Top Chef New York, episode six: Eleven Chefs a-Choking!
Katie Lee Joel: "Welcome to our Christmas Carol! I am the ghost of Top Chef past!"
Padma: "Bitch, don't even."
We start the episode with more scenes from the bromance between Fabio and Stefan:
Fabio: "Stefan says we are a dynamite duel. I don't know what that is. Also, he has a shoe in his ass. I told him he should see a doctor."
We witness Hosea's call home to check on his father, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. He wishes he could be with his father. You know what that means. Hosea's going home. They make it so obvious.
The judge for the quickfire is Martha Fucking Stewart! Some of you may not have heard of her but, believe me, she's very famous in the culinary world! This is a big deal!
The chefs have to make a one-pot dish. The trick to a one-pot dish is to use one pot. Because if you use two pots, it will be a two-pot dish. I'll give you a moment to write that down.
Padma: "Martha, do you have any words of advice?"
Martha: "As Albert Einstein always said, 'Keep it gay, keep it gay, keep it gay!'"
Padma: "Martha, are you drunk?"
Martha: "Yes. Are you?"
So, most of the chefs are creating dishes with at least two separate components and, while they are technically using one pot, they are defeating the purpose of the challenge. Of course, there is a reason we don't get more stews:
Eugene: "I used corn starch to thicken my stew. I hope Martha Stewart doesn't notice that it tastes like crap."
A few minutes later:
Martha: "This tastes like crap. Did you use corn starch?"
Stefan makes a veal stew with chanterelle mushrooms:
Martha: "Oh, I love chanterelle mushrooms. I pick them every morning on my estate. I highly recommend having an estate with chanterelle mushrooms. Everyone should have one."
Martha also likes Hosea's paella. He's obviously going home.
Padma questions Jamie about whether scallops are a winter dish:
Martha: "Padma, you dumbass, scallops are absolutely associated with winter. We go diving for them off my waterfront estate in Maine in January. I highly recommend going diving for scallops off your waterfront estate in Maine in January. Everyone should do that."
Padma: "Let me get this straight; you put on a wetsuit and go diving off the coast on Maine in January?"
Martha: "Don't be ridiculous; when I say 'we' I mean the lackeys who do my bidding."
Ariane wins a signed copy of Martha's cookbook:
Martha: "I highly recommend having a signed copy of my cookbook. Everyone should have one."
Jamie just misses winning again:
Jamie: "Always the lesbian bridesmaid and never the bride at a same-sex wedding."
The Harlem Gospel Choir shows up in the kitchen and tries to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas but Bravo gets bored and stops after three days. The point is that each of the chefs has to create a dish for a charity event based on one of the lines from the song.
During the commercial break we get really unhelpful tips on leftovers:
Richard: "Take everything you have in your refrigerator, add cheese, and put it in the oven."
Yeah, that doesn't sound good. I can't believe he didn't go farther on the show.
Here is a list of the themes and what the chefs made:
Radhika - A Partridge in a Pear Tree (duck)
Carla - Two Turtle Doves (fresh New York City pigeons)
Leah - Three French Hens (three french hens)
Oops, no four! Someone lost count when they planned this episode!
Eugene - Five Golden Rings (ceviche on a pineapple ring)
Ariane - Six Geese a-Laying (deviled eggs)
Jamie - Seven Swans a-Swimming (scallops)
Melissa - Eight Maids a-Milking (something vaguely related to dairy products)
Fabio - Nine Ladies Dancing (crab)
Jeff - Ten Lords a-Leaping (leaping cheese)
Hosea - Eleven Pipers Piping (smoked pork)
Stefan - Twelve Drummers Drumming (chicken pot pie)
Stefan explains that three hours is not much time:
Stefan: "First you have to walk into the kitchen and put your shopping bags down on the counter and then look around to make sure Fabio is nearby for emotional support and then you have to take the groceries out of the bag and the next thing you know you only have ten minutes left to cook."
The chefs work late into the night and cram all their food into the refrigerators. The next morning they arrive in the kitchen to find that the door of one of the refrigerators wasn't closed. Who could have done it (Tifanniy Faison)? I guess we'll never know. Again, I have to just say it's too bad we aren't filming what goes on in the kitchen.
Anyway, without blaming anyone (Tiffani Faison), we learn that Hosea and Radhika are royally screwed because the pork and duck are spoiled. Obviously Hosea is going home.
The chefs all pitch in to help Hosea and Radhika. It's that Christmas spirit in July! It's heart-warming! Or maybe that's heartburn. I had onions at dinner.
The chefs serve the guests at an event for amfAR, or the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. No, that's not right. Well, I'm sure it's a good cause, anyway. Otherwise Natasha Richardson wouldn't be there:
Natasha Richardson: "Hello, I'm Natasha Richardson and these are my breasts."
Pleased to meet you!
Everyone loves Radhika's duck.
Eugene is talking about the voyage of the Hokule'a, which is a nice story that has absolutely nothing to do with five golden rings.
Everyone hates Jamie's warm, raw scallops. Even the guy from Xanadu the Musical hates it, and that can't be good.
Fabio does not charm the judges this time. Probably because he's talking about crabs laying eggs and that's not appetising.
Arian's deviled eggs are good but the judges think deviled eggs are boring. I think it was weird that she made six different kinds, one for each of the geese that are supposedly a-laying, but who wants to eat six deviled eggs?
Hosea had the pipers piping so he passed around a bong and got everyone high and then they all loved his food! He's obviously going home.
All the ladies at the event were flirting with Hosea and Jeff. Well, there weren't a lot of straight men to choose from in that crowd.
The top four are Jeff, Stefan, Radhika, and Hosea. Obviously Hosea is going home.
Other Eric: "Stop saying that! He's obviously not going home!"
Hosea wins! Obviously, he's going home.
Other Eric: "Stop it!"
Everybody wins Michelle Bernstein's book!
Martha Stewart: "Big deal."
The bottom three are Jamie, Melissa, and Eugene.
Jamie's scallops made Padma gag and Eugene is told that his dish was too sweet:
Eugene: "That's funny because I didn't put sugar in it."
How is that funny?
The judges are really turned off by Eugene's attitude. Actually, they weren't that impressed with most of the food but they decide not to send anyone home.
Tom goes back to talk to the chefs:
Tom: "In the spirit of the holidays, I just want to tell you that you all suck."