The previews make it look like Angelina has another rough go tonight. Some might argue that Angelina is not ready to be on this show, but I am glad that she is. Angelina is clearly a good cook. Technically, she is a Chef De Cuisine, or head chef somewhere. I am not seeing that level of expertise. But, she has experience in professional kitchens. I think we need her to remind us that what we see happening on this show is not as easy as it looks. A part of me is rooting for her to make it through just to see her progress on the show. Besides, the teasers are often deliberately misleading, so we shall have to wait and see.
I’ve never seen them spend time like this recapping the previous episodes drama. It looks like no one is feeling Phillip this episode. Kwame said Phillip is going to be his own worst enemy. Phillip continues to push himself. Karen on the other hand admits she needs to step up her game.
And we are off to San Diego. I once flew to San Diego to visit a friend who was graduating from … well at this point I have no idea what he was graduating from but it was a Navy event. I booked a hotel online and it was a gay hotel. Who knew there were such things? I was the only female in the entire establishment and once they figured out I was not leaving, we all had a blast. Their little restaurant, where I was often the only patron, was very good and they served dinner on Versace plates. Naturally. I am starting to think I am actually a gay man in a woman’s body. I need to figure out a way to get some sort of minority benefits for that. Anyway, I loved San Diego they had a great bookstore with some out of print erotic novels I used to collect and there were new baby giraffes at the zoo. I really like giraffes. But um, enough bloviating about myself.
Today the chefs are right on the water and their quickfire is to make a fish taco in twenty minutes. It’s a sudden death quickfire. I’m hungry. I love fish tacos. Wesley is making a lobster and fois gras taco. Did I mention they have twenty minutes? Grab some mahi mahi and get it done, people! Isaac is my pony for the dog and pony show. Wesley put his lobster on the wrong station and then started accusing people of stealing it.
Production on this show is not blogger friendly. They don’t put the chefs’ names up on the screen enough.
Wesley’s taco has no tortilla. He’s using mangos instead. Because, Wesley. But Angelina DID NOT PLATE HER TACOS? How does that happen? Her tacos are on the cutting board. I don’t understand this mistake. The whole point is to get the dish ON THE PLATE in twenty minutes! Oh Angelina. I like that she didn’t cry. I would have cried.
The top dishes were Karen (fried oyster taco!), Chad (charred taco), and Kwame ( wahoo taco (normal people fish)). Chad wins immunity. Phillip bitches and complains in his talking head.
In what I think is an unfair move, they don’t show us the bottom dishes and just throw Angelina into a sudden death cookoff. I get she is in the cookoff, but I think she deserved to know who the losers were like every other person in her situation since she has to choose her opponent. She chooses, Wesley. Yes, COME ON, Angelina!
Oh no, it’s a Ceasar Salad. I think Wesley has made a thousand of these. However, the twist is that the ingredients for the guest judges salad are more like a mystery box. They don’t have to use them to make a salad. Make an egg dish, Angelina! Can you make a decent omelet?
Wesley did a fried egg dish. Angelina started off scrambling a bunch of eggs, LIKE I TOLD HER TO but on her plate is a crostini with anchovies and romaine and a vinaigrette. I don’t get it. What happened to her eggs? Wesley wins, and Angelina has to pack her knives. I’m going to miss her.
They have a half way point celebration with craft beer. The judges have created the craft beers. They have to create a dish to pair with the beer. These beers sound disgusting. Just give me a lite beer by Miller and call it a day. Tom’s beer has banana in it and Isaac says he would give money for anyone else’s beer. I wish Isaac would have gotten Emeril’s spicy Louisiana beer. Can they trade?
DAAAAAAAANG! Their Whole Foods budget is $350. Oh the things I could do with $350 at Whole Foods. But it would suck to have to spend it in thirty minutes. I love wandering around in Whole Foods before taking my meager selection to the register.
They are cooking at Richard Blais’ restaurant, Juniper & Ivy. I just checked and it’s got five stars from a lot of reviewers. I didn’t know he was in San Diego!
Emeril stops to talk to the chefs. Most everyone who has done this show talks about how brutal it is. A lot of it is very fast paced and there is a ton of waiting around in isolation. The mental aspects take their toll.
At the time of filming, Wesley was the executive chef at Richard’s old restaurant in Atlanta. There seems to be some bad blood there. Will Richard be the one to send Wesley home? I hope so. I can’t stand to watch him lick his fingers and double dip his spoons and even worse tonight we are treated to an eyeful of ass crack. UGH.
Karen seems strong this challenge and is trying to take on the big boys. I hope she does well. I wish someone was making salmon. I need a new recipe. My boy Isaac is making banannaise. Um, fingers crossed? Why isn’t anyone doing beer battered fish and chips? Or beer cheese soup? Or beer butt chicken? Okay maybe not that last one. But Amar’s jalapeño poppers seem like a good idea with beer.
Amar and Chad both had Padma’s beer and both had great dishes. The judges seemed to favor Amar.
Wesley and Karen and Jeremy had Richard’s beer Karen got a lot of praise, Jeremy did a fabulous duck dish, but I think they might have liked Karen’s better! Wesley’s lamb dish has landed him firmly on the bottom. Note to self: By or make Ras el Hanout. I love north African spices. Just not in my beer.
Marjorie, Carl and Phillip have Emeril’s beer. To me, this was the easiest one. Emeril’s beer had coffee, cayenne and tangerine. Marjorie made a potato gnocchi with a chicken ragu. Is that enough? Tom says he can’t taste the beer she braised the chicken with. Richard says the dish is delicious but he wants to believe that there is more beer in there than he is tasting. Phillip gets rave reviews for his duck breast. Carl, who I think is a dark horse to win the whole thing, did short ribs and got some negative feedback for pairing the flavors too close to the beer.
Kuame, Jason and Isaac both got Tom’s crappy banana beer. Not only is Isaac not thrilled with the flavors, he is paired with Kwame. Good luck, Isaac! Isaac goes first and introduces his dish as a corn and crab velouté with a king crab salad and Sricacha banannaise. Um, isn’t velouté a sauce? I don’t get this dish. It’s a plate of sauce with a tiny crab salad served in a corn cob. The judges loved the crab salad but didn’t get it being served on a corn cob. Isaac said he was trying to keep the salad off the hot plate. Oh Isaac, you are headed for the bottom.
Kwame made chicken mojo with some puree and whatever. It’s perfection. Because, Kwame.
Jason made a pork and squid meatball. Jason is one to be feared on this show. They HATED his squid dish. I guess I spoke too soon this may save Wesley and send Jason packing.
When the judges deliberate, Blais seems to save Majorie from the bottom.
Amar, Karen and Kwame are the top three. So glad Karen redeemed herself. We need a female to step up. I hope Amar wins this round though. KAREN WON! YAY! I am happy for her. I like all three of these chefs.
Jason, Isaac and Wesley are on the bottom. Just don’t send Isaac home. Please don’t send Isaac home. I think Jason is a goner. YES! They send Wesley home. I never root against the homeboy, but this one was just an embarrassment. He stayed too long in my opinion. And Jason and Isaac live to cook another day. I would have really missed seeing Jason’s calfskin carry on bag in the future. Watch for it. It’s errythang. I love the production audio of crashing plates as Wesley leaves. I never watch the online competition after the show, Last Chance Kitchen, but I might today. I want to see Angelina beat Wesley.
Next Week: They are back in L.A. It’s a sentimental memory challenge. Kwame is going to have a heart tugging one. Phillip may be accused of SABOTAGE!