This Top Chef recap is going to be quite the jolt since I’ve been watching the Jussie Smollett sentencing all day. Like really it took all day. But, once the sentence was handed down, all hell broke loose with Jussie. Read my real time recap here. Then, as I was doing set-ups the news was on in the background and I saw a seven year old girl in a Ukranian bombshell sing “Let it Go” in her language to everyone. It’s an emotional roller coaster over here.
Anyway, on to the show. Chef Irma Galvan is the guest judge. She a local celebrity chef in Houston where queso is a really big deal. I feel like it is a big deal everywhere. The chefs have to put their own spin on queso and find something to pair with it rather than chips. Some of the chefs have never had queso! The dishes are presented so quickly I can’t even read them fast enough, let alone recap them. Jackson doesn’t even make queso. He’s definitely losing major points. He better do well in the elimination round. This is Evelyn’s quickfire to loose. Sam, Robert, and Jackson are in the bottom. Evelyn, Nick, Damarr are in the top. Dammar won!
This episode is flying by! We are already at the elimination challenge fifteen minutes in! What are they going to do for the next hour? Maybe LCK is tacked on the end? Chef Chris Shepherd who is a Houston legend. Jo is very excited to see him since she is a Houston chef. The elimination challenge will be held in a high school football stadium. Because, COVID. They will compete in two teams of seven. One team is the Wildcats and the other is the Cougars. They have mascots and a coach for each team. The game is too complicated for my brain right now.
Elimination Challenge Planning The Menus
The Cougar team is doing all grains. Each person picks a grain. Jackson was last to pick and decides to do polenta. I don’t think that is a grain, it’s a pasta, right? But whatever. Jackson’s head is not in the game this week. SWIDT? 🙂 Oh Jackson is the one who can’t taste or smell. It’s utter chaos at the football field. My girl Evelyn was making rice noodle. I could tell when Tom and Padma were there they were already over cooked. She’s in trouble. She doesn’t have any back up noodles. Other people are giving her whatever they have left. Jo is worried about the flavor of her dish so she adds black garlic.
Round One Budda versus Damarr. Budda has a middle eastern dish with grains and cucumbers. Damarr did “dirty farro” a play on dirty rice with chicken and chicken liver. Damarr won. Next it is Luke versus Ashley. Ashley did farro and quinoa. So far the teams are tied. This is really going way too fast to figure out all of the dishes. Each round is less than two minutes. Jae versus Robert. Robert’s mushroom taco (EW!) won. Next it is Jo’s barley conjee versus Stephanie’s a white rice dish. Jo wins. That black garlic was a hit.
Up next is Nick with his sweet potato and potlikker. That sounds stupid. Potlikker is the result of cooking greens, not potatoes. Oh now it made sense he made greens as well. And he has his own 26 spice blend. Now I want some! Monique made a caramel rice cake, it’s a desert. I want that too! This is a hard one! Nick won! It’s Sam versus Evelyn. Evelyn is basically serving left overs. Sam won. The final match up is Sarah versus Jackson. This will be hard. Sarah made a chickpea medley but she used canned and air puffed chickpeas so she didn’t cook much. Yep! Tom just called her out on it. Jackson did a polenta cake with blueberry compote. But remember he can’t smell or taste, so this could go either way. Jackson got all the votes.
Dammar who had immunity won with his dirty farro and chicken livers. That’s two in a row. He already had immunity. It’s good to be Dammar right now. Sarah, Luke and Stephanie are in the bottom. I’ll be shocked if Sarah’s canned chickpeas don’t get her eliminated. Wow! Stephanie is going home for “broken rice.”