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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby columbia on Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:02 pm

Boooooooooooooo!
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby the wicked child on Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:35 pm

I felt like they kind of gave it away when they showed the 2 of them waiting for the finale to be over...
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Nina looked unhappy and Nick was trying his best not to look at the camera. Ultimately though, I think Nina shot herself in the foot by delivering a ho-hum desert to end the meal... she may have delivered 2 awesome "extra" courses, but ultimately her last 2 courses were either bad or weak.

It was also clear that Tom felt that Nick had clearly won and I think he might have emasculated Emeril and Hugh who were clearly leaning towards Nina.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby count2infinity on Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:49 am

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Yeah... it was really weird. Tom was ready to crown Nick after 5 minutes of discussion. Padma and Emeril weren't necessarily saying Nina should win, but wanted to discuss it a little more than, "Welp, Nick, yeah? Yeah. Let's go."
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby columbia on Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:50 am

It was like an uninspired warz bandwagon.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby the wicked child on Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:57 am

Haha. It really was.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:29 pm

Nina or Nick?

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Based on the way the comments were presented, I felt that Nick had the edge from the get go on the quality of his food. It basically comes down to one simple thing: Of the missteps that each made, which were the greater detriment to the overall enjoyment of the meal? Based on the judges opening their remarks by calling out Nick for his rude behavior towards the servers, I felt that should have weighed more heavily in the reckoning. Then again, it did only happen to one set of judges; if all the judges dined together, I have no doubt Nina would be Top Chef. But, ultimately, if you're biggest fails are your entree (likely the biggest portion of food you're serving) and your dessert (the last bite of your food the judges will taste) it probably shouldn't be a surprise that the judges sided with stronger closer. I can't say I'm unhappy with Nick winning; I felt much of his complaining about Carlos was entirely justified, if efette. But you kinda have to admit that this was a case of a more consistent chef sorta pooping the bed with it all on the line rather than Nick hitting it out of the park. He sort of backed into this.

That said, the critique in the finale was just odd. Tom's favorite dish of the night - of the season, if I recall his words correctly - (the scallop noodles, which Nick actually had very little to do with) was actively disliked by most of the other judges. Hate to say it, but Colicchio's credibility took a bit of a hit this year. Between the "tomatoes have no place in Vietnamese cooking" remarks early on and the disconnect with the judges on a few other episodes and his open contempt for some of the cheftestants..... I gotta say, I'm not a fan of New Tom. (It should be noted that Colicchio has not contributed a blog entry since that Vietnamese challenge, and I think that's due in part to him getting absolutely shredded by readers.)

And Padma seemed extra bit-chy the last couple episodes.... which were basically a nod to the straight males in the audience. "Nick, you get to pick your three sous chefs. Who do you pick first?" "Um..... boobs?"

I felt this group of cheftestants was largely uninspiring and in many cases outright useless. Who the bloody hell shows up to a cooking competition set in New Orleans and doesn't prepare by practicing with common local ingredients? Not a single one of the cheftestants said they had worked with frogs legs or alligator in the first episode...... not even the two guys FROM NOLA, iirc. That's unimaginably irresponsible. I have never been more excited for a Top Chef season.... so the letdown in quality was even more pronounced.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby the wicked child on Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:44 pm

New Tom is definitely annoying... do not like.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby count2infinity on Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:46 pm

Yeah, that's one thing I thought about this season... where are the Richard Blais, the Stephanie Izards, the Voltaggio brothers, the Ilan Halls, heck even the Stefan Richters where you look at the food presented and say, "wow... i've never seen something like that before. it looks incredible." The imagination for many of the dishes this season were lackluster. I think they need to take a break for a bit and rethink what they're trying to do with this show. Then again, it is Bravo, so who knows.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby the wicked child on Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:54 pm

I'm sure they'll be ready to **** a new one out ASAP, or they'll run one of their alternate versions. At least they didn't screw the finale as bad this time... last year's was just a huge letdown.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby FreeCandy44 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:28 pm

Someone at work gave me 4 deer steaks. Im open for suggestions on how and what i should cook.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby mac5155 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:36 pm

Marinate in a mixture of soy sauce, worchestershire, vinegar, any spices you want. I prefer to grill them but if that's not an option try broiling. I also have just thrown a whole steak in a buttered skillet and fried about 6 min per side. There's hardly any fat so they burn easily and can get chewy
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby Shyster on Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:00 pm

I second the method of frying in plenty of butter. Not too hot, and not too long. That's how my grandpa always cooked venison.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby OutofFoil on Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:01 pm

mac5155 wrote:Marinate in a mixture of soy sauce, worchestershire, vinegar, any spices you want. I prefer to grill them but if that's not an option try broiling. I also have just thrown a whole steak in a buttered skillet and fried about 6 min per side. There's hardly any fat so they burn easily and can get chewy


Everything Mac said. Emphasis on not overcooking them, medium at most. If you fry, them add a bit of garlic and onions. Delectable!
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:08 pm

Juniper is a very good accompaniment to game. So you could use the berries in a spice mix, or make a gin-based sauce.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:53 pm

Saturday is going to be a good one...... going to a matinee performance of "The Book Of Mormon" and then it's dinner at Hinoki & The Bird, by David Myers. His Executive Chef is Kuniko Yagi, who was a cheftestant on Top Chef Seattle (she's the one who took three hours to undercook a potato dish). The restaurant is on many 'best new' lists, not just for Los Angeles but for the country as a whole. The cuisine is modernist Asian-American, and I'm completely excited.

However, that doesn't mean that tomorrow morning at 8 am - as I have been doing every other Friday for about six months now - I'm not going to log in and try to snag tickets for Trois Mec. ;)
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:35 pm

Ribeye steak with blue cheese crumbles and a gin/yellow chartreuse/grapefruit juice/orange bitters cocktail :thumb:
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby mac5155 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:30 pm

FC44 another option is cooking the steak like a roast. Deer steak isn't like beef steak in the sense that it's from a different part of the animal...deer roast is just a really thick cut deer steak.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby PensFanInDC on Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:14 pm

Chicken and waffles for dinner. Oh yeah...

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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby FreeCandy44 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:54 pm

Ty Mr Mac...
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby columbia on Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:27 am

This would be a nice addition to the kitchen:

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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby mac5155 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:02 am

FreeCandy44 wrote:Ty Mr Mac...

Plz post results :fist:
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:36 am

Waffle day:

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Pepper jack, cheddar, sriracha waffles topped with fried egg and sautéed pepper medley
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby canaan on Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:00 pm

i poached some eggs in bolognese this morning. heavenly.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby count2infinity on Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:14 pm

making gyros this evening. I've made chicken ones before (chicken marinaded in greek yogurt and garlic before being grilled and put on pita with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, onion, and tomato) but tonight i'm making a lamb/beef pureed loaf and cutting it like they do for fair gyros and putting them in a skillet to brown them. I'm not sure if it'll be any good or not, but it's worth a shot.
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Re: Where my fellow cooks at???

Postby mac5155 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:33 pm

My wife bought a nutribullet. What kind of smoothies should I make in it? I just tried banana strawberry Greek yogurt and it's ok but not great.
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