Thursday, January 29, 2009

Top Chef Episode Ten - It's The All-Star StupidBowl!

Last week’s episode of Top Chef was the annual “Restaurant Whores” competition. Leah and Hosea won – hands down. Actually, my extremely close personal friend Stefan won, and Radhika went home. I’m kinda pissed I didn’t recap it, because “Restaurant Whores” would have been a funny title. Oh well, there’s always next season.

Speaking of restaurant whores – Hosea and Leah are still being all mopey and regretful about their hookup. As we know, Hosea is no longer with his girlfriend in real life as a result of this indiscretion. “I guess we kissed”, Leah says – which is an extreme understatement. Sort of like me saying “I guess Leah is trampy”.

The Cheftestants enter the Top Chef Kitchen to find Padma and this week’s guest judge Scott Conant. He is some kind of 3-Star New York Times Restaurant General or something. Everyone say’s Scott is big-timey – so who am I to argue?

Padma tells them that in honor of the Super Bowl, the Cheftestants will be doing some kind of “Football Squares” thingy. I don’t know if football squares is a real game or if it’s something that the Top Chef producers just made up – but either way it’s pretty lame.

Basically, the game boils down to the fact that Quaker Oats is the sponsor of this Quickfire. Everybody randomly selects an ingredient (fish, dairy, meat, etc) – and they have to create a dish using their ingredient and Quaker Oats. Why they needed chalk, a chalkboard, cheap-ass electrical tape, cardboard squares and 15 minutes of my time to work this out is beyond me.

Carla is immediately excited because she eats Quaker Oats four times a week. Now we know where she got the phrase “Hootie Hoo!”…

It’s the noise Carla makes on the toilet four times a week.

The Cheftestants have 45 minutes to create their dishes. The winner will not get immunity, but he or she will get an “advantage” in the Elimination Challenge.

Jamie has picked “fruit” – so immediately she decides to do shrimp. Huh?? Again with the shellfish!! “Dis is-a Top Chef, no Top-a Shellfish!”. If this whole Top Chef thing doesn’t work out, Jamie could always work for Mrs. Paul or Red Lobster.

Unlike Jamie, Leah has actually selected seafood – and has decided to do a fish with an oatmeal crust. Hosea has a little chuckle over this, because during the last challenge Leah also cooked fish … extremely badly. Leah also needed Hosea’s help last time “de-boning” the fish. She needed his help “de-boning” later that night as well – but I digress.

I have no idea why Hosea is laughing – he is the one who just stated that he will eat Weiner Schnitzel any day of the week. Hosea likes Weiner!!! Okay, I know it’s pronounced “Veenur” and it’s not a tube-steak, but like a 12-year-old, I think it’s funny. Sue me.

Carla is cooking her oats with her patented “Pasta-Method” – which, for normal people, is called simply “boiling” or “cooking”. But if Carla wants to think she has invented a new way to cook a grain that has been harvested for thousands of years, I am not going to stop her or her Spirit Guides.

Utensils Down – Hands Up, Bitches!!

The dishes are tasted by Scott and Padma. A couple of things become immediately apparent about our guest judge. Chef Scott HATES Fabio for some reason. He literally laughs at Fabio’s eggplant dish – like I laugh at Hosea talking about Weiner Schnitzel (HA HA HA HA HA HA). This does not make our Italian Stallion very happy.

Mr. Conant also seems to love Jamie. Even though Jamie selected “fruit” as her ingredient and immediate thought “Shrimp Cocktail” or some such. Is cocktail sauce considered a fruit??

Anywhoo, Conant LOVES the lesbian and HATES the charismatic Italian guy. We get it Scott, YOU’RE STRAIGHT. Straight guys love Lesbians like gay men love Madonna and Meth – it’s so predictable.

So, naturally, Fabio (along with Leah and Jeff) end up on the bottom. And Jamie (along with Carla and Stefan) end up on top. But Stefan wins (his 5th in a row) – probably because Stefan actually used the ingredient he selected (dairy) as more than a dipping sauce.

Padma tells the Cheftestants to return to the Not-So-Glad-Quaker-Oats-Diet-Dr.-Pepper Storage Room – where they will find a prize. Fabio wonders if the prize is a dog.

