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'Top Chef': So long, Andrew

May 15, 2008 |  9:47 am

Lisa, I will never forgive you for throwing Andrew under the bus. Never.

OK, so Andrew may not have come up with the best hearty, health-conscious box lunch for a cop? Picking sushi was wrong, wrong, wrong. And the guy forgot to use the mandatory whole grain. He probably did deserve to go home.

But where does Lisa, who unfortunately reminds us of the pouty-faced Scott Savol from the fourth season of "American Idol," get off pointing fingers at rule-breakers?

It wasn't too long ago that she and Antonia were up for elimination after they failed to highlight the required polish sausage during the improv challenge.

And she's had far more off-nights than Andrew, more often than not for poor seasoning. Her quinoa-crusted chicken from the Healthy Family challenge was dubbed blandy mcbland by the judges, and the same thing happened last night -- only her bland "stir fry" veggie shrimp dish came with the bonus of half-cooked shrimp and underdone rice!

At least Andrew tried to make something different, something requiring chef skills. Lisa, I've seen better looking veggie shrimp stir-fry at Trader Joe's. The challenge itself was not difficult. Make a filling box lunch for cops. Make it healthy, low-cholesterol, and use fruits, veggies, and whole grain.

We're at a point in the season that unless the challenges blow my mind, I'm just waiting until my least favorites are picked off, and right now that's only Lisa. (Yeah, I'm no Antonia fan either. What's up with saying Dale only cooks Asian? The dude cooked nearly all the food during the Wedding Wars challenge, none of which was Asian. But I'd eat the salad she made last night, even though it was a classic -- spinach with bacon and a poached egg is a pretty standard dish -- and not the "sexed up" salad she was asked for. Girl's got some rule issues herself.)

All right, so we all know my sentimental vote was for Andrew. But can someone explain to me what the judges are seeing in Lisa that excuses her lousy attitude week after week?

Anyone?

-- Denise Martin

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