Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A One Screenshot Top Chef Recap: Week 7

In the history of Restaurant Wars, I think the Voltaggio Brother’s effort probably put out the best food, but last night the Bodega team offered the most successfully articulated concept in the show’s history.

They might both be molecular gastronomists but it was apparent why Blais is leaps and bounds a better chef than Marcel, vision. Blais uses modern technique to execute his ever-whimsical vision, where Marcel uses it because that is all he knows. Where Bodega was a novel and relevant idea, Etch was completely flaccid; Mediterranean food cooked by four losers of Top Chef is not a concept.

Marcel has been such a tragic figure this season, destined to meet his demise due to his fatal flaw, hubris. At any moment I pictured Antonia or black Tiffany turning to him and saying, “You’re not an asshole, Marcel. You’re just trying so hard to be one.”

Still the episode was about the ingenuity of the winning team, which with a simple name change, I think they would have a hit restaurant on their hands with Bodega.

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