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There are six chefs left, Lindsay, Sarah, Grayson, Paul, Chris and Ed. Oh, and Beverly is waiting in the last chance kitchen for her shot at a spot in the finals. I believe she has to beat two more eliminated chefs to make it back and that’s going to be a tall order considering who remains. If it were a personality contest, I would be pulling for Grayson or Paul, but it’s all based on talent and who cooks the best when it counts. Last week’s episode was the best of the season. ALL the chefs did a great job. I guess Charlize Theron inspired them to do their best work.
Charlize Theron stops back into the stew room after the challenge and tells them she was blown away and she enjoyed it so much. She is a class act, that’s all I can say. Grayson says she was a fan of hers before, but now she’s really a fan.
Chris says he doesn’t want to do a group challenge this time, no offense to his fellow contestants.
Cat Cora is in the top chef kitchen, along with Padma and Emeril. They are broken up into three teams of two, Ed and Paul, Chris and Grayson, and Sarah and Lindsay. They need to prepare a dish in 40 minutes including preparing shrimp, shucking and cleaning corn, and making pasta. Immunity is off the table, but the winning team will get $10,000. They can’t proceed with making their dish until the judges check their corn, shrimp and pasta.
Lindsay and Sarah finish first and get to start cooking. Paul and Ed finish next. Grayson and Chris are last. Time is up and Ed and Paul have no shrimp on their plates. Paul says he is bad luck for Ed because every time they are teamed together, he messes up. The flavor of their dish is nice but they can’t win without the shrimp. Shades of Beverly last week leaving out an ingredient. That means it’s between Lindsay/Sarah and Chris/Grayson. The winning team is Grayson and Chris. Sarah is a sore loser of course and says the only reason they didn’t win is because Cat Cora doesn’t like tarragon.
They will be serving 200 people at a block party and only have 2 hours to make their dishes. The Chef’s will be competing head to head against the one they were just paired with, Ed against Paul, Grayson against Chris, and Lindsay against Sarah. They tell the judges what they are making and then Padma tells them they must make healthy versions of their dishes. Grayson and Chris must make a healthy version of chicken salad sandwiches, Sarah and Lindsay must make a healthy version of meatballs, and Ed and Paul are making a healthy version of an Asian dish. They all go to Whole Foods and give each other a hard time about who’s buying the healthiest ingredients. Paul is nervous and doesn’t sleep well that night.
The next day the chefs go to the Culinary Institute of America to prep for 200 people. They only have two hours and they are all stressing about the time constraints. Chris is making a tofu emulsion to take the place of mayonnaise and says he has fooled people with it before. As a true mayonnaise connoisseur, I don’t know if I would be fooled. When I was little, I ate mayonnaise sandwiches. That’s it, just mayonnaise. I liked mayonnaise on my hot dogs. Have I mentioned I like mayonnaise?
They arrive at the block party and have 45 minutes to set up. Bees are bothering the chefs and buzzing around their food. Ed and Paul try to keep each other calm even though they are competing against each other. The diners have to donate food to the local food bank in order to sample the food. The diners will be voting for their favorites and the least vote getters of each pair will be up for elimination. Grayson’s line is long and she is doing her chicken salad sandwiches to order so the bread won’t get dry. Chris starts freaking out about the bees because he is allergic and if he gets stung, he’ll be in trouble. I’d be freaking out too.
The judges arrive and sample the food. Dana Cowan is a judge for today’s challenge in addition to Cat Cora, Padma, Emeril and Tom. They try Paul’s and Ed’s dishes first. They like Paul’s dish better than Ed’s. Next they try Grayson’s and Chris’ dishes. They mention problems with both of these dishes. Last are Lindsay and Sarah. Tom likes Sarah’s salad, but Dana does not. They like Lindsay’s dish better. But it will be the votes of the diners that determine who is in the bottom and will have to defend their dishes. I have a feeling that Sarah and Ed will be two of the bottom three, but not sure about Grayson and Chris if the diners agree with the judges.
Padma calls for Grayson, Paul and Lindsay. The guests picked them as the winners of their head to head competitions. They talk to all of them about their dishes. Tom pings on Grayson about making a chicken salad sandwich. She argues with Tom about his logic that her dish was not as difficult as a meatball and Asian food. You can tell the judges loved Lindsay’s dish; however, Paul wins the $15,000. Yay, I like Paul and was glad he beat Lindsay.
That means Sarah, Chris and Ed are up for elimination. They don’t think Ed made the healthiest version of his dish. They agree Chris used healthier ingredients, but his sandwiches were very dry because he didn’t make them to order and made them ahead of time. Sarah’s salad was not up to par with the judges. The judges deliberate. Sarah’s meatball was ok, but didn’t really compare to Lindsay’s. Chris has great ideas, but the results don’t live up to his ideas. Ed couldn’t explain why using flour was healthier than using rice.
