Isaac is irritated that the judges don’t care for his sausage. He is not going to tweezerfy his plates for these morons. No Sir REE. He’s going to make manly food for men, dammit. This is why I loves me some Isaac. Unfortunately, there is almost never a man at the judges table on this show. Too bad Bourdain won’t be dropping by, he’d love you, Isaac.
Later, poor Isaac is the last one picked on the restaurant wars playground. Amar picked Phillip over him ! Phillip! But Amar says it is because Phillip wants to be front of the house and he doesn’t want to do that, so the guys will cook and Phillip will COMPLETELY DESTROY THE JUDGES OPINION WHILE BEING FRONT OF THE HOUSE! I get your thinking Amar, but you didn’t think it through to the point of Phillip’s lack of front of the house skills! Isaac is a little butt hurt about being with the girls and Carl.
This year, they have 24 hours to serve both LUNCH and Dinner. Everyone has to be either executive chef of FOH for one of the services. So much for Amar’s plan to keep Philip out of their hair as FOH. The guys decide to name their restaurant “District LA” because it is meaningless. I’m serious that was Philip’s reason. “We need something that doesn’t mean anything.”
I forgot how much Marjorie hates Isaac for his “lack of refinement.” Everything Isaac brings up, Marjorie shoots down. Both girls are being sort of cunty to Isaac. This team goes for “Palate” as the name, for basically the same reason, they have no real theme to their menu. If these bitches are going to ostracize Isaac all episode, my head might explode.
Nice, happy, Kwame has not returned since the memories of ten years ago episode. We saw him calling his partner and roommate back home at the beginning of the episode. Maybe he just needs to get laid. At least he is taking his frustrations out on Phillip. Marjorie is irked she has to pick up food for Carl. Amar didn’t get bacon for Kwame, which is his main ingredient. He bought his own pancetta for backup. Everyone is mean as a nest of hornets for the most part. Isaac and Carl seem composed.
Jeremy is doing risotto AHEAD OF TIME rather than a la minute. Jeremy will be on the bottom. Phillip is already riling up the guy’s team. He has a salad with a dozen plating steps that Kwame is stuck doing while he is glad handing in the FOH. Kwame’s already not having it, and it’s the night before. Isaac realizes he is better off with just Menopausal Marjorie on his team. We get a cute scene with Isaac calling his family back home. Later Issac says, “You will like me and you will fear me. But first you will like me,” and I wonder if he knows where he is or if he is having flashbacks so some seedy N’awlins BDSM club. I’m might need a minute.
The judges start at the guy’s spot, District LA. Jeremy is the exec chef for lunch. He bumps the chefs up above everyone else. Phillip thought that was a bad idea. Phillip is right, because Tom realizes no one else is eating. They liked Jeremey’s salad, and Kwame’s soup though the guest judge thought Kwame’s soup was underseasoned. They are fine with Phillp’s salmon but not the ratatouille which Padma didn’t want on top of her fish and Tom said was undercooked. As for Amar’s chicken, Tom says all Amar makes is chicken and this on is unremarkable and needed more sauce.
At Palate, things are going great, so great, the customers are not leaving so that the judges will have a table when they get there. Marjorie is trying to figure out how to get people to leave. She was brilliant in luring people away from their empty tables with free wine. But she was not at the front when the judges walked in. Marjorie finds them and gets them seated. Tom hates Carl’s terrine which I liked mashed together meat parts of some sort, The only kind I’ve ever had was a fois gras one. If you don’t like the spices they use, it can be overpowering. Tom didn’t like the spices but he ate the whole thing while complaining about the texture. Like seriously he was chasing the crumbs around his plate while not liking it. The weird LA judge said it was fine but the veggies on the plate were much more interesting. For their entrees, Karen did a salad with flank steak and 57 other weird items. The judges loved it. It was so far the best dish of the two lunches. The stew that Isaac made is their second favorite. It looks like Palate wins the lunch portion of the competition. The didn’t get a WOW! meal from anyone.
District LA is late on lunch service. They ran out of time. My DVR cut off before I could get the full effect of the punishment.