Before I start my review today I just wanted to mention 2
things. 1, that happy chicken week will
resume tomorrow with a recipe for risotto using that great chicken stock, and 2,
that the new season of Top Chef starts tonight on Bravo. This is hands down the best reality show
about food there is on TV. (ha) Definitely
check it out tonight. I WON'T be
reviewing the show because a ton of other sites do including my favorite food
blog Serious Eats. Also because it comes
on at 3AM in
Now on to Last Restaurant Standing!
I loved this episode. It was interesting, funny, and the right team went home. It was refreshing after last weeks lame episode.
This was a challenge week meaning somebody is going home. Today's challenge was to focus on local and seasonal ingredients - something that is very important on many chefs' minds these days. But not Jeremy's...
Grant and Laura of "Jack Thompsons" got lucky. Their restaurant is in a very historic area and they were able to find all sorts of farms and great local fresh in season produce. One of the stores they went to was amazing with veggies bursting off the walls and animals roaming around in the back. They also hired an expert on medieval cooking to help them come up with a menu. Because of her influence, most of the dishes looked unappealing, however the diners and judge were all impressed by the taste.
Nicola and Tom of "Monks" also did a good job gathering the
local ingredients. One thing I thought
was funny was toms discussion with a butcher.
He was asking about the pigs and the butcher said, "yea they are just all
out back in the barn" to which Tom replied "are they free range? Can they walk around?" and the butcher said "no,
the one wall is open so they get fresh air and sun, but they can not roam
freely." Then the scene cut to the
outside where tom was saying that they couldn't buy the meat because it was
against their ethics. Well Tom, you weren't
thinking of your ethics last week when you were running rampant through the
supermarket grabbing whatever meat you could, I mean, they didn't specifically
show him buying free range or not, but I think the show would have focused on
the fact if it was true that that was the only kind of meat they buy. The show does focus on this with the twins restaurant
"green and brown" so I think they would have mentioned it. So Tom, is it against YOUR ethics? Or this episodes ethics?
Judging was also fun this week. We find out that Jeremy and Jane bought stuff