S2 - Elia Aboumrad: So Long and Thanks for All the Tuna Juice
Posted Oct 22, 2006 @ 6:21 AM
But, looking at her CV, she brings more to the table than just a pretty face. At her young age, she's already earned 34 culinary degrees and trained in Robuchon's kitchen in Paris. But, its tough to know how much we should really be impressed by that since Bravo also claimed that she was the sous chef of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand but that's since been changed to a less impressive Assistant Room Chef at The Hotel.
She's also got an interesting backstory, where she was more interested in medicine. But, before going off to school to study for that, she took a year off and discovered what she really wanted to do was cook.
Posted Oct 22, 2006 @ 5:25 PM
Edited by Bungalow Joy, Oct 22, 2006 @ 5:25 PM.
Posted Oct 22, 2006 @ 6:45 PM
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Posted Oct 23, 2006 @ 12:04 PM
Oh, that Mexican Machismo.
Edited by mistiec, Oct 23, 2006 @ 2:19 PM.
Posted Oct 23, 2006 @ 1:50 PM
She said she was Mexican, but her last name sounds sort of Middle Eastern to me.
Yes, she was born in Mexico but her family is Lebanese.
Posted Oct 23, 2006 @ 3:10 PM
I got her distaste for processed American cheese, but man, did it call for that much sneering? She and Marcel may turn out to be the ugly twins hatched from the egg Stephen laid last season.
I think that Marcel is far more egregious than Elia in this respect. I think Elia's distaste, while certainly reflective of a distinct preference for higher quality ingredients, was also also just reflective of the difficulty with incorporating cheese product into the type of dish that she knew the judges would expect, and I think that her sneer may have been more of an isolated incidence. But with Marcel, he was not just fishhooking it throughout, but he went further in that he lent voice to all of our favorite reality television cliches, his own take on our favorites from Tiffani.
Edited because "from" and "more" don't mean the same thing.
Edited by kappy72287, Oct 23, 2006 @ 6:51 PM.
Posted Oct 23, 2006 @ 4:39 PM
At her young age, she's already earned 34 culinary degrees
A degree in culinary or baking & pastry arts generally takes 18-24 months to complete (the diploma program at Ecole Lenotre takes 24 months - scroll down to page 4, it takes 22 months at the school where I work). Now, certifications in specialties can be completed in 8-10 weeks (and sometimes less depending on what they are), so it's more likely that she's completed many of the fifty specialized training courses at Lenotre that are listed as 3 to 5 days (3 à 5 jours) of training.
I like her so far, including the sneer. I might have been hard pressed to not sneer if I were working with processed american cheese food (as it is marketed, cause it isn't actually labeled as just "cheese")
I think Elia's distaste, while certainly reflective of a distinct preference for higher quality ingredients, was also also just reflective of the difficulty with incorporating cheese product into the type of dish that she knew the judges would expect, and I think that her sneer may have been more of an isolated incidence.
Edited by screamapiller, Oct 23, 2006 @ 4:46 PM.
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Posted Oct 26, 2006 @ 1:49 AM
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Posted Oct 26, 2006 @ 2:26 AM
Elia = Jennifer Beals in Flashdance, anyone?
What? Just me, then? Oh, okay.
Other than that, I definitely agree that the freakin' perma-bitchface has GOT to go. Has she even smiled once on the show, yet?
Posted Oct 26, 2006 @ 8:24 AM
I don't think she's had a reason to smile yet - all the moments that we've seen onscreen were kind of nerve-racking ones for Elia.
Posted Oct 26, 2006 @ 8:52 AM
Eh. I'm still neutral about her cooking skills, but she needs to lose the perma-bitchface, and fast.
Amen! I do not want to read about Harold's crankiness anymore.
This woman NEVER smiles...not once.
I do not dislike her, but she does not exactly have an inviting personality.
Posted Oct 26, 2006 @ 9:25 AM
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Posted Oct 26, 2006 @ 10:51 AM
they both look as if they have smelled something really, really bad.
