We are back just after Carl’s Top Chef win last week. I like Carl but I was surprised that he won. I was also surprised they liked Pasta Mama as much as they did. You just never know what you are going to get. I was not surprised that Kwame went home. He checked out many episodes ago and you will never convince me that he did not intentionally get sent home.
I’m getting tired of Isaac’s phone call home scenes. But the fact they keep pulling at our heartstrings bodes well for his future. And he’s totally my favorite.
The quickfire is making toast. I’m not kidding. The winner gets a $16,000 oven. Really? Who needs a $16,000 oven? And someone is going to be eliminated over toast. So it looks like we lose two chefs this week. Amar seems like he is going to overcomplicate things. Marjorie has the right idea using sourdough and Dungeness crab. Carl seems to not be making the toast the star of the plate. That could be a problem.
Jeremey won. I thought Marjorie would have won this round for sure. I don’t even remember what Jeremy made. I think his toast was covered with stuff though. Carl and Amar are on the bottom and will face off in a sudden death.
Carl and Amar can make any dish they want. No restrictions. They have 30 minutes to beat the other guy. I’m pulling for Amar, but I like Carl too. HOLY CRAP! Carl is making ANOTHER crudo. That will send him home. I have a red snapper fillet in my fridge. I wish I could toss it to Amar and let him cook it. Marjorie tells Isaac to shut up. Because, Marjorie. Oh man, Amar was sent packing. I really liked him.
The remaining chefs have to do a tribute meal for Hubert Keller’s restaurant Fleur de Lys. I’m worried about Isaac. He’s not really a traditional French cuisine kind of guy. But first, Chef Keller will cook for them. The chefs are in heaven. Emeril is there. I hope he is a judge this week. I feel like he will support Isaac. Everyone seems fairly confident in their menu.
Carl is doing a fois gras torchon. It’s a gutsy move. I think he will either win or go home with that. It’s just a matter if he can get it done. I have sort of been counting out Jeremy and Carl, but they both seem to be attempting a comeback. Isaac is nervous. He is attempting to do several duck ballantines. Marjorie is super nervous.
Isaac serves first. They like Isaac’s Ballantine okay, but felt like it needed more sauce. It was a bit dry. I’m worried, and hoping that Carl’s torchon is a bust.
Marjorie is next. She was quite bitchy in the kitchen and super nervous. Tom seems pissed that she didn’t roast lamb with the bone in. Tom usually hates most of the female chefs. However, they usually leave one in for the finals. I don’t think she will go home. Hubert said her lamb was not properly rested. Chef Keller did not say anything negative about Isaac’s Ballantine that we heard.
Jeremy made a Branzino (loup de mer). They loved it. He is the winner so far.
Carl is nervous about his torchon. The judges hate it. I hope this saves Isaac.
Jeremy won and he cannot contain himself. He is going to the finals. Marjorie is crying when asked to explain her dish. She really melted down in the kitchen. They are giving Isaac, Marjorie and Carl a hard time. They make them all sweat it out in the kitchen. They are making a case for any of them to go home. Tom is going after Isaac. It’s either Carl or Isaac. The judges are not in agreement. Emeril is not advocating for Isaac.
OMG! They send Carl home and Isaac goes into the finals. Isaac barely eeked out a spot in the finals. The finals will be held in Las Vegas. Time for Isaac to bring this home!