This week Brian is feeling a lot better about his place in the competition after winning Restaurant Wars last week. Then all the chefs arrive to the kitchens to discover that Last Chance Kitchen is happening. There are some of our favorite chefs from seasons past, Brother Luck, Jim the chef from Alabama we loved, and more. Nini is up against Brother Luck in a mini restaurant wars challenge where they each have to make three courses. This years chefs are divided into two team to help out. The winning team gets an advantage in the elimination challenge. No one is too excited to be on Brother Lucks’ team because they all want Nini back. Nini is barking orders and seems very organized. Brother Luck will have to work hard to beat this team.
WOW! Brother won. I did not see that coming. No one wants Brother back in the house. They are going to be mean to him and to a certain degree mean to the chefs that helped him win.
The elimination challenge is to make a canapé based on a prohibition era drink. They have $400 each to make a fucking canapé ! The Project Runway people don’t get that kind of budget for a dress! They bought a shit ton of food so perhaps they have to make 100 or something and I missed that part. Apparently, the are catering a roaring twenties party. I suppose this is the elimination challenge. Brother has mad knife skills,watching him slice the carrots into long sticks is pure poetry.
The location for the party is The Sealbach Hilton in Louisville. It is stunning and very “roaring twenties.” This is such a fast-paced challenge I can’t keep up with what everyone is making.
Eddie’s salmon looks amazing. The judges liked it. Padma says it needs salt. Brandon has a duck and artichoke croquette, Brother has a chicken thigh salad with liver mousse and about 19 other things in one teeny little bite. The judges think it is really spicy hot and has nothing to do with the drink he chose. He’s in trouble.
Brian did a pork sausage thingy that he had to fry instead of pan sear due to time constraints. The judges said there was an aftertaste of oil. No bueno. Kelsey made a scallop ceviche. The judges loved Kelsey’s dish. Michelle did some liver thing with cherries. It sounds gross. The judges thought it didn’t have anything to do with her drink.
Justin did a duck a l’orange. the judges really like it. Sara did a scallop with avacado. The don’t like it. It’s all mushy and doesn’t seem inspired by her cocktail. Eric shucked 200 oysters in just over an hour to complete his dish. The judges can’t say enough good things about them. Team Beard is coming out strong this round.
David did a cold shrimp tartare with cucumber, apple and radish. The judges liked the radish. Adrienne made shrimp and avocado toast. It was oily and not their favorite.
The top three dishes were Kelsey, Eric and Eddie. Eddie should win this. They have a lot of kind words for all three. Eric did win! He is thrilled.
The bottom three chefs are Brian, Sara and Brother. Are they going to send Brother right back out? They hate all three. Any of them could go. But in the end, it’s Brother that was sent home. But he is going back to Last Chance Kitchen and he seems to thrive there.