When we heard that Bravo’s Top Chef was nominated for four Emmy’s it got us missing the Quickfire and Elimination Challenges and we started looking for something to tide us over until the next season begins. Thankfully, for all of us suffering from Top Chef withdrawal, we didn’t have to look too far. Bravo has given us Rocco’s Dinner Party on Wednesday nights and in each episode three chefs compete for the opportunity to cater a dinner party for Rocco DiSpirto and his celebrity guests. Whoever throws the best party wins and walks away with $20,000 cash.
Last night the competitors were executive chefs, Kevin Gaurdreau, Janet Kim, and Chris Calcagno. Each were asked to prepare a signature dish, the one that impressed DiSpirto the least was eliminated and did not get the opportunity to cook for Rocco and his guests. Chris was cut first because of his broken beurre blanc, leaving Kevin and Janet to battle it out in the dinner round. The party’s theme, gastropub, looked like it favored Janet to take home the bacon. Kim works as a chef in Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant at The London Hotel in New York City. However, Kevin’s more simplistic attitude towards food and his experience as executive chef of The Pier Restaurant in Newport, RI earned him the big W.
Rocco DiSpirto pulls no punches in his commentary about the cooking, the jury is still out on whether he’s a jerk or he’s justified, but either way we’re hungry for more and will be back next week. Three new chefs will be competing with a whole new theme: dishes inspired by high-end fashion. Rocco’s guests will include fashion designer Nicole Miller, Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky, NPR’s Dinner Party Download co-hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, Project Runway finalist Kara Janx, and TV Host and Early Show contributor Katrina Szish.
- Meet the (Top Chef) Masters (restrow.wordpress.com)
- You’re Invited To Rocco’s Dinner Party! (urbanfoodprint.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday TV Picks: ‘Rocco’s Dinner Party’ on Bravo (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Interview With Rocco’s Dinner Party Winner, Chef J. J. Johnson (wwwclara54.wordpress.com)