Y’all, I am still not over Christopher leaving last week. Or Moustache Joe winning. Or Carrie being on the bottom with Christopher. I need a Carrie win to make up for all of this. And tonight we go down to three.
According to the episode guide, “The Voltaggio Brothers reunite on Top Chef for the first time since competing against each other. Their first task is judging the Rocky Mountain Oyster Quickfire to see which chef has the balls to go all the way.” Padma makes a billion ball jokes. Joseph says the flavor is somewhere between a gland and a brain with extra iron.
Adrienne is making a soup. I am gagging just recapping this quickfire. I think Carrie is smart doing sort of a sausage or pâté thing with one and thinly sliced chicken fried balls for the other. Mustache Joe used breaded cornflakes on his balls. He also mocked Carrie’s winning toast dishes again. He’s such a douchebag I hope Carrie beats him to a pulp in the finale. They didn’t like Joseph or Carrie’s dish. I’m sad for Carrie. I hope Adrienne and her dashi wins! Sadly, Moustache Joe wins again.
Before the elimination challenge the chefs get to have dinner with their families who have cooked for them. Based on the offerings, I would choose to eat at Adrienne’s house. Her family made gumbo. Aw, Mustache Joe’s dad is humanizing him. Mustache Joe’s mother passed away from cancer. The elimination challenge is to cook a meal inspired by their families meal. Adrienne’s mom’s gumbo takes hours and hours and they only have an hour and a half. Mustache Joe gets two hours for winning the quickfire. Moustache Joe is really emotional seeing all of the other mothers at the dinner. Joe Flamm’s grandmother was there. We get a long scene of Joe talking about his mother with sad, sad, music. I doubt they send him home tomorrow. I’m nervous for Carrie. I want a Carrie, Adrienne, Joe Flamm final three.
Carrie is struggling mightily with dry pasta. Joe Flamm is having time constraint issues. I am drooling of Adrienne’s gumbo description. There are no good gumbo places around here. My very first lawn guy I had for many years was from Louisiana and he used to bring me gumbo. Next time he is in town, I may try to pay him to make me some.
I am not sure what Joe is making. It some sort of pinwheel thing with lasagna ingredients. HE HAD TWO HOURS TO MAKE A LASAGNA. Instead he is bruleeing the tops and they are catching on fire and he is blowing the fire out with with mouth. Gross. It sounds awful. It’s not lasagna, I am not sure what it really is. Graham Elliot and Tom think it is great. #Eyeroll Tom said it was a bit underseasoned.
Carrie’s dish is a take on beef stroganoff. It’s a ravioli with game meat. She gives a good sell on her story for the dish. They like it. No complaints.
They loved Adrienne’s gumbo. Tom thought it was perfectly seasoned, nicely refined and true to the gumbo inspiration.
Joe Flamm’s pasta dish used his mom’s ravioli dough. They really like it as well. He used his grandmother’s meatball in the ravioli.
Joe Flamm and Carrie hilariously funnel wine in the kitchen after service.
They judges said everything was fantastic. Adrienne was the winner. YES! So happy for her. There is no bottom two. Everything was great. Tom gives Carrie a minor critique about her sauce. One Voltaggio Brothers said that Flamm’s Parmesan chip was a bit on the thick side but his pasta was the best. Oh noe, One of the Voltaggio brothers was super harsh on Carrie’s stroganoff. Tom suddenly has a harsher critique on Mustache Joe now that it is just the judges. It’s three pasta dishes head to head and Tom says one was a little lacking.
Fuck. They sent Carrie home. She takes it like a champ.
Next week, the final three go to Aspen for the Food & Wine festival. Adrienne’s preview shows a major struggle. Hopefully that means she wins!