Thursday, April 28, 2011

ATC Love to Chef Suvir Saran

Chef Suvir Saran took the opportunity to fly his vegetarian flag in this week's Elimination Challenge. Tasked with creating a low-calorie burger for a contestant on The Biggest Loser, he chose to make a veggie burger that did not satisfy his customer or the critics' cravings for meat.

Chef Saran, we are so sorry to see you leave this early in the competition. Not only are you a great chef, but you are also extremely entertaining and a joy to watch. You will be missed.

This post is only for positive comments about Chef Saran and his dishes. If you have anything negative to say, please do so here.

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LaDivaCucina said...

I am sad to see Suvir go but I didn't like how he tried pushing his personal views on the client. I enjoyed watching him and his comments but in the end, he didn't serve the client what she wanted. And a mushy veggie "burger" is probably one of the worst things you can feed a beef burger lover, texture is important. As a dieter myself, I'm looking for a good substitution and he felt way short.

Anonymous said...

As a vegetarian for over 20 years, I was very impressed with Suvir's determination to hold to his ethics even though he knew it might go badly for him. He showed those same values in the insect challenge, refusing to take the life of any creature. Kudos, Chef - we need more like you!

Anonymous said...

Well, Diva, that's kind of the issue, isn't it? The client was craving fattening, cholesterol filled bad-bad-bad for you food, and giving her a smaller portion of that isn't really satisfying the principle of giving her something healthy. He got pilloried for his vegetarian ethic, and yeah, he got a little preachy about it, but he knew he was going down from the moment they began equating "calorie count" to "health". Good for him for not compromising. Good luck to you on learning to eat better.

LaDivaCucina said...

Don't cast aspersions on La Diva, ANONYMOUS, for you know nothing about me. So easy to be critical with your comments behind an anon profile. I find you to be santimonious and condescending, an unfortunate but common trait among your ilk, that only alienates you from others, which is a shame. Your message might be well intended, but your delivery, well, sucks.

TC is a competition and if he can't get off his high horse (like every other chef who whines, "I never cook for kids, make desserts,etc.) to cook what the customer wanted, he deserved to go. There are plenty of ways to cook good quality MEAT in proper amounts to suit the client's needs and health/diet requirements. And there are ways to make veggie burgers with various textures that don't include mushy. Suvir failed at both.

You can come down from your little soapbox now, dear.