I was trying to take the night off and then discovered Top Chef on my DVR. I really have to see how this all works out and as long as I am watching and might as well slap up a recap. My last recap was really good if I do say so myself, but I need you to lower your expectations for this one.
We start seating guests right away and our first restaurant is North East. Brian seems uneasy in the front of the house. (FOH). Adrienne is having problems expediting. Things are off to a very rocky start. The judges start first here. The chefs don’t see food coming out of the kitchen. Adrienne is becoming unhinged very early.
First Course: Brian’s Chicken Ballotine and Eddie’s Striped Bass Crudo. (Because it’s not Top Chef without a Crudo)
Brian’s overzealous chicken Ballotine looks more like an amuse bouche than an appetizer. It’s small. I do not understand why these “top chefs” so adore sending out raw crudos. It’s a cooking competition. Cook the food! Tom loves the ballotine. They are not as impressed with the crudo.
Second Course: Eddie’s NY Strip with Cabbage and Cauliflower And Eric’ Scallop and Pork dish with couscous and cauliflower.
Adrienne doesn’t have time to taste Eddie’s plate. The pork is really salty. They love Eddie’s strip steak. The scallop and pork dish not so much.
Third Course: Adrienne’s Madeira Poached Peaches and Adrienne’s Harbison Cheese with Fennel and Blackberry.
I wish I had the cheese course. The judges rave about it. They also love the peach dish.
At Thistle Michelle struggles to find her voice as executive chef. Sara talks entirely to much to the judges table. It’s like they asked what time it is and she is giving a history of the making of a grandfather clock. And I still do not know what is on the menu.
First Course: Sara’s Vegetarian Cold Soup is Green Tomato Gazpacho, followed by Michelle’s hot pasta appetizer a sweet pea agnolotti.
They like the soup but hate the grated ginger in the dish. It doesn’t go with the other flavors at all. The LOVE Michelle’s agnolotti.
Second Course: Short Ribs and also seared scallops sunchokes and apple puree both were done by Pablo.
Pablo is worried about his short ribs. Michelle sends them to the judges table without tasting them. Michelle, That is like your only job. PADMA SPIT OUT A THISTLE FROM AN ARTICHOKE! Oh, this team is so going to lose. There is no recovering from a judge spitting something out. It gets worse. They HATE both dishes. Hate them. The scallops themselves were good but everything else was a complete disaster.
Third Course: Brandon did a soy milk custard with some almond streusel. Brandon also did a goat cheese roulade. I’m honestly not sure what that even means. I like cheese though so I would give it a whirl. I thought a roulade was like meat roll up thingy. But hey, what do I know? It does looked rolled up at least. But for the love of God I cannot explain the blueberries and candy corn. ON. CHEESE. WTF? Thank you! Nina said the same thing. This team TOTALLY LOST. I hope Sara goes.
This team did not shuck all of the oysters in advance and is quickly headed for the weeds. The servers are fucking up all of the table numbers. It’s a disaster here. Nini is working FOH and no one can get her ice cream to set. Disaster is afoot. Kelsey just seems to be sending out just whatever for Nini’s dessert. Nini is pissed.
This is the last stop on the judges tour and Third Coast has guests who have been waiting for over 90 minutes! The kitchen is totally in the weeds. The waitstaff has no clue how to serve. This place is a hot mess. Nini is really screwing up HOH. They are all shucking oysters on demand for the chefs and they are going out after the bisque.
First Course: All four contribute to Chargrilled Oyster, Justin does a Crawfish Bisque
The chefs are unimpressed with the bisque. The chargrilled oysters has too much acid.
Second Course: David’s Creole Spiced Duck and Cabbage and Justin and David’s Red Snapper Pontchartrain
They love the red snapper. One of the random judges doesn’t seem to think the menu is cohesive. Are you kidding me? It’s all gulf coast! This is by far the best menu! My beard guy is furious with Nini. Her ass is probably going home.
Third Course: Kelsey’s Blackberry Buttermilk Biscuit with Panna Cotta and Nini is doing “Chocolate”
They LOVE Kelsey’s panna cotta. They hate Nini’s chocolate crap. Padma says there is no clear winner. I disagree. It looks to me like North East should win. Their favorite dish was the damn ballontine! Their least favorites were the bisque (NO THAT IS MY BOY!) and the oysters. I also think Brian did the best job with FOH and he should win the whole thing.
Send home Nini and Sara.
North East Wins! They rave over Brian’s ballontine. And his whole team tried to keep him from doing it. It was the best dish of the night! They love all the desserts. They have tons of compliments for this team. Brian wins! I was right! I mean they were right. They each get $10K!
First to the slaughter is Team Thistle. Michelle fesses up to not tasting the dishes, but she has a much-needed immunity. They loved Michelle’s agnolotti. They loved Brandon’s panna cotta.
Then the judges critic Third Coast, the team that somehow managed to lose despite being stack to the gills for the win. Nini tries to defend herself. It’s going to be Justin or Nini at this point and I need Justin to stay. Sorry Nini. Kelsey sticks up for Nini. They did like the guys entrees and Kelsey’s dessert. Kelsey actually tries to take some of the blame for Nini’s dessert. Padma’s shoulder pads mesmerize me. I do not want Justin to go!
Pablo and Nini are sent home. I will miss Pablo. Nini is bitter toward Justin. It looks like one of the last four chefs is coming back to the competition next week!
Thanks for reading and commenting and apologies for the crappy recap. I’m a bit under the weather today. We haven’t had three sunny days in the past two months. I can’t take muck more of this. I may have to put Banjo in the car and drive south until we see sun. Not kidding.