S7:E5: Bright and early we begin this morning at the Top Chef country estate with the macabre stylings of Angelo the sensualist and his cadaverous attempts to sexually dominate the poor unwitting Tamesha, who he claims possesses "an inner passion...that's really something that I'd really like to extract from her." With fava beans and a nice Chianti.
On the couch, Ed thinks Tiffany has a nice laugh and is all “aw, shucks” in a Forrest Gump sort of way that seems appropriate for DC. Meanwhile all the white women just don’t understand where they went wrong.
This Quick Fire challenge was harrowing to watch. Behind the judges, who welcomed senior-leprechaun and five-star chef Patrick O’Connell to their ranks, was a table of live crabs shuffling nervously in their bushels. Angelo nodded knowingly “I had crabs once, so this just brings up bad memories.” Repugnant. Patrick O Connell explains that they must make a dish using crab. Oh that’s nice, I think to myself, now they are going to show them to the table of crabs they will actually be using, that have died peacefully in their sleep already at the crab retirement home. WRONG.
“They are waiting for you”, the leprechaun sneers, smiling viciously with a sadistic glint in his beady eyes. In a flash, the cheftestants are racing to the table and before I can cover my eyes or cry out in horror, live crabs are being cleaved in half while still squirming under Alex the Russian’s bloodstained hands. Kevin Sbrags dusts a crab with seasoning and tosses it into the oven to bake to death. Crabs are being bludgeoned with mallets, thrown into pressure cookers and sauté pans, and having their limbs ripped off only to be left spinning on the cutting board and forced to watch the meat pulled out of their legs and made into gelée. Amanda stuffs her dismembered victim into a pot even as its severed claws scrabble against the lid. “This fucking thing is alive! DIE DIE DIE!” She squeals with delight. “I got crab shit everywhere!” Kenny rips a chunk of flesh out of a live crab with his teeth “I AM BEAST!” he roars to the camera. Horrifying! It was a death camp!
I was traumatized to say the least. I boycott this Quick Fire. I think Ed won it for a Thai crab salad of sorts. Angelo comments that Ed stole the idea to make Asian food from the life of Angelo.
I burst into hysterical nervous laughter when they announced the Elimination challenge was to be held at a “humane” farm in DC. Give me a break. They will be working as a unit this time, one team, one mind, six courses. They must cook a family-style meal for about forty farmers and chefs from the area. The team meeting was a clusterfuck, Angelo and Kenny bickered the entire time and accomplished nothing, as ineffective men are wont to do. Eventually they kept the same teams as last challenge and divided proteins between the teams evenly.
The day of the challenge, the chefs arrive on a farm, fight for meats and vegetables sitting out unsupervised on a table, and start cooking on hot plates and grills. The usual suspects began whining about space concerns and temperatures etc.
Angelo continued to sexualize his meats (“I just fuckin’ made love to that duck, know what I mean? Sexy, sexy little duck”) and be generally just all-around creepy.
As far as the food was concerned however, most all of the dishes looked absolutely delicious, including lots of simple vegetable sides and well-cooked meat. I was half-expecting them to have to dispatch of their own cuddly farm-animal.
The judges' tasting included a few un-intentioned comedic moments. Judge Dread Leprechaun commented on the shocking “rusticity” of Amanda’s minestrone soup. Tom was absolutely furious that Stephen had the balls to bruise lettuce on HIS table. Eric Ripert, in characteristic sultry, enigmatic, fashion, pronounced Timmy’s turnips a “mish-mash”. The judges did like Angelo’s duck, Andrea’s Pork loin (despite earlier foreshadowing depicting her flip-flopping over how to cook it), and Kelly’s extra-credit dessert crisp.
Ultimately, the judges were pleased with the faux-Thanksgiving meal and had some nice things to say about Kevin’s broccoli couscous (improvised after Tamesha spilled his cauliflower dish), Andrea’s pork sauce, and Kelly’s beets and dessert. In the end Kenny took it home for his curried eggplant. Padma liked it and she is Indian. Kenny was very pleased, ripped his shirt, threw back his head and howled. “THE BEEEEAAASSSSST!” No one seems to have informed Kenny that you simply cannot coin your own nickname.
