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Top Chef Canada, Season 3, Episode 11


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Top Chef Canada, Season 3, Episode 11

chefhound | May 27, 2013 10:04 PM

I'd like to start off by saying, The Real Housewives of Vancouver? Really? They couldn't do better?

Quickfire: The chefs have to prepare a dessert for Jody Claman of the Real Housewives of Vancouver. The chefs draw knives to determine which inspirational word will be the focus of the dish.
Danny draws "crisp". Matthew gets "rich". Nicole get "velvety", Jonathan gets "shocking" and Dennis gets "flaky". The winner gets a trip to British Columbia.

On the top: Jonathan and Matthew.
On the bottom: Dennis and Nicole.
And the winner is Jonathan.

Elimination: Cater a garden party at a home on the Bridle Path. The chefs have to create two canapés which highlight a luxury ingredient.
The chefs draw knives and Jonathan draws truffles. Matthew gets foie gras. Danny chooses lobster. Nicole draws caviar and Dennis gets Kobe beef.
The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Matthew's dishes are a foie gras and fig sandwich with crumbled brioche, and an English pea ravioli with foie gras and mushroom butter sauce.
Nicole serves an oyster with caviar, creme fraiche and champagne melon vinaigrette, and a deviled quail egg with caviar.
Jonathan prepares a Dungeness crab salad with shaved truffle, and a ricotta tortellini with white truffle cream sauce.
Dennis makes a Rickard's White marinated Kobe beef tataki on a Yukon Gold potato chip, and an adobo marinated Kobe tenderloin with mint cilantro pesto.
Danny makes a 3-part lobster canapé with cocktail sauce and herring roe, as well as deep-fried lobster with pineapple, ginger General Tao sauce.

After the party, Jon, Matt, Danny and Dennis jump into the pool. The Housewives drool over Matt.

On the top: Jonathan, Matthew and Dennis.
On the bottom: Nicole and Danny.
The winner is Jonathan and Nicole is sent home.

Where to start. Why producers, why the vacuous bimbos of Vancouver? Have you run out of real judges?

I haven't watched the Vancouver housewives but if they are anything like the other Housewives, then they are tacky "rich" plastic, superficial people, setting a terrible example for young women. Ok, end of my Housewife bashing.

Ok, not really. Jody had a dead, vacant look the entire time she was judging the Quickfire. She kind of smiled occasionally but it didn't reach her eyes. By comparison, you could see the sincere smiles from Lisa. Jody was stilted and pretentious during the whole show. When the other judges joked about her moment with Jonathan, she was bitchy and dismissive. Meanwhile her eyes practically rolled back in her head while watching him shave the truffles. And what was she wearing during the Quickfire? Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it looks good.

Ok, back to the food. I knew Danny was going to be in trouble. General Tso is never going to win at an elegant party - what were you thinking Danny? I was surprised that he was so overcome during the judging. I don't want to be sexist but the guys can usually hold it in better than the women. I think he could have easily gone home this week. He and Nicole both did not highlight the luxury ingredient. I was going to be sad either way.

Am I wrong in thinking that a chef on another season served oysters with creme fraiche and was praised for it?

I didn't expect Dennis to last this long but it's nice that he's doing well. He seems like a sweet guy.

Bye Nicole. I thought you'd make it until the end.

Next week, cooking on a plane for Charlie Palmer? Why must the challenges be so gimmicky so late in the season?

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