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Groundbreaking Chefs Whose Food Has Seen Better Days

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#61 gfweb

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:10 PM

I ate at Colicchio's Riverpark a while ago. It was just average at best. Undercooked ravioli. Uninspired seasoning of the entree. Didn't respect the protein.

Pack your knives... and all that.

Edited by gfweb, 12 December 2012 - 06:10 PM.

#62 jsmeeker

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

Lol. I thought the same thing! I'd have to agree with Todd English. Lunch at Olives in Vegas a few months ago wasn't far from lunch at Wendy's in the airport the next day. But the price was.

I haven't tried Ramsay's new place at Paris casino because I haven't heard anyone (cooks, chefs, servers, guests, friends, critics, nobody) say a good word about it. Except for the food review at the local newspaper, who has never handed down a bad review, ever. (I suspect the paper disallows bad reviews about major advertisers.)

I had a pretty good experience there a few days before Thanksgiving.


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#63 flourgirl

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:40 AM

Wow, Jose Andres and Bobby Flay! My heros!

Me too. Every recipe I make of Bobby's is a hit!

#64 SobaAddict70

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

Todd English... but was he ever all that great?

Tom Colicchio? I have never been to any of his restaurants, but I am wondering if he is more than a popular face on Top Chef. Is he cashing in on his fame, or is he really that talented?

Funny, as I was channel surfing tonight, I saw Todd English was on HSN shilling his "line of Mediterranean-inspired cookware, appliances and gourmet foods. Episode 33."

Now, I never ate at any of the early or groundbreaking English restaurants (if indeed there ever were any), but the first time I ate at one of his restaurants, it was in Vegas...and it sucked.

So, I don't know the answer to your first question.

As far as Tom C. goes, I think his restaurants are still putting out some pretty damn good food.

Well, we know that Todd's latest venture in NYC sucks. The review below was posted the day after Christmas, so it's fairly recent.

We could have enjoyed branzino a la plancha without the overcooked, rubbery fish. It sits on a bright, beautiful base of ruby-red pomodoro, itself resting atop emerald-green basil pistou. They’re both shaped into round-edged stars. It’s a dazzling combo, even if the Provence-evoking pistou belongs more to May than a chilly New York December. Rabbit tagliatelle ($24) doesn’t hit those heights; while fork-tender meat nicely absorbs the acidic tomato broth, the pasta resembles store-bought egg noodles.

Desserts continue the slide back downhill. There’s a random quality to sweets like the apple crisp ($14), which yokes together quince butter, green apple sorbet, egg-noggy nutmeg ice cream, and a fried hunk of sugar-coated dough we took to be the crisp. Likewise, brick oven roasted banana ($14) pairs a grilled banana with neutered salted-caramel ice cream and little meringues. It looked, felt, and tasted incoherent.

After sipping from one of the most vile restaurant espressos ($5) I’ve ever sampled, I asked our server where Olives gets its beans. He conferred with an unseen manager, returning triumphant with the answer: “Arabica.” I gave up.

Read more: http://www.nydailyne...0#ixzz2GxLZFmfR

#65 rotuts

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

Yar ! todd is just after those consulting checks. he seems to need they for personal fees.