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Top Chef, Season 4: Let’s Dish! AND Giveaway Winner
Posted By Susan On March 27, 2008 @ 8:54 am In Cooking,Giveaways,Top Chef | 15 Comments
I loved the concept of the Elimination Challenge. In it, the Cheftestants had to cater the annual block party for a group of neighbors on a cute little residential street tucked somewhere in the big city. I don’t recall if they actually said where it was. They self-divided into two teams: the Red Team and the Blue Team. How original. Couldn’t they have come up with better names than that? Anyway, the catch was, that they had to scrounge all of the food they used from the residents, themselves. It was hilarious to see these guys running up and down the street with their shopping bags a la the Keystone Cops. The neighbors couldn’t have been more gracious and looked like they were loving every minute of their camera time. I have to say, they certainly were prepared. That one woman had enough stuff in her pantry to open her own Sam’s Club! Do people really buy like that? Seemed a little OCD to me.
The block party looked like tons of fun! I wish I’d been invited! They had a dunking booth, for god’s sake. Who wouldn’t love that?!?! Team Blue went for the “haute cuisine” party theme while Team Red “dumbed down” the food, supposedly to appeal to the unrefined palates of their clients. Can anyone say “condescending”? Most of the food went over fairly well with the neighbors, but the judges were another story. They decided that Nikki’s mac and cheese “brick”, Erik’s soggy corn dogs, Ryan’s waterlogged chicken salad, and Zoi’s “meh” pasta salad pretty much sucked.
Afterward, while the members of the Blue Team were busy patting each other on the back for kicking the Red Team’s asses, the judges were awarding the win to the Red Team. WTF!!! Team Blue was utterly shocked and outraged, and they let it show to the point of offensiveness. They acted like petulant children. Andrew, yet again, let his asshole colors shine through with his ridiculous comments about “owning this place” and “needing security guards to get him out of there”. Um…..is this guy for real? It’s like he has Tourette’s or something! All I can say is it’s a good thing that Gordon Ramsay isn’t on that judges’ panel! Even Ted looked pissed!
Come on! Let’s Dish!
And now, it is my pleasure to announce the recipient of this week’s giveaway, the Top Chef oven mitt.
The winner is……….PatsyK!
Congratulations, Patsy and thanks for participating! If you’ll email me your mailing address at
stickygooeycreamychewyATgmailDOTcom, I’ll get your prize out to you as soon as possible.
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