Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rocco's Dinner Party, Episode 8 Recap

This week on Rocco's Dinner Party, our competitors were Bill Haley, a sous chef at the Plaza Food Hall, caterer Sharon Robustelli, and "executive" private chef Frank Otte. Frank comes off immediately like the King of the Douchebags, but of course he's not there to make friends.

For their signature dishes, Frank makes a prosciutto-wrapped halibut with sauerkraut and potatoes. Rocco loves his food, apart from the slightly underdone potatoes, but really doesn't appreciate his smug attitude. Sharon makes an espresso-crusted steak with cauliflower puree; Rocco is surprised by the steak but is not fond of its accompaniment. Finally, Bill's rack of lamb is overtrimmed, but overall a nice plate. And even though he didn't get many negative comments, Bill is out.

The theme this week is fashion, and Rocco expects his two chefs to present both a couture version and a ready-to-wear version of each dish they serve.

This week's guests are Brendan Newham and Rico Gagliano of radio's The Dinner Party Download, fashion journalist Katrina Szish, actress Nikki Blonsky, and fashion designers Kara Janx and Nicole Miller.

Sharon presents her meal first, starting off with a tuna tartare amuse, followed by a duo of RTW potatoes gratin and couture caviar-stuffed mini potatoes. She's a bit pokey in the kitchen and after 44 minutes, Rocco goes in to find out if the rest of the food is ever going to get served. Eventually, a duo of RTW tuna salad and couture seared tuna comes out, followed quickly by a dessert combo of RTW smores and couture chocolate ganache pudding. Time's up before most guests take a bite so they end up doing dessert "to go" as they walk to the next room.

Frank serves up a roasted poussin as his opening course, followed by RTW Caesar salad and a couture version featuring a white anchovy. RTW Steak Frites and a couture filet of beef come next. The couture version is accompanied by a pungent bleu cheese sauce that literally makes Rocco cringe. Finally, a RTW apple crumble and a couture apple tart with cinnamon ice cream round out the meal.

After all is said and done, Rocco goes back to the kitchen to choose his winner. While Frank had missteps, apparently the timing thing really worked against Sharon, and she was sent home penniless.

So what did you think about this episode? Please leave a comment!

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Kristine said...

I fell asleep and missed the end. That's how I felt about the episode.

MoHub said...

I fell asleep before it started. But then, I only planned to watch to see Kara Janx.

JordanBaker said...

I just read "executive private chef" as "executive PIRATE chef," and immediately liked that a-hole so much better because of it.