Loser’s critique was more entertaining this time around, as Judge Leprechaun O’Connell was absolutely disgusted with Stephen’s treatment of salad. He spat and sputtered, getting red in the face and hammering his little balled fists: “When you dump dressing like that onto a salade, it is like dumping concrete onto SILK. YOU IMBECILE!”
Eric Ripert got all existential on our asses, asking Amanda “What is minestrone to you?” She was like “um…beans”. To which he replied “WRONG. There should have been little bits of pasta in that shit yo” And he was very, very displeased.
But this was not enough to send her home, and poor Timmy Dean was canned for sending out a half-assed chopped potato dish. As he sauntered out, we remember the good times - his strong performance in the mise-en-place challenge…. and that’s it. We’ll miss you Timmy.
The beloved royal wore the strapless gown in 1981 shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles, when she was just 19.
The silk taffeta creation, designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, caused controversy at the time for its low cut neckline and dark colour, but it established Diana as a budding fashion icon.
The dress will now be shown off at the Fundacion Museo De La Moda in Chile after museum founder Jorge Yarur snapped up the gown at the sale, held by Kerry Taylor Auctions, on Tuesday (08Jun10).
However, Yarur promised to have the dress returned to the Princess' official royal residence of Kensington Palace in London upon his death.
When Michael Patrick King began writing "Sex and the City 2," the economy had just made itself a new home in the sewers. He knew the country was hurting and experiencing new kinds of money woes. But instead of contemplating how he could tone down the sequel's extravagance to reflect the uncomfortable financial pressure of many Americans, he ultimately decided against it and shelled out $10 million for what the girls would wear. (He must have really not wanted to see them naked!)
There's one scene in particular, where Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha are doing karaoke in Abu Dhabi, and two of the outfits (and their prices) are described as follows: Carrie wears $4,000 embellished Blonds jeans under a $47,190 silver and gold Chanel lamé dress (that's over $50,000 right there -- and somebody's freshman year at an Ivy) and Samantha wears a $5,000 spiked blazer. In other scenes, Charlotte makes cupcakes in a Valentino blouse and Miranda (probably goes to work as a lawyer) in a Roland Mouret dress so expensive that you or I wouldn't even wear it to sleep.
All this means the women will be impeccably dressed courtesy of the series and movie's stylist (and otherwise BIG SPENDER), Patricia Field. However, after we salaried people endure some-two hours of looking at beautiful clothes we do not (nor will ever) have the pleasure of owning, we're going to feel very small and very underfunded. This in mind, it's hard to imagine how Michael Patrick King would be able to write the sequel and feel comfortable pummeling his audience with gaudy cuffs and silk iridescent overlays at a time in history when everyone (even the actors) are feeling financially vulnerable. But oh, he found a reason -- and it's the Great Depression! He said, "I thought Hollywood should take people on a big vacation that maybe they couldn't afford themselves. I wanted to make it a big, extravagant vacation." But again, this is risky, because who wants to see Sarah Jessica Parker sipping Dom Perignon on a first-class flight to Abu Dhabi, when they know once they get home they'll have to pay their utilities bill? (I do, I really do. And I will. Probably a few times. But it's going to be hard.)
The Die Hard legend's interior designer reportedly picked out a handmade wool and silk carpet to grace the floor of the actor's Los Angeles home in December (09).
Six weeks later, Willis returned the luxury rug to suppliers Mansour - but staff demanded he pay the $27,700 (£18,400) price tag after allegedly discovering "spilled or dripped red wine" stains on the fabric.
According to a lawsuit filed at L.A. County Superior Court, representatives for Willis deny the damage was caused while the carpet was in his possession - and insist the store loaned him the item on a sale-or-return basis.
Willis' lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ.com the star has offered to pay for the rug to be cleaned - insisting the lawsuit is "ridiculous".
90210 star ANNALYNNE McCORD has found the perfect occasion to wear her beloved Lloyd Klein couture gown - the Golden Globes InStyle Party on Sunday (17Jan10). The actress was fitted for the Grecian Goddess ivory gown, created especially for her by Klein, last year (09), but has yet to wear it. The dress was created with that over 80 yards of silk jersey and took 200 hours to make. McCord has enjoyed a long relationship with Klein - he gave her her big modelling break.
