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Old 07-19-2007, 11:34 AM   #41
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IC hard to imagine not ever having chicken ala king, tuna casserole or chicken and dumplings. Wow. I do not care for Hung either, he comes across as way to thrilled with himself and just plain mean.
I can believe it. I've been living here for 18 years and never had any of those dishes. Heard about them, but never tried them .

Missed the show, only caught the last few minutes.
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:49 AM   #42
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no one is competing for the guy we love to hate. Hung seemed to be claiming the honor. He is kind of arrogant but I don't think he has it in him to be as obnoxious as foam guy from last season or wine guy from the one before.

Agreed!!

How could Colicchio possibly win the "Who's the sexiest judge" viewer poll? Even taking into account that Padma and Gail had to split their constituency, I still can't believe it.
My guess is that more women watch and vote than men.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:01 PM   #43
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I can believe it. I've been living here for 18 years and never had any of those dishes. Heard about them, but never tried them .

Missed the show, only caught the last few minutes.
But Adrienne, you're not a chef in US.... I can understand that you've never tried them, because the past 18 years, they haven't exactly been the kind of dishes most US folks are eating, and not much seen in restaurants other than diners (maybe) any more.
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Old 07-19-2007, 03:49 PM   #44
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I enjoy the show, but am amazed by some of the lack of thought...
If you don't know a dish or a region, there are ways today to get the info quickly! Called computers. So many online sources of info. Joey had the right idea last night...call the experts at his restaurant and get the recipe!
But no Knowledge of Latino cuisine, or of American diner standards, or healthy cuisine techniques???

As they keep asking, "what were you thinking?"
The thing is, we don't know if they're even allowed to have online access between the time that the challenge is issued and when they are cooking. In the first season, I know they had access to the internet but I don't remember seeing it in season 2 or so far in season 3. And unless it's just editing, it appears that they go straight to the store as soon as the challenge is issued so they wouldn't have any time regardless. Plus, once you buy your ingredients you're more or less committed to what you were planning to make.

And from what I saw, Joey didn't call his cooks at the restaurant. He just winged it from watching them and tasting the crew meal.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:04 PM   #45
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I can believe it. I've been living here for 18 years and never had any of those dishes. Heard about them, but never tried them .

Missed the show, only caught the last few minutes.
Yup, it's mainly demographics. Although I may have tried them when I was younger, I certainly don't remember them. I also have no desire to try most of the ones that I've never had.

The age bracket of most of the chefs are in the 25-30 range. I'm in the same age bracket. While we've eaten many of the comfort foods like taco, sloppy joes, etc., some of them we just didn't grow up eating and if we did, they certainly weren't memorable enough to commit to memory or to keep a part of our repertoire.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:42 PM   #46
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The thing is, we don't know if they're even allowed to have online access between the time that the challenge is issued and when they are cooking. In the first season, I know they had access to the internet but I don't remember seeing it in season 2 or so far in season 3. And unless it's just editing, it appears that they go straight to the store as soon as the challenge is issued so they wouldn't have any time regardless. Plus, once you buy your ingredients you're more or less committed to what you were planning to make.

And from what I saw, Joey didn't call his cooks at the restaurant. He just winged it from watching them and tasting the crew meal.
I think you're right ironchef. If they had been allowed to do research between the assignment of a challenge and the challenge itself, they wouldn't be able to edit out all evidence of it.

Also, as you say, sometimes very good chefs are at a tremendous disadvantage when the challenge involves things they've barely even tasted, let alone cooked. I think thats what happened to Sara N. this week. I think she said that her exposure to latin cuisine was limited to having once had a Mexican-American roommate.

By the way, Chef June, I did get that the time was reduced from 3 to 1 1/2 hours. My point was her ceviche/guacamole might not have really been very time/labor intensive. If you know what you're doing, have the masa made, and have access to a tortilla press and a griddle big enough to cook three or four or more at time, then knocking out 20 corn tortillas can be done pretty quickly, even by an amateur like me. So after seeing her final dish I wondered if a professional cook, experienced with the cuisine, might not have been able to do both in 90 minutes. On the other hand, if she was going to make masa, not instant, the full three hours wouldn't be enough time unless there is a method I've never heard of. You see it's so rare that a chef takes on one of the very few tasks that I actually know a little about, that I was disappointed when it didn't happen.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:56 PM   #47
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I think the chicken and dumpling thing is demographics. Even 25 to 30 year olds around here have had them. Not my favorite food, but I have tried them. IC, you are probabally right about the final three, if Casey improves a little. Does anyone think she looks like Jen. Aniston? This season they really aren't showing as much of the interactions at the hotel as they have before. It's been more just cooking and that's ok with me. It keeps me from having feelings about them that interfere with my thoughts on their dish.
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Old 07-19-2007, 05:14 PM   #48
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I forgot about Brian. I like him because he is always pushing himself. I like how he chose the eel and snake even though he never worked with either, and how he made four tarts and a seafood trio in the other quickfires. The guy is able to do a lot in very little time. The lobster stuffed cabbage was stupid but he does push himself which is I like. I think so far he's the only chef to do that in every challenge.
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How could Colicchio possibly win the "Who's the sexiest judge" viewer poll? Even taking into account that Padma and Gail had to split their constituency, I still can't believe it.
Oh come on now, Tom is ďDaí ManĒ! LOL.

Heís my favorite judge, and the two women, more often than not, get on my nerves. They have such a pretentious aire about them that I often donít care what they think. But Tom is far more down to earth, hardcore, and ready for business. Heís obviously very knowledgeable, fair, and knows how to get the job done.

I would have voted for him, just because I donít like the other two judges, and Iím a guy! I was happy to see him win.

That being said, I donít think I would actually like to work FOR Tom, as I imagine he could really tear you a new one if you got on his bad side!
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Old 07-19-2007, 05:17 PM   #50
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Tom's the real deal. Padma and Gail are idiots that happen to look good.
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