 cloches under the table - one for each pair, and one for Kristen.

Sheldon vs. Micah - Strawberries
Danyele vs. Josh - Blueberries
Stefan vs. John - Gooseberries
Josie vs. Lizzie - Raspberries
Bart vs. Brooke - Blackberries
Kristen - Tayberries

And off they go to shop at Central Market. Sheldon claims all the fresh tuna, so Stefan goes and bought fresh-frozen sockeye block tuna. John sees it, and says "It's Top Chef! Who uses frozen fish? I'm definitely beating Stefan!"

Back at the suite, John gives Stefan shit for buying frozen fish. They both give each other the "Loser" hand signal to their foreheads. John says "you know I love you - we'll just cook together; one will be on the top, one will be on the bottom." Stefan says (while his head rests on Kristen's hip on the couch) "If we don't get rid of him tomorrow, I'll shank him in the kidneys the day after."

The next day, off to Remlinger Farms. They rush to the outdoor kitchen. Total chaos - not enough space for a cutting board. Someone pulls up on a tractor with baskets of berries. Bart and John fight over a blender - John says he's "using it right now" but he ends up *not* using it when he said he would do so. John bitches about how difficult the white gazpacho he's making isn't as easy as he expected. His proportions are out of whack, he can't measure anything. He turns on a blender without having the lid on tightly, and sprays creamy gazpacho all over himself and Josh.

Kristen is not competing against anyone, and she's happy about that, but she still wants to win. With $10K, she could go to Korea, where she's from, although she doesn't remember it, as she was adopted when she was 4 months old.

Tom C. comes in to talk to the cheftestants.This is where John tattletales on Stefan after Tom C. said that Stefan said he was going to beat John's ass. Stefan says from the background "Was that a backstabbing moment?" John said he had noticed that Stefan was using frozen tuna. Stefan tells Tom that the fresh tuna was old brown, he didn't want to use it, and there was nothing else, so he went with the frozen block tuna from Japan - "very high quality!" A bit of back and forth between John and Stefan, with John saying the tuna is full of CO2 and irradiated, and it's not sustainable. Stefan said "just run into my knife, mo-fo."

The guests arrive. We find out that Micah's children have names that are culinarily derived, Sage and Saffron (because Cayenne and Cinnamon sound like stripper names, according to Micah). Josie's rolls are not built or wrapped, so she's rolling to order. *That* won't be easy and will be time-consuming.

The judges show up, and head over to the cheftestants to pick up their dishes:

BLUEBERRIES:

Danyele - Chicken Pine Nut Terrine with Blueberry Mostarda - very crunchy, Tom said rubbery on the terrine. The crostini were too crispy (pre-cooked/toasted) and Danyele could hear people eating them.

Josh - Savory Goat Cheese Mousse with Blueberry Compote - Tom like his dish; Gail said it was very balanced and delicate.

RASPBERRIES:

Josie - Rock & Raspberry Roll - Sockeye Salmon, Dungeness Crab & Raspberry Aioli - Josie talks and talks and talks, and Gail asks Tom "Is she high?" And Tom said "Uhh, yeah!" She tries to talk through the dish and Tom and Gail tell her to keep cooking while she's talking. Another guest said she thinks Josie is actually killing the crab it's taking so long. After tasting, Gail said she likes that Josie used the raspberries in so many ways, but she didn't really taste the bright raspberry flavor. Tom said he thinks Josie thinks it's more important to put on a show vs. making nice food. Why weight down the light spring roll with mayonnaise?

Lizzie - Raspberry Steamed Cabbage Roll with Heritage Pork & Bacon Stuffing - guests and judges love the combination of pork, raspberries and bacon. Tom said it takes a lot of guts to decide to cook something in that style.

STRAWBERRIES:

Sheldon - Ahi Summer Roll - Ahi Poke, Strawberries, & Sweet Chili Sauce - at first, the sauce was thought odd in its consistency, but the addition of the radish made it work. Gail thought there was interesting strawberry flavor.