A dog?!? This is disturbing on so many levels. If Alpo is the sponsor of the Elimination Challenge, I’m outta here. Either that, or poor Fabio has been waiting to receive a puppy since he was a little Paisano in Italy – and is STILL waiting. Poor baby.

Anwhoo, the “prize” turns out to be football jerseys for the Cheftestants – so they wonder if they will be cooking for NFL players. Leah doesn’t know much about football, but she wouldn’t mind cooking for Tom Brady – because he is “hot”. And by “cooking”, she means “just kissing” like she did with Hosea. Excuse me, I have something in my throat … cough, cough, hack, cough, WHORE, cough, hack, cough...

Ok, I feel better now.

Back in the Top Chef Kitchen, Padma tells the Cheftestants they will be competing against the “Top Chef All-Stars”. And does she ever use the term “All-Star” loosely. We have:

Spike – the Notorious A.S.S.H.A.T.

Andrew – who I referred to last season as Fucky McDouchebag or Douchy McFuckbag, depending on my mood.

Josie – Who is a “Rosie” lesbian, as opposed to a nice, quiet “Ellen” lesbian. Josie is the kind of lesbian that straight guys DON’T like – unless they need backup in a bar fight.

Andrea – That twig-eater from Season One.

Camille – Who???

Nikki – Who Padma introduces as “The Human Pasta Machine”. I feel another coughing fit coming on – excuse me … cough, cough, LOSER, cough, hack, cough…

And, finally, Miguel “Chunk” Morales – the cross-eyed chubby Papi of my dreams. Seriously, Miguel and I would make such beautiful babies together. As long as they got MY eyes…

The Season 5 Cheftestants will each cook head-to-head with one of the “All-Stars”. They will each cook a dish/cuisine representing an NFL team/city. Stefan gets to choose which city he wants, and which “All-Star” he wants to cook against. The rest will “huddle-up” (football metaphor!) and select. Here are the results:

Dallas Cowboys – Stefan vs. Andrea
Miami Dolphins – Jeff vs. Josie
Seattle Seahawks – Hosea vs. Miguel
New York Giants – Leah vs. Nikki
San Francisco 49ers – Jamie vs. Camille (who??)
New Orleans Saints – Carla vs. Andrew
Green Bay Packers – Fabio vs. Spike

Great. So now I’m thinking how much fun this is going to be – because while the “All Stars” may not be great chefs, some of them were extremely annoying and/or entertaining. I mean, come on, Andrew and Spike are here! This will be exciting, right?!? Well … no.

Yes, Andrew does give us some mildly amusing quote regarding murder and water-sports, but where in the HELL was his CULINARY BONER?!? Seriously, Andrew is remembered for exactly two words: “Culinary” and “Boner”. If I were booking Andrew on a show, he would be contractually obligated to say “Culinary Boner” at least 3 times per minute. Yeah, this would get old – but Andrew would get annoying pretty fast anyway. Might as well make him earn his pay.

And Spike. Slimy-ass Spike!! Spike – who looks like he hasn’t worn underwear since 1993!! All he could do was put a football helmet on his head and call Fabio “Fabian”? That’s all you got??? Hell, put the helmet on Andrew’s enormous noggin – at least it’ll be funny watching him (unsuccessfully) try to get it off. Remember last season?

Even our lesbian was off her game. Jamie immediately gets flustered by the challenge, even though she is cooking cuisine from San Francisco, where she lives. And HELLO, this is a FOOTBALL challenge. Don’t lesbians LOVE football?

Oh. According to Josie, who apparently played on a professional women’s football team, only “Rosie lesbians” like football. Sorry Jamie.

Anywhoo, Cheftestants past and present have 2 hours to look through their ingredients and plan a menu. They will cook head-to-head in front of a LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE! There better be boners, or I’m gonna be mad.

Speaking of boners, Hosea is going up against Miguel, and says “I’m looking for Chunk!”. I need to get a t-shirt with that on it for my next visit to the Bear Bar. And if I could get Miguel/Chunk to look at ME (even with just one of his eyes), I’m sure we would be quite happy together.