Chris will be packing his knives and leaving the competition. In the last chance kitchen, Chris will be going up against Beverly. Goofy Chris sees the note back at the house that tells him to meet Tom in the kitchen. He goes to the house kitchen instead of the top chef kitchen. Duh! Whoever wins next week’s last chance kitchen challenge will be back in the competition.
They have to create one dish using all the ingredients found in a mystery box. Some of the ingredients are lamb, parsnips, and marshmallows. Neither has an idea what they are going to make with it. Chris forms an idea first. They get another added ingredient and it’s radicchio, which throws Chris for a loop but makes Beverly happy. The last box has white anchovies. What a combination of food. They each finish a dish. Bev made a lime garlic anchovy dish. Chris made a salad with a pancetta on top. The winner who will be competing next week to try to get back into the game will be Beverly. She definitely has the cooking skills, no matter how socially awkward she is. Tom tells Chris this was one of his best dishes and congratulates him for it.
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
We’ve heard rumors and seen previews, the reunion appears as though it’s going to be a “Slam Lisa” fest, that isn’t going to change any viewer’s minds as typically we side with the Housewife who gets attacked. I don’t think anyone who isn’t liking Kyle will like her any better after attacking Lisa. We also see Adrienne giving it to Lisa pretty good, Adrienne lost some fans this season and the reunion isn’t going to improve things for Ms. Maloof.
Bernie Guzman is Adrienne Maloof’s chef, he’s arrogant and rude as we’ve seen on screen but yesterday he decided to jump on his Facebook page and snark a bit at Lisa Vanderpump. This guy seems like a real jerk! He also posts his recipes on his Facebook page for just a few hours then deletes them, if you missed them, too bad! Ain’t he nice Joe? Ain’t He?
Bernie Guzman YOU WILL SEE AT THE REUNION..THE BULLY & RING LEADER…FINALLY GETS CONFRONTED…
Bernie Guzman BTW, WETPAINT.COM is “usually” more accurate.
Bernie Guzman adrienne doesnt hate anyone.
Bernie Guzman i found the finale-a little slow…= )…
Bernie Guzman SOME THINGS ARE JUST – T.M.I.
Bernie Guzman havent watched OC in a while..we do begin filming season 3 in march–asap. they havent announced the show being “picked up”..but they wouldnt be casting is it wasn’t.
Some really lovely viewers posted this on Bernie’s wall and Bernie simply said “LOL”
I think Earl Scheib does Lisa’s makeup. LOL
lisa looks like an unhealthy person, ghost-likeHere’s the WetPaint article Bernie refers to that includes more of his Facebook rants:
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars may know a thing or two about being back-stabbed, but Adrienne Maloof’s personal chef, Bernie Guzman, holds all the knives this season. Yes, he’s the eyes and ears of all the Beverly Hills activity.
Bernie’s personal Facebook page credits him as a “private chef to the stars.” And guess what? The guy who lists Madonna and Joan Crawford as inspiration loves to dish a lot more than just food. Here are his juiciest Facebook posts:
“JACKPOT 55 – GIGGY 45…OUT WITH THE OLD…AND HER DOG……….(SORRY, I was possessed by the WICKED WITCH of the WEST)”
“This is BEVERLY HILLS,Its all about GRILLED CHICKEN & Being styled by LAWRENCE ZARIAN…(he’s the best)”
“OY VEY, Lisa Vandepump said ” the help ” should be seen & not heard.I think its time to walk across the street with a ” CHOCOLATE PIE.”
Better watch out, Bernie. You don’t mess with the Housewives!http://www.wetpaint.com/real-housewives-of-beverly-hills/articles/adrienne-maloofs-chef-bernie-guzman-calls-lisa-vanderpump-the-wicked-witch-of-the-westPhoto above right, Bernie’s dessert creation with Lisa’s shoe decorating a chocolate delight.Bernie Guzman: What. A. Jerk.Real Housewives of Orange County Preview
Ready for some drama?
The Real Housewives of Orange County are back and we cannot wait to see what is going down in the O.C this season, (though we’re betting on some catfights).
With the help of Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi and Heather Dubrow, we’re jumpstarting the RHOC action with a tease of what you have to look forward to this season (which begins Tuesday, February 7 at 9 p.m.).
1. Double-D Downsizing: Tamra’s 34 double-D implants are gone and she is totally okay with it. “It’s been one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I feel a lot more confident without my implants. [With my implants] I felt like [my chest] was the first thing everybody looked at.” No duh, she’s 5’4″ and had 34 double-D’s—it’s hard not to look! Now that her chest is no longer the center of attention we have a feeling her beau Eddy will be a bigger focus.
