Tonight’s Top Chef recap will discuss the best episode of every season, Restaurant Wars! Let’s get right to it! We are down to eight chefs (with Sasha still defending Last Chance Kitchen). Byron gets the phone call from home. He’s very emotional. Everyone is excited for Restaurant Wars, but also really stressed by all the pressure. This season they are going to do a Chef Table service with seven courses.
Shota, Jaime, Byron and Maria are the fun team and are planning a Japanese inspired Kaiseki traditional meal with a bit of an Mexican influence. Maria gets to harvest fresh vegetables from a super nice garden at a farm. This team has specific plans for who does what. Each restaurant had $2,500 to spend at Whole Foods.
First Course (Shota & Maria) Japanese Eggplant With Sesame Mole
Second Course ( Byran & Jamie) Sockeye Salmon Crudo with Rocoto Curry Sauce
Third Course (Maria) Lengua Sando with Pickled Mustard and Green Onions
Fourth Course (Shota) Lotus Root Tempura with Chiterpin
Fifth Course (Jaime) Short Rib with Puffed Rice and Morita Salsa
Sixth Course (All Chefs) Hot Pot Zosui
Seventh Course (Maria and Byron) Tres Leche Cake with Pineapple Compote
This team seems to be working well together. But, then Maria needs help with her dish and everyone else is kind of busy. The judges arrive at Kokoson first. They are impressed by the decor and and table settings. They loved the first course. There is some issue getting the second course out quickly. But the judges ADORE the second course. However, some think the curry is overpowering. The tongue sandwich gets mixed opinions. The judges just keep RAVING about everything. There is no hope for Penny to win. It was literally perfection. I have never heard them speak this highly during restaurant wars EVER.
Over at the Penny restaurant, Chris, Dawn, Gabe and Sara want to do all seafood. The chefs get to shop at Whole Foods in person. Dawn struggles to work as a group. She likes to think about her dishes on her own. This group seems to want to fly by the seat of their pants when it comes to service. Their plan is no plan.
First Course (Dawn) Something with crab and caviar. Dawn still has no idea what she is making!
Second Course (Sara) Halibut and Tomatoes.
Third Course (Dawn) Scallop with Tasso Ham.
Fourth Course (Sara) Pak Choy and Salmon Skin.
Fifth Course (Chris) Shrimp filled pasta with tomato broth.
Sixth Course ( Gabe) Charred and grilled octopus with at mole verde.
Seventh Course (Chris) Kelp Ice Cream with cocoa nibs and meringue.
For some reason, Penny is giving the chefs some sort of tortilla to snack on before the meal? I don’t like anything on this team’s menu. Dawn is continuing to slow everyone down. The judges arrive and they love the menu. I do not. They serve the random tortilla. It’s not even on the menu and they don’t like it. They are failing before their first course. Dawn’s course goes well. But the chefs are not interacting with the guests and service is a mess. They hate Sara’s course. Dawn’s second course was very highly praised.
The kitchen is a clusterfuck. Both of Sara’s courses were a fail. They LOVE Chris’s ice cream. One of the judges demands seconds.
Obviously, Kokoson won by a mile. The judges rave and I have no idea how they are going to choose just one. Maria won! It’s her first win and she cries. I’m kind of emotional too for some reason. They really come for the oddball giant tortilla. They didn’t like the octopus either. Then they really compliment Dawn. Sara is in big trouble. Chris’s ice cream is going to save him. This team lost due to their NO PLAN, PLAN! Sara goes to Last Chance Kitchen. I’ll update LCK in comments.