Finally getting to this Top Chef Recap! I am so excited to watch this episode. I’ve had a lot of site work to do lately and on top of that I am rarely awake during any day light hours anymore. It’s easier to deal with the nightmares if I wake up in the daytime for some reason. Let’s see how restaurant wars goes! I’m excited that there is an extra fifteen minutes! Gregory versus Kevin should be an epic battle.
Right off the bat, Gregory is making poor decisions. Who chooses Malarkey as their first pick instead of Melissa. Padma even asked him WTF he was thinking. I could not understand what he said. I rewound three times. Anyone catch that? He has a terrible team and Kevin has all the top chefs. Everyone except for Kevin has already won restaurant wars on his team. Only Stephanie has won on Gregory’s team. This should be a very lopsided victory for Kevin. I could be on Kevin’s team, Captain’s Curried Chicken was one of my mother’s signature dishes and I used to make it myself. I’d have to review the recipe because it has been a while. But it’s not hard, or expensive. I think Kevin asking $49 for an inexpensive southern meal is ridiculous.
Or Maybe Gregory Is A Genius
Editing is setting this up for an “underdog win” and as Malarky says, if they pull it off, a major player will go home from Kevin’s team. If Kevin’s team loses, Karen needs to go home. Already, Kevin seems to be wanting to make too many options. Sigh. Kevin is going to lose. How is this even possible? Kevin gets mad when Malarkey “steals” his plate ware to use in his restaurant. Is it really a big deal if they use the same plates? Also, Kevin’s curry powder was unavailable and he had to pick a different brand of curry. The good news is that Karen is front of the house and that is who usually goes home. She’s already getting the edit to go.
I’m starting to think that Gregory was smart to pick Malarkey. Maybe what he said was “front of the house” because he is killing it. I am kind of loving him on this episode. On the other hand, Karen is struggling and the decor at Country Captain is very blah. VERY. And the waitstaff has no idea what the dishes are. Karen spilled a glass of wine on a customer. Kevin’s team is tanking. At Kann, Leanne is expediting and keeps going off on the servers so Stephanie wants to switch out with her.
The judges start at Kann. They are all disappointed that Gregory opted not to have the ox tail on the menu because they all loved it and were looking forward to it. I think Gregory wants to get as many of his Haitian dishes in their mouths as he can. Whatever he makes will be excellent. Also, his teammates deserve a lot of credit for cooking Haitian dishes and listening to his feedback. The judges love the decor, it’s very tropical.
The first course is barely on the table at Kann when the judges ask for more of the pickled dish. I don’t think I ever seen them ask for more so quickly. Either it is that good, or the portion was too small for the number of people. They seem to love everything except the pork was a little dry. And the entrées are very late getting out. Gregory’s chicken dish may be better than Kevin’s. That could be a problem. And I love me a whole fish dish. The judges didn’t care about the ox tail once they tasted everything else. They love it. Also Dr. WILL SIGHTING (For my fellow Big Brother fans. My summer will not be the same without it. ) I don’t see why they can’t do it anyway, it’s total quarantine! Test everyone and put them in the damn house!
When Gregory mentioned sos pwa, I immediately had to google recipes. I love beans, fresh beans, canned beans, frozen beans it doesn’t matter. My pantry is full of beans and blacked peas. I’m getting so hungry. I got some fresh produce yesterday and I am thawing out a few shrimp for a salad. I have let so many veggies go bad during this quarantine. Sometimes anxiety keeps me from cooking or eating. Tonight, I am hungry which is a good thing. I ate my two oranges for “breakfast” which happened around 7 pm. I have lettuce, onions (my favorite), tomatoes, sweet peppers, and I think I have some pickled radishes. Yum.
It’s chaos over at Country Captain. The dream team is falling apart. Especially Karen in the front of house. She’s totally going home. There is line out the door because the first group of seating is lingering. And they also had trouble getting food out. The judges are seated and they are already questioning the decor and the menu. They liked Melissa’s appetizer. But I agree with Tom, and I rarely agree with Tom, there was nothing Southern about those three canapés. Also, they are not busing the table fast enough. Dirty tables are sitting way too long.
I just don’t get the chicken breast on the chicken platter. The recipe is for thighs. The thighs are there. You don’t need to add random chicken breasts that likely were not cooked in the “stew” for lack of a better term with the thighs. Don’t mess with perfection. Also, none of Melissa’s dishes fit the menu. I am sure they are probably delicious, but they do not go with the southern menu. Brian’s dishes look amazing and are appropriate to the menu, all three of them. Also, we don’t eat mushrooms in the old south. Karen. But your red pepper relish sounds delicious.
The judges mostly agree with me. They don’t care for the mushrooms (bye, Karen). One of the guest judges doesn’t get that Brian’s shrimp and corn dish is in fact a side dish. And is probably amazing. Perhaps he should have gone with maque choux. I’ve been craving that and now that I have milk (I never have milk) I can make some tomorrow. They hate pretty much everything. Kevin doesn’t even go to the table. Oh, Kevin. You got STOMPED by Gregory. I know you are my homeboy, but I’m just not feeling you this season. And I always root for the ATL chefs.
Obviously, Kann won. By a landslide. Kevin is stewing as his team is told to step aside while the other team gets over the top and well deserved praise. This war was not even close. I am so happy for Gregory. He just set himself up to win this whole damn thing. And every member of his team honored him and respected him and listened to him and trusted him. It was beautiful. Then Kevin basically throws himself under the bus. WAIT WHAT! KEVIN IS GOING HOME!? I thought for sure Karen would got. That’s a brutal cut right there. But Kevin basically said the bullet should go to him. Now that is a good southern man right there. Still. With Karen, and Leann and Stephanie still in the game? It seems wrong. The captain went down with the ship.
That was a great episode, and the midseason previews look amazing. I am so grateful for this show. Especially while the word is suffering. It’s such a great stress reliever. Now I’m off to toss some shrimp in cajun spices and cook them with some truffle butter and slice up some veggies for a shrimp salad. And a glass of much needed merlot. PLEASE SEND WINE! LOL. I already realize I didn’t order enough.