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TOP CHEF RECAP – Ep 11: Restaurant Wars

John Baker recaps Restaurant Wars!

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This week is a continuation of Restaurant Wars! If you’re not familiar with this Top Chef staple, here’s how it works (at least this season): the remaining cheftestants are split into two groups and are given the opportunity to open and operate their very own restaurant for one night. The winners from last week, Sheldon and Kristen, are the leaders of their respective teams. The leader of the winning team gets a Toyota Avalon.

The stakes are set pretty high from the start. Not only are the chefs competing for a car, but they’re also serving Danny Meyer, big time CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group. This guy owns like a majillion restaurants.

The teams are split boys vs. girls in a battle of the sexes. Since 7 chefs remain, the advantage goes to the ladies:

Girls: Kristen (leader), Lizzie, Brooke and Josie

Boys: Sheldon (leader), Stefan and Josh

Sheldon’s Filipino heritage plays a big part in his vision for the restaurant, which is a risky play since neither Stefan nor Josh is familiar with this type of cuisine.

The girls seem to have the advantage at this stage of the game not only because they have an extra member, but since they all at one point have been classically trained by French chefs.

The twist: There is no kitchen so the chefs not only need to build their restaurant from scratch, but they also have to build their own kitchens from scratch. No pressure.

The guys seem to be running like a well-oiled machine. The girls on the other hand, not so much. Josie was supposed to start on her bouillabaisse, but instead she decides last-minute to do everything on the day of the competition. Kristen even says she would prefer a dishwasher in place of Josie at this point, and I don’t blame her.

On the day of the actual restaurant opening we learn a cut little nugget about Sheldon. He actually started off as a dishwasher and eventually moved up the chain. I love stories like this.

StefanStefan and Brooke take on the role of “Front of House” for their respective teams. When the guests start coming in it’s like high-octane energy! Brooke has no problem marinating the flow, but Stefan runs into a few hiccups. Probably his biggest offense is that ne never even introduced Josh’s dish when it was served to the judges! This is a major faux pas in this competition.

This isn’t to say that the ladies don’t run into their own troubles. There is a major clash in the kitchen between Kristen and Josie over her bouillabaisse which just isn’t coming together as Kristen originally concepted.

All-in-all here is what the chefs created and are ultimately responsible for:

Lizzie: Charchuterie (rabbit picked turnips & yellow beers in chicken rabbit broth)

Josie: Boullabaisse (halibut, Dungeness crab, bay scallops with shellfish broth)

Kristen: Beef bourguignon (braised short rib, garlic puree, mushrooms and carrots) and a deconstructed macaroon

Brooke: Cheese course

Stefan: Kiawen (yellowtail with cilantro spicy chili and white) and a chocolate course

Sheldon: Miki (prawns, tapioca roll with achiote) and adobo pork (with bean puree and pea sprouts)

Josh: Balut (pouched egg, duck confit & foie gras mousse), halo halo and a coconut sorbet

Judging:

The boys win despite Stefano getting slammed for his poor service.

Top Chef Elimination WomenWhen Kristen and Josie are questioned about the flaws of the bouillabaisse, Kristen does nothing to stand up for herself and essentially falls on her sword in lacking to do so. As a result Kristen goes home. I’m literally floored. However, Josie seems to be the most surprised out of everyone. Ugh, we have to bear another week listening to that screaming man voice.

Not surprisingly, Stefan plants his signature pervy kiss on Kristen’s cheek as be bid her adieu.

But this isn’t the last of Kristen. She still has a chance at redemption in Last Chance Kitchen. Can she beat CJ who is on fire with 6 wins in a row? Tune in to find out.

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Sneak Peek: Renee Zellweger’s Mysterious New Netflix Series Promises Secrets, Suspense and Seduction

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Renee Zellweger is back – and if this advance look at her new series is any indication, she’ll have us on the edge of our seats!

Debuting Friday, May 24th, the cryptic trailer for “What/If” shows Zellweger walking through a lavish party and ascending a flight of stairs as her narration sets up the story, which focuses on people challenged with a dilemma over an offer that may be too extraordinary to refuse. The closing shot proves that it’s Zellweger that holds the game pieces in this dangerous game.

The 10-episode first season is available in just a month!

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‘Saved By The Bell’ Cast Reunited For 30th Anniversary – And I’m So Excited

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If you think your high school experience feels like ancient history then it won’t bring you any comfort to know that Saved By The Bell debuted 30 years ago!

Back in 1989, Saved By The Bell hit the small screen and quickly became a television staple. Over the course of its four seasons, the sitcom followed Zach Morris and his unique blend of friends as they navigated the tricky waters of high school. Everyone had a favorite Bayside Tiger and the series spawned many memorable scenes…but you are a liar if you didn’t say your favorite scene was where Jessie broke down crying after coming to terms with her caffeine pill addiction while crying out the most iconic line ever, “I’m so excited…I’m so excited…I’m so…scared”

 

In any event, some of Bayside’s most memorable students reunited over the weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hit sitcom. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris), Tiffany Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) all gathered together to hit us right in the nostalgia. Notably missing were Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) and Dustin Diamond (Screech). Berkley wrote on her Instagram “FRIENDS FOREVER!!!” along with some sweet and fun hashtags. Lopez upped the ante and posted a video recapping the fun time the gang had as they reminisced on the days way back when. WHY WASN’T THIS TELEVISED?!? Many are speculating the reunion to be the beginnings of a reboot or revival but nothing of the sort has yet been confirmed.

 

 

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FRIENDS FOREVER #spousestoo!!!❤️❤️❤️#imsoexcited #buddybands #love #friends #family #life #magic

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The Season 2 Trailer for “Big Little Lies” Has Us Shook

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This are gonna get really messy for “The Monterey Five.” A bunch of California moms have complicated lives, and season one found those complications reaching a fevered pitch.

The first season of Big Little Lies was full of tension and drama, and a season finale that had jaws dropping. Now, the power cast is back (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspon, Laura Dern and season two powerhouse addition Meryl Streep) and things are going to get harder before they get easier.

HBO has released a minute long look at what’s coming… and while it’s pretty vague, we do see that Meryl Streep, who plays mother of Alexander Skarsgård‘s character, will be seeking some answers into how he died. (If you don’t know, STREAM SEASON ONE IMMEDIATELY!

Big Little Lies returns to HBO June 9.

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