DELICIOUS American Cheese ?
Sorry, I'll stay away from the obvious jokes in the future.
Posted Oct 26, 2006 @ 11:34 AM
And I do believe that she's very cute. She does not appear to like drama, which is another positive thing.
Posted Oct 27, 2006 @ 12:08 PM
Posted Oct 27, 2006 @ 4:38 PM
I understand how people feel that she comes across as a little snot, but I honestly don't think that she has that sort of personality. I've gotten comments alot over the years about how I come across as really snobby to those that don't interact with me much (I'm not a snob, I promise!) I really think that people can emit that sort of snobbish personality without being aware of how they can come across sometimes. Snobbery might be there in small amounts, but not nearly to the extent that it can come across as. I got the feeling that last season's Stephen had no idea how he came across to others and it endeared me to him throughout the season because I thought he was a decent guy at heart. Then the reunion aired along with the finale and I was all, "Thanks for proving me right!"
Elia, please don't go and do something incredibly mean-spirited to make me eat my words! I'll have to cancel our special trip to the aquarium to see the feeshes.
Posted Oct 27, 2006 @ 5:28 PM
Edited by bbcookin, Oct 27, 2006 @ 5:31 PM.
Posted Oct 28, 2006 @ 5:08 AM
I understand how people feel that she comes across as a little snot, but I honestly don't think that she has that sort of personality.
I think she's gorgeous, but I also think she's probably going to be snobby. In her preview interview, she talks about how she was originally reluctant to become a chef because she viewed cooking as only for women looking to find a man and thought that only stupid people would cook. In her view, she thought it would be a waste of her intelligence and smarts to become a chef. Say what you want about her, but she certainly has a high self regard for herself and her skills.
If she was really sous chef at a Roulcheban restaurant, that would certainly be impressive. There are much older and experienced chefs who would aspire to that. But, it still seems fishy that she would go from sous chef at a Roulcheban restaurant to a assistant hotel chef at The Hotel.
Edited by OPP, Oct 28, 2006 @ 5:13 AM.
Posted Oct 29, 2006 @ 12:06 AM
She's okay, though. Kinda whiny and picky, what with complaining about the American cheese, and how she doesn't care for gelatin.
I think she'll go far though. She seems talented enough. She's also beautiful with her hair down.
Posted Oct 29, 2006 @ 6:40 PM
I've stayed at the Hotel. It's great because there is no casino in THE Hotel...separate entrance from Mandalay Bay. The rooms are all suites with separate living/sleeping areas and flat screen TVs in living/sleeping areas AND bathroom. It's really nice because it avoids so much of what I don't like about Vegas...the constant noise of the slots and the cigarette smoke.
The service is okay. Better than average for Vegas. Food from room service? Just okay. Which is oh-so typical for Vegas.
Exactly where is her Joel Robuchon experience? Did she once fill out at application? Or did she actually apprentice?
Her favorite movie is "Forrest Gump?" Get out much?
Posted Nov 1, 2006 @ 1:56 PM
Posted Nov 1, 2006 @ 2:32 PM
bbcookin, Elia worked for Robuchon himself in France as sous chef of L'Atelier before moving to Las Vegas to open the L'Atelier in the MGM Grand. Enough Robuchon experience for you?
If you've got information other than what's on the Bravo website, please feel free to share.
I only see a reference on the Bravo site that she trained under Robuchon which could be anything from actual training to Robuchon wrote a menu that someone at the cooking school she attended taught her. Her resume seems inflated to me for her age.
And why would someone go from being a sous chef for Robuchon to being a room service cook at MGM Grand? Isn't that like putting your career in reverse?
ETA: AND wouldn't Robuchon experience teach you that red wine does not flambe? Her story does not add up.
Edited by bbcookin, Nov 2, 2006 @ 12:12 AM.
Posted Nov 2, 2006 @ 1:54 AM