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Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #8 - 12/26/12 (Spoilers)

LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 07:42 PM

Happy Day After Christmas, all. Time to muck about in quickmud.

They're back in the suite. Lizzie finds a note on their kitchen counter - Padma's note tells them to head to an address to harvest their main ingredient. Emeril and Padma will wait for them in the kitchen. They head off to Taylor Shellfish Farm in Bow, WA.

They put on their mudboots and start harvesting the oysters. Josie gets stuck; Stefan and Micah helps her out and Micah falls ass-first into the mud. As Stefan and Micah walk away, Josie falls again and her hand gets stuck.

John and Josh try freshly harvested oysters - Tesar grew up on the east end of Long Island. Bart also grew up eating oysters, as his family was in the restaurant business. This is all new to Sheldon, as all their oysters in Hawaii are flown in.

They had back to the TC kitchen, where Padma and Emeril meet them for their Quickfire Challenge. The challenge are to make oysters on the half-shell for Emeril. Five will do a hot preparation (red apron), five will do a cold preparation (blue apron). The winner will get $5,000. They have 25 minutes.

Brooke has problems shelling her oysters. John's doing a riff on the oysters from Drago's in NOLA. Stefan's smoking his oysters. Lizzie's combining oysters and currants. Josie's sauce goes past reduction and has broken, so she won't have the right sauce for her Spanish oyster dish.

Kristen (hot prep) - Oysters with Caramelized Honey, Tomato Broth, Celery Leaves and Chili - Emeril liked the celery leaves on top.

Stefan (cold prep) - Smoked Oysters with Potato Vinaigrette and Flash Frozen Salt - "nice crunch" comment from Emeril.

Josh (cold prep) - Oysters with Pickled Cucumbers, White Soy, Cilantro & Red Chili - Emeril asked Josh if he shucks a lot of oysters (as he picks a shell from his mouth). Josh says no, he doesn't, so it was a wrestling match.

Lizzie (cold prep) - Oysters with Crushed Currant Juice, Crushed Pink Peppercorn - Emeril likes the final drizzle of olive oil and Padma said the red currant worked.

Brooke (cold prep) - Oysters with Salsa Verde, Cilantro, Horseradish & Red Chili - Emeril notes a couple of shells in his oyster.

John (hot prep) - Oysters Poached in Garlic Butter with Swiss Chard & Garlic-Parmesan Foam - John said he did a combination of Brennan's and Drago's. Emeril said the cheese wasn't heavy, and Padma notes it was smart to do a foam.

Josie (hot prep) - Wood-Roasted Oysters with Chorizo & Cilantro Cream - Emeril said the chorizo was not overpowering.

Micah (hot prep) - Crispy Fried Oysters with Arugula Salad, Hot Sauce & Lemon - Emeril said it was a very nice seasoning, but not overpowering. (This dish looked *really* good!)

Bart (hot prep) - Oysters with Champagne, Butter & Cream - Padma asked if he roasted the whole thing at the end, and Bart said he roasted under the broiler at the end.

Sheldon (cold prep) - Oysters with Chilled Old Bay Broth & Ginger Scallion Pesto - Emeril liked the little hint of ginger floating in the broth.

Bottom group - Bart, Josie, John
Top group - Lizzie, Micah, Brooke

The winner is Micah!

Padma said they're going to roll right into the next Elimination Challenge - they'll be cooking for the Rat City roller derby team in Seattle's Roller Derby League. The chefs will be doing the food for the wrap party for the season. They are to divide into teams of two.

Each team must make a dish inspired by their Rat City Rollergirl's names.

1. Micah & Lizzie - Micah won the QF, so he gets to choose first, and he chooses Jalapeno Business. (He also choose which team chooses next)
2. Sheldon & Josh - they pick Tempura Tantrum
3. Stefan & Kristen - they pick Eddie Shredder
4. John & Brooke - they choose Kutta Rump
5. Bart & Josie - they get Teriyaki Terror

They have 2.5 hours tomorrow at the rink to cook. They get to go watch tonight's game.

Josie bugs the rest of the cheftestants with her hooting and hollering at the game. Meanwhile, Josie says in the confessional it's like going to the roller derby with her parents.

They go back to the suite, and Stefan asked Josh on the deck outside what happened at the game. (Josie's resting on the couch inside.) Josh says that she knocked beer over on her way out, and she was loud and obnoxious. Micah said that nothing that came out of her mouth tonight was important. Josie gets up and confronts the guys, and Micah said that no one was calling anyone names, and she shouldn't either. Josie retorts that calling someone boring isn't calling someone a name. She then takes it further by saying calling someone an a$$hole or a dooshb*g IS calling someone a name. But Micah shouldn't bark up her tree because she knows who she is, but then says that Micah is hiding in a closet. Micah notes after she leaves that "Apparently, I'm a closeted gay man. Sorry I didn't tell everyone before!" Bart tries to calm Josie down. Josie says "Namasté, bitches. Namasté."

