It’s time to find out who won Last Chance Kitchen. I think it is going to be Jamie. Since he gave away his immunity and got eliminated, I feel like Tom probably just picked him every week. It really is all up to Tom regarding who comes back. No matter how many judges there are, I think Tom picks the winner. I do remember a season when the judges argued mightily about who should win. But I’m sure Tom won out.
We start tonight in a huge soccer stadium. Well, I am shocked! It is Brooke that is back as the winner of Last Chance Kitchen! The four chefs will be cooking dishes featuring goat as a tribute to the local soccer team, the Chivas. Hidden Valley Ranch is giving the winner $10,000. Hidden Valley Ranch must literally pay for this whole show. Tesar is doing a torta, a Mexican sandwich. Brooke is making goat ribs. Is that even a thing? Sheldon is making goat cheeks. Shirley is doing some sort of Asian soup and noodle dish.
Damn you Shirley for using a radish. The radish lust is real y’all. This challenge went by so fast there was no time to type much. Tesar’s dish was the worst. His goat was chewy. Somehow Brooke’s fruity goat ribs win. I guess you had to be there. Brooke will also have an advantage at the elimination challenge.
The challenge is sponsored by Patron. Patron is having a party for 100 people at their distillery. They have to make a dish and create a signature margarita. They each have a sous chef from the last four eliminated. Brooke’s big advantage was that she gets to pick first. She chose Casey. She also gets to choose the sous chef for the other three chefs. She gives Katsuji to John, obviously. Sheldon gets Emily and Shirley gets Sylva. Katsuji is Mexican. So it might have been a mistake to give him to John. Then again, they do start fighting immediately about restaurant wars when John should have gone home.
The tequila factory was very interesting. They literally chop up the agave by hand with an axe. The tequila tasting got everyone a bit tipsy.
I love the Mexican grocery store. When I travel I love to go to grocery stores and regular places and see what they are like. Brooke wanted to do tuna but was not happy with the selection so she decides on coconut instead. Because, that makes sense. Brooke is already saying, “It is what it is.”
Sheldon is making an octopus ceviche. But he is cooking the octopus. Am I the only one very confused by this episode? Shirley is making a skirt steak to pair with her cucumber and honeydew margarita. Brooke is making a chilled coconut soup with a watermelon salad. Katsuji is making a prickly pear relish for whatever Tesar is making. He is also making a rim for the margaritas with traditional sweet flavors. Sheldon’s octopus overcooked. Shirley’s steak is making my mouth water.
The judges start with Sheldon. One of the judges says that his margarita looks like the bottom of a fish tank. It really does. He put lots of coconut and guava in there. The judges love the octopus and think it is perfectly cooked. Richard Blais and another guy were the judges that went to Sheldon first. Tom was not impressed with Sheldon’s dish.
Meanwhile Tom and Padma start with Shirley. Earlier Shirley explained that she asked Sylva to pick up extra agave nectar and he came back with vanilla. She used the vanilla on her steak. Because, nothing they are doing makes sense to me. Tom and Padma are not getting it either. The don’t like the margarita. It needed to be strained.
John made a simple chicken soup type thing with a very simple margarita with an interesting rim. I’m not sure what Blais and the hot latin guy thought of John’s offerings. They were very simplistic. That can either be great or not enough. Tom and Padma seemed underwhelmed.
As it turns out Brooke’s chilled soup is avocado. Again confused. Isn’t chilled avocado soup commonly know as guacamole? She also served a coconut and watermelon salad dish. Tom and Padma love Brooke’s dishes. They really like her margarita as well. She’s the clear frontrunner. Did I miss Blais and the local guy’s assessment of Brooke’s dish?
Blais starts off by telling Brooke that cold soup in the finals is playing it safe. Padma says she thought both her dish and her margarita were great. Tom agrees with Padma.
Tesar is taking a beating from Tom. Tom thinks the tequila was not a cocktail and the taste washed out his soup. It was a bad pairing.
Blais loved Sheldon’s octopus. Tom said his dish was a bit sweet but his knifework was great. His cocktail was not very refined. The local chef wanted to like the cocktail but felt it lacked balance.
Blais says that Shirley’s salsa was spectacular. Padma asked why there was vanilla on her steak and Shirley explains the ” beautiful accident.” Tom hated the cocktail even more than the vanilla beef.
Brooke won the challenge and a bottle of tequila worth $7,500.
The editing all episode has been Tesar being sent home. So, I figured he was safe and was starting to worry about Sheldon. But they decided to send Tesar home.
Next Week: A winner is crowned. And it seems the chefs have to cook without tools!
Sidenote, Alabama Jim is currently in second place behind Sheldon for fan favorite. Click here to throw him forty points a day. Hopefully, Sheldon will win the whole thing.