Micah - Strawberry-marinated Fried Chicken with Strawberry & Bacon Biscuit with Maple Sour Cream - they like the fried chicken, but the biscuit was dense.

GOOSEBERRIES:

John - White Gazpacho with Spanish Chorizo, Gooseberries & Sweet Grapes - Stephanie said the chorizo overwhelmed the dish for her. Padma said it was two dishes going on in the same cup. A guest said it reminded him of cheeseburger soup.

Stefan - Cali Crudo with Radishes, Gooseberries & Spiced Vinaigrette - guests didn't get much of the tuna flavor. Gail said the spice and crunch from the salad was good, but *she* didn't get much of the gooseberry taste.

BLACKBERRIES:

Brooke - Spicy Smoked Chocolate Pudding with Blackberry Tapioca with Graham Cracker Crumble and an Earl Grey Marshmallow - a guest said they'd like more of the tapioca and less of the chocolate. And more of the berries, as the berries get lost. Tom said she wanted to make S'mores, and Stephanie said "It's totally S'mores!"

Bart - Blackberry Soup wtih Salmon & Rhubarb Yogurt - Tom said Bart's soup is delicious, but the salmon was as bland as it gets. Stephanie said the dish didn't need the salmon. A guest said her daughter refused to try it, which ws "good judgment", per that guest.

TAYBERRIES:

Kristen - Toasted Sage and Matcha Goat Milk Custard with Olive Oil-Macerated Tayberries - guests were saying they'd have to go back and get more. Tom loved the custard's texture, not too sweet. Stephanie said the macerated berries one one of the best things she tasted today.

John and Stefan continue their bitching at each other; John tells anyone voting for Stefan that they can rest easy, knowing they voted for frozen tuna. He also said that the Stew Room will be interesting tonight.

We're back in the Stew Room - and Stefan tells John "you started it today!" John replies "That's not how it went down!" Stefan takes a poll if everyone else has ever used sockeye block tuna - and everyone says yes. So he tells John to.....well, I won't put it here. Let's just say there were a lot of bleeps by the censors.

Padma walks in asking to see John, Josie, Micah, Bart, and Danyele. As they walk out, Josh quietly says "That's the bottom." Stefan says "Of course it's the bottom! What are you, effin' high?" Yup, they're the bottom group. Turns out the judges had the same tally as the guests as to who was in the bottom group.

The judges reviewed each dish and what was wrong. Some try and give excuses (Josie and John especially). They are asked to send in the winning dish - Stephanie said the winning dish highlighted the berry used, and the winner put together a unique dish that didn't have a flaw in it - the winner is Kristen AGAIN! Another double win! Tom tells her keep cooking the way she's cooking, and she'll spend a lot of time on "this end of things" (the winning end).

The judges discuss the bottom group's dishes. Bart did a good job highlighting his berry; the salmon didn't need to be there, whereas Micah did a bad job of highlighting his strawberry. Josie's dish didn't have a clear flavor of raspberry - Tom likened it to Pepto Bismol in how it looked - just pink. Danyele's chicken terrine was a good idea, but the textures didn't work with the crostini, and John's soup just didn't seem to have good technique. The berries were lost in his dish.

I'm *thinking* it's going to be Josie or John, but it could be a crapshoot - I dont' think it'll be Bart. We're back at JT, and we get to see the ::::whooshing::::dramatic camera shots of the cheftestants. Padma asks Danyele to PYKAG.

And back in the Stew Room, Josie and Stefan begin to get into it when Stefan interrupts Josie speaking to Lizzie to ask John a question. So the "drama" starts. Great.

Preview for next week shows them digging for clams, and Padma is on rollerskates as they're cooking for a roller derby team. And Josie takes on Stefan in the suite.

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  1. C. Hamster Dec 19, 2012 09:57 PM

    DID STEFAN CALL KRISTIN "WIFEY" WHEN THEY WALKED INTO THE STEW ROOM AND HE ANNOUNCED HER AS THE WINNER?

    Sorry about the caps but the creepometer went off the rails.

