This is Top Chef Restaurant Wars Recap for episode 11, season 10. Since Bart has been eliminated I am forced to choose someone to vote for temporally. Stefan has an interesting ego, though I do like the fact that he is from Finland; my heritage I would like to see him execute some Finnish recipes. Fish is a huge part of the cuisine in Finland and that I think he shows those skills when he is working with fish. There are other flavors though that I would like to see him introduce in the upcoming episodes.
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Come on judges it is definitely time for Josie to go home! She lacks major time management skills. On top of that, she never takes the blame in situations when she obviously the one that does not stay on task for the team. Besides, she never seems to execute dishes with great flavor while always staying in her comfort zone. Just not impressed by her all the way around. Who really makes a raw turkey? Deep fry that beast if you think you don’t have enough time to cook it! It would have worked wonderfully with the Cajun themed meal they were trying to prepare in that episode.
As a former server and bartender, the Restaurant Wars has to be tough. Setting up the front of the house and back in a day along with trying to serve 100 guests and be hospitable at the same time, WOW! Not something I think I would be able to accomplish. The set up both restaurants at the Georgetown Ballroom which is absolutely gorgeous for a restaurant setting. Going in I was voting for the boys as I thought the concept was something that has never been accomplished before. Urbano is a restaurant concept, if it was executed, that I would definitely go out of my way to try.
Here is the menu for both teams:
Kristen’s Atelier Kwan menu:
First course – Charcuterie: Rabbit, Pickled Turnips & Yellow Beets in Chicken & Rabbit Broth (Lizzie)
Second course – Bouillabaisse: Halibut, Dungeness Crab, Bay Scallops with Shellfish Broth (Josie)
Third course – Beef Bourguignon: Braised Short Rib, Garlic Puree, Mushrooms & Carrots (Kristen)
Fourth course – Baked Bouberes, St. Agur Blue Cheese, Roasted Radish & Stone Fruit Compote (Brook)
Dessert course – Almond Cake Macaron with Coconut Custard & Caramel Buttercream (Kristen)
Sheldon’s Urbano menu:
First course – Kilawen: Yellowtail with Cilantro, Spicy Chili & White Soy Sauces (Stefan)
Second course – Balut: Poached Egg, Duck Confit & Foie Gras Mousse (Josh)
Third course – Miki: Prawns, Tapioca Roll with Achiote (Sheldon)
Fourth course – Adobo: Pork Belly with Mung Bean Puree & Pea Shoots Salad (Sheldon)
Dessert course – Halo-Halo: Coconut Sorbet, Avocado Mousse, Banana & Shredded Coconut (Josh)
Dessert course - Dark Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts, Ginger & Peppermint Oil (Stefan)
Stefan needs to work on his front of house manners. Even if he is not a server being polite to guests is the difference between a person coming to one restaurant or another. The judges need to also understand what he was dealing with when the other guest refused to leave, in which, is completely rude to other guests waiting to be seated.
Josie fails Kristen massively when she again cannot work in a team setting. Josie is suppose to roast the bones for the bouillabaisse but her evil time management skills kick in and she puts it off to the next day. The next day it becomes an issue when Kristen asks Josie when she plans on putting in the gelatin for the bouillabaisse. Kristen’s vision is to insert the broth in a charger and foam up the broth. Josie did not prepare the gelatin forcing Kristen to scratch the idea and make a last minute decision to add cream to the sauce.
Kristen acted with grace while Josie threw yet another chef to the wolves for her mistakes. When is this going to end?
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