Friday, June 6, 2008

My Beef with Top Chef: All the Beef

Did anyone catch Top Chef this week? I love the show but this week was a tad annoying. They kicked off Antonia which is totally whack. TC needs to take a cue from Project Runway and keep in the likable contestants regardless of their work. Lisa is staying and she is unbearable--mostly because of her eyebrow ring. I mean, can you think of a bigger crime against humanity than an eyebrow ring?! It is so painfully white trash circa 1996.

But perhaps the bigger problem I had with Wednesday's show was the pig situation. The elimination challenge was to butcher a whole pig and make a meal out of it. As if it's not bad enough that in its four seasons, TC has NEVER had a vegan/vegetarian challenge of any sort, they had to show the chefs whacking away at a pig that was basically Wilbur without eyeballs. As it is, I have to watch the show with a willing suspension of disbelief to ignore that every dish is a major violation of animal rights, but it was pretty much impossible to do that when Babe was lying lifeless on a counter.

Meanwhile, my lovely Art Department Coordinator, Canada, attended Taste of the Nation this past weekend and had the chance to sample Antonia's food and meet her and her daughter. Here is the two of them:

Canada said her food was outstanding (she mad a linguine with clam sauce and a spicy chocolate shot with cream and saffron.) If you are in the L.A. area you can check her food out for yourself at Foxtail, that is, if you are sexy enough to get in. Word on the street is that this latest addition to the SBE empire is particularly hard to get into. Bonne chance!


kirby! said...

Here is my impression of Lisa: "Wah wah wah, I just escaped elimination on the chopping block for the 12th time, and no one congratulated me, maybe I should just make a big deal out of it and make everyone even more uncomfortable."

Foodeater said...

Totally agree, it's like every show has been some kind of lesson on butchery. Did I really need to watch dead chickens get chopped into their eight edible constituent parts, multiple times... or view a room full of gutted swine (aka a morgue, not a kitchen)? No. I realize it's not a vegetarian show and I'm fine with that, but I know that most people who still eat that stuff don't like looking at it either. Food Network needs to make with more cooking and less cadavers.

And yeah, Lisa over Antonia? What a bummer... Lisa hasn't cooked anything that look good the entire season while Antonia was frequently near the top, and nice. For shame.

Yo Soy! said...

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