What you missed on Top Chef this week:
Sweeping the clouds away,
On our way to where the air is clean.
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street?”
In what country IS it cool to be a loser? This question is posed by Dale in the opening scene of the most recent Top Chef episode. In my opinion, it’s pretty cool to be a loser on Top Chef, because at least you probably still have a sweet job. And, today, even those people who will eventually be losers, get to meet Elmo, so, as Antonia said, “It doesn’t get better than this.” In Richard’s house, “Elmo is like Elvis,” so from Jimmy Fallon to Elmo, at least the chefs get to meet some very interesting “people” along the way in this competition.
Per Cookie Monster’s request, the chefs are charged with a Cookie QuickFire. Dale quips, “It’s pretty amazing that someone who eats so many cookies would be afraid of making one” after Mike Isabella comments that he’s never made a cookie from scratch before. Dale is using potato chips to make his cookie, while Richard follows Elmo’s instructions to use vegetables. According to Antonia, Dale is a cookie cheater, and Mike asks the question we’re all wondering, “Is there ever going to be a challenge when Richard doesn’t use liquid nitrogen?” After a cookie tasting and group huddle, the Sesame Street characters choose Dale’s cookie as best.
For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs will have three hours to scour Target for ingredients and cook a meal for 100 Target employees. The winner will receive $25,000! And, I’m not surprised Target is being featured in this way since Williamsburg’s very own Target, right across the street from my house, is currently under construction as the store promises a new, improved grocery section. Top Chef is nothing if not an excellent avenue for companies to place their products and stores to advertise new additions.
The challenge actually goes fairly well. Carla has some trouble, which I think is to be expected based on her zany personality. Angelo and Mike Isabella appear to be “working together” – I’m interested to see how that plays out. Antonia, Dale, and Richard’s dishes end up at the top of the competition. Dale wins, which I think is right on – after all, he cooked a meal with an iron! Angelo, Tiffany, and Carla end up at the bottom, which I also think is right on.
At first, I think Tiffany’s tear-fest at the end is a little too much, but it ends up warming my heart a little. It’s nice to hear people talking about dreaming big, especially as a teacher. I wish my students had more role models who go after their dreams, even if it means failing on national television. Angelo’s salty soup is inedible, according to the judges, so he goes. I am indifferent to his departure, but this episode restored my love for Top Chef.
My Elimination Predictions (which are still just so, SO wrong):
Tre Wilcox (1)
Fabio Viviani (2)
Theme – Sesame Street, Target, and “the blue-collar eater” – a great, accessible episode for the more average Top Chef fans out there!
Controversies – Is soup too safe?
Elimination Challenge winner – Dale Talde
Departing chef – Angelo Sosa