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Oct 24, 2013 12:56 PM

Last Chance Kitchen 10/23/13 - Spoilers

I'll start this off, having just watched it. One prevailing thought: Jason is still a dick. His reaction to losing was disbelief. His walk out the door was as a spoiled child being sent to his room. Yay, Janine.

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  1. Yeah, Jason seemed really pissed. But really . . . white chocolate on fish and corn? And has been noted on the TC thread: why did he throw all that fish in the trash?

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    1. re: gaffk

      Yes, I thought that white chocolate idea was certainly a reach, and kind of nauseating besides. He probably thought it was "creative."

      1. re: roxlet

        I thought it sounded disgusting as well, but didn't what's his name on Top Chef (the one with the finale in Asia somewhere-- Singapore? -- where he was very sick) do some kind of crudo with white chocolate? Was that in the challenge where they had to make a dish that fit into a NYC restaurant "motif"? You can tell I am very bad at remembering details from past seasons, unlike those baseball announcers who can talk about who hit what kind of pitch in the fourth inning in some regular season game....

        ETA: The Green Team is sent to David Chang's Má Pēche (French-Vietnamese Fusion).

        Angelo: Turmeric Marinated Fish, Dill, Cilantro, Salmon Roe, Chorizo, and White Chocolate

    2. I would have been happy w/ anyone winning over Jason. Pretty good odds. I am happy for Sarah.

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      1. re: chowser

        Do you mean the Aussie woman, Janine?

        1. re: roxlet

          Yes, thanks. Sorry names aren't my strong suit and I don't have Linda's nice recap to help me. I need a Cliff notes version of the show.

        2. re: chowser

          He still looks to me like he would be perfect for someone casting a movie about the German SS.

          1. re: chicgail

            Haha. That's what I said on week 1, and someone told me I was wrong because he's Polish, lol! Whenever I see him, I always think of the scene in the movie Cabaret where the beautiful Aryan youth sing "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" while the Nazis wreck havoc everywhere.

            1. re: roxlet

              Yeah, that was me. It would be more likely that his family would be put into a slave labor camp. He does have the look, however. I guess that was part of the problem with the whole 'pure race' thing.

              1. re: roxlet

                My coffee ALMOST came out my nose!! LOL!!

              2. re: chicgail

                I have to agree. In attitude as well as looks.

              3. re: chowser

                "I would have been happy w/ anyone winning over Jason."

                +1. Love seeing such a blatantly cocky a-hole get taken down.

                Prediction: Janine will go quite far -- maybe 10 chefs in? -- but she'll have some trouble toward the end.

              4. The minute I heard white chocolate with the corn, I thought WTH? Obviously, Tom C. thought so as well.

                What a little pouty boy. Very happy for Janine to at least get this LCK win under her belt.

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  That hair whip drives me crazy and not in a good way. Gel it or something, please and stop with that Harlequin head shake. The unsexiest thing is a person who tries too hard. I think that's one reason I like Janine. She's pretty, she has commented on it but it's not all she is. She obviously puts time into her appearance but she isn't constantly primping.

                  1. re: chowser

                    Ugh, in the first episode in the bayou, if he ran his hand through his hair one more time I was ready to throw something through the TV. A professional chef should know not to touch his hair and, if his hair is such that it requires flipping, it should be secured.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        You're mean! Vodka and cranberry *does not* feel good exiting the nose.

                        1. re: gaffk

                          And did you see him taste his sauce by dipping his finger in, licking it, and dipping it in again? Highly unsanitary and kind of revolting, actually.

                          1. re: roxlet

                            Yes, I did see that now that you mention it. I live in Philly and I have to say that I now have no desire to visit Ela (his restaurant).

                      2. re: LindaWhit

                        His words upon leaving LCK did not surprise me. He said something to the effect that he never had to deal with failure before. He was probably a golden child. Sort of like the star athlete at his high school, with the blond cheerleader girlfriend, who found a vocation that he obviously loves to do in cooking. He has had some succfess in cooking. He figured out a way to open a restaurant and has apparently has received some good reviews.

                        He has not had to face failure like this before. What matters to him now is how he reacts to it. He's out of the competition, now he has to sit in some house/condo in New Orleans for several weeks with the others who got the PPYKAG. What I would like to hear about is what happened in that house and how he got along with the rest of the PPYKAG contestants.