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      FoodPopulist Dec 19, 2012 11:16 PM

      I wouldn't be shocked if it is a nickname he's been using for a while. He seemed pretty comfortable using her hip as a pillow earlier.

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        Bart Hound Dec 20, 2012 04:58 AM

        Yes, to the "wifey" comment. He also kissed her (on the cheek/side of face) when she was declared the EC winner.

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          momjamin Dec 20, 2012 06:22 AM

          Yes, he did. There seems to be some kind of theme -- he said something to her something about divorcing her last week, IIRC.

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            cwdonald Dec 20, 2012 11:15 PM

            I found Hugh Acheson's comment about Stephan and Kristin to be quite humorous. From the blog...

            "Stefan is cooking salmon and potatoes. I still don’t have any idea what the Asian element in the dish is, but who knows. Kristen giggles and the innuendo between them continues like a pesky form of herpes."

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              KailuaGirl Dec 21, 2012 09:57 AM

              I loved his remark "I am lost in my own foil outfit, cause I like to play along at home." Hugh Acheson is just hilarious!

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          tjinsf Dec 19, 2012 11:10 PM

          I thought that was a fun episode. The challenges weren't too out there and I liked that the chef's got to make their own dishes without too many restrictions. I think the biggest reason Danyele went home now is because she had way too many doubts and wasn't sure if she should be there and she even told the judges that.

          Sad Josh is still there, had he been paired with anyone else I think he would have been on the bottom.

          Stephan is getting a bite creepy with Kristin but then again he was creepy on his season too. Then again I find him funny as fuck with his bickering with John.

          1. roxlet Dec 20, 2012 05:04 AM

            My husband thought that the show had jumped the shark with the Quickfire Challenge. I have to agree that it was pretty gimmicky. One thing I thought was really bizarre was Micah's "grilled" lamb. Grilled? That looked like a completely raw piece of meat. It seemed to me that grilling would have been one of the best cooking options since you actually don't need a vessel, so I was completely surprised that the lamb was raw. Did I miss something? They didn't say they couldn't grill foods, did they?

            I was really, really sorry that Josie didn't have to PYKAG. She has really crossed the line into mega annoying for me. And her summer roll swimming in a pool of who-knows-what looked completely revolting. But Danyele was definitely in the firing line, IMO. Her apologetic manner didn't help her one bit, and it seemed as if she was waiting to leave.

            As far as John goes, I will bet that they will leave him around for as long as possible for the sheer "villan" factor. Man, was he a prick last night, but Stefan can take it and give it back in spades. It says something when you have a chef who is much more unlikable than Stefan, who has either mellowed, or who seems relatively pleasant next to John.

            When they showed the old photo of Josh I was surprised by how handsome he looked before he took on his current Gay 90s disguise. At least he didn't cook pork this week, but I really wish he'd lose the driving hat. I find it as unappetizing in a kitchen as I found Danyele's dangling forelock.

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              Bart Hound Dec 20, 2012 05:24 AM

              While I really like both John and Stephan, and find their fighting pretty funny, I thought it was Stephan who started the "dickhead" behavior and was more of the "villian". He started making fun of John for being an old man, so John started giving him crap about frozen fish.

              I find John to be very calm and almost reserved.

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                Worldwide Diner Dec 20, 2012 06:14 AM

                Agree that Stefan started the digs but then over-reacted when John gave it right back. I too like both John and Stefan because they're both pretty good chefs. I think it'll blow over because John didn't react to Stefan in the stew room.

                Josie once again proves she's totally worthless.

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                  fame da lupo Dec 24, 2012 12:06 PM

                  I think what sent Stefan over is that his dig on John was personal (age) whereas John's was professional (frozen fish). One is relevant to the contest whereas the other is just teasing. One could cost a contestant, the other is harmless.

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                    bobbert Dec 25, 2012 07:49 AM

                    Exactly

              2. re: roxlet
                LindaWhit Dec 20, 2012 05:47 AM

                They *had* to use the foil as the cooking vessel as well. So while the lamb could be on the grill, it *had* to be on foil. Which isn't going to allow to be grilled all that well.

