Tuesday, July 10
The kids got to practice their Iron Chef Skills in
Despite being rather short with most of the contestants, Alton Brown seemed to enjoy his temporary role as Chairman Kaga.
Michael Salmon, Tommy Grella, Colombe and Adrien were back to serve as sous chefs. The contestants were judged on their personal battle, as well as their ability to serve as a food commentator. Oh, the fun that must ensue.
Did I mention my favorite southern, female Iron Chef showed up to judge? Cat Cora is so sweet, so I had my doubts about whether or not she'd be tough enough. Even when she's like, "I really didn't like this dish" you just want to hug her.
Bob Flaymaster also judged this week since, you know, he doesn't have anything else to do.
First up to battle were Paul vs. Rory. Paul expressed his typical over-confidence only to not do so well in judging, while Rory actually surprised me and performed well under the pressure . Even Amy won my confidence.
Rory's food sounded really good and I'm beginning to think she may have what it takes. Amy was praised for her food knowledge, which really wasn't all that great, but just much better than everyone else's horrible performances. Not to say I knew what the difference was between a panko breadcrumb and a regular breadcrumb, either.
Alton may have been somewhat aggressive with his questions, but Paul's answers were just plain stupid.
Yes, Alton prepares heavily before each episode, but he sure as hell isn't going to reply "Plummy!" when asked where a particular type of plum tomato is from.
JAG, who we're told early on how much he loves Iron Chef, failed miserably, setting off the smoke detector in the process. He tried to "hold back" on his cooking which was a bad move. We even get to see the "former Marine" crying on his bed.
Ugh... I'm tired of him.
In the end, the judges "couldn't come to a consensus" on who should go home and even had to send the final two, Paul and JAG, back upstairs.
Which brings me to a sidebar, the judging room is INSIDE the house that the contestants live. Way to save on shooting locations, FN! Notice all the funky props and random TV with the logo on it next time.
Once again, they tricked us with their hints that Paul would be the one to stay, only to kick him off. I don't particularly love Paul, but I think he deserved to stay more than JAG. I realize this was all filmed way before the "embellished military career" stories came out, but still.
You should check out the "After the Elimination" video up on www.foodnetwork.com/star.
Among other things, we find out that JAG and Paul are smokers. They'll fit right in with Rachael and Paula!
While packing, Paul laments that if he didn't have his boyfriend Jeremy he'd "be totally screwed."
It's one of the longest after-elimination videos ever. There's a lot of kisses and crying and stories from JAG about how he hasn't had a "real friend" for a while. Hmmm.........
Is JAG next to go? Rory? Amy?