They arrive at the rink the next day. Lizzie's wondering how she and Micah will work together, as they've not done so yet. Bart notes that everyone else can't stand Josie. "Josie is Josie and Josie can be loud." He said "In Belgium, we don't go head to head. We're civilized." Josie has Bart try her teriyaki marinade/sauce. Bart said his interpretation of bold will be different from Josie's, and he usually doesn't go overly spicy.

John said that his partner, Brooke, reminds him of his daughter. He went through a rough divorce and his ex-wife took his daughter from him at 1.5 years old. He says in the confessional that he's overcome a lot of the self-inflicted ridiculousness, but he misses his daughter. And John tells Brooke that he appreciates her taking the time to understand him.

Sheldon does tempura all the time at his restaurant, so he thinks he can execute the dish for the win. Josh asks if everyone can couples skate after the challenge - Stefan says "not with you!" Josh replies that he and Sheldon will couple-skate - they're the Husky Mustaches. LOL

Stefan notes that he was 14 when he used to go ice skating. Kristen asked what year that would be - Stefan said 1986. Kristen said "Oh, I was 3!" :-)

The guests arrive and you hear Josie right away laughing and talking loudly about her dish. The judges arrive - Emeril, Hugh, Tom and Padma. Emeril said he used to go roller derbies in Providence, RI all the time when he was young. Padma said she used to go roller skating once a week. Hugh says her roller derby name should be Padma Smacks-Me. "It's got a good ring to it!"

John & Brooke (Kutta Rump) - Thai Beef with Lobster Jasmine Rice & Thai Slaw - Hugh the flavors build well, and it's definitely bold. Kutta said it starts slow and then gets spicy.

Bart & Josie (Teriyaki Terror) - Steak Teriyaki with Forbidden Rice, Beet Blood & Green Papaya Salad - Teriyaki said it was really unique. Hugh asks if that means unique-good or unique-crappy, and she said it was a little too earthy for her. Hugh said "Ooohh, we're going to unique-crappy!" Tom said "If you're going to skewer individual pieces like this, how are you going to cook it? Are you going to sauté individual slices to get that color on a thin piece of meat? It's impossible!" Padma notes that they use forbidden rice with a striking color with the beets, but the rice was overcooked. Emeril said he doesn't get the texture and it's under-seasoned (KISS OF DEATH!) The camera cuts to Josie telling other guests "It's a little spicy, OK? I'm going to warn you!" Hugh asks what Emeril's roller derby name should be, and Emeril said he likes Emeril Bam-Bam Lagasse.

Micah & Lizzie (Jalapeno Business) - Crab-Stuffed Jalapeno with Avocado Cream, Onion & Pepper Relish - Hugh said it's better than he thought, and Tom said it's very good! Tom said the real trick was making sure it was crispy with good flavors, and it was. Jalapeno said she liked that they took a party food favorite and elevated it with the crab and avocado crema.

Stefan & Kristen (Eddie Shredder) - Corn Purée, Chicken Liver & Sunny-Side Up Egg (Chicken Inside-Out) - Emeril loved the corn pudding and the chicken liver, but his egg was a little bit overdone. Tom said they missed a lot of opportunity - they could have roasted and shredded a chicken and added it to the dish, it would have made it a lot of fun. Eddie liked it being an inside-out chicken.

Sheldon & Josh (Tempura Tantrum) - Tempura Yuzu Curd with Shiso, Fresno Chili, Sweet Potato & Vanilla - Emeril loved the idea. But his tempura wasn't fried enough (Hugh agrees). The rest of the flavors that they were to schmear the tempura through were great, however. Emeril noted that the small fryer and having to continually bring it back up to temperature was the main problem. But meanwhile, Tempura *loved* the dish, and thought they pulled it off really well.

Everyone heads back to Judges Table to discuss.

But FIRST - in the in-between, everyone watches Padma in the All-Skate. Stefan notes he purchased Season 9 to cut shots of Padma out and put them all together to watch. :-)

Padma comes in and asks to see John/Brooke and Micah/Lizzie. They are the top teams. Emeril does a quick review of both dishes. Hugh announces the winning team - it's Brooke and John! John notes third time's the charm, but it would have been sweeter had he won it on his own.

