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Top Chef: DC – Episode 6 Commentary – “Dude, Where’s My Pea Puree?”


Lastly, the non-starter story of the week – Andrea’s winking suggestion that Tiffany and Ed are getting too close to each other. In a romantic kind of way. I must say that I don’t see it. Case in point – the scene where we get Andrea’s gossip we see Ed and Tiffany hanging out, with each sitting on their own beds. And Tiffany is clipping her toenails. Never, in the history of the world, has there been a sexy moment between two people where nail clipping was involved. This is not a Leah/Hosea situation. They are just friends. Let’s please stop this plotline – or else you’ll discourage future male and female chefs from trying to be friends.

Quickfire – Make a gourmet toothpick bite for Aaron Schock and Padma.

Sbarro – Grilled Pork and Mushroom Kabob with Sherry Vinegar. Gets a wow from the Congressman.
Andrea – Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Pecan Cheddar Waffles and Black Pepper Maple Gravy. This reminds of my perhaps my favorite Stadium Food Moment, when I went to Jacobs Field in Cleveland and ordered the Chicken Waffle. Because for a native New Yorker like me, chicken and waffles was not a dish I was familiar with. Now I am, and I want to go back to The Jake to get it again.
Ed – Duo of Tuna: Tuna Confit, Grilled Tuna with Avocado, Sweet and Sour Watermelon. Schock jokes about flying to Asia compared to eating Asian food.
Tiffany – Crispy Pork Roulade with Prosciutto, Dates and Red Pepper Coulis
Hot Amanda – Lamb Kabob with Heirloom Tomatoes and Salsa Verde. She flirts a bit with the good-looking Rep., who tells her that lamb is one of his favorites. Oh, Aaron, I guess you didn’t hear her talking about her sordid past a few episodes ago. Not helpful among the GOP base.
Kenny – Tandori Spiced Sockeye Salmon and Shrimp with Mango Mojito Relish. Schock complements Kenny for fusing his meat and liquor into one bite.
Spenny – According to Spenny, he is going “old school” by bringing the cucumber back. Not as melodic as this. Cucumber Cup with Spiced Shrimp and Cashew
Stephen – Scallop and Beef with Crispy Potato and Béarnaise Sauce. I am contractually obligated to make this joke. Stephen then indirectly compares the Congressman to Homer Simpson – “He said, mmmm….meaty.”
Moby – Scallops with Crispy Bacon, Strawberries and Basil Essence.
Kelly – Nantucket-Based Scallop with Watermelon and Watermelon Vinaigrette.

The Bottom Three – There is a theme to the bottom, all three paired fish with fruit. Clearly not a favorite of Schock’s.
Moby – “A lot going on”
Ed – “Liked the look, not the taste”
Kelly – “Lacked flavor” – This leads her to use one of my pet peeve phrases, how she needs to start using “big and bold flavors.” Ugh. Come on, Kelly, don’t you know I started rooting for you?

The Top Three –
Sbarro – His was the first, and stayed with Schock all the way across the room.
Spenny – Schock had “fireworks in his mouth” and I wish he could have gone here instead.
Stephen – WAH? In the top? Seriously. Schock thinks there “was a lot on that stick.”

Of course, Schock gives the win, immunity and 20 grand to Spenny. Evil!!! Sbarro is getting frustrated by Spenny and his wins, “if they like eating Chinese food, over and over again…”


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