Miguel – in Papi Godfather-mode – states that the Season Five Cheftestants will “never outbeat the grandfathers”. He then instructed Hosea to “leave the gun, take the cannolis”, which is another t-shirt I’ve been meaning to buy. Not only is he cute – you will NEVER “outbeat” Miguel. Ever. Keep that in mind.

Fabio, already a little flustered by his poor Quickfire performance, is cooking a dish representing Green Bay, Wisconsin. He knows as much about Green Bay as I know about professional women’s football – NADA. But Fabio is a pro, and even “if dey give me da monkey ass, it’s notta problem.” Again with the monkey ass!?! This man really needs a puppy.

The next morning the Cheftestants arise and prepare for the day. Stefan notices Carla sitting still, eyes closed, on the couch. He asks her what she is doing, and Carla groggily replies “getting centered”. Beeyotch, that is called “taking a nap”, not “getting centered”. Don’t front.

Everyone heads over to the Institute of Culinary Education, where the “Top Chef Bowl” will take place. There is a real-live “studio audience” consisting of some random losers. And by “random losers” I am referring to the Cheftestants that have been kicked to the curb and some other riff raff. Oh look – there’s the PocketGay! Hi Patrick!!!

Padma, dressed unnecessarily in a Referee’s uniform, introduces the judges and the intricate scoring system. There are “touchdowns” and “field goals” and audience-member judges and those great big foam “We’re #1” fingers. It’s all very complicated so I won’t go into it here.

Here's what happens:

Leah beats Nikki. Duh. I could have beat Nikki by simply opening a can of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, placing the contents in a bowl, and heating it in the microwave.

Hosea "outbeats" Miguel. No points for my Chunkster.

Carla goes up against Fucky McDouchebag Andrew. They are representing New Orleans – which prompts Andrew to speak in an extremely annoying accent which I’m assuming he thinks is “southern”. A culinary boner would have been so much more entertaining. Even with the accent.

Carla is putting some “fast love” into her gumbo – even though she doesn’t know much about football. She sees football as an excuse to eat, which I agree totally with. Of course The Price is Right, The Real Housewives of Anywhere, and any show with a “C.S.I.” in the title are excuses for ME to eat. Carla beats Andrew.

Overconfident Stefan thinks he will easily beat Andrea – who was sent home twice during Season one (I think). He gives her a kiss as they begin, and I bet if there was no counter we would have seen Stefan’s culinary boner. Especially after Andrea announced she likes her food spicy – like her men. In fact, in a one-on-one interview, Stefan says “Andrea – I’m in love with you. Call me”.

Hey, wait a minute, that’s the same thing Stefan says to ME in our emails. It looks like I will have to cut a (vegetarian) bitch – and cut her deep! With a paring knife! Or a potato peeler!!

Anywhoo, Stefan’s enormous Finnish culinary boner gets in his way, and he loses to Andrea. “I got (out)beat by the nuts and grains girl”, Stefan laments. Don’t worry buddy, I’ll take care of her. Now where’s my nutcracker?...

Of course, everyone is happy that Stefan lost – especially The Hose. And Andrew does a pretty funny Stefan accent backstage. Again, why couldn’t he have said “culinary boner” in that funny accent?? You know people, I don’t ask for much!

Next up is Jamie and someone named "Camille". It’s now time for guest judge Scott Conant to get HIS culinary boner while watching Jamie. Straight guys are so gross. Jamie wins, natch.

Jeff is up next. As usual, he has prepared 44 courses, all requiring their own special plates, bowls, serving utensils, wait staff, and zip code. And Jeff has made his own sorbet to cleanse the palette between courses. Because that’s what he always does in his restaurant. Did you know he runs a RESTAURANT in MIAMI? Yeah, me neither – he should mention it more. Bottom line – he gets skunked by big Lezzie Josie.

The team scores are very close at this point, but it doesn’t really make a difference because there isn’t even’ a team prize for the winner. The only thing that matters is that anyone who lost their challenge can be sent home. So far that’s Stefan and Jeff.

Last up is Fabian, er Fabio vs. Spike. Spike wins, but Fabio gets a field goal or some shit so the current season wins the team challenge. They all pretend this matters and I say goodbye to my PapiChunk Miguel. I'm in love with you. Call me!

