Top Chef Vegas Episode 2 Recap: The Bachelor/ette Party
They had to roll the dice to see how many ingredients they could use in their dish (salt, pepper and oil were freebies) which they had to make out of things they found in the pantry. Nobody wanted to roll a two and nobody wanted to roll a 12 but everybody wanted to win the $15,000.
Poor Laurine got a three, so she made a soup out of asparagus, leeks and lemon.
(spoilers after the break)
I think the top three in this quick fire could be a preview of the finals. Michael V., Jennifer C. and Kevin are my top three picks as the ones to watch.
Mikey V. won with the Nitro gazpacho, compressed cucumbers and toast - which has inspired me. I am naming my next band Nitro Gazpacho. We'll be a death metal fusion band. We will call our first album Compressed Cucumbers and Toast. It is going to be a concept album, but I'm not telling you what it is going to be about or you will try to steal my ideas. (I'm looking at you , Whit.) You can use Mushy on Mushy which is not only how Todd English described Jesse's quick fire dish, but also a pretty good name for an album or a sculpture.
But back to the show.
The main challenge was a boys against girls group contest. The chefs had to cook for a bachelor/bachelorette (the boys cooked for the girls, the girls cooked for the boys) and they had to work their menus around three shots.
Yeah, it is stupid, but it is Vegas, and at least it is a new challenge.
Anyway, a few of the people were upset by the challenge for a myriad of reasons:
Jennifer was pissed because she thinks there should be no difference between boys and girls. I say 1) see biology and 2) give it a rest. You can't draw knives every week. It is only one day.
Ashley was upset because as a lesbian she can't get married. I completely empathize and support same sex marriages 100%, but dude - this is a show about cooking, not about civil rights. They are trying to use Las Vegas themed ideas and a quick wedding in Vegas is a part of our culture. (Tom Colicchio says it better here.)
Whatever people. Relax. Have some dip. They both have valid points, but really they were just mad because the men on the show are a stronger group of chefs.
Aside: Why does this guy always wear this kerchief?
So the guys made a bunch of food and and the ladies made some food (seriously people there were 16 individual dishes, if I talked about them all this week you would all have long white beards by the time I was done) and I'm not sure Padma was wearing pants.
So the men won. Duh.
And not duh because I am sexist or because I don't think that women can be great chefs (see: Monica Pope, April Bloomfield, Anita Lo etc) I just think that most of the heavy hitters on this season (except Jennifer Carroll) just happen to have penises.
The big loser was Eve, and not to be cruel, but I am pleased because I don't think I could listen to her speak for another week. I don't know if it was her accent or her tambre but it was like nails on a chalkboard to me. Good Lord, somebody get her a tape recorder and a voice coach.
The big winner was Bryan with his Lime Macaroon. The Votaggio's swept episode two. Their parents must be calling everybody they know.
Okay, I'll be back next week with another recap. For now, I need a nap, and one of those macaroons.