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Top Chef 3.10 Chef Overboard Recap

After last episode's shocking elimination — I really thought Tre was going all the way — and a week hiatus, Top Chef lost a little luster in my book. However, I knew I couldn't let you down, so I ponied up and forced myself to turn on the tv... oh who am I kidding? You know I was going to watch it anyway!

This week's episode — entitled "Chef Overboard" — begins with the "Aisle Trial" quickfire challenge. The cheftestants are greeted by Padma and guest judge Michael Schwartz and asked to draw knives. Each knife has a number on it and that number corresponds to an aisle in the grocery store. Once numbers are chosen, the chefs head to their aisles with a $10 budget. So who won? Who bombed and who went home? To find out

The contestants really get creative for the quickfire. However, the most intriguing item definitely came from Hung. His crushed cereal river and candyland mountain "diorama" was totally fascinating, or as Schwartz said, "What the f**k is that? That is some crazy s**t!" Sadly, the crazy s did not win him the elimination challenge. The winner ended up being Brian with a surprisingly beautiful Spam and eggs. Meanwhile, Howie, who didn't even submit a dish due to his "integrity", was declared loser, along with CJ who over-salted his.

After the quickfire, the cheftestants join up as one team with Brian as the leader — his prize for winning the quickfire was to pick a team leader. They are given $350 and are asked to cater a party for 60 people. Everyone does an individual dish, and some folks join up for a second one (Casey and Sara take on dessert, and Hung and Dale opt for a chicken salad). Howie also decides to do two. Their dishes consist of generic party fare like chicken salad on crostinis, salmon mousse on cucumbers, ahi tartare, etc. Even judge Tom is disappointed by how boring, mundane and "budget" the food is. He believes they should've gone with fewer dishes and a bigger wow.

One of the most visually unappetizing dishes comes from Howie — who opted to do two dishes on his own. His Mushroom Duxelle, if I can borrow a phrase from Hung, "looked like dog diarrhea." I actually couldn't believe how many close ups they showed of it.

The party goes off well, they are almost always out of food, but at the least the folks are eating it. Back at judge's panel, the judges — including guest judge Dana Cowin — question why the menu was so budget, whether or not they have better recipes up their sleeve, and why Brian wasn't a better leader. It becomes pretty clear that the two bottom contestants are Howie and Brian, and in a gesture of chivalry — or perhaps arrogance — Howie asks to withdraw himself from the competition, causing Padma to say "It's the judge's decision Howie, not yours." And perhaps this gesture had something to do with it, or perhaps it was just his time, but when all was said and done, Howie was asked to pack his knives and go.

Now for some things for you to discuss...

  • Did Michael Schwartz have a potty mouth or what?
  • What did you think of Hung's cereal creation?
  • Were you surprised when Brian decided not to use seafood?
  • Why do you think Howie asked them to eliminate him?
  • Who is this guy with Padma? Did anyone see him in the episode?

