Thursday, May 22, 2008

Top... What tha-?

What's Jack up to? As I'm writing this at 11:30 he's snuggled in his bed after a day of being 'Just Jack'. You know. Getting into all shorts of scraps and general mischief. It's tiring.

Now for ... Top Chef

OK, I'm going to try and get though my notes and do the recap as I intended and not let my bias of the ending get to me, here goes. If you didn't watch don't read any further. Click off and go catch a repeat show tonight if you don't want to know the outcome. You've been warned.

The show opens with the chefs being awakened by Tom Colicchio at 5:45 am for the quickfire where they have to go to a famous Chicago restaurant, Lou Mitchel's and work the egg station. Sounds hardcore. The top station workers are Dale and Antonia and Antonia is deemed the winner. This is her fourth win. Bummer for my Dale.

Then Tom tells the chefs he's going out of town and won't be there for the elimination challenge. What? No Tom? Say it ain't so.

They meet Padma at a not so secret location for the challenge and she tells them that Restaurant Wars is back on! The Chefs are way too happy. I don't get it. I can't stand all this team stuff which is why I fly solo. Hmm, that may have come out wrong.

Since Antonia won she gets to choose her team. She quickly snatches up Stephanie and Richard which leaves Dale, Lisa and Spike on the other team.
It's suddenly Wedding Wars part Deux! I smell trouble cooking.

The teams are off to Whole foods and I notice how bad everyone's hair is. Why is Richard now wearing a this bra-band in his hair? Strange.

Antonia's team, Warehouse, is all butterflies and light and I think there are doves flying around them putting ingredients into their baskets. While on Dale's team the gods are turning on them from the start with Spike stirring the cauldron and I swear there are trolls stealing the rice they want right out of the store!

Then onto Pier 1 and Stephanie is doing decor for the Warehouse restaurant and Spike is shopping for Mai Buddha. I guess he's the one for his great way with accessories?

The horror continues in the kitchen when in place of Tom, Anthony Bourdain comes in and gets Dale's Team, Mai Buddha sweating even more sine he knows Asian food better than anyone. Uh-oh.

Back to work. And reinforcements are brought in. It's Mark, Andrew, Jen and Nikki and the teams can each pick one. Antonia Picks Nikki to make some pasta and Dale picks Jen.

Poor Mark and Andrew. I don't think Andrew even speaks. He just glares at Lisa. I understand, sweetie. Those wounds run deep.

The fights continue with Dale and Lisa. He tells her some of her food is no good. She can't fix it. Spike mentions how he can't be blamed. He should be kicked out for that comment alone.

It's still beauty and light on the Warehouse side. I think I see elves working over there now along with singing mice. Just great.

Times up. Its service time. Stephanie has changed into her swanky black dress and Nancy Sinatra boots and Spikes taken off his fedora for the occasion. The kitchens are hot and Dale is hotter. It's a mess.

Down to the food. No need to go crazy. Warehouse is better. No fighting. Elves and fairies cooking the food and it shows.

They win and Stephanie is the ultimate winner. Good for her. She's the tops.

Now the losers are called out of the Not So Glad Room and Spike is the ultimate in jerkyness. I just can't stand him. he should be on a daytime soap for being such a villain.

Lisa is just a nightmare. There is not a thing about her I like. She can't cook. Has he won a challenge at all? She never steps up to the plate, but of course, not of it is her fault. Nev-ah!

Now to Dale. His food wasn't good. The judges said so, but he also had no help. I just wish he could have cooked on his own.


Back in the NSG room. Spike and Lisa talk behind Dale's back and he calls them out. Go Dale!
Uh-Oh! Back for the judging. Spike is in. Crap. Down to Lisa and Dale. Please let it be Lisa... Please let it be Lisa... It's.... OMG. DALE!!!!

They have got to be kidding me with this! I can't believe it. How can both Spike and Lisa still be here and Dale gone. I can't take it. He's won more quickfire's and challenges than either of them and he's out. It's not right. This day went from bad to just way bad-er!

I'm so over Top Chef... at least for now. Love ya Dale.