And Josie/Bart and Sheldon/Josh are asked to go in as the losing teams. (::::Whooshing camera shots to each chef's face::::)

Padma asks who did what on Josie/Bart's dish - he did the rice, the beef and the beets - Josie did the teriyaki marinade for the beef. Tom asked if they tasted the dish, especially the rice and beet and the lack of seasoning. Josie said she knew the rice's texture was more like a risotto, but thought the well-flavored beet would "seep into the soil - the terroir, that it would, it would...." Tom sharply calls out "How many times do you guys have to hear this? If something is properly seasoned, and something is bland, and you put them together, you end up with bland - you don't end up with seasoned! I don't understand this thought process at all - it makes me nuts!" He notes that Bart has been told several times that his dishes are under-seasoned (KISS OF DEATH!) Bart has a look on his face like "What? Under-seasoned?" Hugh called it a beet spuma served on top of a boring porridge.

They move on to Sheldon/Josh. Tom asked why they thought they were there - Josh noted the plate that the judges got - it had to be the tempura. Sheldon said executing at the moment didn't pull through. Hugh said when they were plating the judges' dishes, did they feel like the tempura wasn't properly done. Hugh said the main focal point on the plate was "Eww...softie".

Out of the blue, Josh asks to ask a question, and hopes he doesn't pull a CJ....he asked about the jalapeno popper, saying they (the roller girls) said don't serve concession stand-style food. Tom said if that was a canned jalapeno with the skin still on, pickled and brined, stuffed with some really bad cheese and fried it, yeah - that's concession. But when you take a fresh jalapeno, roast it, peel it, seed it, stem it, put a nice crab salad in it, and it's perfectly fried, no - that's not concession.

And who's leaving? It's Bart for his under-seasoning. (Damn. WHY wasn't it Josie?) As he's shaking hands with the judges, Padma says she's going to send him a bag of salt. Bart replies "Not healthy!" In the confessional, Bart said no one has sent his food back for under-seasoning after 7 years and counting in his restaurant.

Next week's preview? They're going down memory lane to previous seasons' dishes, meaning they're cooking other season's cheftesants' dishes (shown were Hung, Carla, and Dave Martin "I'm not your bitch, bitch!").

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    jujuthomas Dec 26, 2012 08:50 PM

    Thanks for the excellent recap Linda!

    I got to watch TC live, since I'm on vacation this week (WOOHOO!!)

    I agree, why wasn't Josie the one to go home? I really find her personality grating and it seems like her dishes are never quite there. has she won a challenge at all?

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    1. re: jujuthomas
      LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 08:55 PM

      She's won one QF in Ep 3:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Chef...

      She *would* have gone home in Ep. 3, as her dish was instrumental in her team's loss in the EC, but she had immunity from that QF win.

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      nosh Dec 26, 2012 09:22 PM

      Wasn't crazy about this week's episode. Too many toyota's, too much Josie, too distracting drama.

      On the positive side, I have both Brooke and John in my family Top Chef fantasy challenge, so I'm in the lead.

      And they are down to nine -- so one more eliminated and we get Restaurant Wars!

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      1. re: nosh
        LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 05:56 AM

        Yeah, WAY too much Josie. I was kind of hoping that the focus on her meant she was going home and that the previews would show everyone in the Stew Room breathing a sigh of relief.

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        tjinsf Dec 26, 2012 11:35 PM

        Loved the quickfire, I was so jealous that they got to harvest their own oysters especially Washington oysters and because they are so good all on their own raw, the chefs really had a challenge to make them taste even better. Although unlike southern and eastern oysters they don't taste as good cooked. I'm surprised the fried oysters won.

        I really don't care how much they focus on chefs hating on Josie, it's pretty clear they've decided to play out that storyline for a while and I think Josie having been to TC before and knowing that her chance of winning aren't as great as her chance of improving her media exposure like other non-winners of TC have so she's just putting on a show.

        Did anyone else hear Micah say his dad was a pastor so they were kosher? I didn't know anyone kept kosher except in the Jewish faith and there are no pastors in Judaism. Did he actually say his dad was a rabbi? Or did I miss hear that?

        Josie was being way agro, on the other hand, she was at a freaking roller derby game and being loud and cheering is pretty normal. I wish Snidely would stop complaining about people or other people's dish and maybe win something cause at least Josie has won a QF. I think Snidely is jealous that even with that mustache and constantly failing to win, he still isn't getting as much camera time.

        The elimination challenge was pretty average but at least they didn't restrict what they could cook with or have to use any branded crap.

        I thought it was funny Snidely said Josie's voice was like nails on a chalkboard when that's how I feel when he speaks.

        It's said that Bart rather than Snidely or Josie went home but I guess since he was more mellow than 4:20 they decided to keep the chefs that are drama. Under seasoning is almost as bad as overcooking your protein on TC.