                And I agree - I *really* wanted Josie to go. Irritating as all get out. I have to agree with Gail and Tom - she seemed high at the EC.

                I thought Stefan was being as much of a jerk later on as John was earlier. John was *way* wrong to tell Tom re: frozen fish, and then to call it out to the guests. But then Stefan bringing it back up again in the Stew Room with "You started it out there!" He's doing it just to goad John, which just shows how childish Stefan can be.

                And then his crap in the Stew Room with Josie? While I don't like Josie, she was right to call him out on it - Stefan *stops* Josie from speaking to start up his conversation with John. If Stefan wanted to talk to John, go have the conversation elsewhere. But Stefan seemed to do it so *he* could be the center of attention. I still look at him as a spoiled child.

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                  LurkerDan Dec 20, 2012 01:12 PM

                  Stefan is childish but I like his childishness. I also think he was right to call out John for a) John being wrong about the quality of the product and b) John trying to influence the outcome by calling out the quality of the product.

                  As for Josie, yeah, I was hoping she'd be sent home. It doesn't look like she's changed much since her season.

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                    LindaWhit Dec 20, 2012 01:25 PM

                    I don't disagree that Stefan was wrong to call John out on being a tattletale.

                    But it went on for *far* longer than it needed. Stefan continue to needle, as did John. They were essentially peeing in the snow trying to see who could write the longest word. :-)

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                  Joanie Dec 21, 2012 04:32 AM

                  I actually liked the QF challenge. Yes product placement was all over the place but it was kind of fun to see what they'd have to work with under the foil. And I agree with whomever who couldn't believe John didn't know that was a pineapple he was grabbing.

                  Like most people here, I thought for sure Josie was going home. The in between segment about her laugh driving everyone up a wall was amusing.

                  Danielle/Danyele's dangling lock *is* annoying and she had an odd 'do in the LCK segment.

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                    cowboyardee Dec 21, 2012 12:09 PM

                    "I actually liked the QF challenge. Yes product placement was all over the place"
                    ----------
                    Note about the product placement: the quickfire didn't especially make me want to cook with foil. But it did make me want to find my old college roommate and prank the shit out of him. I'm assuming the people at Reynold's Wrap are fine with that.

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                      FoodPopulist Dec 21, 2012 04:03 PM

                      The staff in the behind the scenes video on the Bravo website seemed to feel the same way.

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                    monavano Dec 21, 2012 05:54 AM

                    I was really, really sorry that Josie didn't have to PYKAG.
                    ******
                    Josie needs to stop the smoke and mirrors, STFU and cook!

                  3. Niblet Dec 20, 2012 06:37 AM

                    I was grossed out when Bart created the foil bowl by pressing it on his head. Equally shocking is that it never even crossed his mind how unhygienic this is. I didn't even want to watch them eat his food out of it, blech!

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                      Bart Hound Dec 20, 2012 06:55 AM

                      Makes you wonder what is really going on in the back of some/most/all kitchens in America (and the rest of the world)

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                        LindaWhit Dec 20, 2012 09:50 AM

                        OK, I had to have been busy typing, because I *TOTALLY* missed how Bart's foil bowl was created. GEEZ.

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                          gaffk Dec 20, 2012 02:16 PM

                          Yeah, that really stuck out to me too. For most of this season I've been obsessed with the female chefs with their hair hanging in their faces (Carla, Danyele), but now the guys are going to start contributing? Blech.

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                            chicgail Dec 22, 2012 05:39 AM

                            But now we're all talking about cooking vessels made of Reynolds Wrap. How nice for the sponsor. How irritating for us.

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                            mcf Dec 20, 2012 04:58 PM

                            Thank you! YECCCH, skeeved me right out!

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                              DGresh Dec 21, 2012 06:16 AM

                              I had the same thought about his head- yuk

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                                DGresh Dec 21, 2012 06:19 AM

                                I noticed that too. He made the "sustainable" comment, then went right back to "frozen fronzen frozen"

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                                  JuniorBalloon Dec 21, 2012 09:57 AM

                                  From the Hoyle rules on "Busting Balls it clearly states in section C paragraph L/2.2 that "When "Busting Balls" it is not required that you stick to your deeply held personal beliefs."

