It may just be my current piss poor attitude, but I am not optimistic about this season. I feel like all the city slicker judges coming to Kentucky will produce an overly stereotypical season of the state. Also of the fifteen cheftestants only two are from the south. Kelsey is from Alabama and Sara is the token home state chef. Both of them will need to escape the usual Tom Colicchio vagicide. But let’s see what the first episode looks like. It is a welcome reprisal from Real Housewives recaps at least. I should probably buy some bourbon for these recaps.
The first quick fire the group divides into teams of three. In honor of the Kentucky Derby, which is known as the most exciting two minutes in sports, each team will have only two minutes to prepare their mise en place for the dish. After two minutes their knives will be taken away and they will have twenty minutes to complete their dish. They are not messing around this season.
Kelsey is already getting too much air time. This doesn’t bode well for my southern girl.
Everyone did well on the quickfire. It looked for a minute like the Kelsey’s team would win, but Sarah’s team somehow pulled it out with an egg dish. So far so good.
The elimination challenges is super twisted. The teams all stay together but they will be competing against their teammates. Within in each trio, one will win, one will place and one will show. The winner will come from the five winners, and someone will be eliminated from the third place finishers.
Lord, even more Kelsey air time. She’s probably toast. Hopefully, I am just noticing her more because she’s my favorite.
Kentucky Kaitlyn is making a tomato cobbler with store bought grape tomatoes. Quelle Horreur! I thought it was Sara and I was mortified for her. I am definitely not imagining the heavy focus on Kelsey. She is making deviled eggs. Kelsey and Kentucky are already making a Dixie Alliance.
Since the quickfire, Brandon has stepped right up to take on the dickish, dictator role. He will not shut up and every word is disparaging his opponents. I’m not the only one who feels this way. I think we are all hoping for a first boot, but the assholes never go first. Kaitlyn and her gross looking tomato cobbler is high on the list to be the first evicted.
I really like Justin from Minnesota. His choice of shrimp and grits was smart. We love it and you really can’t fuck it up. There are eleventy billion ways to make it and they are all good. #ForestGump
Kelsey’s team is judged first. Eric made a scallop West African style. Kelsey’s deviled egg was a hit. Kaitlyn’s tomato cobbler was the clear loser. Kelsey won!
In Brandon’s group, Nini a Vietnamese style chef beat out Brandon. He came in second and the chef he was berating the entire time, Adrienne came in third. I hope she sticks around long enough to beat Brandon.
Chef David, who I was not paying a lot of attention to, made some sort of masterful soup that was described as an umami bomb. That’s their favorite word when they are picking winners.
Justin is in the last group and they like his shrimp and grits. Hometown girls Sara is also in the last group, she did bourbon braised pork belly with BBQ spiced carrots and pickled pecans. They liked it but Tom said that she should have played up her pickled nuts in the presentation. Wow, Pablo is also in this group. He’s very good. He did a tilapia crudo with a green apple vinaigrette. Sara is in trouble. Pablo won, Justin was second and Sara has to go to the elimination round. Sara’s group was by far the most competitive.
Oh wow. We are going straight to judges table. I’m nervous already. Natalie, from the white group I found too boring to comment on, somehow beat everyone with her ceviche.
Sara did not end up in the bottom three! She is safe. I am quite sure cobbler girl will go home. It was awful from the beginning. Yep! She is a goner. The first victim of the vagicide. She’s off to last chance kitchen. I knew she was fucking up in the checkout line of Whole Foods.