HOLLYWOOD—I adore to prepare dinner, and almost nothing is far more entertaining than witnessing iconic, culinary titans in the kitchen area going through unsurmountable odds and providing food items that leaves you speechless and wanting much more. I actually considered and nevertheless consider “The Upcoming Iron Chef” collection is a single of the greatest culinary cooking competitions at any time. I have a major love for season 4 and year 5 of the series individuals. That provides me to Food stuff Network’s “Tournament of Champions.”
The 1st time was mad with Chef Brooke Williamson, a seventh seed mounting to the top defeating fourth seed Amanda Freitag. Glance persons have slept on Amanda, that girl can prepare dinner her a** off and I’m even now a little bit bitter that she shed to Alex Guarnaschelli all through the fifth time of “The Future Iron Chef.” I appreciate Alex however, but Amanda was killing it that period. With that explained, the 2nd year of the sequence returned this week and whew the stage of firepower people today, I thought the first season experienced powerhouse chefs, but damn, year two elevated the stakes.
For all those not in the know, it is like an NCAA Bracket, only alternatively of 64 teams, its 16 chefs, and for year two we kicked off with a wild card battle with 8 chefs, competing for two seeds (one in the West and just one in the East). I will acknowledge I didn’t know all the cooks competing in the wild card round. Names that did stand out Nyesha Aarington, Chris Cosentino and Elizabeth Faulkner, names I know that competed on “The Future Iron Chef” and the Bravo strike “Top Chef.”
It was a battle for the West, and the very first fight concerned Chris and Nyesha and the randomizer resulting in complete chaos as we know. I appreciate this for the reason that it is so random and it forces the chefs to think rapid on their feet, with an mysterious protein, deliver, piece of products, design and style of cooking and the amount of money of time. Whew, this initially round of ground beef, avocado, box grater and a responsible pleasure in 30 minutes, whew, very good luck. I was rooting for the two of them simply because they are culinary powerhouses.
In addition, this series is so excellent due to the fact we have blind tasting. That does enable since the judges are NOT motivated by who is cooking and possible friendships remaining hurt by scoring. The judges for this spherical included Marcus Samuelsson, Giada De Laurentiis and Rocco DiSpirito. Stunned to see Rocco as a judge, considering he was a competitor final period. Chris’ dish seemed fantastic, upscale and delicious as hell, whereas Nyesha’s appeared a bit extra relatives close friend I wasn’t absolutely sure about it as a dish on a culinary level of competition. This first fight was determined by 2 details with Nyesha just hardly relocating on against Chris who I imagined should have taken the round. Gosh, my financial investment in these cooks in this event is insane!
The next fight saw Chefs Chris Oh and Phillip Frankland Lee duking it out around chicken cutlets, takeout food, shallots and benefit from the handheld mixer in the procedure. I quickly considered Chris’ dish was takeout, whilst, Phillip’s was much more restaurant deserving, but did not scream takeout for me, which most of the judges agreed with, and it was uncomplicated to see how Chris Oh moved on to the upcoming spherical.
So it was a battle in opposition to Nyesha and Chris Oh for that coveted eighth seed in the West region. The struggle included shrimp, russet potatoes, blender, Sunday brunch and in 30 minutes. Yeah, I do not even know what I would do with those elements. I believe it was the brunch element that threw me off, but equally cooks arrived up with unique tips.
As soon as created a shrimp hollandaise, the other arrived up with a breakfast taco using seafood as the vessel. It was searching dicey for equally cooks who had valid critiques from the judges, but it was Nyesha who arrived out with the victory and managed to generate that 8th seed in the West area. So the west has its competition and now it is time to locate out which chef from the Wild Card region will get paid that 8th seed for the East.
Next week, we see a powerhouse in Elizabeth Faulkner compete versus some others for that eighth seed in the East. I despise to say it, but I’m secretly rooting for Elizabeth men and women. “Tournament of the Champions II” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on Food items Community.