Top Chef D.C. Episode 10: Not-So-Brilliant Disguise

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"I'm not sure that wd-420 would have been a better name, Padma."

My DVR didn’t need to work this week as I was watching live. No Memorex for me, baby. Future (C’mon, Bravo!) cheftestant Ed Hardy and I were IMing throughout. And, just like last week, we’re sharing our convo about everyone’s fave cooking contest.

Hey, Ed…first thoughts at beginning of this episode…is Alex going down? And, would you just do your best to not help him in the kitchen?

I absolutely think Alex will be going down. Everyone thinks only the food matters the most in a kitchen, but, in reality, relationships are important. No matter what your culinary ability you can always use a little help. Alex has obviously done nothing on-screen or off-screen to endear himself with his fellow cheftestants. I would have given him that can opener he was looking for, but only after freezing it in a block of ice first.

Is Angelo sincere? He’s all “Kenny was the biggest threat,” but he hated him. Are these crocodile tears — or good editing?

More than anything else, Kenny going home might have damaged Angelo’s bravado. Remember the old Angelo from Episode 1 when he wanted to be the first cheftestant to win every challenge? Where has he gone? When Kenny left he might have taken some of Angelo’s confidence with him, and so, in a way, he might miss him. A bit.

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There’s No Place Like OM — or I Trulli: Don’t Miss Today’s Spotlight Offers!

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Top Chef D.C. Episode 9: The Beast Has Left the Building

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"Chin up, Kenny. You can still try out for 'Top Model.'"

So, this week on “Top Chef” — my DVR failed me. Totally weird. It said it taped an hour, but when I tried to watch it on Thursday a.m., it would only jump to 35 minutes in. Apparently, I missed some major drama involving — shocker! — Alex. I also missed my second favorite critic on restaurant wars (The first is San Francisco Chronicle scribe Michael Bauer). So, as this post is a bit late on the uptake, I figured it would be safe to indicate in the headline that Kenny is no longer with us. I also figured that, instead of rehashing who did what to whom, I’d call cheftender Ed Hardy for his two cents.

Ed, they killed Kenny!

Let me begin by saying that I have never seen such a disparity in the ”Who deserves to go” index as I saw between Kenny and Alex in this episode. Anyone who does what Alex did to that ribeye should be gone. When cutting large portions you must use long, confident, thoughtful strokes. Alex was whittling away at that ribeye like it was a piece of rough wood. If what Tiffany said about the striped bass is true then it just confirms that Alex is having trouble with butchery 101.

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Enter the ‘Eat Pray Love’ Giveaway: Win 4 Tickets + 10,000 Dining Rewards Points

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