Top Chef Chicago Watch: Episode #10

I find it funny that this week’s episode completely stereotyped police officers with obesity. They flat out assumed that cops only eat greasy, terrible-for-you food and while I’m not denying that that could be the case, why was it attributed only to police officers? I missed the connection somewhere I guess.

But in all fairness, I admire Top Chef’s efforts to battle the problems of obesity and preach healthy cooking through many of the show’s challenges.

Yes, this week’s episode was all about healthy eating, that’s for sure. After a hilarious quickfire attempt to bring the “sexy back” to salads (with guest judge Sam Talbot from Season 2! I love him!), cheftestants were asked to design healthy box lunches for the Chicago Police Academy, to replace their usual lunch fare, they define as this:

Props Top Chef for ordering two giant trays worth of every greasy food imagineable. Seeing all the bad for you foods in one place makes you feel that much worse for eating any of them ever.

But anyway, poor Andrew! Obnoxious as he could be, I was actually a huge Andrew fan and I’m quite sad they told him to pack his knives. For this episode in particular, he was so proud of the fact that he studied nutrition, and he’s very into cooking healthy but this time he may have gone too healthy (for the circumstances). I always thought he had good ideas, played by the rules (minus this one little grain incident) and his food looked good. So I’m sad.
The worst part about is that they chose Andrew over Lisa or Spike in this case. On one hand you have Spike’s completely unimaginative, not-so-great-looking chicken salad that resulted from an afterthought of his advantage to choose ingredients others couldn’t use. And then…you have Lisa, with an equally unimaginative dish that wasn’t even cooked right. Her dish looked horrific to me, it wasn’t cohesive and nearly every element was called out for being uncooked. Not to mention, she blames others for her dish’s weaknesses. But, they still got rid of Andrew.
I know I wasn’t there to taste the food, but being a sushi lover, I thought his dish looked amazing. I understand it didn’t bridge the gap from greasy to healthy very well, but it was unique, good-looking and definitely thoughtful. Sometimes you just never know.
The winner of this challenge was a bit unexpected because of last episode’s debaucle. But Dale came through with a Lemongrass Mango Bison dish that while it sounded amazing, looked just ok. Again, I’m sure it must have tasted great though. The flavors all sound perfect together and the bison was a great alternative to beef. My brother loves bison and on occasion we make bison burgers or bison meat sauce for pasta at home.
I would also like to point out that amongst the contenders for the winning spot (yet again) was our very own Stephanie, for a very hearty and delicious looking soup. I found it ironic that the two people up for the Chicago Police Academy box lunch challenge were the two with any roots in Chicago (while Dale lives in NY, he is from Chicago originally). Maybe it takes one to know one?? We’ll see how the rest of the season pans out. :)

EPISODE 10 RECAP:

Title: Serve and Protect

Challenges: Quickfire - Put the sexy back in salads. Create a salad in 45 minutes. Elimination – Create a healthy box lunch using one ingredient from each food group for the Chicago Police Academy.

Winner: Dale Eliminated: Andrew

Chefs Remaining: Richard, Stephanie, Antonia, Spike, Lisa, and Dale.

Tune in for Episode 11 next week!


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  • http://aloshaskitchen.blogspot.com melissa

    Props Top Chef for ordering two giant trays worth of every greasy food imagineable. Seeing all the bad for you foods in one place makes you feel that much worse for eating any of them ever.

    half funny, half sad. heheh.

  • Flaime

    Props Top Chef for ordering two giant trays worth of every greasy food imagineable. Seeing all the bad for you foods in one place makes you feel that much worse for eating any of them ever.

    Actually, it made me cravy chili dogs…

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