Jon Peterson wrote:As you'd guess, Jenise, Liz and I (and our kids) are pushing for Bryan to go all the way AND to sweep the voting for that extra cash to their charity Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry if I recall correctly. That last show was a nail biter, for sure. I would have been shocked if he's been sent home but it could happen. Why did he pick beets? Who knows! (He does work magic with beets in his restaurants!)
I also don't know what to say about Chef de Cuisine Graeme Ritchie; as good as he is, he hasn't done Bryan any real favors. (His wife, Johna, is pregnant BTW.) He basically runs Volt now that Bryan is splitting his time between Volt and Range with the occasional cameo at Family Meal. He also no longer has the spiked Mohawk hair.
I liked Lynn Crawford, too; sorry she's gone. I am very slowly warming up to David Burke and may not get there before the show is over. I'm sorry but I can't help but think of the Three Musketeers when I see Neal Fraser. Yoon can go anythie as far as I'm concerned but I'd love to eat at his restaurant.
Are you watching the Sous Chef mini episodes online, Jenise?
Carrie L. wrote:I've been watching and enjoying. I like Bryan too but have to say that his fake laugh is driving me crazy. It kinda sounds like a low-key machine gun. Listen for it. He is truly a culinary genius though, so I can overlook an annoying personality trait.
Agree with Jenise about Lynn. I also thought her platings were far more "pedestrian" than any of the other chefs. Was not surprised to see her go, since it seemed her sous was keeping her afloat anyway.
Was incredibly sad to see Jenn Louis go so soon, as she is a friend's daughter. Recently had him over for dinner in the desert and was a bit intimidated cooking for him! His wife, who passed away last year was also an amazing cook (and person).
I actually like Neal...both his personality and his cooking style.
May stop watching altogether if David gets eliminated. He is so freaking fun to watch and listen to. My kinda guy. He needs to step it up a bit though.
Once again, I'm finding that they are not doing enough with Hugh. It seems they are "scripting" him, so the unexpected witty moments we long for aren't coming through at all. C'mon BRAVO, give him so leeway!
Jenise wrote:Re Bryan, I get the trait you speak of but it doesn't come across as 'fake' to me. More kind of a self-conscious, and a complete absence of gregariousness. He comes across as a truly good and humble man. Jon of course knows him and can give him a better read on him. Jon?
Jon Peterson wrote:
That's his laugh and it isn't fake. My kids make fun of it whenever they're together. Bryan is as unpretentious as they come and as down-to-earth as they get so I think self-conscious is a good description of his laugh. He laughs like that in front of groups and he laughs like that if it's just the two of you and he's showing you something funny on his phone.
Jenise wrote:Jon, are you still somm-ing at the restaurant?
Carrie L. wrote:How about Bryan's deconstructed guacamole? They seemed to love that also!
Carrie L. wrote:I watched it too. I'm now wowed by Douglas as well. David is losing a little ground for being so scattered and having too many flavors. Wish we could all taste this stuff! How about Bryan's deconstructed guacamole? They seemed to love that also!
Jon Peterson wrote:Carrie L. wrote:How about Bryan's deconstructed guacamole? They seemed to love that also!
Bryan and Sous Chef Ritchie (who I am a little disappointed in) are right where they want to to be, I think, right in the middle of the pack. I guess I think of it like a horse race: With most races I've seen, rarely has the winner been the leader from the gate. When the final results are tabulated, aren't all of a chef's dishes taken into consideration? Bryan has certainly had some wonderful ones. I hope he pulls ahead at just the right time to take the whole thing.
Jon Peterson wrote:I saw Bryan and Graeme today and, even though I would never ask about TCM, they are so expectant that someone will, they hardly talk at all. They must have taken a blood oath not to reveal anything, which I sure understand.
Jenise wrote:I'm sure you saw this week's episode? Once again Bryan's genius is the most obvious, but he doesn't win because a guest judge is too conventional in their thinking. Dang, I feel for him!
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