                                  It goes on to explain that the purpose of "Busting Balls" is to rankle your opponent, not present truths.

                                  www.HoyleRules.com/BustingBalls.htm

                                  jb

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                                  KailuaGirl Dec 21, 2012 11:12 AM

                                  I agree totally with your disgust over the bowl made on the top of the guy's head. Yuck! I was also thrown off by Josh's playing with his moustache and going straight back to cooking. However, I think cooking or serving food that was just in a vessel made on your head - in contact with sweat, hair, dandruff, and who knows what all - takes the cake (pun intended)

                                3. RUK Dec 20, 2012 07:07 AM

                                  regarding John and Stefan -
                                  I really don't care who started the bickering/digs, but trying to get an advantage by telling everyone about the frozen fish was pretty low. So I was glad to see Tattletale -John in the bottom group!

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                                    nemo Dec 20, 2012 10:42 AM

                                    If this has been posted before, please forgive me. Where can I watch entire episodes online? I only found clips on the Bravo site. I've missed the last two episodes and am feeling totally out of the loop. Also tried Hulu but only found clips as well. I have Comcast, but I couldn't find TC on On Demand. When I called the company, they said I didn't have On Demand? Doesn't On Demand come standard with Comcast?

                                    Thank you.

                                    Edited: Just found that the last two episodes rerun Sunday morning. I prefer to record so I don't have to sit through the commercials, but my recording device went to electronic heaven recently. But if anyone knows of a place online, I'm still interested. Thanks again.

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                                      LindaWhit Dec 20, 2012 10:54 AM

                                      I no longer have Comcast, but what level of service do you have? If you have *just* the basic service, I'm pretty sure you don't get On Demand.

                                      ETA: No, it seems that you *should* get On Demand. They've only got up through Episode 5, however.

                                      http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/watch/To...

                                      I'd call back and talk with someone else.

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                                        nemo Dec 20, 2012 11:40 AM

                                        Thanks for your reply, Linda.

                                        No, I'm definitely above the basic since I can get Bravo and those second tier channels. I will call them again. Thanks for the above link.

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                                        Bart Hound Dec 20, 2012 12:29 PM

                                        This is one of the great mysteries of Top Chef. Their "video" section is either a bizarre joke, or no one from Bravo has ever looked at it.

                                        Wanna watch episode 6 from season 4? No problem! There's no episode 1-5 or 7-12. You just get one random episode from a random year, but NO full episodes from the current season. WTF?

                                        Couldn't they run full episodes with commercials and make a little money?

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                                        Chatsworth Dec 20, 2012 11:41 AM

                                        Did John really say in the initial challenge that he didn't realize that he had pineapple? Out of any piece of food wrapped in product endorsement (ie Reynolds) that would have to be the most recognizable of all time.

                                        Fish that is flash frozen at sea immediately once caught can be a hundred times better than what is often offered at sale locally. I say this living in the Pacific NorthWest where we should be able to get amazing fresh fish.

                                        Again, IMHO, coming from the PNW, those strawberries looked like ugly CA hybrids, not anything like the amazing (small, richly colored) local strawberries that we actually get up here during the season. Maybe because all those berries that they wanted to use don't ripen at the same time and just the magic elves at work?

                                        And, to be shallow, Kristen is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen participate in a reality tv show.

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                                          C. Hamster Dec 20, 2012 12:01 PM

                                          Kristin has been a model since her teens.

                                          She is a well-known model here in Boston but I think she is focusing primarily on food now that she works for Barbara Lynch.

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                                            LurkerDan Dec 20, 2012 01:09 PM

                                            That was the funny thing about the frozen fish comment. Most fish you eat is frozen, even if you live in seaports. The only fish that isn't is the fish that is caught that morning by local fishers. Almost all fish (if not all) that John uses in his Dallas restaurant(s) (it is Dallas isn't it?) has been frozen at some point, even if he purchased it unfrozen. At least that is my understanding.

