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  1. I think too often folks in restaurant wars think their first pick needs to be the best remaining chef available or who they like the most when in reality the first pick should either be the best chef who is not a restaurant lead or the best front of house that is not a restaurant lead. So unless Gregory was going to do FOH himself, picking the person he thought would be best FOH was wise. Reading this post I was thinking about that very talented young chef a couple of years ago who opened a very high end and limited menu in DC and failed after a couple of months. Most of you know who I
  2. I understand your reaction to the Lunch Ladies. Jen does resemble a humorless Frances McDormand in Fargo. But their food has been consistent. So has Mystikka's. It's anybody's game. Oh please-please-please!!!
  3. I vented my spleen on last week's art-as-cuisine theme, so I have nothing left for this week's Rainbow Troll debacle. As far as the elimination challenge, Lisa's Brussels sprouts brought back terrifying memories of my mother's version of eat-your-vegetables-they're-good-for-you. Poorly cooked and visually off-putting. Yuck. None of the dishes in this ep would compel me to leave the house and drop cash in a restaurant. (If we ever have actual restaurants again.)
  4. At this point it seems the Lunch Ladies are being positioned to take it home. While I'm not emotionally invested in this season, I really hope Super Sope doesn't pull off an upset. All of their dishes look like they have been drizzled with Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll icing. And their giddy act turns me off. There;s always next season. I'd like to see something funky like "Great Food Truck Road Race...Rust Belt!!!" Film it mid-winter with trucks falling into potholes and then serving stuffed cabbage and sauerkraut and other terrific stinky cold-weather foods. Yum! (Grew up in Ohio.)
  5. ^^^I couldn't agree more. The burned cookies and dropped sorbet just screamed "fake". All that manufactured drama made me burn worse than the cookies. That entire farce of having three chefs compete for breakfast and lunch, and then bringing in Her Majesty for the dessert challenge was lame. I am so sick of FN pimping for Guarnaschelli on every damn show. How Chopped has fallen.
  6. The show is one big plug for Caesars restaurants. Ironic that they're all closed during the show's run.
  7. This type of art/movie/book themed dish is not my favorite concept. Too forced and twee, like when Charlize Theron hosted an "evil" themed competition to promote her Snow White project. Anyway, it's just me. I did agree that the lobster won ton looked the most appealing.
  8. Like several of you have mentioned, the Bachelors have grown on me since the departure of sleazy Stephanos. Their food actually looked pretty good and they came across as personable. I also agree about the annoying, squealing sopos crew. Just stifle. The glop produced by Team Fat Kid turned my stomach. Should have marketed their stuff with a gift certificate for a bypass.
  9. Yawn. Bring back Frank Darabont! Lather, rinse, repeat.
  10. The first couple of eps were mildly entertaining, but with this one (Giada, of all places) I thought I was watching Worst Cooks in America. They were all inept, disorganized and the dishes were pedestrian. No leadership qualities in any of them. I wouldn't have these guys cater my backyard barbecue let alone run a "$10 million restaurant".
  11. Having watched this show from S1E1, I have to say this is the scruffiest collection of contestants I've seen yet. Their concepts are not appealing and their food looks like the stuff they shoveled out on on "roach coaches" in days of yore. Not only would I refuse to pay $10-15 for their food, I wouldn't even slow down to check out their menus. Just yuck. Sorry, Tyler.
  12. Visiting Gold's choices was entertaining, but I was particularly interested in Union Station as a venue. Is it really as clean and bright and beautiful as it looked? Asking because I've recently heard that Grand Central in NYC has turned into a viper pit since its restoration awhile ago. Nini's doing surprisingly well.
  13. ^^^What everybody else said about Carl's April Fool show. Smiled through the tears.
  14. I was so happy to see Jonathan Waxman judging. I love him. (Who was the third on previous eps? I forget and I'm too lazy to go back and look it up but somebody here will know!) Sad for Jet and Darnell. They're both so laid back and darned cute. I agree about Brooke having something of an off-putting personality that makes me disappointed when she beats a chef I like better. She can cook alright, but she is a bit of a Debbie Downer. She's my fourth choice in the next heat.
  15. I was glad to see Gregory doing so well. Was TC Boston really five years ago? Her dishes were a hot mess, but I love Lee Ann and know she'll do better.
  16. Like everybody else here, my main takeaway from this ep was how openly Tyler expressed his dislike for Bachelor Kitchen. They were messy and crude and generally behaved like they were still in middle school. (No offense to most middle-schoolers.) I haven't really formed an opinion about any of the others yet. Did they show price points for any of the menus? If they did it was too quick for me to register.
  17. Dang that food looked purty! And I'm holed up sheltering in place (Bay Area) with limited culinary resources. (Plenty of stuff in the pantry, but fresh is hard to come by.) Antonia's on a roll and might take this thing if she doesn't end up in traction from falling off her dressing room chair. I'm really liking this show.
  18. I agree with you on your choices in the three challenges. I love Marc and his deadpan style, and he really can cook. Falkner tries too hard to be edgy all the time. I tire of watching her very quickly. I like Blais well enough when he's self-deprecating and funny. Not so much when he's whining (like about being 5th seed). Beau seems to be a good guy to be around. He's on Guy's Ranch Kitchen a lot and the other chefs rave about his food. So next week we have two more heats and then a quarter final?
  19. How about that dawgforsaken Grubhub commercial where they ring a doorbell over and over and over? Hard-of-hearing Mr. pig keeps asking if anyone's at the door while our dog goes crazy barking. I just go crazy.
  20. I thought Alton did pretty well in the finale. Still cranky but with more humor, and softening the edges toward Leo. I also liked seeing him give Leo cash for his meat-lovers pizza and then adding as an aside he would personally see that Leo's food pantries were stocked.
  21. I agree with the above comments. The format moved along quickly and that's a powerhouse lineup of chefs. While Alex normally doesn't bother me, I was thrilled to see her lose. She always has this slightly smug expression when she's competing and fully expects to win every time. You could tell when they announced Darnell's name that she was trying hard not to show how pissed off she was. I'd like to see Amanda (always a bridesmaid) Freitag win something for a change.
  22. If Joy is going to keep bringing Tiffany Cross on for commentary, I wish they could figure out a way to have someone else dub her dialogue or mute her mic and go directly to closed captions. Cross has the most aggressive, annoying voice I have ever heard. Like knitting needles in my ears. She sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk on speed. Why don't the producers give her a few tips about her vocals? As it is, I hit mute the second I see (or, OMG, hear) her and miss the entire segment.
  23. I just finished Blue Orleans in Chattanooga. Golly Gee, we were treated to a bonus 30 minutes of Irvine's family counseling. Actually, from what they showed I liked the funky corner building and funky brick walls inside the restaurant. The food looked pretty good too, but I'm a sucker for N'Awlins cuisine. The owners' two kids were gems.
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