'Top Chef,' episode two
For those of you keeping tabs on Baltimore chef Timothy Dean on "Top Chef," The Sun's Sarah Kelber has the blow-by-blow on her Reality Check blog.
The Dean-related highlights:
Still no mention of Baltimore, home of Dean's Prime Steakhouse.
Dean earns quote-of-the-episode honors. He's reacting to a challenge that forces competitors to pair up to make sandwiches -- wearing aprons that have been sewn together, leaving each chef with just one free hand.
"Who got high and came up with this idea?" Dean says in a clip played over and over in promos.
Dean's knife skills, which helped him shine early in the first episode, have his apron-mate worried, as Sarah writes on the blog.
"Every time I grab the knife, he's like, 'Tim, Tim, don't cut me, please don't cut me,'" Dean says. "I'm like, 'I'm not going to cut you -- at least not yet!'"
Later in the episode, the contestants split into teams to make a healthful but inexpensive school lunch, which is eventually sampled by D.C. schoolkids. Tim's team works well together, Sarah writes.
"The judges stop by Alex, Tim, Kevin and Andrea's station, and they explain they've gone with a picnic theme, making healthier versions of coleslaw (with yogurt subbing for some of the mayo), barbecued chicken (no skin, and apple cider in the sauce instead of sugar), mac and cheese (whole wheat crust) and melon skewers with yogurt foam that looks like whipped cream," Sarah writes. "They love everything, but Tom says that Tim's mac and cheese is 'the weak link.'"
In the end, Dean lives to cook another day.
The school lunch produced by Dean's team. Bravo photo