Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Top Chef Quickie -- Mia Sends Herself Packing

Mia threw herself under the bus tonight to save the talented and idiosyncratic Elia, but it was a dysfunctional team effort that brought her to that point.

As edited, Mia made her dramatic announcement before the judges' announced who would be packing his or her knives. Mia, frustrated her recommendations had been ignored and perhaps upset she had not fought more for them, had concluded that Elia would be axed and volunteered to leave. She may have been right. Michael had played it safe, staying out of the way, Cliff had immunity and Elia had been the leader of a team that had produced four menu items to the winning team's 13 for an L.A. "holiday" bash and still couldn't keep their platters stocked.

(An aside, one of Michael's suggestions ended up not being used. Not surprisingly it involved potatoes, this time with lobster. It's successor idea was steak also with lobster. His lack of creativity and skills was commented on by the judges, especially tonight's guest judge.)

While not much time was spent on the cooking or the food, but the chefs seemed to enjoy their freedom to use quality ingredients and have access to real kitchen equipment (as opposed to last week's firepits.)

Now there are seven -- Michael, Cliff, Marcel, Betty, Elia, Ilan and Sam (who as captain of the winning team was proclaimed the elimination challenge winner).

You can read more about Mia Gaines-Alt and her Feed the People Restaurant in Oakdale, CA, in this article from the Modesto Bee.

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2 comments:

bubba said...

We (my wife and I) actually thought Michael was going to get bounced. Either him or Mia. She may be talented but that cussing rant showed her lack of professionalism.

FJK said...

She was certainly at risk. but I thought the judges were working themselves up to dump Michael or Elia. Michael seems to be a dog with 9 lives, however. The judges' discussion about how Mia stood up herself was amazingly postive considering the language and attitude she displayed. I think Mia thought it was better to take herself off and than lose a catering challenge when her business is catering, so that might have been an element, too.

Also, the show is edited. Who really knows what happened when and what doesn't get shown can't be known.