I’m not really up for a full recapping of this show but I did want to do a quick post about it because for the most part, I loved the episode. This season is set in Charleston and in the preview post I made, I suggested that I would likely pull for the female chef from Charleston. Boy was I wrong. Her name is Emily and she was rude to the chefs on the very first challenge.
The elimination happened in three parts. First the eight newbies had to break down a whole chicken and do as many recipes as they wanted using the chicken in an hour. Most tried to do too much. I would think one fantastic recipe that took the full hour would beat two or three recipes that has less time focused on each. Only one notable standout did one dish and served it before doing another. That was Silvia, she is Italian and did a pasta and chicken dish first, and completed a second one in the allotted amount of time. I don’t recall anyone else getting more than one dish done. My favorite guy is Tim who is the head chef for the governor of Alabama. He’s adorable. The returning chefs were watching from another room and they loved Tim too. He made a a dish using just the innards as he called them, heart, liver kidneys, etc with bitter lettuce and a strawberry vinaigrette. And he won this made me and all the returning female chefs very happy. It was a sweet moment. Poor Gerald from Florida lost. I really like Gerald.
Next up were the eight returning chefs. Poor Katsuji continues to have problems with editing his ingredients down to to a reasonable number. He is an everything but the kitchen sink kind of cook. So am I. Sometimes that works and makes for great layers of flavors and sometimes it is a disaster. This group had half an hour to make shrimp and grits. None of these fools made shrimp and grits. This portion of the show was simply too appalling to discuss. John Tesar lost with some sort of kim chi concoction. Yes, yes it was a shrimp and grits challenge. Amanda was the only one who sort of did shrimp and grits. Another one did a scotch egg. WTF? Just stop. And the scotch egg won. Because, idiots.
Sam does nothing for me. After reading a bunch of stuff people sent me about him last time he seems like a sleezebag. I am alone in this opinion. Everyone else is fawning all over him.
John Tesar swears he is no longer the asshole he used to be. He does seemed to have mellowed. I thought his dish seemed better than most. The next day, they take John and Gerald out to a plantation for the cookout. They have to do roasted oysters. Both did well but John had packed truffles for his special ingredient and whipped it our right away to knock out Gerald with some sort of poached oyster soup with truffles that Tom loved.
I’m looking forward to this season. Are you?