                        Ok, I just glanced at his menu at his restaurant. He has an appetizer that is described as roasted beet tartare. How can roasted and tartare describe the same food? Also, "baked potato gnocchi – 13
                        crispy potato skins, sour cream and onion".
                        That sounds like potato skins from a 1985 to me.

                        1. re: John E.

                          LOL on the "roasted beet tartare".

                          And I would LOVE it if Bravo would bring back the videos of those in the PYKAG House to see what happens there. I suspect for some, once the competition is over, their demeanor changes.

                          For Jason, however - I suspect WYSIWYG, and he'd still be dinkish.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            I'm with you both of the "roasted beef tartare."
                            I suspect he's probably worse now that he's lost LCK along with the regular TC competition. Can you imagine having to spend time cooped up in an condo with him? EeeK!

                          2. re: John E.

                            Yup. In contrast, I saw Aaron's "after the knife" interview and he admitted that as soon as he got there and met the other chefs he knew he wasn't going to cut it.

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              Both times Jason was cut, he was floored. The worst part about not seeing your flaws is that you never improve. "They" got it wrong, not that he wasn't good enough.

                            2. re: John E.

                              Jason was the bartender Wednesday night on Watch What Happens Live. Of course, because it was just after the latest episode, he couldn't say if he won the first LCK. But, in hindsight, he was kind of subdued, and had he won, I'm sure he wouldn't have been able to conceal his natural smugness.

                              Glad Janine won.

                              1. re: Debbie M

                                I wish they can all lose and go home.

                          3. Still? He came off worse than ever in LCK.

                            1. white chocolate with fish didn't throw me *that* much - i mean, i've seen pairings of vanilla and lobster - not soOOO different, is it? tho i don't like white chocolate myself. but i kept thinking Jason was the other blond boy, Travis, and i actually felt a little sorry for him. now that i remember it's Jason, i'm glad he's gone. he really was too full of himself.

                              i have no feeling either way about Janine. i don't think she'll make it in the long run, but you never know.

                              is this the first time they've had three chefs pitted against each other? why did they do it this way, i wonder...

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                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                I wondered the same thing, mc. It seems as if a one-on-one cook off is typical of LCK, and that cooking against 3 others really reduces you chances with so much going on at once. I suppose it replicates the TC experience, but it seems like a more difficult and less fair LCK to me.

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  Three? There were 5 chefs in this first LCK cookoff. I wonder why they waited? I don't remember how many chefs were in the first LCK last season.

                                  1. re: John E.

                                    There were four chefs in the first LCK last season. I think it's because these last couple of seasons have done the qualifying rounds differently, and a bigger field makes it on to the show from the start. They want to thin the herd a bit more before giving out second chances.

                                    1. re: John E.

                                      i meant three against one, tho that's not accurately put. who was the fifth? i'm only remembering 4, and that was the 4th week, so only 4 chefs could have been cut.

                                      wahooty's theory makes sense as to why.

                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                        Maybe I dreamt this but didn't they have one, or maybe two, from the pre-qualifying make it into LCK last season? That could explain the numbers...

                                        1. re: bobbert

                                          Last season they were all eliminated from the show proper - they all had to re-make whatever got them kicked off of the show for the first LCK. Kuniko had to "revenge my potato" which might quite possibly be the cutest thing anyone has said...ever.

                                          The 5 were Ramon, Jason, Aaron, Bret, and Janine. Commander's Palace was a double-elim episode, as DGresh says below - Aaron went home during the QF, and Bret in the elimination round.

                                          1. re: Wahooty

                                            That LCK really seemed to expose Ramon, Aaron, and Brett as being in way over their heads in the competition. I think Bene might be next. Patty seems to get lucky.

                                            1. re: Wahooty

                                              ah, thanks for that, had completely forgotten.

                                          2. re: mariacarmen

                                            they got rid of two last week (in the QF and then the elimination).

                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                              How could it be three against one? Or even four against one? It was everyone for themself because there was no reigning champion who is being targeted by a chef who got the PPYKAG.

                                              1. re: John E.

                                                as i *said*, that was badly put. what i meant was in later LCKs, it's one person against one - the last person who lost against the person who lost the previous week, so in my head i had it as Janine against whoever got kicked out last week. i misspoke.

                                              2. re: mariacarmen

                                                :::Sniff, sniff::: How quickly they forget:


                                                "Previews of LCK, which starts tonight - it'll be Ramon, Jason, Aaron, Bret, and Janine all seek redemption."


                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                  you should know by now that retention is not my middle name! sorry LW!!