Top Chef Contestant Sheldon Simeon Wins Restaurant Wars

Restaurant Wars has been a fun staple in the Bravo TV reality cooking show contest Top Chef. Many contestants look forward to it and others shudder in fear. It’s a big undertaking to create a restaurant from the ground up in only 48 hours. An additional twist to this season’s Restaurant Wars was that they only had a patio deck to cook from. Meaning no kitchen. Somehow they figured out how to create their own makeshift kitchen outdoors. The servers and host/hostess shuttled to and from the outdoor kitchen and the dining room inside.

Top Chef - Season 10

Source: http://realitytvmagazine.sheknows.com/2013/01/16/top-chef-seattle-recap-restaurant-wars-winner/top-chef-season-10-55/

Chef Sheldon (the hawaiian guy that loves wearing his red beanie hat) lead team URBANo where he chose to create elevated and modernized filipino cuisine. I was really excited to see what he would create. Simply beautiful and inspiring. His menu included food inspired by the fililpino dishes kilawen, balut, miki, pork adobo, mongo(mung) beans and halo-halo.

Sheldon’s Urbano menu:

First course – Kilawen: Yellowtail with Cilantro, Spicy Chili & White Soy Sauces (Stefan)

      Stefan Richter     Kilawen: Yellowtail with Cilantro, Spicy Chili & White Soy Sauces

Second course – Balut: Poached Egg, Duck Confit & Foie Gras Mousse (Josh)

Balut: Poached Egg, Duck Confit & Foie Gras Mousse

Third course – Miki: Prawns, Tapioca Roll with Achiote (Sheldon)

Miki: Prawns, Tapioca Roll with Achiote

Fourth course – Adobo: Pork Belly with Mung Bean Puree & Pea Shoots Salad (Sheldon)

Adobo: Pork Belly with Mung Bean Puree & Pea Shoots Salad

Dessert course – Halo-Halo: Coconut Sorbet, Avocado Mousse, Banana & Shredded Coconut (Josh)

Halo-Halo: Coconut Sorbet, Avocado Mousse, Banana & Shredded Coconut

Dessert course – Dark Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts, Ginger & Peppermint Oil (Stefan)

Dark Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts, Ginger & Peppermint Oil

Source: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-10/photos/rate-the-plate/restaurant-wars-the-dishes#image-147190

 

Throwback: Darren Criss Visits Lea Salonga and Watches Allegiance

Throwback. Well sort of, this photo of Darren Criss and Lea Salonga is from last year when he visited the cast of The Allegiance at the Old Globe in San Diego. Lea Salonga is part of the cast along with Telly Leung who acted with Darren in Glee as a fellow Dalton Academy Warbler.

Allegiance San Diego Old Globe
Allegiance San Diego Old Globe
Lea Salonga Darren Criss Telly Leung
Allegiance San Diego Old Globe
(l-r) Lea Salonga, Darren Criss, Telly Leung

 

Source: http://www.gleeforum.com/index.php/topic/23524-darren-crissblaine-anderson-appreciation-thread/page__st__14460

First Filipina-American on the Federal Bench

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“Fil-Am lawyer recommended to Pres. Obama by Sen. Schumer

NEW YORK—Lawyer Lorna G. Schofield has just become the first Filipino-American in the history of the United States to serve as a federal judge. The United States Senate confirmed Schofield with a unanimous 91-0 vote.”

“US Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced Thursday, Dec. 13 that Schofield has been confirmed to serve as a judge on the prestigious United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.”

“Schofield, 56, graduated from Indiana University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and from NYU Law School, where she graduated as one of the top 15 students in her class and served as staff editor and note-and-comment editor of the NYU Law Review.”

For the full article, go to Asian Journal.