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                                              cowboyardee Dec 20, 2012 05:29 PM

                                              Agreed. What's more, ANY fish you eat raw at a restaurant is mandated by law to be frozen. Tuna is the only exception I know of, so technically Stefan could have used never-frozen tuna in a raw dish and still meet the USDA standards. But even most of that has been frozen anyway.

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                                                piccola Dec 20, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                The part that really annoyed me was when he tried to justify his actions in the confessional by saying that he was doing it as a political statement because the fish was unsustainable. Sure, John, you tell yourself that.

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                                                tjinsf Dec 20, 2012 02:42 PM

                                                And, to be shallow, Kristen is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen participate in a reality tv show.

                                                It's true. I'm happy that she is also such a good chef so it makes me feel better liking her so much on the show.

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                                                  cowboyardee Dec 20, 2012 09:27 PM

                                                  If the ladies of CH can gush over Eric Ripert and Tre, I don't feel too bad acknowledging that Kristen is one fine-looking woman.

                                                  On the 'good chef' front - I already had her high on my list of this season's strongest contestants before this episode. And her newly apparent skills in pastry/dessert certainly don't bode well for her competitors.

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                                                    ennuisans Dec 20, 2012 10:58 PM

                                                    Not to mention her x-ray vision can see through aluminum foil.

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                                                      LindaWhit Dec 21, 2012 05:46 AM

                                                      Hey, I'm a heterosexual woman, and even *I* think Kristen is sexy.

                                                      But Eric Ripert still has my heart. ;-)

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                                                        KailuaGirl Dec 21, 2012 11:22 AM

                                                        I'm with you. I'm a straight woman, but that doesn't mean you don't recognize beauty when you see it. Kristen is gorgeous. Why she's hanging with Stefan is beyond me, though. She reminds me of a friend of mine. She's beautiful, brilliant, funny, sweet, multi-talented, an artist/poet/musician/songwriter/singer with a beautiful voice, etc. You just wish you could dislike her, but it's impossible. Oh yeah, she's also a great cook...
                                                        Eric Ripert, however, is my honey. I just adore him!

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                                                          ItalGreyHound Dec 23, 2012 06:26 PM

                                                          +1. I'm with y'all. Kristen is adorable. She's obviously really talented too, which makes it easy for me to pull for her. I seem to feel like she has more technical chops than Brooke, just slightly, but I am pulling for Brooke too.

                                                          Having both of them on the show, and Bart as well, makes it a little easier to bear Josie's...um, Josie-ness. I am at a loss for words with her. She is such a hot mess.

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                                                            NellyNel Dec 28, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                            I would like to think that I am "beautiful, brilliant, funny, sweet, multi-talented" (I know I ca'nt sing, and I am not an artist) but ..anyway, I LOVE Stefan. I think he is very sweet and charming...and funny as hell!
                                                            I would date him in a heartbeat!
                                                            People seem shocked that he seems nicer this season, but we saw his sweet side toward the end of his season (like when he hugged Carla after she got slammed.)

                                                            This is my first post this season - I got promoted at work so not much free time anymore, but I knew at some point I would have to post to defend my Stefan! lol

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                                                              DGresh Dec 28, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                              I also find Stephan quite charming this season. He seems smart and witty.

                                                  2. gaffk Dec 20, 2012 02:23 PM

                                                    Did any other long-time TC viewers catch the irony of Tom's comments at Judges' Table regarding Josie's dish? They were discussing how pink it was and Tom remarked it looked like Pepto Bismol. The dish that got Josie eliminated in her original season was criticized for looking like Pepto Bismol.

                                                    I was hoping this was foreshadowing Josie's demise. But at least they eliminated another chef who doesn't secure her hair when working around food.

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                                                      LindaWhit Dec 20, 2012 03:47 PM

                                                      Ooh! Had forgotten that one, gaffk! Maybe Tom C. remembered her earlier elimination dish. :-D

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                                                        KailuaGirl Dec 21, 2012 11:22 AM

                                                        I'd completely forgotten, too. Thanks for the reminder.

