Posts Tagged ‘Sibling Rivalry’

One thing you have to admit about Bravo … their reality competition shows are generally a notch up.

I <3 Top Chef… even before I got with Chief. Sooo much better then Hell’s Kitchen because the judges are actually constructive in their criticism and the chef’s are actually.. well, chefs.

Sorry.. but if you really think that a short order cook can POSSIBLY win the opportunity to head a Gordon Ramsey restaurant at the Borgata then well.. you need to dip into the Crack Whore’s zip lock bag of pills.

Anyway… as with my previous post on the new season of Project Runway, I’ll just give a list of the contestants and my initial impressions.

NOTE: I do NOT watch this with Chief. I tried once but he just got SO fucking annoying with his color commentating that I threw him out of the bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, Chief is an AMAZING chef and we would be probably living large if he would just succumb to MY desire to have him audition for one of these shows. He’d be brilliant on Top Chief but I would actually love for him to go knife to knife with Ramsey… OMG, Gordon would have SO met his match but yknow.. he won’t do it. At any rate, sometimes I just want to be entertained so he’s not allowed to watch it with me!

Okay.. so this season the gang is in Vegas and they’re throwing in some twists and stuff that is going to make things a little bit interesting. So we’ll see..

At any rate, here’s the scoop:

Ash Fulk

Ash Fulk

To be completely honest with you, I can’t remember one thing that dude did on this episode other then saying that he was the only one of the chef’s with a boyfriend.

I can’t remember what team of four he was for the quick fire OR what he cooked during the main challenge that was based on each chef’s vice.

Not sure not being remembered is a good thing but with 16 chefs.. and it being episode 1.. it’s not unusual to forget someone here and there!

Dig the bow tie though!

Ashley Merriman

Ashley Merriman

She’s another one that didn’t leave any kind of impression.

I’m not even sure that they spent time on her during the initial part of the show when everyone meets everyone else for the first time.

I could go back and watch it On Demand but yknow, I kind of think that would be cheating in away. If she didn’t do anything to stand out then.. well.. she didn’t do anything to stand out.

Bryan Vottaggio

Bryan Vottaggio

The slightly geeky.. non-tattooed.. not as cool Vottagio brother!

This season includes brothers. Each successful in their own right and living on opposite coasts I think.

This must add another level of intensity during challenges because of the whole sibling rivalry thing going on… not sure if their cooking styles are different but in the coming weeks, we should see that coming into play more especially when the chefs cook individually as opposed to in a team.

Eli Kirshtein

Eli Kirshtein

Eli may not look it.. but he has a long resume behind him with some serious background!

Very impressive.

Okay.. I cheated. I looked at his bio on Bravo’s website because I’m starting to feel like I’m not remembering ANYTHING from this episode.. but I guess that’s the point, right?


Eve Aronoff

Eve Aronoff

Poor Eve!

I think she was seriously affected by a case of the butterflies!

It seems like every season there is one chef that you think “.. omg, she is SO out of her league!” and Eve would be THAT chef THIS season especially because she is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and not some culinary hotspot.

But let me tell you… this chick is not some fly by night lets-open-a-restaurant little rascal. The girl got some chops and a more then impressive resume. Hopefully, she’ll get down to do what she does best instead of over thinking what the judges might want.

That could be her downfall.

Hector Santiago

Hector Santiago

Hector is just badass.

Come on.. can you just picture him in cut-off leather cruising around on a motorcycle loud enough to loosen your fillings?

And who else looks like they have the balls enough to throw a steak in the deep fryer of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant?

Well, ok.. Chief would.

Side Note: Chief actually cooked along side Wolfgang Puck a few years ago during a local Pro-Am competition for charity and Chief can’t stand him. He said he was the most arrogant mother fucker who wouldn’t say anything good about ANYONE else’s dishes regardless of how good they were. If there’s one thing that Chief is cocky about, it’s his ability in the kitchen so… yknow.. there it is.

Anyway.. back to Hector.

Hector is from Puerto Rico so his dishes are going to have that PR-island flair to them.

