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TOP CHEF RECAP Episode Seven: That’s Just The Berries.

Time now for a recap of last night’s Top Chef Seattle episode… things are heating up!!

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Time now for a recap of last night’s Top Chef Seattle episode… things are heating up!!

top chef, season 10, seattle, danyele mcpherson, bravo

Episode 7 starts out with Danyele giving us a narrative on how she will, in fact, be ….Brave. We’ll see about that!

Quick Fire

We’re introduced at the beginning of the episode to Stephanie Izard, Season 4 winner of Top Chef. She also happens to be the only female to ever win the competition. What’s with that? Come on ladies, time to step it up!

The twist of the challenge is that every ingredient in the kitchen is wrapped entirely in Reynolds’s Wrap. So essentially, the chefs are grabbing at things blindly since everything is enveloped in silver wrapping. They also must use the Reynold’s Wrap as their cooking vessel – that’s right, no bowls, no pots, no pans….only….Reynold’s Wrap. This is pretty much product placement on steroids. Get foiled up! (See what I did there? That’s was a pun on “get fired up”… okay, not my best. It’s late.) The winner is safe from elimination.

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Kristen decides to go against the grain and make a sponge cake, which proves itself successful. How she makes a CAKE in 30min with those limited resources is pretty impressive. Her ballsiness translates into a win which translates into immunity.

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Elimination challenge

In the elimination challenge the chefs will go head to head in a battle of the berries at the Remlinger Farms Berry Festival. The top 5 performers from the Quick Fire challenge have the advantage of choosing their competitor. Pretty straight forward. Check out the below for how the competition shakes out

Kristen n/a (immune from elimination)
Sheldon Micah
Danyele Josh
Stefan John
Josie Lizzie
Bart Brooke

In addition to bragging rights, $10K goes to the winner. Not too bad for a day’s work.

At the grocery store, the chefs scramble to pick up supplies for the challenge ahead, and no doubt there is major drams. Get ready for it…. Stefan buys frozen tuna (gasp!). It’s apparently high-grade, but this IMMEDIATELY gives Stefan’s uber-insecure competitor, John, something to latch onto. John is relentless with Stefan about his selection of frozen protein. Stefan’s response, “I’ll shank him in the kidneys.”

And I believe him.

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Elimination challenge

The chefs pull up to the farm and it is gorgeous.

The only stress of the day is that there is a limited amount of space in the prepping area, but they’ve certainly been through worse.

Surprisingly, there aren’t any major mishaps in the preparation and serving phase. However, Josie does struggle to get food out. In fact, at one point there is a gaggle of Mob Wife-esque women that talk some major smack about her being so slow. In order to divert attention away from her lack of time management, Josie puts on some sort of botched one-woman show which is equal parts disturbing and annoying. At one point Gail Simmons questions Josie’s sobriety (as does the viewing audience). One can only hope she’s on something—or at least drunk—with the way she’s acting. Although I think it’s safe to say this is her sober. Aw J

A nice juxtaposition to Josie’s freak-on-a-leash nature is Kristen. (seen here on the left side of this photo.) While Josie is like, dropping acid at her serving station (allegedly, of course), Kristen tells us a nice story of what she’d do with the $10K winnings. She was apparently born in Seoul, South Korea and was abandoned by her mother at birth. Police found her, named her, and at 4 months old she was adopted by a family in Michigan.  So her dream is to have the money to go back and visit the place she came from. Cute, right?

Back to the competition. Despite the heckling from John regarding Stefan’s frozen tuna, he still seems to outperform. In fact, some dude at the festival described John’s chorizo gazpacho as “cheeseburger soup.” Interestingly enough, cheeseburger soup like something Guy Fieri would serve with a side of Donkey Sauce. Believe it or not, this is actually a thing on Guy’s menu at his Times Square restaurant.

One last thing about John’s gazpacho: Per Stefan, “I wouldn’t flush my poop with it.” So…yeah.

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Elimination

Back at elimination kitchen, the fight continues about the frozen fish. Stefan, visibly upset tells John to, “suck it hard.” Cute.

Padma first calls the challenge losers to face the panel:

  • John
  • Josie
  • Bart
  • Micah
  • Danyele

The judges really ripped into Danyele on this one. Padma even said the fruit compote tasted like lunchmeat. Lunch. Meat.

She winds up being sent home and we have to bid adieu to our beloved Brave.

The winning crown (and $10K!) goes to Kristen. Stefan leans over and gives her a pervy kiss to congratulate, but she’s too excited to care. It’s interesting to note that this is the second week in a row that someone with immunity won the elimination challenge. Are we seeing a pattern here?

Back in the kitchen, while celebrating Kristen’s victory, Josie’s boozy breath and sheer loudness continues to get on everyone’s nerves. When will she leave us alone?

Last chance kitchen

Danyele vs CJ are in last chance kitchen. Although I’m a fan of CJ, I’ve gotta root for my girl, Danyele. Who will you be voting for? You can save your favorite! Get on twitter and hashtag your arse off! (CLICK HERE TO DO IT INSTANTLY, AND SEE THE RULES. Oh yeah, be a resident of the US and be over 18.)

Next week, they have to cook for a team of roller girls! ‘Nuff said!

Take a peek at next week’s episode!!

