Well, it’s down to Mustache Joe, Joesph Flamm and Adrienne Cheatham. Here is what it looks like overall. Mustache Joe has the most wins, but he’s been inconsistent in the last half of the season. He has recently gotten his groove back and appears to be the front runner. Joeseph Flamm flamed out and was eliminated but cooked his way back into the game via Last Chance Cooking. Then there is Adrienne, she got off to a rough start landing in the bottom in the beginning and then into the middle in the middle of the season and then, just last week she won her first challenge when it really mattered.
After an impartial review of the stats, I’m still rooting for Adrienne, but I understand why Mustache Joe is there. I’d like to see Adrienne and Mustache Joe in the finale next week.
So the three have arrived in beautiful Aspen, reminding me again I need to do some traveling in the western half of the US. Then they show Joesph Flamm’s package with his wife. I love him too. I’ll be fine with any of these three winning. Then I realize that Joseph got THE PHONE CALL HOME and sometimes that is a bad omen.
In the first challenge they have 40 minutes to catch a trout and cook it. If they can’t catch one, they have to used canned fish. The area is clearly a heavily stocked pond. Both guys catch a fish right away. You can seem fifty billion fish in the water. Come on, Adrienne! You can do this! She finally got a fish with twenty minutes left to cook. Fish is Adrienne’s thing so she needs to win this. It would be her first quickfire. Mustache Joe had a malfunction and thinks his fish is over cooked.
Sidenote: Fan Favorite is down to Chris and Fatima. They are my two favorites of the season, but I really want to see Chris get some money for his restaurant, it was clear all season he was in need of a financial transfusion. And Fatima did just have cancer surgery and works for other chefs. I hope Christopher wins.
Chris Cosentino winner of Top Chef Masters is judging. Adrienne is up first. He explains to her that bears shit in the woods and shit rolls down hill and therefore trout has to be cooked all the way through. Mustache Joe is laughing when he hears this because he accidentally cooked his longer than he wanted to. This is why it is hard to get behind a Mustache Joe win. He is such a poor sport. Chris refused to eat it and Padma can’t eat it either. Wow.
They loved Mustache Joe’s dish. They ate Joseph Flamm’s dish at least. And then they gave Joseph Flamm the win. Even though they said Adrienne’s fish skin was the best thing of the three.
The final three are cooking for 200 attendees at the Aspen Food & Wine Festival. Chef Daniel Boulud will be the guest judge. He has three or four Michelin stars depending on how you look at it and is a reknowned French chef. The twist is their meals must be VEGETARIAN. Holy crap. That’s bad news. Even worse, they have to cook on cauldrons. Over fire.
They bring back Carrie, Chris and Bruce to help them with their endeavors. Flamm wisely picks Carrie. He also gets to assign the other two as his prize for winning the quick fire. Adrienne gets Bruce and Joe gets Chris. He didn’t want two of the bears, Joe and Bruce, working against him. Mustache Joe and Christopher is an odd pairing. I think Christopher is closer with the other two and he is just nodding and agreeing with everything that Joe says. Flamm has a ton of good ideas. Carrie is supportive. Bruce is trying to take over Adrienne’s dish. Adrienne is really fighting for her own ideas.
Carrie has cooked on a cauldron before. A lot. Of course she has. Because, Carrie. I bet it is killing her to have missed the cauldron challenge. Joe Flamm is such a good guy.
When they start prep, Mustache Joe tells Carrie he is making “fancy toast.” He just can’t let it go. I feel like Bruce is literally sabotaging Adrienne. I’m having flashbacks to all of his problems with team challenges, particularly the food truck one. Carrie and Flamm are working together like peas and carrots. Christopher is just doing what he’s told.
When Tom comes to check in he talks to Adrienne for EVER. It’s like he is trying to sabotage. Hopefully, it is just editing and not more vagicide by Tom. #ConspiracyTheory Adrienne is having lots of issues. Bruce is more about trying to influence her menu than helping with the batter issues. Adrienne is either going to be first or worst. She has a very ambitious menu.
The reviews are not great for Mustache Joe he did not do fancy toast at all. He just had random bread. I hope he loses for doing plain bread instead of fancy toast.
Adrienne gets a lot of positive feedback with some minor critiques. Mostly that she didn’t do enough with the char which was kind of the point of cauldron cooking. Jonathan Waxman, who I’ve never liked assumes that Bruce is the executive chef at Adrienne’s tent. BTW they are not actually AT the Food and Wine festival they are in another spot entirely where everyone has signed releases.
It looks like Joesph Flamm is going to take this. The judges say this is the best use of the smoke and the char. The did have some minor critique. The asshole chefs with Waxman for the most part really like Flamm’s. It seems like he won.
Back at the cabin, Mustache Joe seems to think he has lost. Adrienne says the last time he wasn’t happy with his dish he won. So are they just fucking with editing? I’m on pins and needles here. Adrienne was not thrilled with her execution either. It feels like a Flamm win with the potential of Adrienne moving on.
First the give Adrienne and Mustache Joe mixed results. Then they give Flamm a slightly better critique. But they didn’t like his choice of the small zucchini. They are nitpicking. It could go either way.
When the judges talk alone, they trash Joe’s plain bread. Flamm’s dish needed some tweaking. They loved Adrienne’s flavors but it was missing the char.
Joe Flamm won the challenge! Adrienne is in the finale!
JOE LOST BECAUSE HE DID NOT MAKE FANCY TOAST! HA!
Next Week’s previews show Flamm in trouble, which probably means he wins. I’m fine with either of these Chicago chefs winning. This has been a great season. Please, Please got give all forty votes to Christopher! I love Fatima, but right now, Christopher could do more with his restaurant.