Sara Mead and Matt Ficke live-blog this week.
10:02 PM So, in an effort to redeem myself from previous livebloggings, I’m liveblogging again this evening.
I have NOT had any wine tonight.
10:03 PM Poll: Who do IFAers think is going home tonigh:
Are any of us right?
Matthew: They have to keep Carla around
sasara: Stay tuned to see.
10:04 PM Matthew: they always keep the crazy ones till the end
sasara: Also: Will Jamie cook scallops.
Matthew: Someone should open a restaurant called “Top Scallops”
sasara: It’s noteworthy: We don’t like anybody this season as much as last year. We kind of feel like they suck.
Matthew: I would eat there
10:05 PM Ok: Let’s go.
Now we’re all waxing nostalgic over past contestants.
Leah’s talking about people going home.
Spencer and Ben predict she’s going home.
Matthew: that means she’s nervous
10:07 PM sasara: Apparently, you can get an I <3 hung shirt!
Matthew: apparently you can buy the “i heart padma shirts on their websites
sara: Hung nostalgia…..
Matthew: impressive product placement
10:08 PM sara: Canned goods challenge!
Not as difficult as the vending machine challenge in season 4.
But they only get 15 minutes.
IFAers still waxing nostalgic for Hung.
Matthew: i’m taking the winner of this into the bomb shelter when the apocalypse comes
10:09 PM sara: Absolutely.
I sort of think it’s cheap that they get to use ingredients from the pantry.
I’d prefer an all canned items challenge
Matthew: a meat-based dish seems like a bad idea when you’re limited to canned goods
10:10 PM sara: I agree.
Also, a pea-based dish?
sara: OTOH, a canned fish based dish sounds totally reasonable.
Jeff’s fried conch–sounds good.
Hosea is making homophobic and xenophobc remarks insulting Fabio and Steffan
Matthew: european=gay, apparently, according to hosea
10:11 PM sara: well, he is from BOULDER
Steffan’s looks tasty.
Matthew: STOP USING SPAM
sara: Hung likes Fabio’s dish
Matthew: though it doesn’t look as bad as it could
sara: more SPAM!
10:12 PM Jeff’s looks good.
Jamie’s looks nasty
oh dear, Ariane!
10:13 PM Hung dislikes:
I agree on Radikha and Jamie
Matthew: hosea wins?
Matthew: i’m sort of shocked…peas are really terrible in a can
sara: Go FINLAND!!!!!
Matthew: ah, steffan
Spencer notes: every time they’ve used Spam on the show it’s been a success
10:15 PM Matthew: i sense some product placement
they’re pretty shameless about that
sara: Ooh, Ariane’s the 3rd wheel with Hosea and Leah
Jamie doesn’t like to work with Steffan!
10:17 PM Matthew: Based on the shirt he’s wearing in the teaser for the next segment, speculation in the room is that Steffan is a Soviet apologist
10:20 PM sara: we’re debating location of the Top Chef house.
Any commenters have added insight?
Jamie knocks roasted chicken
10:21 PM Matthew: the various team names aren’t very flattering…”Team Lamb”, “Team Chicken”, “Team Pig”
sara: Kay: Carla needs to assert herself more.
Radikha is making bread pudding again?!?!?
10:22 PM I guess that’s ok. I lurve bread pudding.
Do you think Steffan is deliberately pissing Jamie off?
Because he thinks she’s cute when she’s angry?
Matthew: a strong possibility
10:23 PM sara: or some kind of weird wanna-be Beatrice/Benedict thing?
Matthew: well, maybe it’s more tactical than that
Matthew: since he has immunity and is trying to mess with her
sara: Do you think he sees her as the biggest threat?
Matthew: she’s definitely one of the stronger cooks
10:24 PM sara: And she’s definitely the stronger of the two others on his team, who he has the chance to really fuck with.
sara: Ooooh, they’re going to Stone Barns!
Matthew: the sister of a blog friend used to be the chef there
10:25 PM Matthew: the branch in the city, that is
i’m told it is delicious
so they’ve gone from canned food to an actual farm…swinging from extreme to extreme in this episode, i guess
10:26 PM sara: Fabio discusses the pros and cons of cooking at an actual farm.
sara: I love Fabio’s cute little wire-rimmed glasses
So, do you think they have to kill their own animals?
10:27 PM Fabio discusses his philosophy of the circle of life.
