We recently caught our first episode of Top Chef, and I was surprised to find myself entertained. Perhaps not Tivo Season Pass entertained (it is a reality show, after all), but entertained nonetheless. What doomed the chef eliminated in this episode was pineapple. Pineapple desserts. A pineapple upside down cake, in her case.
A really fresh, ripe pineapple is a delicious thing, but I don't think pineapple is a particularly forgiving ingredient. But when the Top Chef team decided on dessert, I thought, good! And when they decided on pineapple, I thought, not so good.
Part of my problem with pineapple may be the texture. I think it's that pineapple juice texture that makes the Naked Protein Zone drink offensive to the tongue. Or maybe it's all that soy powders added to it.
Any disregard for pineapple evaporates however when the pineapple is grilled. Then it's good with everything.