Hey! How you durian? Whenever a cooking show goes to a country where durian is grown, we generally get an entire episode about it. Top Chef Kentucky is no different.For tonight’s quickfire, the final four Top Chefs must make a dish highlighting the world’s most disgusting smelling fruit. Jesus. It sound like China doesn’t even grow durian. They actually eat it on purpose.
I skipped the quickfire. I can’t do gross food challenges on reality shows. However, I did listen to the judging. I don’t think anyone expects to win this challenge and the one hour bonus hour for cooking during elimination. Somehow Michelle won when it seemed like the liked Sara’s the best.
TheThe Elimination Challenge
Tonight’s elimination challenge focuses on Macanese food. Because we all know the ins and outs of the foods indigenous to Macau right? I predict Kelsey will make biscuits and gravy, and Sara will make peas and hog jowls. Oh dear God. They are actually telling them to make a dish representative of their own heritage but with Chinese ingredients. I’m changing my guess to Hoppin’ John. The service is for eight people.
Easy Peasy Macanesey!
They are sent to a Macanese restaurant to learn something about the cuisine. When they get there, they are surprised by family members. All three girls moms are there. Eric’s sister has flown in. The food looks delicious. Stuffed crab, minchee (ground meat flavored with molasses and soy sauce), samosas.
Suddenly, Sara Bradley has some Jewish heritage. She’s going to make matzoh balls. It doesn’t sound like she has ever made them before. What better time to learn something new than during the most important elimination round of the season? Why rely on something you already know how to do well? Sigh.
Michelle Minori is going to make an Italian seafood soup with Mexican flavors and use it on a sauce on something.
Eric Adjepong goes to his Ghanaian roots and chooses to make Egusi. Egusi is a west African spinach stew with melon seeds.
Kelsey Barnard Clark wants to do some sort of Asian crab boil.
Thirty Minutes To Shop In a Foreign Grocery Store Is Insane!
Think how hard it is to find what you need when you are a grocery store you don’t usually shop at. Then, consider the store is in Macau, everything is in either Chinese or Portuguese and you really aren’t sure what to substitute for the things that you need! How can the do this in thirty minutes? I can’t get out of my regular store in thirty minutes if I am looking for ingredients for a new dish! These are Top Chef problems.
Kelsey’s mom has lost her shopping cart full of groceries. As Bethenny Frankel would say, “This is a Crisis.” They manage to find it in time and then all the family leaves. I wonder if they will be back for dinner though, because there are eight people to serve. Four judges and four family members? Yes! That is the plan.
Sara tells Kelsey her broth is too spicy. Kelsey tells Sara her matzoh balls are not too big. I think they are both lying to each other.
When Michelle brings out her cioppino with Mexican ingredients to the table, she is invited to join the judges for dinner. They asked Michelle to critique her dish. She says it needs acid. After she leaves, Tom says that she didn’t incorporate Chinese flavors. In the kitchen, Michelle tells her mom she is disappointed in her dish. She said the dish didn’t look pretty. Padma Lakshmi and another female judge said it needed a broth.
Up next is Sara with chicken thighs, matzoh balls and a mushroom consommé. Everyone raves about her matzoh balls. She is not going anywhere, and is possibly the winner. He mom says it was perfect too.
Eric served egusi stew with panko coated fufu and shrimp. This is the second time Eric has made fufu and Padma mentions that as if it is a bad thing. It is a staple of the Ghana menu so I don’t think it odd that it appears on a plate twice. But the judges haven’t cared for Eric since his spat with the judges. The judges didn’t like the stew. He used local pumpkin seeds and ground them and it sounds like he included the hull. It looks like we will have a female winner after all.
Kesley served a an Asian version of a low country boil. I can’t quite wrap my head around that, but I haven’t seen it yet. Tom loved it. The flavors were very local. Padma says that the broth is too strong with the green onion to have a whole bowl. Tom really liked it and that is all that matters. Sara probably beat her out this time though.
The Judges’ Table
Sara was named the clear winner. Michelle was eliminated. She didn’t incorporated Chinese flavors into her Italian/Mexican soup/sauce.
Next Week: It’s the finale. One more person goes before the final service. All three chefs are hungry to win!