Thursday, November 19, 2009

Top Chef

I'd like to stress I don't watch the show or any other Chef competition type show. I did watch the last episode replayed later last night. (There was nothing else on)

Earlier in the evening I noticed a ton of traffic on this site from people googleing "Ballentine". Now I've always been amazed how many from the UK google "ballentine" but last night it was from the U.S. I figured people must be researching for Thanksgiving or something. Then I saw the Top Chef episode with the Ballentine. It had been broadcast earlier. Ahhhh, interesting how that works. Saltyskitchen is always high on the list when you google ballentine or gallentine. I did a post on them a ways back. I also have a youtube video cutting a bird in preparation for the dish.

BTW, I'm not a Fan of that Bocuse Door, D'ore, d'or or however the hell you spell it. I appreciate the talent and discipline it takes to do it but to me, that's not real food.

Also the dishes they prepared for that contest weren't much different than what they normally would prepare. They just just gussied up the preparation. And half of them still screwed it up. I'm sorry, four hours? You can't cook lamb properly in four hours?

I've said it again and again. You have to execute! The recipes and menus are like tactics in a war. They're all sexy and wonderful but it's logistics that wins wars. Logistics = execution.


TROLL Y2K said...

Isn't it Ballotine?

Scott Sebastian said...

I've seen it spelled both ways. This is the spelling that was used when I learned it 25 years ago.

Michael Walsh said...

Who can spell what? It's a different language anyhow. The question is the differance between a ballontine and a gallontine?!?! I worked at a place that had both on the menu at once and it was a hell raiser!

Anonymous said...


Never would have pegged you for a DCFC fan. The one you put on your playlist is definitely one of my favorites.

Dave Risch

Scott Sebastian said...

Yep, but I'm not that famiiar with their other stuff.

Anonymous said...

DCFC's Transatlanticism CD is good. And as you know, I am more a fan of classic rock so that says something about their CD.

- Dave

Brad the Garde manger man said...

I like what you said about execution and tactics even on the cold side of things logistics for baking and prep count as much as for plating and last minute finishing and both are key for not running out and not putting yourself in the weeds and actually on top of things

and btw it's D'or i belive:)