We start with the remaining chefs celebrating Michelle’s win last week in the musical memory challenge with a red snapper dish, and mourning the loss of David who just sort of lost his way this season.
The quickfire challenge is a nod to Fort Knox with gold bouillon locked in a case. The judges have to use four clues to unlock the case and procure the gold bouillon which is not gold but chicken, beef, and vegetable bullion and it will be the only seasoning they are allowed to use. No salt and pepper, nothing. I’d be making a soup. French onion maybe, or some sort of Pho with spicy jalapenos and stuff. When the cray came, I suddenly liked my food a lot spicer and things don’t seem as hot as they used to. It’s weird. I put jalapenos in everything now. They only have 35 minutes including the time it takes to open the locked case.
Justin is doing chorizo and clams. Eddie goes with scallops and a caponata with yellow and gold vegetables. Eric has lots of experience with the bouillon and chooses the vegetable bouillon because it is the least salty of the three in an egglant dish. So Eddie and Eric are both doing eggplant which I find odd because I would never have even considered eggplant and yet so far two of the seven remaining chefs are using it. Kelsey is doing some sort of glorified BLT with the bouillon in her vinaigrette. That sounds like a cop out, but also delicious. Adrienne is doing a panzanella salad which is an Italian salad made of croutons and tomatoes. Another vinaigrette situation. Michelle is doing a fried smelt dish. Sara is doing monkfish in broth.
Justin’s was WAY too salty. The rest of them seemed to be passable to the judges. Luckily I don’t think this is an elimination quickfire. Sidenote: I am AMAZED that we have more female chefs than male chefs at the is point. I predict a female chef goes home tonight, Michelle and Justin were in the bottom. Sara, Eric and Eddie were in the top. Eddie won. He gets immunity and he doesn’t even have to cook in the next challenge because it is a team challenge of three chefs each.
The teams are Eric, Adrienne and Justin AKA Team Beard versus Sara, Michelle and Kelsey AKA the girls team. The challenge will take place at Rupp Arena, a basketball court. They are both leaning toward stadium food but elevated. There is a lot of discussion of chicken.
Sara is making tobacco chicken, soaked in tabasco, and in buttermilk and then breaded and fried to be served with waffles. Sara is buying a bag of premixed pancake batter. This is probably a mistake. Did I mention I am on a health and fitness kick and all of this food talk is driving me insane? Kelsey is making dumplings. She has tons of practice making them at her job everyday. She is missing her son, she has missed his first steps and him saying mama for the first time. Michelle is making ribs.
I think Adrienne is also making chicken and waffles and making her waffles from scratch. Justin is making juicy lucys which is a stuffed cheeseburger. He can’t find the slider buns he wants so he is doing an open-faced burger/sandwich. This is probably a bad idea. Eric is doing tamarind chicken lollipops. Maybe. There is a good possibility I have the beards backwards. Nope I am actually right!
A few chefs came back as sous chefs to help the teams. I don’t even remember Caitlin. Adrienne challenges Sara to a chicken and waffles head to head competition and Sara agrees. They are supposed to go first and Sara’s fryer doesn’t work. This is probably a bad thing.
The stadium is full of locals cheering on the chefs. Sara decides to go up against Adrienne first because Sara’s not ready. The chefs love both the dumplings and the waffles. Kelsey wins with her dumplings. Next it is Eric’s chicken pops against Sara’s chicken and waffles. Tom got word from Adrienne that Sara’s waffle mix was from a box. It was actually from a flour bag, just like self rising flour and other flour mixes, but okay. This is going to cost her. Eric taunts her to the crowd and has them cheer “Homemade!” Sara thinks this is unsportsmanlike conduct. Eric wins in a unanimous decision. The teams are tied and it all comes down to the last round. It’s Michelle’s ribs against Justin’s juicy Lucys. again they love both. Justin wins in a unanimous decision. It looks like Sara is going to get eliminated at her favorite basketball teams challenge,
Sara is upset that Eric and Adrienne sold her out to the judges and taunted her to the crowd. Don’t be a bitter Betty, Sara. There is nothing you can do now. To add insult to injury, Eric wins the challenge. Sara cries again over the taunting by Eric and ratting out by Adrienne. She says she was heckled by over 4,200 people. In her home state no less. Perhaps they won’t send anyone home? Sara reluctantly joins in on a group hug.
Then in a shocking twist, Michelle goes home for her soggy, wet ribs. Do they not have wet ribs where Tom is from? Because that is a thing.
Next week: Art Smith! Returns for a fried chicken challenge.