For last night’s very special episode of “Top Chef,” the merry band of foaming, glazing, deconstructing, brunoiseing masters of flavor left the corridors of political power for the idyll of Rappahannock County in Virginia. There, they encountered a table stretching through the field (and apparently set for the entire court of Versailles) as well as all kinds of ingredients that had been baking in the sun for untold hours.
But first they had to complete the regionally significant crab challenge, and after a few tittery jokes, they hacked up the poor creatures and subjected them to the indignations of “Asian treatment.” Delicious!
Our guest judge was Patrick O’Connell of the Inn at Little Washington, Kenny got the win for his sour curried eggplant, and you know who was sent packing. His initial is T. He was the hometown guy. He makes boring barbecue and unexciting blue crab that he doesn’t submit to Asian treatment because that’s not what good people do to blue crabs. I’m not going to even utter his name lest I be accused of spoiling the delayed gratification shock and awe that people with those DVR things get to experience.
What did you think? Is this a boring season?