Last nights episode of Top Chef was a bloodbath: After a Quickfire Challenge in which the chefs were asked to create a cocktail pairing for the prominently placed Bombay Sapphire Gin, most of the show was devoted to an elimination challenge in which they split up into teams of three and made courses for a special tasting menu. The tuna course was a flop, putting both Howie and Joey back on the brink, but the pineapple-themed dessert course created by Dale, Camille, and Sara was even worse and had Camille headed straight back to Brooklyn. Adam Sternbergh, New York's culture critic at-large, gleefully IMed with us afterward.
Sternbergh: It was fun to see a show where the judges were full-on This is horrible.
Ozersky: I know, theres definitely a sadistic element in watching it.
Sternbergh: I was actually moved by Casey and her blanket of guilt speech.
Sternbergh: She was crying! Actually, at the end, everyone was crying. Who knew chefs were so sensitive?
Ozersky: Theyre not. Inside, theyre all Howie.
Sternbergh: Im all for Howie. I love that bulldog! Platt be damned!
Sternbergh: Do chefs really call each other Chef? Like, Thank you, Chef.
Sternbergh: They sound like Jedi Knights.
Ozersky:: They do if theyre real chefs, not line cooks or whatever.
Sternbergh: So, Josh, was justice served tonight?
Ozersky: Well, I thought that the dessert chefs did have a point. It is easier just to serve a slice of filet mignon. They at least tried to reach for something special.
Ozersky: But I can't tell. They tart up all their food its like an Applebee's commercial, with all those glossy close-ups.
Sternbergh: True. Then again, I dont know my scallops from my shallots.
Ozersky: They do love their scallops on this show. All the bland ingredients: tuna, scallops, filet. Everything that wont offend. I think thats weak.
Sternbergh: But look what happened to the risk-takers.
Ozersky: What lesson does this teach Americas youth?
Sternbergh: Stay away from pineapple.
Sternbergh: Still, Camille seemed capable. And cute. Too bad she was done in by dessert.
Ozersky: A blow to Brooklyn but she represented.
Sternbergh: There are plenty of New Yorkers left. Its like the whole show, practically.
Ozersky: I wonder if the trans-Hudson peoples object to that.
Sternbergh: If I have to choose among them, I think Joeys not long for this world. He looks like he should be working on the line at Hawaiian Tropic Zone.
Ozersky: I hate to say it, but he does seem bad. But you know, he is actually the chef at a very good New York restaurant, Caf des Artistes.
Ozersky: I wonder if they didnt drop the ball this season by getting looks, personality, etc. at the expense of ability. There should be some old drunk with track marks, who would run these guys into the ground.
Sternbergh: Isnt that guy hosting Hells Kitchen?
Ozersky: Rim shot!