Thursday, July 1, 2010

Top Chef, Week 3: "I've Never Been the Bitch"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 9:32 AM

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Okay, let's dispense with the theatrics and come right to the point. After two weeks of making great food that drew below-the-radar plaudits from the judges, Arnold Myint won the goddamn week. He walked into the grill challenge self-handicapping: "I'm not a grill guy." He pretended to have to crib off Kenny to figure out how to grill. Yeah, right.

"Full of flavor," said Tom Colicchio when he tasted Arnold's creation. On the show you could see that Arnold came through, but to understand how he stood out you need to read Gail Simmons' post-hoc blog analysis. It was a hot, humid, and windy day, said Simmons, but nonetheless:

It was Arnold’s food that caught our attention and left us wanting more. His sesame lamb kofta (essentially a spiced lamb meatball grilled on a skewer) and tabouli salad were easy to make, serve and eat in our outdoor setting; both retained moisture and lots of flavor, neither weighed us down in the heat. The gazpacho he served alongside the dish was cold and welcoming, if slightly thicker than I had hoped. He approached the challenge with a plan and, despite not having his restaurant team to back him up, still managed to give us the most exciting and well-prepared lunch of the day.

"Surprise — I win," said Arnold when the decision came down. No surprise here, and you're going down, Angelo. And oh, by the way — what about that bitch Kelly who tangled with Arnold last week? "A little bland," Colicchio said about her effort this time. "Nothing a home cook couldn't do easily," added Simmons. The mighty have fallen, and the home team is cooking with gas.

(Bravo posts a "top recipe" video each week with some dude named Michael showing how to make the winning dish. Here's the one for Arnold's lamb kofta.)

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