Chatterbox, Ep. 6: Hat’s Off to Running With Knives

by in Community, July 18, 2010

Maybe it was Frank Sinatra's swank piano-shaped pool or the breezy Palm Springs air. After teetering along in past weeks, as Bob Tuschman said, Brad the Tin Man got his joints oiled, showing off a newfound swagger. As he wrapped up his reinvention of chicken cordon bleu, he sprinted across Sinatra's lawn with a knife (don't try this at home!) to finish on time, but then was cool as a Rat Packer before the Selection Committee, Ted Allen of Chopped and Food Network Magazine's Maile Carpenter. Fans chatting with us liked what they saw--though the jury's still out on the Justin Timberlake lookalike's "Pro" moniker. Former finalist and funny guy Adam Gertler, host of the sweet new show Kid in a Candy Store, stopped by to chat again, this time not only, ahem, complimenting Serena's pout but also sharing his awe at Susie's perfect hair. Don't doubt it, Mr. G, it's coiffed daily in a way that dazzles. Less perfect were performances by Aarti, Herb and Brianna. Unfortunately, Brianna's distaste for tuna noodle casserole showed even after she amped up her own version with crab and Brie. Poor diva downer--if she had gotten a different dish or minded her toasty 'shrooms, would she still be around? Smart cooking tips and techniques, creativity, salesmanship and a positive point of view aren't too much to ask more than halfway through the competition. (Who's doing all of the above best? Vote for your favorite finalist daily.) Check out the chat archive below, then watch our vlogs to see what Bobby would have done differently this week and what Bob, Susie and Giada had to say about what and who got burned--and whose cooking simply sings.

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  7. ncexnyc says:

    I'm not really sure why you're having such a hard time understanding that you can't compare an established Foodnetwork Star from a contestant. They're two different animals and as such you have to view them that way.

  8. James says:

    YES, we CAN compare them!
    The simple fact is: a chef who has the job already is still an employee--NOT the newcomers Boss! period.

    The new person wont be "under" a chef who already has the job. They will be Colleagues.

    I think you dont get it.

    As i've said before repeatedly---(and Im stating the obvious)-if all newcomers hafta do it like the people who already have the job, we simply end up with a bunch of copy-cat's and the recipe-knowledge-base just stagnates.
    i.e...One of serena's recipes isnt automatically "wrong" cuz she didnt do it the same way Giada woulda done it.

    We need less of the current chefs deciding whats right (they are EMPLOYEES, not bosses/managers. Who wins wont be UNDER those chefs, they'll be a colleague)---and more of the Public (like people stopping by the food trucks) commenting/judging. Or--get "someone from Outside"...i.e...a food magazine reviewer...someone from TV Guide, etc. along with Bob T, Susie and Bobby Flay.
    I've made myself clear.