So that leaves Stefan, Fabio, and Jeff eligible to go home. At this point the show has been on for one hour – but tonight is one of those “Super-Size” 75-minute episodes. Sorry, but I don’t need 15 more minutes to determine that Jeff is going home.

The winners (Carla, Hosea, Jamie, Leah) are called before the judges.

First of all, what in the HELL is up with Jamie’s gold-sequined headband? I know she’s an “Ellen” lesbian, but this is ridonkulous. Guest judge Scott Conant mentions AGAIN that he likes to watch Jamie cook. Pervert.

Secondly, why is Leah standing up there like she just slayed an immortal dragon? She beat NIKKI, for goodness sakes! My Seventh Grade Home Economics Teacher could beat Nikki in a cooking competition. You’re not that fierce Leah – so calm down. Tramp.

Overall, the judges could really “feel the love” in Carla’s gumbo – and she wins. And despite her mental and/or minority status, Carla actually wins a prize this week – a friggin nice prize. TWO TICKETS TO THE SUPERBOWL!

The winners return to the Not-So-Glad Storage Room, and instruct Fabio, Stefan and Jeff to stand before the judges. Again, there is no doubt that Jeff is going home – but evil guest judge Scott wants to mess with Fabio a little more. Chef StraightDouche has issues with Fabio’s meat. HOW.DARE.HE.

Fabio doesn’t take this lying down. “My meat was beautifully pink!”, Fabio insists, and I have to agree. A beautiful, throbbing shade of pulsating pink…

Wait, what was I talking about? Oh, right – Top Chef. Anywhoo, Jeff ends up getting sent back to Miami for “watered-down ceviche”. He blames his “mystery basket” of ingredients, hot beans, plastic plates and global warming – but to no avail.

It’s back to the Dildo Beach Club for you, Pretty Boy! And don’t lie, you horny bitches ALL thought that’s what it said every time this flashed on-screen…

Next week – Eel Wrestling!!!

>P, b.


Howard said...

Worse episode evah. Horrible, really. I mean, did we really need an extra 15 minutes of it?

Another episode like this, and I will have to stop watching and just read the recap, which this week was so far superior to the show, it is scary.

Although, I don't think of Jamie as an 'Ellen lesbian,' more of a 'Rosie lesbian' having an off day.

And pretty is leaving my screen. Can we just give the title to Stefan and be done with it already? His culinary boner is far better than Andrew's ever could be, no matter how much he might think differently.

David Dust said...

Darling Howard -

I agree - a HORRIBLE episode. Another that had so much potential (Martha Stewart!) - but did so little with it.

And you're just sucking up to Stefan because you know he reads my recaps. You big flirt.



Anonymous said...

Every time the guest judge mentioned how much he like to watch Jamie cook I got a little uncomfortable. What does that even mean? I personally like eating the food that was cooked instead of watching someone watch a pot waiting for the water to boil. Weird guy.

Also, I knew Jeff was going home in the first 10 minutes. Bravo was not very subtle with their loser edit this episode. Poor Jeff and his Dildo resort :(

Next Leah finally going to leave? And is Jamie actually going to cook something besides scallops/shell fish???

Joy said...

I got to read it and comment! I don't have much to say except that your recap was better than the show, which is not always that unusual. Good post!

Carla will probably go to wherever the Superbowl is and give the tickets to her husband and stepson. Maybe she'll check out some restaurants while she's there.

Poor Fabio this time!

Anonymous said...

It may have been a shitty episode, but that was a truly great recap, my friend. They are always funny, but you were on your game today, baby doll.


mikeinbama said...

GREAT RECAP....I laughed out loud.

Secondly, why is Leah standing up there like she just slayed an immortal dragon? She beat NIKKI, for goodness sakes! My Seventh Grade Home Economics Teacher could beat Nikki in a cooking competition.


I could have beat Nikki by simply opening a can of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, placing the contents in a bowl, and heating it in the microwave.

......hahahahahahahaha, two of the best quotes of the year.

frogponder said...

Tampa, Florida? Where the Super Bowl is - I think.
Eldest wanted my chili recipe so I have a feeling Gastronomical Bowl is at his apartment.
>>Jeff is up next. As usual, he has prepared 44 courses, all requiring their own special plates, bowls, serving utensils, wait staff, and zip code.<<
You got the ESSENCE of Jeff. Poor guy, he never learned did he?

