Top Chef NOLA Ep 8 Recaps:
Hip tang is the new mumbo-jumbo term.
Saloosha tells Justin to suck a dick. Well, IMO I don't blame Justin for getting annoyed at people commandeering his wood stove/grill without any compunctions at all then getting huffy when he glares at them after he had specifically set up the stove himself (it seemed he was one of the few who knew how to do it, too) and had requested that people respect his cooking space.
Sad to see Louis go. Even though everyone's dishes were thought to be good overall and the judges were nit-picking to select the losers, Louis' dismissal did fly in the face of his pork being judged well-cooked (in a pork contest) and diners at the boucherie were going for seconds of Louis' dish (and therefore also must have liked the popcorn in it) - but obviously the judges don't think much of the preferences of people who eat the food that they (chefs, as a group, including their esteemed selves) cook for folks who would pay money for their food in normal circumstances. ;-) :-) Louis has a chance still, though. In LCK he gets back his TC jacket, which Janine has to finally surrender to him. Good run, Janine.
Top Chef NOLA Ep 9 Recaps:
Restaurant Found was truly a clusterfuck. That was pretty bad. I was slightly surprised at first; but on reconsideration it could not have been a good thing for that group (Green Team) of strong clashing egos and chefs with decided ways of doing things to be on the same team and expect them to get on well together. Drawing up a menu first right at the start would have helped too, I agree. Rosie the Riveter (Sara) I think did deserve to go home in the end - I tend to subscribe to the opinion that she directly made things worse in the kitchen by her (lack of) FOH performance and ticketing chaos - seemingly (at least in part) from her not properly instructing the servers in the first place, not giving an actual ticket to the kitchen for the judges' tables, etc (although Justin was a little rigid in requiring one); and Colicchio at JT also said that he thought she caused a lot of the turmoil in the kitchen. Justin's dish was bad, but so was hers...and so she went. Restaurant Fin was a surprise to me too - it really went well, and everyone worked well together but Travis (FOH) and Nicholas (EC) were both especial pleasures to watch in the execution of their duties. Well deserved win.
Sara fails to dislodge Louis from his command of LCK.
Top Chef NOLA Ep 10 Recaps:
Good additional commentary in both recaps, I thought. Of course, Acheson nevertheless does not skimp on the drollness in his recap. A studmuffin (so drools Stephanie) is in the house.
A fair bit of emoting in this one - especially from the male chefs, which was nice to see in a way. Nicholas almost loses his composure but puts out the winning dish. I'd like to sample that. (Hmm, curious...the recipe is not up on the Bravo website. In fact, none of Nicholas Elmi's recipes are there.) Not much else to say on this one - all the dishes were thought to be good or at least decent with nothing particularly negative about them. Still, biscuits with raw centers was probably correctly called out as the most egregious error. Bye, Travis - just when you were hitting your stride and getting over your earlier excessive cockiness too.
In LCK (using some ingredients common to E Asian cuisine) Travis put out a great "Asian" dish but Louis Maldonado holds on to his TC jacket - just barely - with (retrospective) help from his Korean wife who taught him a lot about stuff from that part of the world (and BTW, Travis, which he - Louis - did not talk about incessantly).