I seem to be a woman of few words tonight. At least that was the case with the RHONY recap. Let’s see if I can be a little peppier for the Top Chef Recap. I do like when they show the chefs at their house all together. As usual, the guys are very loud and cocky. The girls are preparing for the vagicide. Three of the girls have a little clique. They call themselves Padma’s Angels. Good luck with that.
Kelly Clarkson is there for the quickfire. It’s an in-show advertisement for The Trolls movie. Remember when we went to movies? The chefs have to use six ingredients, one each of the six neon colors. There is a lot of candy and fruit and nothing seems to go well together. I’m seeing a lot of really bad ideas. Gregory’s savory soup sounds like it could be a winner. Melissa’s salmon looked good. Lots of people went with shrimp. Probably for the short cook time. Nini, Stephanie and Bryan were on the bottom. Aren’t two of those girl’s Padma’s Angels? Gregory, Lisa’s ribeye and Karen’s bowl of crunchy stuff came out on top. Karen is a Kelly Clarkson superfan. I think I see where this is going. Oh wait! Gregory won with his “soup.”
The Elimination Challenge
They are going to the Santa Monica Farmers Market! Remember when we had farmers markets? Am I the only one thinking like this when I watch this show? The chefs were split into two teams by a knife draw. Most of the heavy hitters are on the blue team. They each have to make a dish for a vegetarian progressive dinner for the judges. They won’t know what ingredients they will have for sure until the morning of the challenge when they get to the farmers market. That makes things tricky. Someone on each team also has to do a vegetarian dessert course.
The chefs all have to cook in one restaurant kitchen. The will serve forty diners in addition to the four chefs. That’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen!
Two Very Similar Menus Emerge
On the red team, Malarky will start with a tomato and burrata salad. Isn’t burrata cheese? So they can use dairy? Lee Anne is doing a butternut squash hummus with crudité. Then Lisa has a brussel sprouts dish with apples. Stephanie is doing a charred cauliflower dish with grains. Brian V is doing a beet dish. Nini, the dessert queen will end with a peaches and cream sort of pastry.
Over on the blue team, Kevin’s heirloom tomato and melon salad with sprouted grains sounds interesting. Next, Melissa is making a coconut corn soup that also sounds delicious. The third course will be Gregory’s roasted vegetable dish that focuses on carrots. Karen is going to make pasta with a mint, pistachio pesto. Jennifer is doing a jerk cauliflower that doesn’t sound appealing at all. Eric is on the dessert course with a butternut squash pudding that I am going to need the recipe for. Apparently, the food gods were not excited about Jennifer’s jerk cauliflower dish either because somehow she seems to have burned what I assume was the jerk sauce. The judges have arrived and she appears to be fucked.
The Blue Team Takes An Early Lead
The chefs are serving the judges in sort of a head to head competition. They were not impressed with Malarkey’s tomato dish. It was too simple. Kevin’s dish was a hit. Especially since he found some dates there. Course one goes to the blue team. For the second course, Melissa’s corn soup got rave reviews. Leanne’s hummus got decent but not great feedback. That’s two for blue. The third course goes to blue as well and Lisa could be in trouble with her butternut squash dish. So three points for blue.
On the fourth course, Stephanie’s cauliflower is a hit.It looks like Gregory course moved up to keep Jennifer’s cauliflower disaster from going against Stephanie. The fourth course was essentially a tie. But Stephanie’s dish probably gave the red team their first winning dish. The last savory dish the judges liked the same. They didn’t seem to have a problem with Jennifer’s cauliflower. For the dessert course, both got rave reviews.
The judges wasted no time in letting the chefs know that the blue team was the clear winner. They had a great progression and every dish was strong. They hand nothing but compliments for each of the chefs. Melissa won again! Isn’t that two for her now? I really thought Kevin might win with his dates. Yes, they just said Melissa has won two of the four challenges. She’s the one to beat right now.
Wow. Everyone is getting called out. When they tell Lee Anne that her hummus needed more oil and salt to finish the dish, she points out she didn’t do the finishing. Malarkey did. Malarkey then just throws Lee Anne all the way under the bus. One of these two is probably gone. Lisa’s brussel sprouts are also on the chopping block. And Lisa gets told to pack her knives and go. She made it to the final in her season.
Oh God. Next week is the loved one’s challenge and Lee Anne’s mom needs medical care. This does not look good.