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Arts Roundup: Angelo Sosa Edition

Angelo Sosa

Angelo Sosa

Morning, all. Who's Angelo Sosa, you ask? The answer's in the last graph.

My colleague Jonathan L. Fischer is totally into DIY, but I don't think that he and the Washington Post's "The Classical Beat" columnist Anne Midgette are on the same page when it comes to the term's application. Little matter; I think they'd both agree there's room for DIY to co-exist in the classical and indie realms.

Watch out, there's another Johnston on the block. Mercede Johnston, sister of Levi, has her own blog, in which she discusses topics like teen pregnancy in Wasilla (on the upswing because of the attention paid to Bristol Palin, she says) and her desire for a book deal. She's got at least one media outlet on her side: Gawker says she should have a six-figure book deal right now.

'Top Chef D.C.' spoiler alert! The show debuted last night, about a month after completion of filming. The cheftestants gathered at the Newseum for introductions and for the first quickfire challenge–a mise en place contest. Kenny Gilbert rocked the potato peeling, onion burnoise-ing, and breaking down of the chicken, but ultimately it was Angelo Sosa who took those ingredients and made the judges' favorite dish. It was a high stakes quickfire, so in addition to immediately asserting himself as a force to be reckoned with, he also took home $20,000. Not bad for a day's work. Then Sosa went and won the elimination challenge too, for his arctic char that evoked his childhood in rural Connecticut. John Somerville, not the most hygenic looking of dudes with terrible teeth and two-foot dreads, went home for a not maple-y enough maple mousse that included frozen puff pastry.

Sosa's a cocky, condescending SOB, but I gotta hand it to him–the boy can cook. I'm not rooting for him by any means, but unless he self-implodes, he's gonna go far in the competition.


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  • Simon

    Somerville was TOO weird for TV.

  • J

    Angelo will not win - I guarantee it

  • WonderBread

    Somerville was a meth head! It was painful to watch. The dreads were an affectation, mostly he was a meth head. Store bought pastry on a dessert with three elements (creme and maple syrup)and he couldn't even manage to find a decent store bought product. Hope he finds some help but mostly he wanted to play victim, an insult to the other actual professionals.

  • Dining DC

    He was almost as revolting and in over his head as much as that grotesque mess on "Nasty Chef", oops I mean "Naughty Chef", but not quite as he may have had some talent and he wasn't just a plain mean spirited drunkard.

  • Bisexual Vampire

    He's sexy looking. I would date this guy.

  • Food_Dude

    Angelo is great guy - just go to his sandwich shop to see for yourself. I don't understand how people think his comments are more cocky than any other contestant from any other season. They don't call it Humble Chef - these guys are competing for attention.