First of all, in case you missed it, Chef Fatima Ali has cancer and surgery this week to remove a tumor from her shoulder. I haven’t been able to find any updates since the surgery. In better news, Bruce’s wife had a baby boy.
Padma, and past Top Chef winner, Brooke, arrive at the Top Chef house at the crack of dawn and give them a quickfire challenge. They have to make breakfast using nutella. This is ridiculous because there are nine chefs sharing one kitchen.
Pretty much everyone did waffles or crepes except for Carrie who made some sort of eggs Benedict. Joseph did oatmeal they did not like. Tanya and Adrienne were also on the bottom. Adrienne didn’t get her nutella syrup on the plate. Carrie’s egg dish was on the top of the heap and she won $5,000. Claudette and Tonya were also in the top two.
Olympians Meryl Davis, Gus Kenworthy and John Daly arrive at the house next. For the elimination challenges, the chefs will break into three teams of three where they will have to feed 70 guests and showcase precision, speed and creativity. Round One is speed, a chef from each team will feed 30 diners in 45 minutes. Round two is focused on precision this chef will cook a protein to the precise temperature and included three specific knife cuts. I’m not really sure I understand this round. In the third round, the chef will have to make the most creative dish possible using a protein that will remain a secret until it is their turn.
Tanya is not happy with getting the precision round on her team. She wanted the speed round that Claudette took. Christopher took the creativity round. The three bears are of course a team. It seems that Mustache Joe is now a bear since Brother Luck left last week. I think Chris is feeling a bit left out of they guys groups. I think Fatima, Carrie and Adrienne are the strongest team.
I get the three knife cut thing now. They will be used for the side dishes. I was trying to figure out how they were going to do three knife cuts on one protein. My brain is broken.
At the challenge, the round two, precision people are asked what temperature they want to cook too. Tanya doesn’t use a thermometer to cook and she just throws out the temperature of 145 for he lamb chops. Then Tom takes their thermometers and informs them that for every three degrees they are off the number, they will lose one point. Tanya is going to go home on this challenge. Dammit! They mystery protein for round three is short ribs. This works out well for Christopher as he is doing a Korean dish because his wife is Korean and the Olympics are in Korea. However they will need to be in the pressure cooker for the full two hours, so that could be an issue.
During round one, Claudette is asking for a lot of help from Tanya who is trying to prep her precision cuts. Tanya is not a happy camper. This team is so losing and Claudette will not be the one leaving. Elimination will be a brawl.
In round one, Fatima scored a 47 for her team. Claudette scored 41.5 and Bruce scored 50 points. This was out of a total of 50 points. The three judges and the three Olympians all voted in the old Olympic way of holding up cards from one to ten. The Olympians give all three a gold, silver or bronze medal.
Adrienne’s protein came out ten degrees lower than what she said at the beginning. So she can’t get higher than a seven. Joseph lost two points so he can’t get higher than an 8. Tonya lost SIX POINTS and can’t get better than a four! That team is so screwed. The judges say Tonya’s knife cuts were unrecognizable. Adrienne had the best knife cuts.
Adrienne scored a total of 40.5. Tanya scored a total of 18.5!!!! That’s tragic! Joseph scored a total of 42.5. The blue team is killing it! I do hope that Carrie kills it in the final round though and that Christopher impresses the judges so he is not in danger.
In the battle of the short ribs, Carrie bombs! How is that even possible? They hated her dish. It is between Christopher and Mustache Joe. Come on, Christopher! I know it’s not possible to get out of third place but save yourself! Wait! Tom just said if the white team pulls out a win, they move into second place. I don’t think that is true.
Carrie scored a 35. Christopher scored a 51! Mustache Joe scored a Blue Team Scored a 51.5. It’s a clean sweep for Blue Team. As I said, even with a score of 51 Christopher’s team loses. They are still 11.5 points behind red team. Even a perfect 60 would have still been third place.
While waiting for the judges to deliberate, the bears are rightfully celebrating their win. Tanya tells them that monopolize the conversation when they when and when they lose and they need to have some empathy. I really don’t now what has gotten into Tanya.
Mustache Joe gets the official win.
Claudette throws Tanya under the bus and blames her for not being able to get her acid component on the plate. Joseph turns to Adrienne and whispers that is exactly what she did to you when you were on the bottom with her. Adrienne nods. I had forgotten about that. Tanya chimes in to say she has a different side of the story. She helped Claudette so much that she got behind and then Claudette didn’t help her. Then Padma asks for Tanya’s side of the story and she says no. WTF? She just gave her side of the story. She even says that she just told her. She says that Claudette was not a team player. Padma asks Christopher to clear things up. He says this is the first he is hearing about it. In other words, he is not about to get involved. The judges prefer Tanya’s dish but she didn’t do the knife cuts at all. Backstage, Tonya bickers with Claudette. Then she randomly snipes at Carrie saying “We don’t all experience the world in the same way. Wake up! Get woke!” Is she saying this is a race thing?
They send Tanya home.
Next Week is Restaurant Wars!