Leading up to last night’s season five premiere of Top Chef, I couldn’t decide how I wanted to cover my favorite reality show on The Chew Blog for The Dagger. I thought about live blogging each show, but decided against that for many reasons*.
So I decided to highlight the top and bottom three dishes from the elimination challenges based one one simple criteria. What would I chose to eat? I am, by no means, a food critic, and have probably not even tasted half the stuff on the contestants plate. Still, I love food.
So here are last nights top and bottom three elimination plates, in no particular order, chosen by me and not the judges, with pics:
Radhika: Jerk rubbed halibut with ginger beer cocktail – Looks like an overseasoned piece of fish on top of a bocaburger.
Jamie: Pan roasted sea bass and eggplant puree with wile arugula salad – The salad looks ok, but the fish looks bland and is on top of what must be baby food.
Carla: Smoked trout and salmon cakes with sour cream and caviar over potato latkes – How Carla knew that the movie Wall-E would be coming out this week when this episode was taped, I’ll never know. Stare at this dish for a while and you will swear the cavier blinks at you.
Jeff: Cuban coffee seared tenderloin, smoked plantain with black beans and rice – Yeah it was incomplete and doesn’t look very good on the plate, but I can dig the flavors he was going for.
Jill: Jerk seasoned scallops with plantain fritters and three sauces – Have to go with the local girl, right? This looks and sounds like something I would order off a menu. I understand it.
Eugene: Dry rub lamb with basmati sweet rice, tzatziki with tandoori glaze – I usually like my meats a touch more done that this, but this looks like it would have awesome flavors throughout the meat and rice.