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smp7328 smp7328 9 years
I am sooooo glad howie is gone!!!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I have to agree with a few people above in regards to Casey...I kind of like her. She has messed up a few times (but so did Tre...the gourmet bbq, the first elimination challenge...but I guess those don't count) What about Sara M. - She hasn't done anything that interesting or amazing (I guess other than winning twice in the last episode...but where was she the entire rest of the competition?) and continues to fly under the viewer radar, probably because she doesn't get as much air time as the rest of the chef's. It is a competition...and unfortunately until we can actually taste what the chef's produce...we can only base it off of plating and the judge's comments, and of course personality.
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 9 years
um... have you guys been watching? Casey sucks. The reason why she won is because everyone else wasnt on top of their game. Every other dish she's ever made is so novice! Dry Chicken with a coffee mole?! ice-cream with hot sauce? c'mon... not Top Chef material... this season SUCKS! BRING BACK TRE!
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
sadly, with my favorite (tre) gone, i am starting to like casey. and oddly enough, i like hung. im just happy yo finally have howie gone! :)
silverpenny013 silverpenny013 9 years
Top Chef seems like a shadow of what it once was. I love these types of shows because it's all about talent, but lately, I haven't been seeing that. I feel like it's all about the drama, rather than the talent. I don't get how Tre got eliminated or how they don't take previous performance into consideration - what's the point of having a 50-week (or so it feels) competition if each week is self-contained? Oh wait, I know... it would be way more shocking and dramatic if a frontrunner was eliminated! It feels so manufactured and fake. Although... I'm really glad to not have to watch Howie be a jerk anymore. I think his attempt at self-elimination was really a "you can't fire me, I quit!" thing. Ugh. How obnoxious.
ccy ccy 9 years
Hung's quickfire dish was nothing short of Wild! I loved how creative he got with all the nuclear coloured cereals! The dishes for the elimination were so run of the mill. It was beyond disappointing. And what was Dale thinking with the yogourt and cream cheese in puff pastry? Was there really nothing better or firmer to substitute for the goat cheese? Howie's attempt to bow out gracefully just kinda made him look like an arrogant ass. I'm glad he's gone 'cause his sweating into the food was stressing me out. I also think it was just his time. You could see him progressively getting more and more frustrated with the whole competition. At this point I would really like to see CJ or Casey win.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
Did Michael Schwartz have a potty mouth or what? *Definitely. I was thinking that the whole time. He was kinda arrogant too but maybe that was just the editing. What did you think of Hung's cereal creation? *I thought it was funny but I'm kinda surprised that Hung decided to go that route (by this I mean, the silly route). He seems to be the one who always talks about taking his cooking seriously and what not. Were you surprised when Brian decided not to use seafood? *I was mildly surprised but he did say he wanted to 'surprise' the judges by not using seafood. If only he did the same thing in the elimination challenge but no, it was back to seafood for him. Why do you think Howie asked them to eliminate him? *I think he was just frustrated and a little bit embarrassed that he got called out by putting out 'doo doo' (lol) when he was the one who kept talking about not putting out perfect food. Who is this guy with Padma? Did anyone see him in the episode? *Lol, I didn't notice him at all. I still think CJ is a strong contender for the win. I thought it was going to be him and Tre at the end but I guess it'll be him and someone else (maybe Brian or Casey).
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
This was the first time I like Hung - he was so funny with all his ceral, making a egg sun and creal river. I loved it, he should have been in the top just for being so creative. As for Howie - it's about time he went home. I wanted to reach into the tv and smack him when he did the whole "look how noble I am bullsh!t, I will now throw myself under the bus." When really it should have been "hey I cooked poop tonight, and everyone is surprised that my dishes are not over salted because of my sweat. I know I should go home, based on merit" I love CJ I really hope he takes is all in the end.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
I'm so glad Howie is gone! He should have been gone the first episode when he didn't finish plating his dish. And I think he volunteered to go not out of chivalry, but to save face...he would probably rather quit and leave on his own terms than be asked to go. Does anyone else think the challenges are getting more and more ridiculous? They're not focusing on cooking but on all of these budget and guideline gimmicks, and then they wonder why so many of them are failing. Maybe if they would just let them cook they would be able to show what they really can do with food and we wouldn't be subjected to any more cereal dioramas from Hung (although I'm so happy that happened, because I laughed so hard!).
Daylyn Daylyn 9 years
I'm with you Buzz, I kinda like Casey too.
ltltw ltltw 9 years
What I did not like about this episode was CJ commentary throughout the episode. His criticsm of Brian leadership skills were uncalled for when He could not lead or inspire his previous teams. For the first time this season I liked Hung (at least at the begining of the episode); he was creative with his quickfire; did they even try his dish. Casey has had her ups and downs but I think she does have what it takes to at least make it another week if not to the end.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
CJ sharing his "one ball" comment was kind of unnecessary don't you think? Although I am rooting for him to win. Don't you just want him to pick you up, sling you over his shoulder and make freckled babies?
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Last night was the first time I actually liked Hung! That ceral thing was hilarious. As for Howie, good riddance! And yeah this season has been bland, but hopefully the last few weeks get better.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
i think that howie threw in the towel because he realized he would never win. he has a bad attitude and people with bad attitudes and who are unable to work in a team don't generally succeed. As for Hung's cereal creation - bizarre. thats so true about tre and brian! i thought tre was going to win too and was completely shocked they elliminated him rather than howie!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I could not believe how much both of Howie's dishes looked like poo. And not metaphorical poo — actual poo. I was so scared the judges wouldn't eliminate him, because I really think I would have been done with the show if someone else had gone home. I think at this point I'm rooting for CJ. Is it bad that I kind of like Casey, despite the fact that I can chop an onion faster than she can?
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 9 years
Ultres! That would be fabulous!... because honestly i thought Tre was gonna win it all. That's just f-ed up he's not there anymore.
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
I guess I'll be watching re-runs today. I missed it last nite!
Ultress Ultress 9 years
I'd like the judges to explain why they eliminated tre the previous week and not brian this week. Both were head/executive chef, both made gross errors in judgement, both made sub par dishes as head chef, only one was eliminated. As the head chef, Brian was the one who ultimately made the decision to serve howie's dishes...among the other things that went wrong...which were not few.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
yeah, this season hasn't done it for me either...I don't have a favorite as far as cooking style goes, but CJ seems like a nice guy.
Food Food 9 years
honestMuffin - i agree, but you know we're going to keep watching! caterpillargirl - thanks for catching that i'll fix it now
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 9 years
HELLO?! What the f?... Casey?.. Really?... i can't believe she's still there. She has been in the bottom EVERY SINGLE SHOW accept this one. It's infuriating. And tre? why did they send him home! This whole season is VERY disappointing. I dont know if i can watch anymore... its really sad, i used to love the show so much.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
Who cares if Michael Schwartz is a "potty mouth"! Most chefs are. And have you ever eaten his food? He is amazing. Howie probably would have been eliminated had he not made the request. Not producing ANYTHING in the quickfire and then making that Mushroom dish, I would imagine he wanted to withdraw because he knew that after failing in the quickfire he needed to bring it...and he didn't - I mean really the choice was pretty obvious. Taking the past few episodes into consideration (and that his sweat rolls into the food he is cooking!) I am not sad to see Howie go.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Wow, I didn't notice Padma with that guy. Guess, thats why she's getting divorced. I was not impressed with Howie's "grand" jesture, he knew he was going. I'm kind of shocked at the boring-ness of all the dishes, I agree with Tom, do fewer better dishes.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
CJ over salted his dish not brian. I was so happy to see Howie the wonder sweater go home. I was also so freaking dissapointed by everyones dishes in this challenge, by this point i want to see some creative juices flowing, and not chicken freaking salad on toast. Enough already with the Ahi Tuna Poke chefs, yes its good stuff and yes people love it but NO its not creative. The elimination challenges seem very forced and unimaginative...Lets see where we can stick them in miami! on a boat, in a garage, in a grocery store, by the shore, outside the clubs. Next it will be "you must cook a dinner while floating on a VW bus with cuban refugees"
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