I’m trying to catch up on many recaps this weekend. I have a lot in the hopper to recap. I am going to start with a Top Chef recap and it probably won’t be terribly detailed. Moments ago I walked outside my door to check on the garden for less than five minutes, my legs turned to jelly and when I got back into the house I threw up. The crazy is strong today. But I’m feeling better now and hoping that Top Chef will make me hungry.
For this week’s quickfire, they are joined a a James Beard Award Winning chef who is a baker, Chris Bianco. He’s also a “pizza master” according to Kevin. The quickfire challenge is to make the perfect dish using weird “flour-alternative” types of flour. I would not even know where to start with this. Brian Malarkey doesn’t have a clue either. Wow! There will be no immunity this week, But the winner gets $5,000. Melissa knows exactly what she is going to make. She’s making an almond flour based almond cake of some sort. Greg is also very confident with his tapioca flour pancakes. This quickfire is flying by.
Brian Malarkey’s donut and ice cream looks like an epic fail. He says it is the worst thing he has ever made in the competition. Leeanne’s savory Vietnamese dish seems to be a hit. Eric made some sort of porridge that the guest chef liked. He also likes Greg’s pancakes. Stephanie’s purple gnocchi seems to go over well. Karen’s spinach falafel sounds interesting. Both Brians were in the bottom. Melissa, Gregg and Nini were in the top. The winner was Gregory.
The Elimination Challenge
This week’s elimination challenged to to feed the big wigs and orchestra member of the LA Philharmonic Symphony. The chefs draw knives to determine their flavor profiles. They must them pair up with another chef who has a different flavor profile and make one cohesive dish. Somehow, Leanne and Malarkey are the last two chosen and must pair up. This is bad. Leanne has umami and Malarkey has bitter. Holy shit! It’s a double elimination. Greg should be fine with Stephanie. Kevin and Melissa will probably win. I think we might lose Leeanne and Malarky this week. Eric is stuck with Brian V. who has been struggling lately. The concert hall is stunning. Leeanne and Malarkey’s disagreements began at Whole Foods. And it continues all the way through to plating.
Greg and Stephanie’s dish goes out to the judges table first. Tom loves it. They all loved it. Next up is Kevin and Melissa. Their dish was also highly favored by everyone. Malarkey and Leeanne’s beef and bitter greens were also raved about by everyone. Up next is Eric and Voltaggio’s pork dish. Oh no. They had some moderate criticisms. They better not send Eric home! Karen and Nini don’t seem overly confident in their dish. And for good reason. Tom says that the tomatoes were not roasted and therefore not umami. These two are going home.
All of the chef pairs claimed that working together with their partner was great. The chefs loved all the dishes. They will make their decisions solely on who did the best job of combining the flavor profiles. Melissa and Kevin won. That does not surprise me at all. Melissa will probably win the entire season. Padma let Leeanne and Malarkey know they were a very close second. Greg and Brian and Karen and Nini are the bottom two team. They better not send Greg home! Shut your mouth Brian! Greg is not going home over you defending yourself to the judges. It seems like the judges are considering keeping everyone.
In the end, it was Nini and Karen who went home. They go straight to Last Chance Kitchen. I need to watch that I haven’t watch and LCK. Please don’t spoil me, bro. Next week is the beginning of Restaurant Wars.