Well, here we are again, getting ready for the freshest commentary on Top Chef.
I see snarky comments complaining on my spelling on some of the prior blogs...let me explain something for those of you who don't understand what LIVEblog is.... this blog is written in real time. When I post something time stamped at 10:02 p.m., that means it is 10:02 p.m. and I am typing it right then. And if you look closely, you'll notice that the time stamps are very close to minute by minute. That's a LOT of typing. You should try it some time and see how your spelling fares as a result.....just sayin'.
So, with that little explanation under the belt, it's time to get started....
9:59 p.m. -- So the previews are promising "magic" -- this is starting to look like a recent Top Chef Masters episode featuring Neil Patrick Harris.
10:00 p.m. -- Mattin was chucked out last week, and rightly so. One thing I am now more convinced of than ever after re-watching last week's episode is that there are some big whiners among the cheftestants. No, it wasn't an easy challenge, but it certainly didn't demand the bellyaching they brought to the table.
10:02 p.m. -- And the others are dissing on Robin, saying she's not as talented as others who have gotten kicked out. They all wear red scarves in honor of Mattin.
10:03 p.m. -- THe quickfire is an "angel vs. devil" challenge. But we already did something like this when we challenged them to cook towards their vices.
10:04 p.m. -- Chefs are copping out and going with Padma's example of "healthy vs. unhealthy" Ash is having custard woes. Robin is cooking around her cancer.
10:05 p.m. -- Michael goes with modern vs. traditional. I like that.
10:05 p.m. -- Ron delivers lots of bones in his fish.
10:06 p.m. -- Ash didn't finish his dish. And Robin is talking about her diagnosis. Michael can't seem to cook lamb right. Ash of course ends up in the bottom. Bryan, uncharacteristically, ends up in the bottom. Michael Voltaggio of course is a fave.
10:08 p.m.-- Robin is the winner of the quickfire, even though the other chefs hate her. She now has immunity, and Eli is saying she won because she had cancer. What. A. Dick.
10:09 p.m. -- Penn & Teller are going to do magic for us.
10:10 p.m. -- the challenge is a deconstuction of a traditional dish. They all get the knives out and they are cooking for Michelle Bernstein, and all the judges, including Toby Young. What is it about the Brits that they are so good at mean?
10:13 p.m. -- I am seriously craving hot chocolate.
10:16 p.m. -- Bryan is doing a Reuben with tuna instead of pastrami. I am not sure that makes sense. Jennifer is unhappy with her lasagna choice.
10:17 p.m. -- Mike Isabella doesn't know how to make eggs florentine? WTF? Mike Voltaggio is doing ceasar salad and is doing his own brioche. I love him.
10:18 p.m. -- Kevin views his mole negro as a chance to redeem himself. jennifer is having trouble grasping the whole deconstruction concept as a general principle.
10:19 p.m. -- is doing paella and according to Eli, does not know how to deconstruct it. Ashley is doing pot roast.
10:19 p.m. -- Eli's pressure cooker which he brought from home, explodes. Robin, with immunity, decides to have some fun making clam flan. What's so fun about clam flan?
10:20 p.m. -- Laurine is frustrated with her chips. And Robin (the nerve of her!) asks her to pull a pan from the oven.
10:21 p.m. -- Ash has gone from being cute and funny to being kind of annoyingly aimless. Jennifer is avoiding Tom Colicchio. Ron is asking Tom for advice on deconstruction? Oh Ron, dude, this does not bode well.
10:22 p.m. -- Ron is being schooled by Eli and Kevin as to what a deconstucted paella should be like. It's a little silly.
10:24 p.m. -- Laurine is bitching about Robin. Hey Laurine, focus on your own shit, okay? I'm starting to think that all of these chefs are a little bratty. And not in a cute way.
10:26 p.m. -- You know, Las Vegas is one of those places that can charm you or make you crazy.
10:27 p.m. -- Michael Isabella is asking everyone what eggs florentine is.
10:28 p.m. -- I am sorry, but the punk ass kids from Million Dollar Listing just sicken me.
10:31 p.m. -- The chefs are working on cooking and serving their dishes. Mike Voltaggio is confident in his stuff, Mike Isabella is winging it, badly.
10:33 p.m. -- Mike V.'s dish looks brilliant. Mike I's dish goes over badly. He left things out.
10:34 p.m. -- Laurine is struggling over her chips. And Bryan's "reuben" is tiny. I think Laurine's looks silly.
10:35 p.m. -- Penn thought Bryan's dish was good, but not a reuben. Ash decides to leave off the pureed parsnip. Jennifer is struggling with her plate.
10:37 p.m. -- Jennifer's dish looks oddly weird. But it goes over well. Ash's dish goes over so badly.
10:38 p.m. -- Ron is paired with Eli, and Eli bullies Ron in the kitchen. I am really starting to not like this guy. Ron I think may be headed for the chopping block here.
10:39 p.m. -- Kevin is with Ashley, and she is worried about presentation here.
10:40 p.m. -- Kevin should be good of this, he's been deconstructing food all along. They LOVE it. Ashley's pot roast does well too. Ashley is starting to surprise me.
10:42 p.m. -- Robin's dish, the clam flan, goes over very poorly. Good thing she has immunity.
10:44 p.m. -- I think Ron is going to be in the bottom, and Ash, and either Mike I or Laurine. Maybe all four.
10:46 p.m. -- They call in Ashley, Mike Voltaggio, Kevin and Jennifer. I think Jennifer is going to be surprised to discover her dish kicked ass.
10:47 p.m. -- Kevin is feeling very, very vindicated, and it shows on her face. And Jennifer is thanking her lucky stars at this point.
10:48 p.m. -- And Kevin WINS! And he wins a set of nonstick cookware! Actually, that Unison stuff is supposed to be good.
10:49 p.m. -- They want Laurine, Ron and Ash....so far I am right.
10:49 p.m. -- Ash now comes up with his excuse...his puree was gummy. Ash has another excuse...he's never eaten shepherd's pie he didn't make. he's full of excuses tonight.
10:51 p.m. -- At least Laurine knows that her dish was a failure and she knows why. I think she's not going home. Ron on the other hand, has no idea how to do the challenge to begin with.
10:52 p.m. -- Mushy rice, overcooked fish, no manipulation....Ron is SO out of here. I could turn off the TV now, were it not for you, gentle readers.
10:53 p.m. -- Looking at Ash's dish, I think what he did to that lamb was criminal. Ron's failings aside, Ash is close to the edge here too. Clearly he's showing up as way out of his depth. Laurine wasn't comfortable with the challenge, but considering that others were worse today she'll get a reprieve.
10:56 p.m. -- The thing that is going to be interesting is seeing how pissed everyone is going to be at Robin next episode. I think there is a lot of pent up anger at her from some of the second tier chefs in the competition who think she should have been eliminated before.
10:58 p.m. -- Tom needs to lose that fucking soul patch. Seriously.
10:59 p.m. -- No surprise, Ron is sent home.
11:00 p.m. -- The next week apparently involves the apartment as the cooking space. And Robin, again is getting slammed.
Well, that's all I got, folks! See you next week!