Top Chef. Season 3. Miami. Chopping Block 2.

Miami Beach, FL 

Guest Judge:  Norman Van Aken, Norman’s Restaurant
Quick Fire Winner: Hung HuynhGuy Savoy, Las Vegas, NV
Challenge Winner: Brian MalarkeyThe Oceanaire Seafood Room, San Diego, CA
Eliminated: Sandee BirdsongTantra, Miami Beach, FL

What a great episode! Hung is still the front-runner obviously after crushing everyone in the Quick Fire Challenge. Although he is gracious, I can see how this guy is going to rattle some cages in the coming weeks with his immaturity.

But, Tom admires Hung’s skills in the same way he did Harold’s from Season One. I think Tom sees something special in Hung and already knows a new great chef is about to emerge. 

The elimination challenge featured Brian’s “Chino Latino“, which represented the soul of the continuing upscale, Miami BBQ challenge concept. Tom appreciated the spirit of the dish but noted seafood sausage wasn’t anything new.

It also featured Sandee, her blonde Sonic the Hedgehog dome, and her non-BBQ poached lobster that she felt was adequate. Padma, Tom, Gail, and Norman did not. Sandee even bolstered a mini-ego-based-tirade right before they disagreed completely with her and chopped her off. Tom was not having it,

“By her own admission, Sandee didn’t truly barbecue her dish. In her effort to go in a different direction than the others, she poached her lobster.”

This is the indirect way of saying, “Not in my house.” That’s why we love you Tom. A class act all the way.

Sandee Birdsong

I will begin analyzing the characters (contestants) next week when we get a little more realistic information. Oh, and we’ll have the characters in the hot tub. Although I saw hints of the Real World from those excerpts, it will be nice to see which ladies cook AND eat the food.

 In the meantime, here is the bonus footage

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4 Responses to “Top Chef. Season 3. Miami. Chopping Block 2.”

  1. NaechsteHaltestelle Says:

    I was just watching the show last night. I’ve never watched any previous seasons but I’m totally hooked now. Also, very hungry after watching a rerun. Will you do this for every episode, since we don’t get this in Switzerland? If you do, I will love you forever.

  2. Pop Cultured Says:

    Naechste – It’s additive, I know. You don’t need to know anything about the past seasons though so that’s good. But, I will cover it at least every week. I just want to wait until we get the pretenders chopped off so that I don’t waste time on those departing so early. I’m glad you like the show and the post.

  3. trybritri Says:

    Was gonna do a review, obviously never got there. Hung prolly won’t win because his attitude will fuck it up but only time will tell. So far, they’ve gotten rid of those I’d like to see go first. Good producing 😉 Good post.

  4. Pop Cultured Says:

    try – Hung is a different breed although imature…he should be there in the end based on his skills and influences…the focal points for now should be Camille and Casey…thanks…

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