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        1. re: tjinsf
          ennuisans Dec 27, 2012 02:41 AM

          Thank you, I had completely forgotten to check out the pastor thing. According to Micah's Bravo bio his father is an orthodox Catholic priest who follows kosher law, which yeah I'm still unfamiliar. On Twitter he says it's a "long story" but leaves the suggestion that his mom is Jewish. I'm more puzzled now by a Catholic priest referred to as pastor at this point, but it's not like I'm all that familiar.

          Oh and so Kristen is 30? And not 19 like she looks? Hanging out with Stephan isn't so cockeyed in that case.

          1. re: ennuisans
            chicgail Dec 27, 2012 05:40 AM

            Now I'm really confused. I wondered why his pastor father kept Kosher and now you say his father is an orthodox Catholic priest? Who's married with kids? Is there a sect of Catholics who allow their priests to marry?

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              cresyd Dec 27, 2012 06:01 AM

              Orthodox Catholic - isn't Roman Catholic - and from I understand, they are able to become priests after they've married. They just can't become bishops.

              The kosher feature I have no explanation for.

              1. re: chicgail
                LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 06:02 AM

                Perhaps it's the Orthodox Catholic Church of America...which seems to be under the patronage of the Russian Orthodox Church?

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodox...

                1. re: chicgail
                  John E. Dec 27, 2012 09:34 AM

                  Yes, there are married priests, even married Roman Catholic priests. They have to be married before they are ordained. Single Catholic priests are still not allowed to marry.

                  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/us/...

                  I'm not quite sure about the kosher thing. I onced knew a girl who came from a strict Protestant family (I don't recall which denomination) and they didn't eat pork. Curiously, she ate pepperoni, bacon, and ham. I asked her if cured and/or smoked pork was allowed. She said it was not but that she liked those pork products. I explained that a pork loin was lean and not 'unclean' but she said she would not eat that kind of pork.

              2. re: tjinsf
                LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 05:56 AM

                I did hear that about keeping kosher and that he hadn't had seafood until he was an adult.

                And remember - the judges don't see any of the behind the scenes drama. They don't keep someone because they add better drama.

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                  tjinsf Dec 27, 2012 04:38 PM

                  And remember - the judges don't see any of the behind the scenes drama. They don't keep someone because they add better drama.

                  Do you really believe that. Also if I am not mistake at the end of each episode they have disclaimer that producers may be consulted in decisions.

                  1. re: tjinsf
                    LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 05:01 PM

                    :::Sigh::: I'm not going to repeat what has been said in previous season's threads over and over and over again, as well as by Tom Colicchio.

                    But I will say - he's a professional chef. He's not going to ruin his rep in the restaurant industry and allow for someone who hasn't tasted the food to have a decision in who stays and who goes. Many guest judges have said the judging is scrupulously fair and detailed by those judges, and can take upwards of 8 hours making the determination. You think with as many people who have been on the show (guest judges, behind the scenes staff, etc.) that someone wouldn't have revealed an issue with judging before now?

                    Yes. Producers are consulted on rare instances. The producers were consulted when Tom C. wanted to toss out all the remaining chefs in TC2 and give Marcel the win after he was attacked and threatened with shaving of his head. The producers convinced Tom not to do so.

                    If you choose to believe it's done, you can. I don't.

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                    cresyd Dec 28, 2012 01:12 PM

                    After reading all of the kosher/pastor/priest comments, I've now decided it's just strange that they chose to include that story in the comments. I'm sure 5 minutes of talking to Micah would explain the language he used and how he was raised and why. But they didn't give him 5 minutes to talk about his family, rather a few sound bites.

                    Just would have been easier not to include the whole bit.

                  3. re: tjinsf
                    Berheenia Dec 27, 2012 07:02 AM

                    I think he might be a Seventh Day Adventist as they keep the kosher diet regarding no shellfish and the ministers are called pastors. He said his mother was Mexican and I have worked with a number of Spanish speaking Seventh Day Adventists. I was hoping he would finally win and was routing for him and Lizzie to win the EC too.

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                      KailuaGirl Dec 27, 2012 12:14 PM

                      The Seventh Day Adventists I've known were vegetarians. Not sure if was just their families' preferences, personal Biblical interpretations, or if it was part of their religious belief system. While shellfish wouldn't be eaten by most vegetarians or any vegans, I never heard my Adventist friends refer to their diets as "kosher" diets...

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                        yummfood Dec 28, 2012 11:58 AM

                        I'm Seventh Day Adventist. Yes, our ministers are called pastors and yes, we pretty much don't eat anything the Jewish don't eat--shellfish, seafood w/o scales or fins (squid, eel, catfish, etc.), pork, and so on. However, there is a difference. It isn't really "Kosher" because there aren't specific rules on how the foods can be mixed and matched or how they are prepared. So, we aren't limited to products labeled as Kosher.

