It’s already time for a Top Chef recap. I feel like I keep missing days. Tonight they are doing a quickfire that requires them to use a can of Campbell’s soup. I cook with Campbell’s soup on occaision. But it is something that is not the kind of fine dining I expect from Top Chef. Perhaps they will dazzle us with a new upscale idea. It seems to be a big task to elevate a meal with Campbell’s soup.
I’m pulling for Kiki. I was sad to see her in the bottom. I think the ones that picked the tomato soup made a smart choice. The Cream Of…. soups are sort of low end additions to meals. Seafood in tomato soup with some extra seasoning could be a bit more upscale. Shota is have some technical difficulties. Gabe did the fish and tomato soup. Shota made some Asian dish with cream of mushroom. Dawn did a chicken fritter and chicken skins on a mushroom soup base. Jamie did a Vietnamese twist on tomato soup with noodles.
Sara made a mushroom stroganoff. Yuck. Byron made chicken with a cream of mushroom sauce. Nelson did a cod dish with tomato ginger sauce. Avishar made a chicken toast masala. Kiki did swiss chard in tomato soup. Chris made a grilled cheese and tomato soup. It looks delicious. Maria did a cabbage salad in tomato soup. Gabriel did a fish filet with a mushroom sauce. I don’t care for mushrooms so all the cream of mushroom plates look gross to me. Nelson, Shota (!) and Kiki were in the bottom. I am so worried about Kiki. Gabe, Sara and Chris were in the top. YAY! Chris won $10K with his grilled cheese and tomato soup.
The Main Challenge
The main challenge is based on the Portland Fruit Loop. It’s a three mile loop of local fruit stands. Tomorrow they will go to an orchard where they will pick fruit at an orchard. And the judges want a savory dish. Oregon is such a pretty state! There are no vegetables available for this dish. So lots of chefs are having to make a sudden change to their menu. I think I’d cook the Berkshire porkchops with apples and pears. Maria is upset not to have chilis. I’d be pissed about no jalapenos. Kiki gets some weird feedback from Tom. I think it might be her week to go. Let the vagicide begin.
The chefs are getting bitten by bees, and the wind is interfering with their pasta making. The outdoor stations have a lot obstacles for the chefs. Avishar just made a simple risotto. I’m shocked by that. Gabe made Gabe made pork and chicken with plums. One of the judges literally picked up his plate to lick all the sauce from Gabe’s dish. Sounds like a winner to me. Avishar could be in the bottom. AVISHAR! Chris did a scallop dish. Shota did a salmon dish. Both were well received by the judges. Chris is having a great day. Shota’s fish was dry.
Raw Chicken Is An Automatic Ticket Home
Gabriel made oysters three ways. Jaime made Pork and polenta. The loved Gabriel’s and were not impressed by Jaime’s dish. Sara did quinoa with lots of the fruits. Byron did a stuffed pasta with lots of fruits and fruity sauces. Sara’s dish was a flop. The enjoyed Byron’s pasta. Kiki is happy with her fried chicken with peaches. I’m worried about the cook on the chicken. Nelson did a scallop with sauteed pears. Just as I feared, Kiki’s chicken is raw. She is absolutely going home. They did not like Nelson’s sauces either. They are both in the bottom. Dawn made an apple risotto and an apple glazed duck. I’m not sure what Maria’s dish is exactly, but it looks delicious. The judges like both of the dishes.
Chris, Gabe and Gabriel are the top three. I think Gabe will win since the judge totally licked his plate. I love that Chris is in the top with his immunity. Gabe won as expected. Chris had a really good day today though. It’s also no mystery that Kiki is leaving. I am shocked that Avishar is in the bottom. And his risotto was raw! They really hate the Nelson’s dish too. But, nothing is worse than raw chicken.
Now off to try and stay awake for the Top Chef finale, then take some cold medicine and get some sleep.