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TOP CHEF Episode Nine: The Past Suppers

For a Top Chef super fan, this episode is the shiz! A “walk down memory lane.” The episode pays homage to the past ten seasons by asking the contestants to take an infamous dish from a previous season and recreate in a battle royale.

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For a Top Chef super fan, this episode is the shiz! A “walk down memory lane.” The episode pays homage to the past ten seasons by asking the contestants to take an infamous dish from a previous season and recreate in a battle royale. The twist: the dish has to have a healthy spin because the winner’s creation will serve as inspiration for a new variety for a Healthy Choice Top Chef Steamer. You can learn more about Top Chef’s partnership with Healthy Choice here, pretty cool idea.

The remaining cheftestants will serve their healthy adaptations to Top Chef superfans (along with some “super chefs” including Wolfgang Puck). The winner also gets $15K. Not bad, right?

During the episode we learn that the cute-as-a-button Brooke USED TO BE FAT! At first I found this hard to believe, but we see photo evidence. Girl lost like, 80lbs or something. Rock you, Brooke.

If you remember last week, Brooke was partnered with John. And if you also remember from past weeks, I hate John. Something I’m happy about is that John is selected to make risotto. And as fans of Top Chef, we all know of the infamous risotto curse. Everyone who has attempted to make it has either gotten eliminated or absolutely SLAMMED by the judges. As I watch, I’m hoping tradition holds true for our little Johnny Boy.

As for the rest of the cheftestants:

–          Kristen makes her variation of a pot pie. Not surprisingly, she kills it. No, more like slays it. She doesn’t take the challenge to literally and this ultimately plays to her favor.

–          Brooke was tasked with re-creating her variation of a pea puree. Everyone seems to like it. And I like that, since Brooke is starting to become a favorite of mine.

–          Josie makes a roast chicken / parsnip puree. She roasted chicken nicely, but it really wasn’t anything special. This is Top chef, people! If you’re going to make roast chicken it better be pretty damn good!

–          Stefan created a roasted red pepper soup with bacon and a grilled mimolette cheese sandwich. I honestly don’t see any health value in this dish, but I’m sure it’s tasty as hell. In fact, this sounds like something I’d totally make on my own.

–          Sheldon makes beef carpaccio, but it’s not so successful. Also, I don’t think I could see this as a frozen meal.  Can you?

–          Lizzie makes something that seems so absolutely simple, scallops. But she bought a bad batch from the market, and ain’t nothing stankier than rotten fish. I sense trouble ahead.

–          Josh was tasked with recreating a pork belly recipe. How do you even attempt to make pork belly healthy? Josh was smart enough to re-think the and makes a killer pork tenderloin. A favorite of mine.

–          Micah serves a spiced duck breast, which looks DAMN good.

top chef, season 10, seattle, kristen kish, bravoJosh, Brooke and Kristen took highest honors, and Kristen winds up winning the challenge – this girl’s on fire! [Calling it now, I see Kristen in the finals]

Lizzie and John wind up in the losing category. John of course contrives a lame excuse and blames his ill performance on faulty equipment. If I had a nickel for the amount of excuses John’s given this season…

TWIST TIME!

To determine who packs their knives and leaves, the judges throw in one final challenge for Lizzie and John…they must go head-to-head to recreate a memorable dish from this season: CJ’s burger. If you remember a few weeks back, CJ (a Last Chance Kitchen rock star!) was tasked with creating a spiced dill pickle, and he did that, but he placed it on a sub-par burger which bit him in the butt. This ultimately led to his elimination.

John goes for lamb while Lizzie opts for a chicken burger (keep in mind, they needed to make a healthy burger). Since pickle is the main ingredient to highlight, John grabs a large container of pickles and “allows” Lizzie to use some. How generous (sarcasm).

At some point, John steals dill from Lizzie’s work station and uses ALL OF IT. What a shyster.

In the end, good prevails and John is sent packing with these final words “I’m not bitter, BUT I think it’s bull s***” Aw… not bitter at all. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, buddy.

The only question I’m left with is, who the HELL will be voting for him on last chance kitchen?

SO WHAT CAN YOU LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT? DELICIOUS TENSION WITH JOSIE! (Karma’s a doozy.)

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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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