On another note congrats to David Cook for winning Idol and making a fool of Simon. I do love that!

Come on back tomorrow for Ask the Agent. Tell a friend!



sula said...

omg, I know!!!!! We were watching last night and my BF was like, if that Lisa does not get kicked off I don't want to watch this show anymore. I can't believe they let Dale go over evil Spike and horrid Lisa. Both of them should have been gone AGES ago. Neither can cook. Spike is so smarmy and slippery and evol. Lisa...just ugh! Blames everyone for things they didn't even do. Has that awful look on her face every single time she's in front of the judges (with her arms folded all defensive like). *shudder*

Seriously, Dale was one of my favs. Sure he made mistakes but at least he could freakin' cook and at least he was willing to take responsibility for the stuff that he did. I am really disappointed. Not even sure if I'm interested in watching the last few episodes. The only chefs left that I can even stand are Stephanie and Richard (Antonia is so smug, I want to slap her). blahhhhh.

Oh but I heart Anthony Bourdain. Let's have him on more often. :)

Kwana said...

Thanks Sula. I'm so with you. I'm still hurting today. It just awful. AWFUL!

I also heart Bourdain, but today the show makes my stomach turn.

Mel Francis said...

Unbelievable. You know I blogged about this too.


I really thought (and still think) Dale should be top 4. WTH were they thinking?????

Eileen said...

I can't beleive that Dale left. I think it may have been because Tom wasn't there to fight for him knowing his past challanges. The others just based it specifically on that night only not knowing that Lisa has been horrible the last 2 times. I can't even look at that girl. I think Spike took the smart approach but his days are numbered too.

Congratulations to David Cook. I can't wait for his first album!!!

David Dust said...

Hi Kwana -

Shocking endings - to American Idol AND Top Chef.

CLICK HERE for DavidDust's Top Chef Chicago recap.

XOXOXO said...

oohhhh so glad i didn't read your blog before i watched Top Chef! i was still gunning for Lisa to get kicked out but whoever is the executive chef for restaurant wars usually gets the boot. poor dale. just bad karma i guess always getting stuck w people he didn't get along with!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Why is Lisa still on this show? She's been in the bottom three more times than Syesha on American Idol and she's still in the running. Apart from the cake she made for the wedding, have they ever liked her food? Poor Dale, but he didn't play well with others, so he's gone.

Michelle Lauren said...

Hey Kwana,

I don't watch Top Chef. I used to but fell out of it like I do with most shows. I can only watch them for so long before losing interest.

Just wanted to say: tag, you're it! I'm officially tagging you for a meme. It's posted over at my blog. Hope you enjoy!

PBW said...

Not Dale!?!?! Noooooo. I missed last night's show, so I'm just now getting the news.

Will have to watch the rerun this weekend to see him call out Spike and Lisa.

Marley Gibson said...

I am sooooooooooooooo glad Dale is gone! Buh-bye! Loved Bourdain (as usual) as the head judge. Can we have him on a permanent basis? I loved the comment about the mango rice was baby food with potpourri on it.

I think they're setting this up this season for a female to win. Just my gut instinct.

More Bourdain!!!

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

I couldn't read your post until I watched 2 Top Chefs last night! I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!

I actually felt that Lisa should've gone home since she performed poorly 2 weeks in a row.

I hope Stephanie wins!!!

Melissa Walker said...

I was freaking out when it wasn't LISA. Dale is obviously the superior chef--Lisa is such a Miss Negativa!!

Kwana, great minds...

Oh, and I finally got to post about the fashion show today (a little). ;)

Kwana said...

Here I am chiming in.
Mel you know I with ya.

Eileen I'm with you too.

David you're the man. As always.

Thanks Mommy the Robot and Elizabeth I agree.

Michelle I'll check out the tag!

I know pbw!!! Tragic.

Now Marley, you know I love you girl and you my sistah in agency and JT but are you looking for a fight:) Glad Dale is gone. Why? I'm so sad. What up Mar?

I agree BG! Go Steph!

Thanks Melissa. I'm going to check out the fashion show post!

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