The finalists from Top Chefs season 5 arrived in town for a January taping session at Commanders Palace, and as with many residents who relocated here, they seemingly have been unable to leave since. In anticipation of their appearance at NOWFE's Saturday Grand Tasting, Hosea Rosenberg and Co. get their latest local fete with tomorrows special soiree at Zoë, the W Hotel eatery at which no local Ive ever spoken with has dined. (Seriously, anyone? The place could be Per Se and who would know.)
How much of a shelf life does Rosenberg have, anyway? What started out as unwrapped uni is now looking like canned albacore staying power. Top Chef is a great show, and Rosenberg may be a great chef, but hes likely the least convincing of its quintet of champions. By the finale, when you could practically taste head judge Tom Colicchios disdain for Stefan Richters feigned indifference toward everything but co-competitor (and vocal lesbian) Jamie Lauren, there was zero chance of the seasons actual top chef being crowned as such.
Lauren, Miami Goldilocks Jeff McInnis and Leah Cohen the Scarsdaler/Marisa Tomei wannabe, and Rosenbergs erstwhile friend-with-benefits are the evenings supporting cast. (Memo to Bravo for season 6: Leave The Hills to those people who think an amuse-bouche is some sort of foreplay.)
Tapas will be provided by the Zoë kitchen, so if nothing else its an opportunity, sans commitment, to sample the nebulous restaurants wares. Alliterate away, Zagat:
The beautiful, contemporary setting and creative, delicious fare at this Contemporary Louisianan in the CBDs W hotel make it a chic destination for the business lunch set; some sniff at its high-end chain trappings, however, calling it mediocre and somewhat pretentious.
Well, that really doesnt help at all, does it.