Kelly the Culinarian: Top Chef Chicago: Second City

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Top Chef Chicago: Second City

This week was particularly exciting. The chefs ended up cooking for Second City performers after receiving ingredients and themes from the audience.

I've been looking forward to this all season because my former co-worker Ryan Pagelow, a talented author with a great comic strip, told me quite a long time ago that one of the reality cooking shows had come to cook for his wife's work. While I've never met his wife Nicky, I was so psyched that I was three degrees away from a top chef.

What can I say, I'd love to rub elbows with some stars, even if it is reality TV stars. Nicky even got a title screen when she popped up during the show! So jealous ...

The loser tonight was the other half of the first Top Chef couple. I'm sad. The problem hinged on their interpretation of "orange turns on asparagus." Personally, I thought the interpretation regarding "magenta, drunken, polish sausage" that was swapped with Chilean sea bass was worse. BTW, I have learned that Chilean sea bass isn't sea bass at all, it's actually Patagonian toothfish. Not so cool anymore, I guess.

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