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TOP CHEF Episode 8 Recap: From Oysters To Roller Girls.

Things start out a little muddy but really get rolling in the latest episode.



Things hit the ground running with a field trip, clearly in preparation for the Quick Fire challenge. Contestants hop in their Toyota Camrys and drive, speculating about what the challenge could possibly be. They finally pull up to an Oyster farm, as the cameras dutifully take as many shots of the car’s logo as possible.

In true reality show fashion, here is where everyone talks to camera about how awesome they are with oysters… how connected with oysters they feel. Chef John is all “I grew up in Long Island!” practically veering into some of my best friends are oysters! I dated an oyster in high school! I took an oyster to the prom! These are important moments to pay attention, because it is an unwritten rule of reality tv that whoever talks the biggest game about themselves will probably get served up a delicious slice of humble (in this case oyster) pie.)

They all start harvesting the oysters, and then cracking them open and eating them. I love an oyster myself, but seeing them sitting in the muck they look muddy and gross, but no one lets on they they’re getting huge mouthfuls of grit. Life is great! I love oysters! These are so delicious! Someone even threw out the ‘oysters are nature’s candy’ line. (Note: blueberries are natures candy – oysters are more like natures phlegmball, but throw a little horseradish, shallots and vinegar on there and I’m in.)

Meanwhile, Josh starts saying something about something, and I totally trail off, because  I can’t stop looking at him. At first I thought he had a really unique look, until I realized that in fact he is totally stealing the style of Yukon Cornelius, the bearded prospector from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  without giving him the proper credit. Not cool, Josh, not cool. Anyway, I’m assuming he said something about oysters.

You see what I mean.


The challenge is to present oysters on the half shell, and they trufhfully all look delicious. If I were a judge, I would be totally overwhelmed by eating all those oysters, but they don’t seem to mind.

In the end the winner is Micah – he wins five grand.


Time for the elimination challenge. The chefs are paired up and challenged with cooking dishes for the local Roller Derby team. Each player as a foodie name, like Jalapeno Business, Kutta Rump, Eddie Shredder, Tempura Tantrum and Teriyaki Terror. As part of the fun they go to a Roller Derby game, and afterwards Chef Josie earns the Miss Congeniality award for going on a weird tirade, which includes accusing Micah of being ‘in the closet,’ and a zinger that is best delivered with a physical peformance, illustrated below:

If Josie were a tree, she’d be one you would not bark up.

The next day, the chefs cook right at the rink, and prepare the following:

Teriyaki Terror (Josie and Bart). Steak teriyaki with forbidden rice, beet blood and green papaya salad.

Jalapeno Business  (Micah and Lizzie). Crab-stuffed jalapeno with avocado crema and onion-pepper relish.

Eddie Shredder (Stefan and Kristen). Corn puree, chicken liver and sunny-side-up egg.

Kutta Rump (John and Brooke). Thai beef with lobster-jasmine rice and Thai slaw.

Tempura Tantrum (Sheldon and Josh). Tempura yuzu curd with shiso, Fresno chili, sweet potato and vanilla.

Lots of exotic combinations! Wouldn’t it have been funny if the chefs had all been punked and in fact this food was being served to second graders? I can practically hear their noses turning up! But some of them look pretty good.


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In the end, Josie, Bart, Sheldon and Josh face the judges and are up for elimination. Can’t help but enjoy seeing Miss Congeniality Josie sweat it out a bit. But cheftestant Bart is the guy who ends up packing up his knives for the the online series, “Last Chance Kitchen.”

Who Stays? Who Goes? You Decide!

Meanwhile, Check out next week’s episode!

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Christina Anstead Is Having a Baby!



Congratulations, Christina and Ant! We are so excited for you!
The star of HGTV’s Flip or Flop made the announcement in a photo with her husband Ant Anstead in a special post on instagram. The couple married this past December.

@ant_anstead and I are so excited to announce #babyanstead coming this September!! The kids are all so excited to meet their new sibling ♥️ #5
#Gonnaneedabiggercar! 🚌 😂


This will be her third child, both have two children from previous marriages.


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Lee Daniels Speaks Out On The ‘Pain, Anger, Sadness And Frustration’ Surrounding The Jussie Smollett Scandal



Although never mentioned by name, it’s clear that Empire creator, Lee Daniels, is still processing “the freaking roller coaster” Jussie Smollett has put him through.

Lee Daniels took to Instagram on Wednesday night to speak out about the Jussie Smollett scandal. The caption to the video states that Lee was “in [his] feelings last week,” alluding to the further developments surrounding the case. In the video, after brushing his teeth, Lee takes a moment to address the fact that Jussie is still appearing in new episodes of the hit show because they were filmed prior to “the incident.” In the wake of the allegations, the show has released a statement confirming the fact that Jussie has been written out of the last two episodes of the season. Lee’s pain and frustration stems from something deeper than character arcs as he told his followers “this is not what the show was made for. This show was made to bring America together to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets.”

On January 29th, Jussie made claims that he was the victim to a racially-motivated attack. After an extensive investigation, Chicago police believe that the alleged attack was fake. Since being charged, Jussie has pleaded not guilty on 16 felony counts for allegedly making false statements to police. Jussie also denies claims that he faked the ordeal due to his dissatisfaction with his salary. No word on whether Jussie will return to Empire next season as of yet.

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Dan And Eugene Levy Announce That Next Season Of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Will Be It’s Last



Well ain’t this some real, sad Schitt…

Very few television shows gain popularity over time which is why I am astonished by the news that Schitt’s Creek will be ending after next season! It’s got charm. It’s got wit. It’s got heart. Not to mention outstanding performances by LITERALLY everyone in the cast. Ugh, I’m more upset than a disgruntled pelican.

I guess we should all take comfort in knowing that the show is ending on the terms of  co-creators (and stars) Dan Levy and Eugene Levy. Just moments ago they released an official statement announcing their renewal for a 6th and final season. In the statement they express their gratitude for being given “the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with the final chapter that [they] had envisioned from the very beginning.”

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Over the course of it’s five seasons, Schitt’s Creek has been praised by fans and critics alike for their hysterical yet positive storylines. Dan Levy, whose character is identifies as pansexual, has been clear since the show’s beginning that the world of Schitt’s Creek is a tolerant one that is free of bias and homophobia. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed and then snot-cried on my couch while watching this show!

There are three more episodes of season 5 of Schitt’s Creek to still be aired with a final fourteen episodes airing sometime in 2020. Seventeen episodes doesn’t seem like nearly enough time for a proper bereavement to deal with this Schitt-y news but I guess we will have to make do.

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