“Top Chef” Recaps: Episode 4.7 “Improv”


Even in defeat,
Jennifer stands up for herself and her food.

Jennifer: I thought that was a great dish. And I thought
that we improv-ed with it well. But I appreciate the opportunity, and I’m sorry
that I can’t go further.

Mama, I’m
coming home —
When the rest of
the chefs get the news, hugs go all around. They all seem genuinely shocked to
see her leave. Hell, I’m shocked.

Dale: She scared me when she cooked, I thought she
was so good.

I have to say,
I think this is crap. Stephanie and Jennifer had the best improv act during
service. They, more than any other team, got into the spirit of the challenge
and tied their dishes’ component to their assigned words. The cheese looked
orange, and "orange" was one of their three words. They had "asparagus"
and it was "turned on."

Jennifer: After Zoi was eliminated, I was angry. It
definitely made me really want to win it even more. So I’m a little frustrated
right now.

I have nothing
against either Antonia or Lisa, but they missed an entire component from their
dish. There was nothing Polish on that plate. Nicht. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

What bothers me
most about this decision is that it shows the inconsistency of the judges. Last
week, pretty boy Ryan got the boot because his dish was inappropriate and didn’t
follow the rules of the challenge. This week the person who actually followed
the rules of the challenge got the axe.

Jennifer: I still have a lot of tricks up my sleeve that
I would have liked to use. I am sorry that I’m not going to be able to do it. I
think what I’d like to say to the remaining chefs is you have to bring it more
than 110 percent. You have to bring it, like, 1,000 percent.

Well, the good
news for Jennifer is she’s got someone very special waiting at home for her. I
predict many nice, long, consoling chefbian snuggle moments in her future.

Next time on
Top Chef:
Who needs child labor laws? Who needs to learn
to take criticism? Who needs a big hug from Tom?

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