Jen Zavala

Jen Zavala

Jen was the first chef eliminated.. and even I knew that she was going to be.

Her breaded vegan something or other not only looked like crap but anyone who ever tried to bread something could see that it wasn’t breaded properly.

I think she tried to hard.. and I think she just had a bad case of the butterflies too. I got the impression that she wanted to win this SO much that it became a mental thing for her and instead of just doing what she does best, she took an unnecessary risk and it bit her in the ass.

Basically, she just tried to hard.

Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll


I loved that line.. Jen is a total bad ass!

But in full disclosure, I’m rooting for her because Chief actually knows her. Well.. ok.. not like “.. let’s get together for some drinks” but he’s been around her at various events over the years and he said that she can cook her ass off so that’s good enough for me.

And cook she did.

She won the Quick Fire challenge and came in a close second in the Elimination challenge so she will be a force. Definitely TEAM JEN!

Jesse Sandlin

Jesse Sandlin

Two things came to mind when I was watching Jesse. One, she looked like an emo Rosie the Riveter when cooking.. and Two, she looked like she should be on Hell’s Kitchen.

Boy was I wrong.

She had a strong showing in the Quick Fire.. even though she had never cooked with prawns before.. and although she came in on the bottom after the elimination, the judges recognized that Jesse knew exactly why she was there from the get go. It’s one thing to crash on a dish but the important thing is that she knew exactly what she did wrong and that gave her props from the judges. Rightfully so. Jesse is also an early favorite.

Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie

Kevin won the Elimination Challenge .. narrowly beating Jennifer.. so we’ll be seeing more of him.

Interesting thing about Kevin is that he had a scholarship to M.I.T. that he just chucked away to go into culinary.

Could you imagine that conversation with his parents?

OMG.. my dad would have killed me!

Laurine Wickett

Laurine Wickett

I have absolutely nothing to say about Laurine…

I honestly don’t remember her…

She may have been the chef to pick the golden chip at the beginning of the episode :: which meant she didn’t have to compete and would have immunity for the elimination :: but I’m not sure.. I checked all over Bravo’s website and couldn’t find anything to click on a memory so I’ll have to leave it at that

Mattin Noblia

Mattin Noblia

Funky accent..

So obviously French..

Loved the little sailor neckerchief and striped shirt.

That’s all I really remember about him.

Michael Isabella

Michael Isabella

Boy.. did he start off on the wrong foot!

Mike is one of those guys that you really just want to punch in the mouth. He’s a loud mouth, cocky son of a bitch that should piss off every Italian American male in Jersey for his over the top stereotyping.

I’m sure he can cook as well as he says he can but he also made a remark when Jennifer was neck and neck with him shucking clams that “… a girl shouldn’t be at the same level as I am”

WTF dude!

Honestly, I hope he tanks.

Michael Vottaggio

Michael Vottaggio

The more tattooed of the Voggattio brothers, Michael I believe is on the west side of the country.

Not to sure what he did… or didn’t do this episode. But do remember either him or his brother saying that no one wants to see the other exceed more except when competing head to head.

Ok.. so.. we’ll see

Preet Mistry

Preet Mistry

Sorry.. but I really have to say this..

Preet resembles the gay girl in Miami that Brooke Hogan was set up with by her gay friend.

Real quick.. Brooke’s roommate is gay and not having any luck in the dating field. Having once been engaged to a woman, Brooke thinks that maybe he really isn’t gay. To prove that one knows one’s sexuality, he sets her up on a blind date with a girl. A girl that looks just like Preet.

I know that really has not place here and I’m truly not being disrespectful to Preet. It’s just an observation. And honestly, considering that Preet’s responsibility during Quick Fire was to shuck clams that she never shucked before and was STILL shucking after all the other teams had completed the ENTIRE challenge, I think she’d rather be remembered as the girl who looks like the girl that gave Brooke Hogan her first lesbian kiss!

Robin Leventhal

Robin Leventhal



I was positive it wasn’t Laurine but yknow.. my mind doesn’t operate on full capacity this early in the morning!!

Other then that.. nothing really too spectacular to point out about Robin.