                                                      2. John E. Dec 20, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                        I too was disgusted by Bart's putting the foil on his head to form a vessel. I liked both the QF and the EC in this episode. I think they made the correct choice in whom they sent home (what was her name?) although I would have been pleased to see Josie sent packing. Why is she there again? 

                                                        I thought John was a self-serving tool and I thought Stefan was a bit childish. I think a little bit of both of these guys go a long way. 

                                                        It's interesting to see how people react to stress.  Danielle seemed to lose all confidence, Josie just went nuts, Stefan got annoyed with John, and John just seemed be his normal a***ole self. Meanwhile, some of the others put out amazing food under the same conditions (Lizzie, Sheldon, Brooke).

                                                        I don't need to hear about Snidely Whiplash's underwear or Stefan's poop. Come on guys, how about showing some class. Can anyone imagine Bryan Voltaggio talking like that? 

                                                        Since I'm no fan of Snidely's, I was a tiny bit annoyed when he mentioned being a high school wrestler. (I was a high school and college wrestler. I bet I am closer to my old weight class than he is to 140#).

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                                                          linus Dec 21, 2012 05:36 AM

                                                          it's hard to imagine bryan voltaggio saying anything interesting at all.

                                                          i think's it clear josh's distance from his college wrestling weight is inhibiting his food.

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                                                          DGresh Dec 21, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                          And just to make one more reference to John's glasses. When he was up in the line of loser chefs, his glasses were where most people wear them. And I swear, the quick glance I saw of them, it looked like they were incredibly smeared and smudged, as I'd expect them to be. As someone who can't stand any dirt on my glasses, it would drive me crazy.

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                                                            Bart Hound Dec 21, 2012 08:43 AM

                                                            Funny. In one of the one on one closeups with John, he wore his glasses in front of his eyes like eveyone does, and the glass looked so clean and clear, my first thought was that they didn't even have lenses in them and that they were stunt glasses for his closeups!

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                                                              DGresh Dec 21, 2012 08:53 AM

                                                              I think I remember that as well

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                                                                mcf Dec 21, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                                So do mine: anti glare coatings and edge polishing. make the lens non reflective and they kind of disappear on camera.

                                                            2. Joanie Dec 21, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                              Eater is pretty brutal this week.

                                                              http://eater.com/archives/2012/12/20/top-chef-seattle-episode-7-the-more-the-berrier.php#more

                                                              And Hugh has some good stuff:

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

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                                                                tjinsf Dec 21, 2012 04:11 PM

                                                                I think Hugh's blog recaps are the best part of Top Chef.

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                                                                  FoodPopulist Dec 21, 2012 04:25 PM

                                                                  I wish the contestants had to deal with a steady stream of Hugh-like snark directly to their faces.

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                                                                  chicgail Dec 22, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                                  I love Hugh. He makes all the BS worthwhile.

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                                                                    ItalGreyHound Dec 23, 2012 08:33 PM

                                                                    Loved the Eater piece by Max Silvestri, especially this little nugget:
                                                                    "Padma says, "Home cooks use Reynolds Wrap every day." Do they, Padma? I cook at least once a day and I think there are weeks that go by where I somehow, God willing, find a way to get food on my table (bed) that does not involve thin metal paper. Also, even if I'm willing to accept that aluminum foil is handy in the kitchen, home cooks are not using it as "cooking vessels." Literally no one is shaping Reynolds
                                                                    Wrap into a little saucepan. Maybe she meant, "Homeless cooks use Reynolds Wrap every day." Homeless chefs are all, "It is a chore getting dinner all over my beard every night, especially when my kitchen is the stairwell behind a methadone clinic"...

                                                                    I mean, priceless. My husband walked in from the other room to ask what the hell had me in stitches for 5 minutes.

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                                                                      linus Dec 24, 2012 07:33 AM

                                                                      um...y'know padma doesn't write this stuff, right?

