April 06, 2006
The Ecstasy and the Agony - Part III
And now we move into the culinary realm of Top Chef. Because Lost runs a bit over, I missed the first couple minutes, but evidently the immunity challenge involved blind taste-and-identify work with some unusual ingredients. Perhaps because her uber-organic self has to branch out into these flavors to keep dishes interesting, Andrea won. What was awesome in this challenge was that one of the ingredients was umeboshi, a Japanese delicacy that's basically pickled plum. It is also the same item that Yaya infamously spit out in front of the director during cycle 3 of Top Model. Good times!
But what was MORE awesome was that they then went home and did a junk food version with Dave squaring off against Miguel. Miguel the man-child won, proving...not much. It was still hilarious.
Pity poor Lee Anne who was paired with Stephen for the elimination challenge. You will not be shocked to learn that he tried to sell food on the street while wearing a suit with an orange tie.
But sadness came at the end. After an odd situation where gender roles got stereotypical (the women tried to be self-sacrificing, while the men let them take the fall), Lisa was booted just because she's lacking in professional experience. Lame! If you think that's a factor, then don't cast amateurs on the show. Farewell, mama - we'll miss you.