Maybe next episode

Ron Duprat

Ron Duprat

What a story Ron has!

Originally from Haiti.. Ron traveled to the US as a refugee on a little boat that took 27 days and a few lives.

I’m positive that that was an experience that shows up all over the place.. especially in the dish that he made during the elimination challenge. How could it not be in every aspect of your life?

At any rate.. his dish did receive good reviews from the judges and I expect that Ron’s island upbringing will play a big part in future episodes.

Well… there you have it.

It’s a lot for one episode so just bear with me. I promise my recaps will get much better as we go on.

In fact, I may even employ Chief and his color commentating. He’s going to loathe sitting in front of the tv watching a reality show but I’ll guilt him into it!! LOL!

For the record… I still haven’t received and email response from Bubba’s teacher regarding his graduation status.

Last night when Chief and I arrived home one of our bath towels was balled up on the front step.

I had a minor freak out because the house already looks ghetto because of the bent drain pipe.. the part of the 2nd floor remain unsided and the 2×4 railings.

You read that right. 2×4 railings. I can’t even go into that now because it still torques the hell out of me.

So I’m a little sensitive to the kids leaving crap around that makes the place look MORE ghetto.

There was no doubt that Bubba was the one who left it…

I don’t know if Bubba was IN the house when we came home of if he walked in just after us because I was in the bedroom getting changed but I heard Chief yelling something and when I went out, I caught the tail end of Bubba saying “… what else am I going to wear? You never bought..”

I cut him off.

I know what he was going to say… “.. What? I never bought what? Swim trunks? When did you ever tell me that you needed them?”

He was like, “You can’t blame me for anything,” I told him. “.. because I did’t do anything to get blamed for. Like, I don’t know, leaving a towel on the front steps.”

He said that he didn’t know it was there.. that he gave the towel to his friend and he didn’t know that the friend left it on the step.

Um.. yea… like… you didn’t have to walk over it when you came in?

Anyway.. it was like beating a dead horse.

But.. the kinda-parental side of me knew that he did need swim trunks so I told him that I would pick them up for him tomorrow [today].

While we were having THAT conversation, Chief went into the kitchen to get a glass of soda.. asking me if I wanted some. I don’t usually drink soda but the day before he had brought home 2 liter bottles Countrytime Lemonade, Coke and Wild Cherry Ginger Ale. I never had the Wild Cherry Ginger Ale so I told him I’d take a half glass of that. So he gets the glasses, opens up the fridge and…





In less then 24 hours, all the soda and lemonade was gone. I know who the culprit was.. I knew as soon as I saw the bottles in the trash. It was Spaz.

Regardless of how many times he denied it.. regardless of his immediate reaction to blaming Bubba.. I knew it had nothing to do with Bubba because the bottles weren’t squeezed.

Bubba has this habit of squeezing the sides of the soda bottles together when he pours it. It’s one of those little nerve wracking things that I loathed but never the less, the bottles weren’t squeezed so that was almost CSI level proof that he was innocent.

Chief was pissed. Big time pissed and he let them both know about it.. I didn’t hear everything because I was in the kitchen with the water running but I heard our bedroom door slam and Spaz whining about something.

When I finished in the kitchen, Bubba was sitting at the dining room table and asked me if I was still pissed at him and I told him that I wasn’t a happy camper. He said that he would wait to ask me something and I told him that I wanted to eat my dinner and finish getting undressed before he even said anything to me about anything.

I went into the bedroom and Chief was still railing so I told him that you know, just don’t bring soda home. OR bring home diet.

About a half hour or so went by and Bubba knocks on the door asking if we wanted to go out to the living room and play Call of Duty together.

I said sure, that’ll be cool but Chief didn’t want to be anywhere near them. I told him that if he wanted to stay in the bedroom that was fine.. well, it wasn’t but you know what I mean.. but I was going to go out there because it isn’t right that they get under our skins so much that we hide in the bedroom. It isn’t doing much to help anything in the house.

Bubba said that Spaz was watching a movie and that he would let me know when it’s over.