                        In response to KalluaGirl, while a lot of Adventists are vegetarian, its not really part of the belief system to be one. We just have to (or should) follow the main rules of restricted foods.

                        Hmm, that still doesn't answer the question of why MIcah's father is a "pastor" yet keeps "Kosher" does it! Haha.

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                          DGresh Dec 28, 2012 12:51 PM

                          Perhaps he was just using "kosher" as an easily understood term that tells you what they did and did not eat.

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                            KailuaGirl Dec 28, 2012 01:45 PM

                            Thanks for the clarification, yummfood. As I said, it was just an observation. I've eaten at Adventist friends' houses as well as our local Adventist hospital. The food was always good, but primarily vegetarian. I guess the hospital was catering to serve the majority of the patients, their Board, and their church. Going vegetarian probably seemed like the path of least resistance.

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                          DGresh Dec 27, 2012 08:25 AM

                          He definately said his dad was a pastor. Maybe there are Christian sects who "go the extra mile" and also keep kosher. News to me in any case.

                          1. re: tjinsf
                            JAB Dec 28, 2012 09:42 AM

                            I thought that Micah had stated that he was half black and half mexican in a previous episode.

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                              John E. Dec 28, 2012 10:07 AM

                              Yes he did (Mexigro/Blaxican) but tyis was his first religious reference.

                            2. re: tjinsf
                              Shrinkrap Dec 30, 2012 03:22 PM

                              I only just watched the episode (yay! I had better things to do!), and also wondered about the Micah story.

                              So he is a blaxican, raised "kosher", single father? Whatever. Still interesting.

                              I am afraid I would totally be the Josie in my crowd. I am told I blasted the other medical residents when they confronted my for smoking (cigarettes) in our break room. Did I do that???

                              My husband tells me this, and he totally dug it.

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                                JAB Dec 31, 2012 03:29 PM

                                Don't forget closeted per Josie.

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                              KrumTx Dec 27, 2012 03:51 AM

                              Just when I thought they wouldn't possibly show the Camry commercial again, it appears. And am I the only one creeped out by the new Hefty commercials? Was so hoping Josie would leave, but as much drama as she and Josh bring, it's still not as bad as Texas. Next week's challenge looks fun.

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                                tjinsf Dec 27, 2012 04:04 AM

                                nothing could be as bad as the Texas season and no that isn't a challenge to the bravo elves.

                                1. re: tjinsf
                                  LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 06:05 AM

                                  Season 5 and the gag-inducing mush-gush between Hosea and Leah.

                                  1. re: LindaWhit
                                    chicgail Dec 27, 2012 11:51 AM

                                    Yea, as much as I hated the Texas season, Linda wins in her recall of the ick! factor.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit
                                      Debbie M Dec 27, 2012 11:57 AM

                                      Ding ding ding!

                                      We have a winner!

                                2. roxlet Dec 27, 2012 05:31 AM

                                  I am so turned around, that I forgot it was Wednesday, and I missed the oyster harvesting part, so I was glad for the recap LW! Overall, I thought that this was a nice episode, and I particularly liked the oyster challenge. I realized that the reason Stefan seems so nice this year is that next to Josie, anyone would seem nice. My one disappointment with the episode is that she didn't have to PYKAG. Ugh. May next week be the week.

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                                    bobbert Dec 27, 2012 06:57 AM

                                    i was so hopeful that Josie would be swallowed up by the mud that I was almost giddy. The thought of her yacking turning to a gurgling as her big mouth filled with mud had me on the edge of my seat. But nooooo... Micah has to save her only to become the target of one of her rants later on. Should have let her drown dude.
                                    Then there's John. His story about his daughter was like borderline touching and in a weak moment I start feeling for the guy but he slaps me back to reality with his "...winning is good but it would have been better if I won alone"... instead of having to share with that woman who reminds me so much of my daughter. And then HE announces his win in the stew room. The unwritten rule is someone else points to you. You don't point to yourself.
                                    Josh still has not showed me !anything.
                                    Kristen and Stefan didn't win but they were the most out there and Kristen still has to be a favorite.
                                    I'm glad Sheldon survived as I think he's better than that performance and I think he may have been cut some slack for the lack of a decent fryer.
                                    Lizzie is my sleeper pick.
                                    In the end, as much as the entire free world and many of the subjugated peoples wanted to see Josie sent home, it had to be Bart. Lack of seasoning is just a notch better than inedible.

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                                    1. re: bobbert
                                      TraderJoe Dec 27, 2012 10:12 AM

                                      "i was so hopeful that Josie would be swallowed up by the mud that I was almost giddy."