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Hold Onto Your Bucket, You Can Visit Colonel Sanders on KFC Island In ‘Animal Crossing’

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Kentucky. Fried. Crossing.

If I told you to live in a tent for a few days, pull a bunch of weeds from the lawn and chop down a few trees for lumber that you will then have to turn into tools with your own two hands all while trying to pay off a ridiculous debt that you unwittingly acquired you might think I’m into corporal punishment. Yet, it’s all those things that make Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch so damn addictive.

The life simulation video game has grown unbelievably popular over these last few months and it’s probably because the game provides a great creative outlet that can keep players entertained for hours while remaining home during quarantine. Even some celebrities have jumped on the virtual bandwagon with Elijah Wood, T-Pain, Chrissy Tiegen and more all sharing their obsession on social media. Well scoot over movie stars, big time singers and supermodels because the biggest household name just changed the game (not literally as I’m sure the game has some sort of coding that prevents actual changes to be made but metaphorically the pun works). That’s right, Colonel Sanders has an avatar and an island and is ready to serve up some chicken.

Credit: KFC Philippines Twitter

Earlier this week, the KFC Philippines Twitter account revealed the news that “KFC Island” would be opening for lucky visitors. To get to the island you have to message their Facebook account with the #KFCVirtualStore for a chance at getting a Dodo Code. Because I am one of the many who have fallen in love with this game I know that a Dodo Code is a unique code which can be shared with select visitors to grant them access to your island. I feel like such a gamer. On the Kentucky fried island there is a restaurant that is replicated to look like the real thing! There’s booths, a kitchen and even promotional posters. Oh and as if this wasn’t exciting enough, if you find the Colonel hiding somewhere on the island you could win an 8-piece chicken bucket from KFC…in real life! (The promotion is only valid for players in the Philippines.)

Credit: KFC Philippines Twitter

Visits to the island are only available until June 20th, so be sure to hop on this finger lickin’ experience while you can!

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Stan Lee Said The Only Way To Combat A Racist Is To ‘Expose Them’ In A Periodical From Over Fifty Years Ago

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A man truly ahead of his time.

The concept of finding strength within a community has never been more pressing than it is right now. Our country is divided in so many ways but amongst the fractures you can see groups joining together in an effort to show that unity is always stronger than division. If anyone can attest to that belief it was the ingenius comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer Stan Lee.

The man responsible for the Marvel universe we know and love today was behind a number of comic books which featured outcasts who looked beyond their differences in order to unify and protect the greater good. A concept our world might need reminding of. In the back of the comics Lee wrote for was a section entitled “Stan’s Soapbox,” where the wordsmith would write short articles expressing some things that were on his mind. One soapbox article from 1968 has resurfaced and gone viral because of how eerily fitting it is for today.

In the article Lee calls bigotry and racism “the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today.” But unlike a super villain from one of his comics, racism and bigotry cannot be defeated by a “punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun,” he says, rather “the only way to destroy them is to expose them – reveal them for the insidious evils they really are.” The comic book creator suggests the only way for our world to continue peacefully is to “judge each other on our merits” and to “fill our hearts with tolerance.”

Along with the soapbox article, a clip from an interview with Larry King has gone viral with Lee once again wishing to see more tolerance in the world. When asked what the one thing he would change about the world Lee responded “I’d make people not hate each other because of their religion, because of their nationality, because of any stupid reason. If we can abolish hatred, we live on this gorgeous planet.”

Why couldn’t he be the celebrity that ran for president!? Hopefully the villains Lee warned us about over fifty years ago will soon seem like a thing in the past and that beautiful, tolerant world he dreamed of will become a reality.

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Lizzo’s Performance Of ‘Pomp And Circumstance’ Will Make Any Graduate Feel Good As Hell

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She really is a hoot with a flute.

Ah graduation, that special moment that every student dreams about where they get dressed up in an unbreathable gown and an unflattering cap and sit outside for hours somewhere on a great lawn in the middle of a heat wave just to receive that special piece of paper that says they have completed a super long chapter in their lives. While the ceremonies are not always the most exciting time ever, to be denied the chance to walk across a stage and turn the tassel on your cap due to the pandemic guidelines does seem like a real bummer. To help remedy the graduation blues of 2020, YouTube Originals live-streamed an event called Dear Class Of 2020 which featured some huge stars offering their support. One of those stars happened to be Lizzo who put her own spin on the classic graduation march “Pomp and Circumstance.”

In her performance, Lizzo played the iconic two-minute section of the song that is most widely associated with graduations. After about 40-seconds, the “Juice” singer shares her congratulations to the graduating class and then lets them know it’s time to “turn it up.” With that, Lizzo is virtually accompanied by the New York Phil Harmonic as they jam out (is it still called jamming out when it’s classical music?) to create a truly memorable performance. The performance is visually stunning showcasing some cool digital effects but what truly stands out in the video are the images of black graduates wearing their caps and gowns as they participate in Black Lives Matter protests that are happening throughout the nation. The entire video suddenly becomes much more hopeful as it becomes clear that the future of our nation rests in the hands of these courageous, intelligent and strong young people.

The video ends with a photo of Deveonte Joseph taken by photographer Nathan Aguirre, which went viral when first posted. In the photo, Joseph is wearing his graduation cap and gown on a street in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the lights of a police set up glowing behind him.

Check out the entire inspirational video below!

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