After advising celebrities like Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, the Jonas Brothers and Sir Paul McCartney, the Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors boss has turned his attentions to the awards circuit.
Before handing out prizes at Sunday's (17Jan10) Globes, celebrity presenters will pass through Bordewick's creation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, says, "It's only fitting that the celebrities be pampered with luxurious and glamorous accommodations before they venture on stage to present a Golden Globe before multi-millions of viewers in 160 countries worldwide."
The presenters include Amy Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Cher, Cameron Diaz, Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford and McCartney.
Bordewick tells WENN, "I wanted the Presenters Lounge to combine the glamorous luxury of Hollywood's Golden Age with the glitter of today's top stars."
Furnishings in the room will include vintage Lalique pieces shipped from France and valued at $800,000 (GBP500,000), furniture from Moura Starr and hand-embroidered black and white silk drapes.
There will also be art masterpieces on loan from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and the Yehoshua Kovarsky Family Trust, and bronze sculptures by famed sculptor Gilad Ben-Atzi.
The Doubt star is beginning to bulge as an expectant mum and she doesn't want her pregnancy to get in the way of Hollywood's award season events and promotional activity for her new film Leap Year.
So she asked her favourite designer, Herrera, to create a stylish, custom-made, mum-to-be wardrobe for her.
InStyle.com reports the fashion queen has reworked pieces from her current collections for Adams to wear to parties, awards and events in the coming weeks - before the actress starts resting up as she prepares to become a mum for the first time.
Adams says, "They did such a great job."
She debuted Herrera's maternity fashions on Monday (04Jan10) when she wore a crepe dress for an appearance on U.S. TV show Good Morning America.
And she dazzled at the Leap Year premiere on Wednesday (06Jan10) in a red silk georgette dress.
Dame Victoire 'Paddy' Ridsdale passed away on 16 December (09). The cause of death had not been revealed as WENN went to press.
Ridsdale, a British secretary and intelligence operative, served as the author's assistant during World War II while he worked in naval intelligence.
She is one of five real-life women who are thought to have been Fleming's model for the long-suffering secretary of 007's boss M. Others linked to the character include Kathleen Pettigrew, Vera Atkins, Margaret Priestley and Loelia Ponsonby.
Ridsdale did little to dampen speculation she was the inspiration for flirtatious Moneypenny, telling People magazine in 1998, "(I was never) taken in by his charm. He'd go off and do something brave and come back with silk stockings and lipsticks for me."
Ridsdale's husband, former British politician Sir Julian Ridsdale, died in 2004. She is survived by a daughter.
The Breakfast At Tiffany's icon passed on many of her movie costumes to pal Tanja Star-Busmann, who has decided to put 36 designer items dating from 1953 until the late 1960s under the hammer.
Buyers can bid for lots including a Givenchy silk gown, which was worn by the actress in Paris When It Sizzles, and a lace cocktail dress from How To Steal A Million.
And superfans can even get their hands on a very personal Hepburn outfit - the wedding dress she had designed for her planned marriage to British Lord, James Hanson. The actress later gave away the gown to a poor Italian girl when she cancelled her nuptials.
A series of letters describing her rise to movie stardom will also be up for grabs.
The sale will take place at Kerry Taylor Auctions on 8 December (09) in the British capital, with 50 per cent of the proceeds raised going to The Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.
In May (09), a rare stamp bearing the image of Hepburn smoking was sold for a staggering $93,800 (£62,530) at an auction in Germany.
The Gossip Girl star, 22, grew up in Los Angeles and admits she spent a big chunk of her youth at the California kids' haven, spending hours and hours in the resort every week.
She tells Marie Claire magazine, "I remember I was about three years old, and I woke up - we were staying at Disneyland. I was in a little pink silk bed, and there were Mickey and Donald and Goofy looking down at me. It was the most exciting place in the world. I kind of feel like I grew up at Disneyland.
"My mum would take me there twice a week. I did well in school, so I guess my mum just wanted to have some extra time to bond with me. Sometimes, when I was older, she'd keep me out till one in the morning."