Monday, June 4
For those who did catch it (I found myself bored with the MTV Movie Awards pretty quick) or just don't care, here's what went down.
Food Network does have at least one advantage when it comes to other food reality shows, as it has a slew of recognized and famous tv chefs already on its payroll. For the first episode, they didn't hold back.
Bobby Flay, Duff Goldman and Robert Irvine of "Dinner:Impossible" all made cameos. Luckily, the show only has 9 episodes so it doesn't look like they'll run out (and you know Ina won't leave the confines of the Hamptons for something like this).
Contestants had to first design a dish that "describes them" and get judged on their presentation, taste, and creativity.
Colombe won for this deliciousness:
It actually sounded better than it looked.
Everyone was pretty freaked when they presented in front of the judges, so I'm surprised they could even pick a "winner." Maybe Colombe was the least bad?
They also had to decorate a wedding cake for a real wedding set to occur later that day. Amy, who chitterchats about France all day, won after she "tried to think of what a little French girl would want for her wedding cake."
Once again... the least bad? Her blue dots were inspired by the "pretty blue crystals" on the chandeliers. I think she won because she actually knew how to roll fondant. Next...
Bobby Irvine is there because, surprise, they have to cater a wedding in 6 hours for 100 people. A commenter on yesterday's post pointed out that this isn't really a typical need of a Food Network star. They don't have to budget recipes, work on a team or, in some cases, even cook the food (as those assistants have those handy swap-outs).
Still, it makes for good television and don't question Bob Tuschman.
Basically, Colombe's team dropped the ball. They spent less than $800 of their $2,300 budget, ran out of food and pretty much sucked compared to Amy's team.
Colombe, Patrick and Vivien were in the bottom three.
Patrick and Vivien went home. Colombe, once again, looked a little dead/out of it (all that exercising?) but managed to stay in it.
Patrick was just not engaging enough from the start.
Vivien was a little scary. She didn't comfort me like Paula or make me laugh like Ina or make me jealous like Rachael (she's rich, y'all!). Plus, everything she made included rice vinegar and sesame oil. Every. Thing. Had she made it to a dessert challenge, you'd surely be seeing a rice vinegar and sesame oil cupcake.
Sorry for the lateness. I can't promise full reviews like this one, but I'll try. There's only 8 left, after all.