                                      +1,0000000000000

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                                        KailuaGirl Dec 27, 2012 12:22 PM

                                        I agree 100%! Josie is an annoyance and seems to get worse every week. I was so worried about Sheldon. I'm sure part of it is just wanting a Hawaii chef to win, but I also like the food he's been cooking and really like his attitude/personality.
                                        Josie's boisterousness (drunkenness?) at the roller rink was so grating, but her performance back home was even worse. Why on earth would she refer to Micah as closeted, and why would she care? God knows there are a lot of gay and lesbian chefs we've seen on Top Chef and out there in fantastic restaurants. Sexual orientation has nothing whatsoever to do with chefs' skills!
                                        I so hope she goes next week!!!

                                        1. re: KailuaGirl
                                          TraderJoe Dec 28, 2012 03:41 AM

                                          Oh I sooooo agreee KailuaGirl. I am rooting for Sheldon.

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                                          wincountrygirl Dec 29, 2012 05:40 AM

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                                          http://eater.com/archives/2012/12/27/...

                                        3. re: bobbert
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                                          latindancer Dec 27, 2012 03:10 PM

                                          +1

                                          Everything you said :).

                                          1. re: bobbert
                                            chicgail Dec 28, 2012 02:30 AM

                                            Is Lizzie the Australian chef? Elizabeth? She's so much of the sleeper I had to go to the Bravo website to see who she is. But you're right. She just keeps quietly producing. I still like Brooke. We'll see.

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                                              DGresh Dec 28, 2012 02:54 AM

                                              I think she's South African. I like her and also think she may go farther than people think.

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                                                TraderJoe Dec 28, 2012 03:36 AM

                                                DGresh I agree and I'd wager Lizzie will make the final 3.

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                                                  chowser Dec 28, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                  I'm on the fence about her. It bothered me when she said she was underestimated and she's cooked for people like Nelson Mandela. If she's been underestimated, it's because she hasn't performed that well on the show and it doesn't matter who she's cooked for in the past and cooking for someone famous means nothing.

                                                  My top three are Kristen, Sheldon and Brooke, in that order. All three out of the drama and just cook, even though Kristen is friends w/ Stephan. I loved seeing Brooke's interaction w/ John, though I don't care for him.

                                                  1. re: chowser
                                                    John E. Dec 28, 2012 10:01 AM

                                                    I don't have a prediction of whom I think WILL win, but if asked right now I would LIKE to see win, it would have to be Brooke.

                                                    There are a lot of ECs yet to go and the stress will increase dramatically. It will be interesting to see how the chefs handle that stress. After all, I think the whole point of shows such as this to put the contestants in stressful situations and show us the results.

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                                                      chowser Dec 28, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                      That's a good way to put it--they're not who I'm predicting will win but who I'd like to win, at least thus far. Kristen, Sheldon and Brooke have made interesting/good food but there's no telling how well they'll play the game. But, Paul didn't play the game, he won by sticking w/ good cooking and he's probably been my favorite winner thus far.

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                                                        KailuaGirl Dec 28, 2012 01:53 PM

                                                        I'm with you on your top 3, although I'd probably order it Sheldon, Kristen, and Brooke. I like Micah a lot, too, but am unsure where to place him in my hierarchy of who I'd like to see win (or even if he fits in there at all).
                                                        Also like you, Paul was probably my favorite so far. He was quiet, determined, respectful, funny in an understated way, and made some incredible looking food.

                                                      2. re: John E.
                                                        Sandwich_Sister Dec 28, 2012 01:25 PM

                                                        I'm with you, I really like Brooke. How can you not like Lamb Stuffed Squid!

                                                        Her and Kristen have the most wins. Could we have our 2nd Top Chef female?

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                                                        tjinsf Dec 28, 2012 02:24 PM

                                                        I think Kristen, Sheldon and Brooke would make a good top three but I doubt we will get a top three that doesn't include John or Stephan with John being more likely. Doesn't matter if you don't like John's personality, he has years of delivering consistantly good food when he was in far more altered and stressed states than a TV show so I think that combined with the whole storyline they have for him will mean he is finale three.

                                                2. John E. Dec 27, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                  The oyster gathering reminded me of my then 7-year old nephew. He was at his aunt and uncle's farm. They had those rubber boots for him to wear. He got stuck pretty good out by the beef cattle. He got his boots stuck and pulled his feet out and left the boots and got filthy as he made hisway out of the muck. Needless to say, was not happy about the situation. He was even more unhappy when my brother told him he was not stuck in mud.

