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  1. Yeah, sometimes it's hard to put a lot of faith in the taste tests. Especially one where he was tasting vinegar. I mean come on. After three shots of ANY vinegar, your buds will be shot.

    I do enjoy this show a lot, and their recipe for blueberry pancakes remains my go-to for consistent perfection.

  2. It's obvious that Lisa can cook. Her attitude just put people off, including me. But it's in the context of seeing her with sweet, laid back people like Antonia, Stephanie and Richard that makes her stand out. Some peope don't handle the camera as well as others. I bet we'd all enjoy Lisa's food.

    But my favorite won last night, so I went to sleep happy. Anyone know what Stephanie is doing now? I'm hoping she opens a small restaurant in Manhattan and decides to move in with me and my wife. I'm not Mormon, but I think a sister wife would be great!

  3. Yeah, The Angry Chicken really stepped up her game tonight. I was going to be shocked if she won.

    All along, Blais was so strong, but Stephanie was right there in her quiet, adorable, badass way. I am thrilled she won, but hated to see Blais looking so sad.

  4. I think Gail is sexy. I guess us guys don't pay as much attention to the clothes. Padma is hot, but I imagine she'd just gripe at me all the time.

    As for the SHOW, I was sad to see Antonia go. It would have been more fun to see three classy, intelligent, excellent chefs in the final. And if that had happened, I wouldn't have been bummed no matter who won. But I'm sure Stephanie or Richard will rise to the top. If not, it will be a shock.

  5. I know it's not a serious threat or Sandra Lee would be making cocktails.


    I'm willing to venture that someone in the costume department thought it looked cool and said: wear this! Probably the same person who dresses Sandra....?

    And clearly that person is a freedom hating terror lover.

    Probably a liberal, too. :wink:

  6. All I know is her stylist must have told her to go to the doctor, then go to the mountains, look to the children and drink from the fountains

    OK. You owe me a new laptop. I spewed coffee all over it when I read that.

    That might be the best thing I've ever read on eGullet.

  7. Spike is such a tool. Nice try on busting Tramanto like that.

    Sorry to see Lisa is still there, though. She's just not on the level of the other three finalists. I'll be thrilled if any of them besides her wins, but since I want to cuddle with Stephanie while wearing sweatpants, I'll keep her in my prayers.

  8. It's a really good show. Nice that they work in the topless segment during the credits so I can tune in late and not worry about Ramsay Nipple Alerts.

    I love seeing his interactions with his kids, and how open he is with them about where food comes from. Really inspiring stuff. He also makes really simple food with often untrained cooks. I've gotten a lot of ideas from that show.

    I liked the episode where he had Cliff Richard do a blind taste of his own wine and it tasted like shite. Too funny...

  9. Taken in this context is makes sense and it is understandable that you should not get a pass simply because you did a good job last week.

    I completely agree. We all have bad days, no matter what our gig is. But chefs have to stay on top of the game. The fall seems inevitable, though. There was a time when Tavern on the Green was like the French Laundry in terms of stature. Or at least I assume that was the case. I could be wrong...

  10. I love, love, love Stephanie.  She is killer cute and very professional at the same time. :wub:

    Yeah, I am deeply in love with Stephanie. Almost more so than Padma. Maybe because I might actually have a shot with Stephanie...that is, if my wife permitted!

    It's really starting to show who has the goods. Call me crazy, but maturity seems to play a factor in the food. The whiniest people seem to make the grossest food, while the adults kick ass time and time again.

    The thing that scares me now is that one of the best chefs might have a bad week, while Lisa has a good one, and the wrong person will go home. That's why this competition is so brutal. It's not a cumulative thing, you have to kick ass week after week.

  11. Nah, Rush doesn't believe in tipping. That's Socialism!

    As for Padma...she can tell me that VanKamps Pork and Beans is genius and I'll believe her. I can't question anyone that hot...

    As for Andrew, he and his coke habit need to go.

  12. I was really hoping for Tom or Ted to put Andrew in his place when he said "This is my house!"

    Um, no. It ain't your house yet. If you win, call it your house, but not when you're pissed because you didn't win the challenge with your mini burgers and sorry-ass corndogs.

  13. I would never bring a drink into a restaurant, and think it is bad form.

    Having said that, I'm shocked at how bad the coffee is in some really great restaurants. Being a total espresso dork, I have higher expectations than most. But I was really amazed, for instance, when I went to Babbo for the first time, that they made subpar espresso. One of the best meals I've ever had followed by crap espresso was a disappointment, although a mild one.

    I wonder why more places don't take it seriously. It's not that hard. I wonder if the espresso at the French Laundry is as good as the stuff at Vivace or Intelligentsia?

  14. The guy didn't say he didn't know how to make mayo. The other chef with the jar was being sarcastic in telling him the ingredients. It's a snarkfest.

    Do any of you really believe that a professional chef doesn't know how to make mayo?

  15. Well, I did the no-knead method with my starter. 24 hour ferment on the sponge, 18 hour ferment on the dough. Kneaded(cheated) like 10 times, nothing much then tried baking in a cold oven in the Le Creuset dutch oven with the lid on for 1 hour at 450, then 15 min. lid off.

    Utter perfection. Nice holes, chewy, sour crumb, crunchy yet flaky crust.

    I rule.

  16. As I said, I respect the hell out of her. I was basing my uneasiness on what I read in Ruhlman's book, regarding her stated desire for celebrity. I'm uneasy about anyone who has that as a goal, regardless of the field they work in. But thanks for the additional info on her. I'd love to eat some of her food, and I'm sure she's a wonderful person. Never meant to imply otherwise.

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