Top Chef Canada, Season 3, Episode 5
Quickfire: Mark McEwan will prepare a dish as quickly as he can in order to determine the time the chefs are allotted to cook their dishes. The twist - The eliminated chefs have a chance to cook their way back into the competition. So the winner from the remaining chefs gets immunity; the winner from the eliminated chefs gets to rejoin the competition.
Chef McEwan creates a ricotta gnocchi with seared scallops and peas with beurre blanc in 11 minutes and 17 seconds. So the chefs have 11 minutes, 17 seconds to prepare their dishes. The chefs are going crazy, tripping over each other. Lisa picks something out of Geoff's dish that nobody can identify.
The chef with immunity is Nicole and the chef returning to the competition in Dennis.
Elimination: The chefs have to work in teams of 2 to cater a cocktail party for the Canada's National Ballet School. They choose items from a tree that represents a particular ballet.
Chris S. and Geoff have Sleeping Beauty. Rory and Daniel have The Nutcracker. Nicole and Caity get Cinderella. Becky and Matt get Giselle. Dennis and Chris C. have Romeo and Juliet. Danny and Jonathan have Swan Lake.
The guest judge is Rex Harrington.
On the top: Becky/Matthew and Nicole/Caity. And the winners are Nicole and Caity.
On the bottom: Chris S./Geoff and Dan/Rory. And Danny English goes home.
Nicole is on a roll! Both the Quickfire and the Elimination win. I underestimated her in the beginning but she is really showing us her stuff. Ironic how Caity said she was embarrassed to serve a deep-fried spring roll to Mark McEwan and it turns out to be the winning dish.
Was Caity drinking from a bottle of scotch in the hot tub? Classy!
What on earth were Daniel and Rory thinking making a shortbread cookie? That is far too simple for a Top Chef dish. If they had to make a shortbread cookie, they should have put a twist on it. Maybe a savory shortbread? Maybe topped with chicken rillette and garnished with a bit of crispy chicken skin to represent the chicken? You can't win Top Chef Canada with a hazelnut shortbread! Their dish was the far too basic. Most of the other dishes were more complex and interesting. I liked Becky and Matt's cake with the soil and cherries and meringue. It was sophisticated and beautiful to look at.
Interesting watching the eliminated chefs attempt a comeback. Kayla again doesn't complete her dish. Ruth's sardine is undercooked. Clement is angry and feels he shouldn't have been eliminated and talks tough in his talking head interview. Watch out if he gets back into the competition, he says. Well, I guess they don't have to worry. I'm glad Dennis got back in. I thought he was eliminated too early. While he and Daniel did screw up in the challenge that he was eliminated for, I thought he had more to offer.
Next week, a surprise party for Lisa?
I recently watched all five episodes of season three of Top Chef Canada. Just like the U.S. version of Top Chef I still cannot remember who is who after watching except when I find myself disliking one of the contestants. Caity gets my vote for most annoying contestant so far. Most of them are likeable. I haven't got a favorite yet as far as their food is concerned. I'm guessing Food Network's deal won't allow them to telecast this show in the U.S.
re: John E.
We Canadians have the same problem watching Top Chef US.
The Food Network only starts to broadcast Top Chef in Canada when the show probably half done in the US.
This of course sucks for us because you can't avoid the spoilers in every type of media. So we have to search the Internet for websites that allow us to stream Top Chef in Canada, which isn't easy, so we can keep up.
I don't know why the Food Network never broadcasts Top Chef simultaneously with the US. There must be some legal reasons but it's frustrating for the Canadian audience.
Top Chef Canada has never been broadcast in the U.S. I only recently went to the effort of finding complete episodes on-line. I am guessing that Food Network has an agreement with Bravo to not make Top Chef Canada available for wide distribution in the U.S. There is also the advertising part of it. The brands sponsoring significant portions of Top Chef Canada are not available in the U.S. Believe it or not, the first time I read on Chowhound a Canadian referencing 'Kraft Dinner' I had to think for a moment about what it was. Not only had I not been familiar with Kraft Dinner as the Canadian name of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, was not aware of its existance until I was in my 20s. My mother never made it for us a single time when I was growing up. She only made macaroni and cheese from scratch, and not really as well as KD.
re: John E.
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Caity went out with more class than Becky. So far, I find the overall competition of lesser foid quality than the more recent seasons of regular Top Chef. The first season winner was a fine dining chef. Then again, there are chefs that do well in the competition that are not 'fine dining' such as Kevin Gillespie.
The Nutcracker was by far the easiest one, too! The Christmas connection, the fact that they basically go to candy land and that nuts are in the freaking name of the ballet -- all really good angles they could've used. And the most creative thing they could come up with was shortbread?
Is it just me or are the chefs on TC US more creative?
Except when Matt made a fluid gel with the MRE packet, the Canadian chefs don't seem to be on the forefront of the culinary scene.
When I watch the US version, I usually see something new: one year it was pickled cherries, another year it was bacon jam etc. I was pretty excited when Edward Lee pickled celery leaves. That's where I learned of some of these culinary trends.
It seems to me that the chefs on TC Canada are just cooking "regular" food. Last season, when David Chrystian deconstructed chicken soup - that was exciting. So far this season, nobody has prepared anything terribly exciting or inspiring.
When Dennis was first axed it was a toss up between him and Daniel. Interesting to see him back and Daniel gone. Maybe the judges made a mistake the first time around so good to see him have the opportunity to set things straight.
The shortbread was absolutely pitiful. Even the chicken was miles ahead of it.
Nicole for the win! Best/funniest contestant in 3 seasons!