Here's some more background on our mystery chef: He favors modern cuisine and high-quality ingredients. He's got an eclectic sense of style, loving natural things along with arts and crafts mixed in with the mid-century modern aesthetic. "You're left with quite an unusual range of inspiration," says Todd. Yeah -- like everything. Of course, the wife points out, arts-and-crafts and mid-century modern are not necessarily mutually exclusive: "You know, both movements are linked by one critical philosophical underpinning -- that design be organic Look at the work of Scandinavian and Finish designers. Or Tord Boontje, who plucks the defining traits from the best of both worlds." You see? That's why our marriage works -- she brings the aesthetic know-how, and I provide the dick-and-fart jokes. It's about playing to your strengths. Speaking of playing to your strengths, Goil predicts he'll have a hard time doing just that in this challenge: "I'm a bowl-of-noodle kind of guy." Then you build the best darn arts-and-crafts, mid-century modern, high-end bowl of noodles that you can, mister. Money will certainly be no object -- the Top Designers will have $2,000 for materials and $42,000 to "memo out" (i.e. "use temporarily without actually paying") furniture from the Pacific Design Center. The mystery client will also be this week's mystery judge -- now I really hope it is Dan Aykroyd in drag -- and the Top Designers will have two days to build their three-walled room, with Matt getting an extra-hour for being declared the extra special winner in last week's challenge. "Please make good choices," Todd implores the Top Designers. "And we're going to be heading back to the design studio." Wait just a minute there, Oldham -- I believe someone wrote a note promising "lunch," not "a few hasty instructions and a glass of cheap plonk." What kind of chickenshit outfit are you people running here? Bring out the plate of blue-point oysters!
Episode Report CardMr. Sobell: B | 493 USERS: C+
YOU GRADE IT