Matthew: i certainly hope so
sara: Jamie is sooo not comfortable on the farm
Matthew: would be a bit of a cop-out if they went to a farm and then got someone else to butcher the animal for them
10:30 PM sara: Oh dear.
Matthew: “I’m the only cock in the stall”
sara: Oh dear
Matt is quoting Steffan directly
Matthew: yeah, that’s not a paraphrase
10:31 PM sara: That produce is gorgeous
Matthew: that’s crap
they should have had to kill those animals themselves
sara: I agree
Also: I’m so sick of them bitching “we didn’t get to shop at Whole Foods”
Matthew: they didn’t even butcher the carcasses, they were already broken down for them
sara: No–you got to get awesome food off an awesome farm.
10:32 PM Yeah, that’s poor.
Leah’s only doing a salad and a dessert.
Ezra says she’s fucked.
10:33 PM Matthew: yeah, they’ve been coming down hard on the contestants who aren’t being at all creative lately
sara: Ariane is doing lamb again. We have previous experience to know she knows how to do that well.
10:34 PM Matthew: i am jealous of their fresh produce
10:35 PM sara: At last: we find our what season it is: Tom says it’s hot out here right now
Matthew: memories of august coming back
sara: Summer nostalgia… Especially given how fucking cold it is in DC this week!
Matthew: their Christmas episode was a LIE!
sara: Well, we already knew that.
10:36 PM Given what Ariane just said (regretting that she should have tied the lamb a little tighter), folks are predicting she’s going home. Now Ariane says she’s feeling confident–another bad sign.
Jeff is growing on the IFAers, but not me–I still say: Go back to HOUSE, Chase.
10:37 PM That lamb looks tasty…
Matthew: the cahse resemblance…hadn’t noticed before
sara: Well, you don’t have a boyfriend who watches 5 episodes of House a day :)
10:38 PM Matthew: this is very true
sara: Becks doesn’t really strike me as the House type.
Also, she’s a girl
Matthew: becks confirms your suspicions
sara: IFA verdict: If we could eat one thing we’ve just seen: the Lamb…
Matthew: lamb is delicious
10:39 PM referring back to the Christmas dinner discussion from last month, we had a lamb leg on Xmas eve
sara: Ooops, looks like we’re wrong: The lamb is a mess
Matthew: uh oh
sara: Toby Young actually says something clever and relevant “you’ve heard the expression mutton dressed as lamb, this is lamb dressed as mutton”
10:40 PM I don’t think it’s fair to blame them for the poor lamb butchery, though, since they didn’t do it.
sara: Ok, Toby undoes his previous sensible comment by saying something about pesto=big bad wolf that makes no sense at all…
10:41 PM Matthew: if the chef does everything from live animal to plate, then they can take credit/blame for the whole dish
sara: Aw, the kid eating the dessert is super-cute.
Matthew: (the whole room coos at the cute little kid)
sara: Carla seems to be safe–people love her dessert.
Team lamb’s dessert—not so much love
10:42 PM Matthew: can a dessert involve meat? it would be more in the spirit of the challenge, i think, but might be a little tricky
Ok: Pre-judging breaking to get predictions from the IFA crew:
6 People say Leah is going home
4 say Ariane
General prediction is Jeff or Steffan is winning.
10:53 PM sara: wow, Leah’s whiny!
Ariane can’t tie
isn’t tieing something you learn in kindergarten?
10:54 PM Matthew: does arianne work in a veetarian restaurant or soemthing? it’s not that hard
sara: right, and she’s cooked lamb well before.
10:55 PM eeew
Toby Young wants to have unprotected sex with meat.
Kay Steiger, or RH Reality Check, does not approve.
Always practice safe sex with meat, kids
Matthew: i thought that was going to be a not ver subtle sexual allusion, but he didn’t bother with allusion at all
10:56 PM Padma feels sorry for Ariane
Toby Young has no pity.
10:57 PM Matthew: somebody’s going to end up poisoning toby young before the end of this show
Matthew: ok, maybe not
10:58 PM but he’s not very nice
sara: who does?
11:03 PM Ariane’s packing her knives.
sara: Thank goodness she has the guts to talk smack about her teammates, not blubber about her friends, and how she’s so happy to have met them.
11:04 PM Matthew: exactly
sara: Next week: Restaurant Wars!
And until next time, kids, we’re signing off.