With Top Chef Masters returning on Wed, July 24th, we decided to CJ keeps busy by actively tweeting, and chef'ing at the new Studio City, CA resto Girasol. content to be a personal chef and demonstrate vegan recipes online. .. be making an appearance on former George Clooney girlfriend Stacey. The latest Tweets from CJ Jacobson (@BigCeej). @GirasolLA. Top Chef Duels. Chef Partner @emarestaurant. Chris Jacobsen, a.k.a. CJ, got the boot on Top Chef last night, much to Adam Platt's dismay, as well as the dismay of many viewers. The 6'10".
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It delivered on presentation and certainly on taste. Kevin is just so talented at coaxing flavor simply out of food. It was so modern, and at the same time so pure.
He really stayed true to that promise of less being more in this case. He put it together in such a refined way, but still allowed the ingredients to sing. The Main Duel covers the original reasons you would be dueling -- love, honor and pride… GS: For the first course, love, Kevin and Tiffani used their spouses as inspiration, but Takashi channeled his father and, well, CJ just loves peas.
We need to find CJ a girlfriend. His dish was deceptively simple.
He used chrysanthemums and herbs, but it still looked like a simple bowl of peas with some pretty garnish. When you tasted it, though, there were so many fresh notes. The peas were barely cooked, but not raw. There was no starchiness, just the sweetness came through.
It was like eating spring, which is when we shot this, so peas were very much in season. He really took advantage of the season in the most pure way, which is also part of his story: Before she had her current restaurant, she worked at an outstanding sushi restaurant in Boston.
After coming off such a strong dish in the white challenge, Takashi's totally fell flat for me. The tuna and the uni were lovely, but he added two or three too many ingredients, both in terms of the vegetables garnish and the dressing. To me, the dish was incredibly over-dressed. It just seemed so unlike him. But this felt a little messy. The beauty of that fresh tuna got lost under the pile of garnish and dressing he poured on top. Unfortunately he was the first to leave the finale dinner.
Tiffani and CJ chose to honor places they were from, and Kevin chose to honor his mentor. The texture of the duck confit was crisp and chewy, almost like jerky, and I loved it. It was purposely this way, which was really enjoyable and exciting.Life After Top Chef : CJ
You so rarely see that texture in fine dining. It was a fun, creative dish and really well balanced. The gnocchi was impeccable, the corn puree and the lobster sauce were technically stunning. I think we all wish that lobster sauce had a little more of a punch, a little more depth. But overall it was a wonderful dish. I liked the idea behind it, but the sous vide duck was tough. The pistou he made to go with it was a little salty. It was the weakest in of the three dishes in that course.
So, now we're down to two.
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And our third course: But his fish was not a traditional fish course by any means. Instead, he very slowly roasted fish, with these beautiful muscat grapes. It was an amazing combination. He showed us a distinct point of view, which is so different from the last time we ate his food.
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He was really pushing our perception of flavor and technique. It made me think about traditional presentation, which he turned on its head a little bit. Production really never said anything but might have steered my thoughts to what I wanted.
I knew something had to have been screwy. Did you watch the Restaurant Wars ep? What are your thoughts on what went down? Stefan, once again, got lucky. He seemed the worst offender from what I saw. Kristen did what is in line with her character; she did the right thing.
Talent, integrity, poise and creativity. And she's fricking beautiful. It's sometimes strange to watch her as she's so pretty. I mean, sounds come out of her head -- it's amazing she walks among us.
Now you're in Save a Chef going against Kuniko, and if you win, the rest of the gang. What is your battle plan?
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My battle plan is to engage my fans, respond to them and be gracious. I also know I must be persistent as my fans are my sole way in. Kuniko's got quite the "Army. I don't have a captain. I have people that have organically come out of the woodwork that want me to win.
It's kind of amazing. Was showing how improved of a chef you've become since last time the biggest reason to return to the show? The show is fun. It's crazy, it's annoying, it's mind-boggling. It's really hard and its a great test.
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I love challenges to death and coming back better was just icing on the cake. If fans took anything away from your time on the show this season, what do you want it to be?
Don't go safe in team competitions. Have the chefs as a whole in the competition gotten better since your original cast? As a whole group chefs in this season were better. There was also a maturity aspect that was nicer. Everyone was a restaurant chef; there were no caterers or nutritionists or private chefs. It makes a difference. Aside from your Save a Chef chances, who would you like to see take it all home if it's not you?