Kerry has figured out his letter to himself. He is going to make dishes that are near to his heart. He’s still working on his “Apology.” Something tells me Kerry doesn’t really apologize all that much.
Curtis says they are both going to have to come out with guns blazing.
Both Chris and Kerry are doing a massive amount of prep. At the end of day 1, Chris feels pretty good, but he says “We’ll see tomorrow.”
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That evening, Chris and Kerry visit Curtis at his suite at The Cosmopolitan. And it does not suck. Curtis is cooking dinner for Chris and Kerry. He is making them two dishes, one inspired by each of them. Awwww, Curtis is cute.
I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti…
For Kerry, Curtis has made mussels and clam ragout with tomato, olives and capers. For Chris? Foie Gras with a twist. Although I’m not exactly sure what the twist is. I either missed it or it was edited out.
This is a nice change of pace
As the 3 bros chat, Curtis says “It’s so unfair that chefs get judged by someone who knows less than them. They don’t go to culinary school. We do. But then I sit at a table with Ruth and hear the wealth of knowledge they have. . .” Francis Lam took issue with this statement in his blog. A) because Curtis didn’t mention him and B) he DID go to Culinary School. He also points out- what type of critic do you want? One the educates the public or one that reviews for the average diner? As someone with a palate that is, perhaps, slightly more elevated than the average diner (but trust me, I can still dog a McDonald’s Cheeseburger and enjoy the bejesus out of it), I look for a critic who has culinary knowledge, but not so much so that we don’t understand wtf they are talking about? Do I give a crap that on the third bite there is a subtle waft of tarragon and 4 hours later their farts smell like truffles? No. But do I want to know that the Pork Belly was crispy and awesome but the Sea Bass was mushy and flavorless? Yep. It helps me select what I want to eat. (Don’t even get me started on these jokers on Yelp who act like critics when they don’t know oil from vinegar. Or give it a terrible rating because their sever looked at them sideways.)
Hang on boys, MisRed is in the hot tub and has requested I bring her a Pop Tart
What has excited Chris is that he can still COOK. Sometimes chef/owners get so mired down in the paperwork and all of the other crap that goes along with owning a business that they can’t focus on the thing that drew them to this business in the first place. Cooking.