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                                                    LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                    ::::Giggling:::: Yeah, that's the story you bring up when he brings his girlfriend/wife over for a family gathering. ;-)

                                                  2. Sandwich_Sister Dec 27, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                    Just a few thoughts.

                                                    Oysters! I loved how non gimmicky this was. I like my oysters raw with just a tad of lemon juice, but I'm not opposed to cooking. I think just from viewing I would have liked Lizzie's berry preparation better than Micah's fried version.

                                                    John - I thought it was nice to see him open up about his past and his daughter. No doubt it was easy for his ex to get custody due to his well documented drug addiction. It was probably best for the daughter. I hope they are able to have some sort of relationship now that he is sober.

                                                    Also I didn't think his comment about a sweeter win if he won it by himself as a insult against Brooke. It sounded as if he was answering a question from the talking head shot. Also who wouldn't want to win on their own merits.

                                                    Stephan was right when he was arguing in the stew room with Josie last episode. She only skates by because someone is just a little worse than her.

                                                    Glad Sheldon didn't get the boot. He's better than that and had he been able to have a better fryer as noted his dish could have landed him near the top.

                                                    Bart has always seemed to get the "not seasoned" edit. We've seen this happen before in other seaons, people salting too much or not enough. His comment about salt not being healthy makes me think he cooks in terms of health more than in terms of rich, bold, flavors. Sad to see him go in terms of him seeming like a really nice guy.

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                                                      John E. Dec 27, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                      I thought it was too bad that Josie and Snidely were not more responsible for the mistakes in their food. I would have preferred if one of them got the PPYKAG.

                                                      Your post got me thinking. Micah and Lizzie seemed to get their jalapenos fried crisp so I wonder if it was the fryers or that Sheldon rushed things because he did not want to have the judges waiting. He should have made them wait. I think Tom has said as much in the past.

                                                      I agree that John's ex-wife probably made the correct decision.

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                                                        Sandwich_Sister Dec 27, 2012 11:00 AM

                                                        I really wanted Josie to go, she hasn't shown very well and the one time she did and got immunity in the QF she should have gone home for the EC for the Turkey.

                                                        Good Point about the fried jalapenos. Would the tempura cause the oil to cool more than the jalapenos? I would think the jalapenos would not need as much time in the fryer? So many variables but you are right in seeing that one team handled the fryer better than the other.

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                                                          John E. Dec 27, 2012 11:51 AM

                                                          I don't do enough frying to know too much about it. I suppose a batter would take longer than the likely Panko bread crumbs (or something similar) used by Micah and Lizzie.

                                                          I find Micah one of the more interesting chefs. He certainly is the one with the funniest quips.

                                                          I will say this about Josie's reaction on last night's episode, I too would be annoyed to hear the other's talking about me behind my back. And as annoying and obnoxious as Josie appears to be, it WAS a roller derby (game?). I would think two events where it is acceptable to be loud and obnoxious are a professional 'wrestling' match and a roller derby. Even after writing this I still want her to get the PPYKAG soonest.

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                                                            Sandwich_Sister Dec 27, 2012 12:11 PM

                                                            I fry things on occasion but not for large groups, and for a home cook we have a nice fryer but I've never tested the limits on that thing.

                                                            Micah did well this episode and it was redeeming for him since he's been riding low, middle of the pack quite a bit. Lets see where that takes him.

                                                            I thought the others were being a bit dull at the Roller Derby outing. Perhaps too concerned with how they look on TV. Josie bothers me only in the sense that I can't tell if this is her real self or if she plays it up for the camera.

                                                            Josie and Josh are still in the bottom rung for me and some one could slip, or Micah could fall victim.

                                                            I'm really enjoying this season. The chefs are matched well, it's not a run away with 1 dominate chef like Paul last season and it's less gimmicky than last season and even through there is some drama it's still less drama than last season.

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                                                              DGresh Dec 27, 2012 12:18 PM

                                                              I personally would also have been a bit stone-faced at that particular outing. Just not my cup of tea I guess. And nothing makes me more of a grump than being called "boring" because I'm not acting crazy enough for someone's taste..

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                                                                Sandwich_Sister Dec 27, 2012 12:35 PM

                                                                That could be my age showing and the fact that I'm an avid inline skater. I was actually mad they were not using inline skates.

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                                                                  dagoose Dec 27, 2012 02:26 PM

                                                                  Having attended multiple Rat City Roller Girls events, I will attest to the fact that they are, in fact, the most boring things on earth.

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                                                                  chicgail Dec 27, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                                  I thought she was trying to get the attention of "her" roller girl. I don't know what team Ms. Terror plays for, but I think Josie was hoping it was hers. And I assume her gay-dar is better than mine.