2. New Girl on the Block: This season, there is a fresh face in the bunch, Heather Dubrow, wife to a Newport Beach (shocker!) plastic surgeon. “When I first met her I actually thought she was a little pretentious. I actually used the exact words that ‘I think she had a stick up her ass,’” said Gretchen. Wow, Gretch, a bit harsh! Tamra added, “I was a little bit worried that she wasn’t going to fit in with the group, because she was so nice, so classy and yet so elegant. And with the girls on the show, we don’t always roll like that.” Heather admits, “I would say out of everyone Alexis and I have had some friction, [but] I was pleasantly surprised how well we all got along.” Play nice, ladies. Oh wait, this is the Real Housewives!
3. Love and War: Gretchen takes on the recently divorced housewife Vicki and the fireworks just keep flying! Gretchen’s issues with Vicki stem from the fact that, “Vicki had a lot to say about [her BF] Slade and about his child support issues…I just feel like she was being a hypocrite—[her new boyfriend] had a similar situation as Slade yet she was still very judgmental towards Slade.” All is fair in love and war, but the gloves are off and it’s going to get ugly.
4. Gretchen and Tamra, BFFs?! “It was time to build a bridge and get over it. In the process of doing that we realized we really like each other,” said Tamra after multiple seasons of fighting with Gretchen. “I knew that the only way to move forward was just to forgive and ask for forgiveness. It has become a very true and authentic friendship,” said Gretchen. Aww…how cute. Hope it lasts. Still, if they aren’t fighting, who is?
5. Bye-Bye Don: What’s a season of Real Housewives without some boy drama? This season it’s all about Vicki and her divorce from Don. “I don’t know if the show had anything to do with the collapse of [Vicki's] marriage,” said Tamra, “I know that it puts strain on your relationship, no doubt.” Gretchen added, “If the relationship is struggling, I think that the cameras might hone in on issues that you already have. The cameras don’t lie.” Sadly, their vow renewal couldn’t save their relationship, but for the audience it’s safe to say that boy toys are way more fun to watch.
Bonus—Beauty Tips: GTD! (Gym, Tan, Doctor!) Need a new way to achieve the perfect housewife body and overall look? Stick to the housewife beauty tips, which include Gretchen’s secret: “Always have a tan.” Or Tamra’s go-to, “For me, it’s health and fitness.” And you can’t forget Heather’s advice, “My best tip is go see Dr. Dubrow (her plastic surgeon hubby).” Who knew the Housewives had so much in common with the kids from Jersey Shore? GTD and GTL seem fairly close, just saying!
Tamra added, “I was a little bit worried that she wasn’t going to fit in with the group, because she was so nice, so classy and yet so elegant. And with the girls on the show, we don’t always roll like that.”
The above quote from Tamra has to be the most honest thing that Tamra’s ever said only she shouldn’t speak for the other Housewives. TAMRA is not nice, classy or elegant at all! Tamra is trash and has absolutely no class, it’s nice to hear that she knows it.
Gretchen and Tamra are going to become friends this season? I’ll bet the Vickster loves that! We know that Gretchen and Vicki go at it pretty good based on the previews but on which side does the fickle Tamra come down?
Gretchen and Tamra actually like each other? See, this is the problem, I used to like Gretchen but the end of last season showed me a new side of Gretchen, when Lynne Curtain confronted her about “stealing” the handbag line I found Gretchen’s reaction very telling and it wasn’t pretty! I lost a lot of respect for Gretchen during that scene. Add to that her new found friendship with the snake Tamra who has been vile and cruel to Gretchen and Slade, Tamra’s done everything in her power to bring them down including calling Slade’s ex-wife during the reunion show taping last season. Now Gretchen “likes” her? There are some things that are unforgivable and what Tamra did getting herself in the middle of Slade’s child and ex-wife’s situation is one of those things.
Now that Vicki is dating a dead-beat dad Gretchen is blaming Vicki for all the Slade bashing when actually, Tamra was much worse than Vicki. Sorry but this whole thing sounds like a scripted storyline!
Alexis was barely mentioned in the article but apparently the new girl Heather butts heads with Alexis. We saw a new side of Alexis last season as well with her dress maker when she cruely cut the dress that the woman worked so hard to create. Rather than allowing the dress-maker to make the requested changes, Alexis took scissors to it. Sure, it was Alexis’ design and it was her dress but, in my opinion, it tells you what kind of woman she is.
Unfortunately our only hope for a decent Orange County Housewife lays squarely on the shoulders of the new girl, Heather Dubrow. That’s a lot of pressure for one woman.
I am not looking forward to this season! I’m going to have to change my attitude before the season starts, I’m determined to go into it with a positive attitude! LOL
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