And eels?? They looked alive?? eeek!

chef_the_city said...

i am interested to see what happens w/ the eels... for those who may not know, the proper way is to nail the eel, via it's head, to the cutting board and filet it alive. can't wait to see if any of them have the stomach to do it like that, LOL. prob not. leah will prob try to take one home now that the hose dumped her, heehee!

Berry Blog said...

I lean to Stefan mostly because I believe he is doing just what he said he was doing..having fun. He may brag a little when he wins. but I don't think he takes himself too seriously even then. I do not like everyone stabbing him in the back...the jealousy is so obvious in weak men.and I was delighted that the judge took shots at Hosea- just can't stand his attitude. I kind of like Jamie as the weeks go by- just probably not well matched with men in any circumstance. I am so sick of Leah saying " I wanted to keep it simple." She has survived on simple too long. There is no excuse for her being there. I love karla-it's just personal taste- somebody I would love hanging out with. She is forgiving and gracious, and not defensive when something doesn't turn out her best.
Your recap had me funny. It reflected the same sidetracking the show presented. like "oh I mean..." You never fail to turn a new phrase- colorful writing and always fresh. Love your t-shirt ideas. and hey, I get a kick out of chunky Papi too. I remember when they told him he wasn't taking the show seriously- and he really was. Just had a good attitude to keep himself going.
Love you David-

Bob said...

Once again, a perfect recap.

My only gripe is that Jeff went home, even though I considered to be extremely bland and blond, but mostly bland. His rant about not being used to serving his cuisine on plastic plates was priceless.

That said, I thought it should have been Fabio's time, since, according to Bald Is Beautiful Tom, the venison was already dead when he got it, so why did he kill it again. I think really overcooking a piece of meat is a worse sin that too much stuff. And that salad, with the cheddar shavings?

But I think, in the end, Fabio makes for much more interesting TV than Bland.

C-ya Jeff, we hardly knew ya!

Miss Ginger Grant said...

Not only was it monkey ass, it was monkey as "stuff widda banana!" "Fabian" could feed it to me all night long!
And Miss Ginger, as you know, knows a thing or 2 about gumbo! And that watered down piss that Carla WON WITH was remarkedly NOT gumbo!

Miss Ginger Grant said...

PS: DD: I thought u and Stefan were "just friends"! I knew you were lying, biotch!
Good thing Andrea's po and her calling plan doesn't include overseas calls to Scandanavia!

Tivo Mom said...

Check out Jeff's interview on He thought we were looking at him when actually as far as I can tell most everyone is in love with Fabio. I was a little upste with the guest judge last night who laughed at poor misunderstood Fabio.

Kwana said...

Bravo! Wonderful as usual. I'm with you on the supersized episode. A waste of time. We knew it was Jeff as soon as he started cooking.

Margo said...

That has been my favorite recap of yours so far this season! Especially your Jeff comments about all his dishes and zip codes. When Fabio was talking about mama and why he has to win, he reminded me of Oscar from Shut Up & Dance. And OMG, could Padma's ref shirt have been any tighter? I'll have to start calling her the female Ed Hochuli.

theminx said...

So I'm reading this as I'm eating my Quaker Oats (no lie - it's 8:15am and I just nuked some oatmeal for breakfast) and when I got to "Excuse me, I have something in my throat … cough, cough, hack, cough, WHORE, cough, hack, cough..." I started coughing myself, because what I read was, "Excuse me, I have something in my throat - cough, cough, hack, cock, WHORE, cock, hack, cock..."

Andrew says "culinary boner" twice in my recap!

theminx said...

Margo - I have a friend who is crazy about Ed Hochuli because his tight shirts show off his "guns." I doubt she ever looks up higher to see his face! lol

Anonymous said...

Hi Dustonator and every body else:

So first Question i have, where is Tivo MOM she no likey me long time. And i think there where some funny moments in that episode like shitstick ;-). And Howard you are growing on me. ;-). Flirt flirty. David im in Florida with Jeffski and i tried his food at the Di>>>> beach club very good actually. Duster buster i will be in NY next month so get ready for my Visit.:-) U better not be hooooking up with some random peeps until i show up. Hope you are well and great recap.

