This “Dinner Party” was more like a Dismal Party. The guest list was listless; the food was okay, but by the time it was served, nobody cared (the viewers didn’t anyway); and the party games? Not so great either.
It started with an uncomfortable meet and greet in a bar/lounge with Fabio acting as host. (Who made him the king?) There were two folks from each season (Fabio made three from Season 5). After mindless chatter, Fabio instructed one person from each pair to draw a knife. That determined which course they would be cooking of a five course meal. A trip to Whole Foods followed (boring!) and they were back in the kitchen to cook.
I admit I often find the challenges stupid, but without that extra oomph and screwball twists, the cooking was just that – watching a bunch of people that we don’t particularly care about cook. (Maybe next time, I won’t complain so much about challenges using breakfast cereals or vending machine “food”.)
Fabio came strolling into the kitchen. (Tom’s chef’s jacket is much better for this than Fabio’s smoking jacket.) He chatted with the chefs which gave them the opportunity to show us various flashbacks. Not riveting.
Carla didn’t have her usual sparkle. She seemed quite bored and she completely gave Casey a miss for her miserable behavior. Carla claimed that her final disappointing result was NOT from Casey’s really poor and pushy ideas.
BUT if THAT were the case, then why had they not spoken since the finale months ago? Wouldn’t you have thought someone would have reached out to someone? Casey could have said she was sorry Carla didn’t win and Carla could have said she didn’t blame Casey for losing. It just seemed as if, at this dinner party, Carla wasn’t interested enough to engage in any brouhaha…that she was beyond it.
Lisa was a complete bore. She looked awful too. Richard was just as annoying as when he was on Top Chef. He was so eager to be there, so thrilled to be asked back that he seemed like an over anxious puppy about to have an accident on the carpet.
The ONLY drama came from the pissy, obnoxious, disagreeable Marcel. What a total ass. He was apparently bullied and goaded by his chef-mates. How did I not see this season?
They showed a part, which was actually horrifying, of some overly large chef beating up on Marcel, threatening to shave his head. It’s not surprising his cast mates hated him. He was nasty and mean from what I saw. BUT that’s scary that that resulted in physical violence.
There is no excuse for that. I don’t believe there is EVER an excuse for blaming the victim for the crime. Tom wanted anyone involved sent home, but that didn’t happen. Frankly, the camera folks that were standing there shooting were also at fault. I hate that. I hate the guy that started the fight. I hate anyone that saw what was happening and didn’t try to stop it and I still hate Marcel, but certainly wish him no physical harm.
The only other drama came when Marcel wasn’t that thrilled about reliving that incident or really any other. He clearly didn’t want to be there in the first place. Fabio stood up and yelled at him and told him the next time Top Chef invites him to anything to just say no, if he’s not interested. That was kind of fun.
One other entertaining moment – We saw a flashback of Tiffani acting totally uncowed by the criticism of the judges for making a cake from a box. She’s an idiot, if you ask me. There’s no excuse EVER to serve a cake from a box…if you’re a chef. Obviously, if you have 18 minutes to make 24 cupcakes for school (which they don’t even allow anymore, do they?) then fine, but for a chef to say baking is hard, I can’t do that on the fly, is outrageous.
Memorize the proportions for a genoise before you go on Top Chef and stop belly-aching. It doesn’t take an Escoffier to tell you that using a cake mix will garner no points in a professional cooking competition.
Great waste of time, this episode.