Around 9pm, he knocks again so I go out there. Spaz is in his bedroom and Bubba asks if Chief was coming out. I told him he would be.. that his hernia is bothering him and he needs to lay flat for a little bit.

NOTE: That was not necessarily a lie. Chief does have a hernia and it is bothering him more now. He literally has to lie flat with his arm stretched over his head in order to put things back the way they’re suppose to be.

So we started playing and then Spaz came out and even thought he did not stop talking long enough to take a breath, I didn’t get on him about it because he was being hammered as soon as we walked in the door and I’m always conscience of just how fragile his psyche is.

Not that I didn’t know already but if anyone else was sitting in the room with us they would understand just how deep seated his competition is with Bubba.

Bubba was mentioning that they were brought down to get measured and weighed or something and the tech told him that his BMI :: Body Mass Index :: was 20-something which the tech said was good. So he’s probably in the “normal” category or the borderline “overweight” category.

As soon as Spaz heard “.. he said it was good”, he started in on HIS number :: althought I doubt seriously that he was even tested :: saying HIS was 50!!! Isn’t THAT GREAT!!

And I’m like, “… dude, if you’re BMI is 50 then like.. HELL NO that’s not good. Not good at all!” So then he was like, “.. no, I didn’t mean 50, I meant 5!”

Yea dude.. “5” isn’t good either.

And it went on and on and on until finally I told him to get a copy of his tomorrow but it makes no sense talking about it if he can’t remember what his number was.

Aside from not wanting to hear about it no more.. it actually gave him an out to not have to keep up the facade anymore.

We played some more and then the dogs had to go out.. so I take them out and I’m no sooner out the door and around the side of the house then I hear them fighting.. I just shook my head. It took of all 2 minutes for them to be left alone and they’re at each other’s throats.

I don’t know what happened and when I went back inside I didn’t ask. Spaz was in his bedroom and remained there the rest of the night.

As we were playing, Bubba tells me that the annual school trip to an amusement park was on Wednesday and he wondered if I could talk to Chief into letting him stay home because he didn’t want to go.

I asked him why did he have to get me in the middle and he said that Chief would probably give in if I asked him.

“So.. what makes you think that I would want you to say home?” I asked him.

He said that his father used to always make him stay home from trips so he doesn’t know why he gets so flaky about it now.

I’m not going to go into the whole thing verbatim because I’m getting fatigued just thinking about it but basically I asked him what he expected since he screwed up 7th grade and did the same thing in 8th. That maybe.. MAYBE.. if he hadn’t done what he did this whole school year his father would be a little more lenient.

He wasn’t getting the whole “consequences” thing..

I also brought up about the day the crack whore kept him home.. apparently, there was a trip that day also and Chief wouldn’t let Bubba stay home. When he was at the crack whore’s he told her and she said he could stay home “… and you can’t get in trouble for what goes on under my roof.”

My blood pressure went through the roof. I told him that he was playing them against each other.. that if his father wasn’t as lenient as he was, he could have charged her with kidnapping because she has absolutely no legal rights to them.. including when he can or can’t stay home for school.. especially because HE KNEW HE WASNT ALLOWED TO. Evident by the whole “.. you can’t get in trouble” remark.

I also told him that she likes to ruffle feathers and that she cares more about thumbing her nose at his father then she does about him and Spaz’ welfare.. because if she did care and worry about them she would want to be on the same page with anything regarding them.

But he wasn’t getting it.. he didn’t WANT to get it because he doesn’t want to be held responsible, accountable or anything else regarding his actions.. he just wants what he wants and that’s that.

I was po’d but still played a few more rounds before I went to bed. When I walked into the bedroom, Chief was sleep but because there wasn’t a light on, I hit my toe on the foot of the bed and let out a yell. Waking him up.. of course.

I told him about the conversation with Bubba and it didn’t go well.. for Bubba. Chief is refusing to allow him not to go on the trip for the very same reasons that I tried explaining to him.

Well… I can just tell you where it stands now. Because.. knowing Chief.. I’m sure he’ll cave and Bubba will stay home Wednesday.