Wednesday, October 03, 2007

And the new Top Chef is...

Hung!

I do have to say that I was rooting for him from the beginning. Partly because I respect his culinary style. Careful precision in his execution, very much, his Asian fusion, partly, (though that can easily get cheesy, e.g. Roy's) but also his willingness and ability to tastefully adopt modern techniques. Plus have to support Asian-American role models, I s'pose.

I also sympathize with Hung for the attacks he gets. I think it his dedication and focus on his task that causes him to block out/ignore those around him, that leads others to call him arrogant but I think he's just misunderstood. So congrats Hung.

Oh, and for what its worth, Harold's (the original Top Chef) restaurant Perilla is highly recommended. We walked by one day and saw him just sitting on his stoop, wearing the classic Harold white undershirt (R- flipped out like a groupie in front of a rock star), so we had to try Perilla for dinner. Excellent risotto side. Everything well executed. My main was a simple pheasant (very easily overcooked) but mine was beautifully tender and the skin nicely crisp. Basic competencies, but still rarely well executed.
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