Much love from


Megan said...

As the lone Top Fan of Jeff and his Wink, and someone only marginally interested in Fabio and his monkey ass, I also agree that this was the worst episode ever.

Although, I am a big fan of the ousted PocketGay, so I was soooo excited to see him back. Hi Patrick!

karmelrio said...

Stefan should audition for "Tool Academy."

Howard said...

Dear Sweet David -
Keep your knives in your holster, I know that Stefan is yours. No cuttin' needed. And apparently you have a date for the finale, so I would never interfere. But I also think Stefan should win, although with this wacky season, one can't be sure. Perhaps they think it is time they give it to an angry Shellfish Lesbian. Do we really think they will crown the skanks or the Hootey-Hoo girl? And cooking Monkey ass has kept the Italian stallion in the bottom 3 recently.

I can't believe Fabio wasn't sent home, and find it odd that Judge Bear TC told Jeff it was a good dish at first, and then trashed his outside the not-so-Glad-storage-room. But I guess this was not a challenge about honoring the protein as much as maintaining entertaining television.

I enjoy Stefan when I can see a sense of humor beneath the ego, and see little to no talent in many of the other cheftestants left.

MCWolfe said...

As usual, the recap is better than the actual show. My only input - if Judge Grantley Dick-Read had said one more nasty thing to my boyfriend, Fabio, I might have had to come up to New York to open up a can of whoopass on him. Monkeyass notwithstanding, he and Stefan are the only reasons I'm still watching.

Kyle/thebookpolice said...

Glad I'm not alone in finding Conant to be a total ass. Sad that most of our chefs couldn't outshine the cast-offs that paraded as all-stars.

Another recap to be had at my blog, if anyone's interested in reading more about this somewhat underperforming ep.

Wonder Man said...

Bye Jeff

Kimberlesk said...

LOL David -- you're fucking hilarious!! Thanks for visiting my blog (On the Set) and posting the link to yours! I bow to the master of Top Chef recapping. I wish I could be more suggestive in my posts, but since it's for work, I have to keep it pretty PG. Mind if I post your link in my blog? I'm sure my readers would enjoy your style! Definitely becomming a follower -- and you're absolutely right, I did see DILDO every time Jeff's name/place of employ came on screen!!
Thanks again -- Kim

E-Z said...

I agree this episode kinda was like a TV equivalent of a Jeff dish (too many misguided ideas crammed into one serving...Super Bowl and local cuisines and touchdowns and field goals and past season contestants and current season losers and Quaker Oats and...ENOUGH!!!) So it was somehow appropriate that he got sent home.

Personally, I get a kick out of the contestants who are confident/borderline arrogant...such as Marcel, Hung, Spike & Andrew, and Stefan. Come on folks, it's a COMPETITION...trash talking is obligatory (not to mention entertaining).

I'm rooting for Stefan, Carla the lunatic, and Fabio to make it to the top 3...tho Fabio'd better step up his game and win something soon!

Great recaps, BTW!!!

sydthekyd said...

Okay, I'm gonna say it - I think Hosea and Leah make a good couple and I wish they could just go for/with it.

Renee said...

Awesome recap.

I'm now thinking that the Hose didn't get any from Leah after the way he trashed talked her. Or maybe he did LOL.

I'm happy Carla won and got a cool prize. Too bad that Ricky Schroder was told to pack his knives and go.

Anonymous said...

Hey there.. Leah and Jamie had the headbands on because they both got shitfaced while waiting for the judges in the stew room. You can check out the footate on Bravo. Its pretty funny.

Anonymous said...

DD, great re-cap (as always!!) :) many hugs from Helsinki , Vavi

Cliff O'Neill said...

I must disagree with the others. I found this to be, by far, the most entertaining episode all season.

And not just because it gave me another chance to see my sweetest dearest darling Andrew (call me!), my honey bear Gone-Too-Soon Richard and my the latest person to take out a protection order against me: Scott Conant. Woooof.

Now to take care about this whole not really caring about football thing and I'll be sure to make them love me!

i love unagi said...

Can't wait for the eels! Let the phallic jokes begin!!
We've ridden the sausage jokes too far/ beat the sausage jokes to death, oh dear, bad....
Just found your recaps -love it!

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