Mulligan

  • Jimbob Jones

    I’m just watching this episode now…

    One thing I noticed that made me sad — they got rid of the golden forceps trophy.

  • Mulligan

    @ChickenLips – No hate for Cleveland here (Cleveland rocks as they say), especially since it birthed THE greatest chef of all time (Thanks a lot Aunt Dorsey, now I’ll have to pronounce it that way too!)

  • Mulligan

    We also don’t always get credit for the good ones … Like Ryan Gosling! We may or may not have gone to the same high school. I know, I know, I’m totes famous by association.

  • Chaosbutterfly

    That’s crazy. I would claim Celine at every and any opportunity.
    I understand why you would discreetly disown everyone else tho.

  • Aunt Dorsey

    Or as my relatives from Massachusetts say, Chef Boy-YAAAAAAAAAA-dee. Of course, I now insist on pronouncing it that way too, much to the discomfort of my chirrun.

  • Lizbot

    And for the record, the only Canadians we regular Canadians try to avoid acknowledging are Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Chad Krueger, and Avril Lavigne. We like to pretend that they’re really Americans since they spend so much time on your side of the border and we know how much you all really really love them!

  • Lizbot

    Oh JimBob. And I used to like you!

  • Chicken Lips

    Hey – Team Cleveland all the way! We’ve got some kickass food there, like the Polish Boy and Fish Fries as far as the eye can see! Chef Boyardee is from Cleveland! If that doesn’t make your toes tingle I don’t know what will!

    I love watching this show – Anthony Bourdain makes me laugh out loud. The man has that unique combination of giving a shit while totally not giving a shit – “Your food sucked! Welcome aboard, man! Come hang out!”

  • Chicken Lips

    That’s who it was – I couldn’t remember the name of Douche Bag #2 from last season (Ludo being Sac Douche #1). Friggin’ Malarkey was the chief asshat of the asshat brigade and really brought out Ludo’s asshattiness, too.

    This was much more enjoyable to watch since we didn’t have to listen to Malarkey and Ludo screeching at each other the whole time. I’m not saying Ludo isn’t a Sac Douche, but he’s cooled his jets a little since he isn’t being antagonized every 2.5 minutes.

  • Mulligan

    @Aunt Dorsey – He totally is Bruno!!!!! Good comparison :)

  • Mulligan

    @zerocool – Those are the times when he prob hopes another mentor picks them too and he can “lose” out to them in the sales pitch. Sadly for him, nobody else wanted a nasty ass cupcake.

  • Mulligan

    @zerocool – Thanks for the insight! I love when you can eliminate your own people!

  • Mulligan

    @Pegalicious – silly me! Well the cat is out of the bag I guess :)

    @Jimbo Jones – We have to, it freaks you guys out too much that we legit always know someone in common. Timmy from Toronto is a popular guy.

  • Jimbob Jones

    The season openers of Community were pretty awesome. I loved Troy’s “Son of a bitch!!! After all Scrubs did for him!!!” outrage after hearing how Zach Braff was only in 6 episode’s of the last season of Scrubs.

  • Jimbob Jones

    NOBODY has Canadian friends. Even Canadians spend most of their time trying to pretend they don’t know each other. 😉

  • Aunt Dorsey

    I’m still dancing with joy that they got rid of Top Chef alum and major bunghole Malarkey. Marcus Samuelsson is a major improvement on Marlarkey’s “….oooohhhhh, look at me Ludo, look at ME Ludo, I know you want me….” shenanigans and he isn’t the most annoying judge on Chopped, so that’s a plus. Although I also get tired of listening to Marcus bloviate on about how fabulous he is.

    I swear that Ludo must be a kissing cousin of Bruno on Dancing With the Stars. Half the time, I don’t know what the hell he’s on about either.

  • Pegalicious

    Thanks, zerocool; that clears it up for me.

    As to Samuelsson, I enjoy him as a judge on “Chopped,” so I look forward to him in this series.

  • zerocool

    I forgot to mention the look on Ludo’s face when he found out he picked a vegan was hilarious. The way he tried to spin it had me laughing.

  • zerocool

    I watched last season and to answer your question: all tastes are still blind. So a judge can easily “nominate” their own cook. If I remember correctly they pull the worst two dishes, along with the best two. The contestant that cooked the dish that got the most likes is the winner of the round. The two contestants that cooked the worst dishes (that got the most dislikes) is up for elimination. Then the judges decide which one goes. Sometimes it can be from the same team; Nigella was the first judge out of contention because her team last year didn’t hold up to all the professional cooks on the show.

    Although I think Samuelsson is a tv hog he has the chops to be a good judge here. I definitely like him better than the judge they dumped.

  • Pegalicious

    I could pretend it’s because I have Canadian friends (I’m in upstate New York, and often visit folks who live just south of the Canadian border), but it was your spelling of “flavour”!

  • Mulligan

    @vallegirl – I have no idea who any of those people are or what any of that means but I love the dramz caused by Bravo blogs. Why they ever thought those were a good idea is beyond me! (especially with the housewives; I’m impressed when they can spell orange)

  • Mulligan

    @Pegalicious – Very impressive! I am very intrigued as to how you came to that conclusion as I thought I had my “eh”s well hidden. Do tell, what gave me away :)

    I agree, I don’t understand how the mentor will teach them a dish or what not and then be all shocked they send their own contestant home. But here’s hoping it makes for some entertaining TV!!

  • vallegirl

    Samuelsson was also the dubious winner of TC Masters when Jay Rayner bragged about sandbagging Rick Moonen in the finale … in his Bravo-sponsored blog. Minor dramz ensued. Blog was quickly erased and Rayner and his sentient mole were never heard from, on Top Chef, again.

  • Pegalicious

    Thanks for recapping this, Mulligan. (Do I detect a Canadian or British “flavour” in your writing?)

    I missed this last year, but got sucked in this season. (I needed something to watch while I was DVRing “Community,” which I like to savor… unlike some of those unappetizing-looking “tastes.”)

    I rather like the idea that they don’t see the cooks until after they’ve tasted and voted. But I’m curious to see how the competition goes. The “this season” preview alluded to a mentor being able to vote out their own team member, which I don’t understand. Don’t they know what their people are cooking? Inquiring minds and all that. But I’m betting Marina gives Ludo a run for his money!

    BTW, Marcus Samuelsson is a regular judge on “Chopped.” (I hate cooking, but love cooking shows. Go figure.)