                                                                      and, reynolds wrap (and other similar products) have been around for, like, decades, so i think a lot of people are using the stuff for more than alien proofing their noggins.

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                                                                        mcf Dec 24, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                        She didn't say every home cook uses it every day, only that among the vast number of home cooks, Reynolds Wrap is being used every day.

                                                                        But I'm all in favor of a good belly laugh. I thought the script and delivery were so canned as to detract from the show. Enough with overplaying the products of sponsors. Just let us see them.

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                                                                          John E. Dec 24, 2012 01:10 PM

                                                                          I wish that just once, Padma would say "Utensils down, hands up"!

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                                                                            ItalGreyHound Dec 24, 2012 07:11 PM

                                                                            Linus -- Yeah, for sure. Not Padma's fault what they ask her to say. But the product placement has seemed even more forced than ever before the last two episodes (last week with the Truvia, and this week with the Reynolds Wrap) so I think I was maybe a little more forgiving with Max Silvestri's take on things, in favor of a laugh.

                                                                            Personally, I use aluminum foil for tons of things so I am definitely not anti-Reynolds Wrap :)

                                                                            Mcf--I don't mind product placement, and expect it from TC, but at some point it does begin to detract a bit.

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                                                                              mcf Dec 29, 2012 04:51 PM

                                                                              "Mcf--I don't mind product placement, and expect it from TC, but at some point it does begin to detract a bit."

                                                                              Absolutely. If having things visibly displayed on camera for a moment or used (without a long commercial in the guise of challenge description) as a feature in a challenge helps them to give more prizes or pay more participators, great.

                                                                              Just don't bludgeon the viewer the way they did with the Reynold's Wrap.

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                                                                                chowser Dec 30, 2012 08:23 AM

                                                                                I stocked up on Reynolds Wrap the minute I realized you could make cool bowls/pots by wrapping it on your head. The possibilities of body part uses are endless--my foot could create a great mold for burritos.

                                                                      2. chicgail Dec 22, 2012 06:24 AM

                                                                        What's a tayberry? And why was everyone so exuberantly pumped up to cook with berries? Unless the producers directed them to ...

                                                                        Oh, it was all another product placement - this one for some Pacific Northwest berry farm, the name of which I will never remember and since I don't live in Seattle it probably doesn't matter at all.

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                                                                          John E. Dec 22, 2012 08:19 AM

                                                                          You are correct when you indicate most of the berry exuberance was because of the producers. Top Chef Texas had Texas themed ECs. TC Seattle is showcasing foods of the PNW. Next week they will be clam digging. We can only hope they find some geoducs.

                                                                          The tayberry is a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry. (I had to look it up).

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                                                                            KailuaGirl Dec 22, 2012 02:48 PM

                                                                            How much you wanna bet they seed the shore/flats with clams and geoducks just like they planted all those conchs a few seasons ago. That was ludicrous - as if there were all those wonderful, large conchs just sitting there waiting for someone to discover them to take home to eat!
                                                                            As far as the berries go, I always get totally excited about berries, but that's probably because we don't get good ones here in Hawaii, and when we do get halfway decent berries they cost an arm and a leg! Mainland friends are always amazed at food prices here, and I always go absolutely wild in the produce section of Mainland stores.

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                                                                            acgold7 Dec 25, 2012 02:34 PM

                                                                            Remlinger Farms is actually a pretty cool place, but what was interesting is that the elves didn't show it all for what it really is, which is, during the summer, a pretty big (for us) amusement park and corporate event center full of kiddie rides, with a huge faux-farm market (product brought in from everywhere else) and large restaurant, puppet theatre, petting zoo, train rides, snack bar, gift shop, etc. They run a large U-pick operation from Late Spring until fall but it's far from the small bucolic rural operation depicted in the show.

                                                                            It's not a bad place at all and there's nothing wrong with that -- I go there all the time, but it isn't at all what you saw. It's doubtful the berries you saw were grown there -- their website only indicates they grow strawberries in the spring and pumpkins in the fall, although another part of it hints towards raspberries and blueberries as well -- but I could be wrong about that.

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