With just nine cheftestants remaining, the herd is seriously thinning – and worrying. Kelly promises to step it up and Tiffany sets her sights on winning some challenges. Alex denies all knowledge of Ed’s pea puree. Poor, spineless Ed isn’t angry (which he should be), but he is confused (which has me confused). This show needs some controversy. Note to casting agents: You need to cast better villains and we need more hook ups in future seasons.
Marcus Samuelsson, formerly of Aquavit and winner of “Top Chef Masters,” is this week’s guest judge. In the least surprising QFC ever, they’re asked to cook Ethiopian food. What is surprising (to me, at least) is how very popular Ethiopian food is in our nation’s capital. (Bethany, is that true? It must be if they said it on TV!)
Chef Samuelsson gives us a quick lesson in Ethiopian food. In a nutshell, it involves a spice blend called berbere, injera, a sour, spongy bread that acts as a delicious utensil, and spicy stews. With 90 minutes to cook, Amanda gravitates toward the goat. Fork-tongued Alex goes for the tongue. Angelo has an advantage as he’s well-versed in Ethiopian cuisine, and Ed and Kenny seem pretty comfortable with what they’re cooking as well. Some of the others, including Amanda and her goat, are sort of lost.
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Their numbers grow smaller each day, but the drama continues to build as” Top Chef” continues it’s cook-off in our capital. Kelly’s room is fast becoming a ghost town. Kevin is pleased with himself for his W, and Kenny remains convinced that the only reason he’s in jeopardy is because he’s too good. Also, he remains a self-proclaimed beast.
Angelo misses Tamesha and so do I. I loved her cussin’. He shines his shoes with tears of sadness and I’m wondering if those are jazz shoes or something. They look like it. Anyone? Tiffany may not have an opinion about his shoes, but she has an opinion of Angelo and it’s not good. She wonders, “Are you really helping me or are you trying to hurt me?” Smart cookie, that Tiffany.