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An ostrich egg, really?

November 20, 2008 - Steve Murch
The trouble with watching Top Chef is two-fold.

One, it makes you hungry. And not just hungry, but rather hungry for some of the dishes being prepared on the show. Which spins into the other problem — these are people who cook for a living, so it’s ridiculous to think I could just whip up some of the things the create.

I even want to try some of the dishes I wouldn’t eat, like the seafood. I don’t like seafood, but sheesh they make those dishes look appetizing.

However, last night’s episode did convince me that I COULD make some better decisions than some of them. Take for instance Jill. Why make a quiche out of an ostrich egg. Just because? I know I wouldn't know if it was a chicken's egg, ostrich egg or robin's egg the quiche was made from. So what's the difference?

The one thing anyone who has ever watched the show knows (and all the “cheftestants” talk like they watch it religiously) is you have to be unique AND good. Of course, the chefs were in a no-win situation last night since the people they were serving (and who would be making the comments) were jilted would-be contestants on the show. They were rejects whose comments were generally “I could have done better.”

I’m sure they can. However, they won’t know what it was like to have that kind of scrutiny of working in Tom Colicchio’s restaurant with him standing right there, and trying to work with cameras in their face.

I was surprised that Ariane is still around. She’s been in the bottom two both weeks, so I’d have to believe her days are numbered. On whole, I’m just not as impressed with this year’s chefs compared to last year’s.

There are a couple I’ve started to root for — Hosea and Gene. I’d have to say I like Gene most because he’s come up through the ranks. No classic training and started out as a dish washer.

Stefan is probably the front-runner, but he and Fabio have such an elitist quality that I can’t wait for them to stumble, even if it’s just landing in the bottom three for a wakeup call.


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