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                                                                  Joanie Jan 7, 2013 05:18 AM

                                                                  Just caught a repeat of this ep. I agree about Josie's obnoxiousness being somewhat appropriate for a roller derby match. She still is annoying tho. This part of Eater cracked me up:

                                                                  Nine of the remaining contestants are content to drink beer and be chill, but Josie is compelled to be an animal. She screams and shouts and sweats through four different custom headbands. Everyone else is gritting their teeth and trying to stay calm. Finally Josie stomps out in disgust, complaining that it felt like she went to the game with her parents. Josh mutters, "Have another drink." Back at the house, the tension blossoms into a full-on argument. Unsurprisingly, Josie is as fun to listen to yell as she is to do everything else. Micah assures her there has been no name-calling, and Josie yells, "Boring is not a name. Asshole is a name. Douchebag is a name. This tree right here, you don't want to bark up it, Micah. This right here knows who she is. You are hiding in a closet." Good one, Josie. You should get a special headband that says, "This Tree Right Here, You Don't Want To Bark Up It" and then get it made really small and put it around your mouth and then leave it there.

                                                          2. Sandwich_Sister Dec 28, 2012 01:26 PM

                                                            I finally figured out my ratings.

                                                            1. Kristen - tied most wins with Brooke but never has she been in the bottom.

                                                            2. Brooke - Lamb stuffed squid

                                                            3. John - He's up and down a lot but I stuck him here for now since he managed to get a win.

                                                            4. Sheldon - He's done pretty well, he's no drama, and is very respectful of his peers hence hardly air time unless he hits the bottom. I really enjoy his food. Without his misstep this episode I would have put him above John.

                                                            5. Lizzie - The sleeper, She's never seen the bottom and has 4 high performances. If she manages to get a win she could move up.

                                                            6. Stephan - I don't know what to do with him. He should be higher with his show experience.

                                                            7. Micah - I can't decide what to do with him either. It was only until this episode he's made any waves. It could be he's picking up steam, or he could get over confident and crash and burn

                                                            8. Josh - Hanging on by a thread. He reminds me of someone who thinks he's got it mastered but in reality he's just using using his skill adequately enough to get by. Once you realize you don't really know anything, is when you start getting the clue. (Not sure if that made sense or not)

                                                            9. Josie - I'm truly afraid that she'll last a lot longer and for me she's already worn out her welcome. Stephan was right, she only skates by because she manages not to be the worst.

                                                            I realized last week I wrote a post but I wasn't signed in and it didn't work but I mentioned Josie's Dish her Rockin' Roll. That spring roll was so poorly wrapped, it was wonky and bulgy. If this was a contest based on looks her dish would have went home. It looked like a super large tampon swimming in a pool of blood.

                                                            I do have this fear about Restaurant Wars this season. It seems to have a very high potential to send someone home who deserves to stay and allow some of the bottom feeders to continue on. Let's hope not.

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                                                              John E. Dec 28, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                              Snidely seems a bit like Mike Isabella and that Eli fellow on Top Chef 6. They thought they were in the same skill level as the Voltaggio's and Kevin Gillespie. Their cooking on the show did not seem to me to measure up to the finalists.

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                                                                Sandwich_Sister Dec 28, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                But even Mike got to 5th place. I should look and see when Mike started making moves. His season had a very tough 4 spot with the two brothers V , Kevin G, and Jen C.

                                                                Maybe if Josh started focusing on his dish. I think is head is in trying to figure out what the judges like. Instead he should just be cooking good food to the best of his ability.

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                                                                  KailuaGirl Dec 28, 2012 02:24 PM

                                                                  Good points, especially on Josh just focusing on his cooking instead of trying to psych out the judges and other cheftestants.
                                                                  I think Season 6 was the high point for TC and don't know if they'll ever be able to match the skills of that batch of chefs again. What a marvelous season to watch. There were more people I wanted to win than ever before or since - kind of put me in a bind since there can only be one winner. :-)

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                                                                    fame da lupo Dec 30, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                                    That Isabella went from 5th in season 6 to 2nd in All Stars says something about the quality of season 6.

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                                                                      KailuaGirl Dec 31, 2012 05:38 PM

                                                                      +1

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                                                                      chicgail Jan 1, 2013 05:22 AM

                                                                      Season 6 was so good everything since it pales. Maybe that's why they've added all the stupid human tricks like chipping food out of ice just to manufacture something.

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                                                                  tjinsf Dec 28, 2012 02:26 PM

                                                                  your comments about snidely josh were spot on. The fact that he is now a pastry chef might indicate that he has realized his actual ability.

                                                                3. coney with everything Jan 2, 2013 05:18 AM

                                                                  Great recap!

                                                                  I was excited to see they were going to Taylor Shellfish, but was hoping for more of the amazing scenery on Chuckanut Drive. One of my favorite jaunts when in the PNW

                                                                  So sad that Bart is gone and Josie is still there...

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