Monday, June 11
Anyhow, the big FN star this week was Giada.
She wasn't going easy on anyone! And good for her. The contestants' first task was to demonstrate one step of a Giada recipe in one minute on camera.
Pretty much everyone sucked, but some sucked more than others. Colombe was a space cadet, Paul apparently couldn't remember what spinach was or what vitamins it contained, Rory tried to make it a talkshow instead of a cooking show, and Tommy Grella chose to stand halfway in frame and not say a word. JAG got props for picking up the pace when everyone kept getting set back, but he still wasn't very dynamic in front of the camera.
Their big challenge was to design and cook a recipe for Bon Appetit's July grilling issue. Everyone seemed into it, as it's a pretty big prize.
Still, I wasn't really amazed with what most people came up with.
Grella's looked like a big pile of cow (cowpie?) and nothing you'd want to see on a magazine cover.
Adrien had an interesting idea to grill vegetables only, but--as the judges noted--really didn't have a point. It was just vegetarian to be vegetarian.
It could be great, but just didn't turn out that way. Adrien's pretty good in front of the camera, but still seems nervous.
Amy did a chicken thing that was so covered in salsa and other things that you couldn't see grill marks or even chicken, for that matter. She still used a French word to describe the process which was unnecessary.
Colombe called her skirt steak a "flank steak" and pretty much cemented her chances of going home next week.
Rory ended up winning with her baby-back ribs.
The producers kept showing her clip saying "I'm taking a big risk with these" since she typically cooks them for five hours. You know that means she's going to win when they show those kind of clips over and over. If they barely cover you during the episode, then you know you're going home.
Which is exactly what happened to my girl Nikki! Dang! She had so much potential but it just wasn't coming through. She seemed a little too dull during her camera demo and at the magazine presentation. You don't have to speak fast, but you at least need to sound enthused.
I'm glad Adrien stuck around, but I'm sad to see Nikki go. Maybe next time.
I should also mention Michael Salmon's dish and his inventful idea to throw fresh herbs into the fire in infuse the smoke. I was pretty surprised he didn't win the challenge.
OH-- and Giada looked pretty irritated during the tastings. Nothing was gonna get her in a good mood.
Soooo... 2nd episode down, and my pick for the winner is already out. I'm kind of unsure, now. What do you think?