Who is ready for another Top Chef recap? It looks like tonight they will be paired up and BOTH members of the losing team, will be eliminated. Or maybe the two least favorite dishes across the board? I have not had time to see the previews tonight, but I really prefer going in with no knowledge of the episodes that I recap. I do feel like it is unfair that there are so many team challenges this year. Side note: I am catching up on The Thing About Pam on NBC. It’s really good and based on a true story. The guy that is the voice for Dateline is the snarky narrator.
Monique starts off the show talking about her reasons for being on the show. She’s journaling. And that is all we see at the of the penthouse. That strikes me as odd already. Then they head to the first challenge and Jae sees a lot of biscuits and she is already intimidated because, she doesn’t bake. She just likes to get baked. Good grief. There are only three ingredients in biscuits. I’m worried the Damarr’s drop biscuits are too big. Especially, since he is sharing an oven with someone. What the heck are some of these people sous vide (ing)?
First up is Jackson who has prepared a scallion biscuit with crispy cheese and an egg. Sounds good to me. Sarah’s biscuit has a mushroom gravy biscuit and a poached egg. That’s a no for me dawg. Robert did a corn biscuit with macerated strawberries. Ashley FRIED HER BISCUIT. I will leave it at that. Damarr’s drop biscuit seems okay. Jae overworked her dough. Evelyn’s biscuit will be in the top. Budda has never made a biscuit before and it shows. Is this a two hour show? Or will we have a LCK at the end? Budda, Jae and Ashleigh are in the bottom three. Demarr’s big biscuits are in the top along with Evenlyn’s biscuit and Jackson’s biscuit. Jackson’s biscuit won!
The Elimination Challenge
We go straight to the elimination challenge with no commercial break. It seems we will send the two people home one at a time? As in doing two quickfires and two eliminations in one episode. Since Jackson won the quick fire, he gets to pick his partner first and they get an extra thirty minutes of cook time. Wow! That is huge! He picks Budda. The rest just pair themselves up. They each have a dish that that looks identical to their partners. It’s a taste challenge They have to determine the ingredients of their dishes by taste. Ut Oh! Jackson, you in danger, girl! Oh they are now telling them what is in their dishes. Good news for Jackson. One of the paired chefs will be going home together.
Everyone thinks this is the most difficult challenge so far. Budda love Wylie, the guest chef judge and really wants to impress him. Ashleigh and Luke are working well together. Evelyn and Jo are working well together as Jo tries to make her cauliflower puree thicker. All five chefs are seated to judge the chefs. First up are Jackson and Budda. Just by looking at it I think they are the winners. The judges love it except for Tom. Next up is Robert and Sarah. Theirs don’t look EXACTLY the same but it is damn close. Robert’s panna cotta didn’t quite set up right. Next up is Nick and Jae. It’s a big hit. Even with Tom.
Joe and Evelyn are next. The judges are mostly impressed, but they didn’t like Jo’s pork belly. Ashleigh and Luke are up next. They could be in the top. Then, Monique and Damarr take their turn. Both of their dishes are totally identical. That’s a good start. They love it!
The Judges’ Table
Ashley and Luke and Jackson and Budda are the top two. Jackson and Budda win again. How is Jackson doing this with no sense of smell and taste. Budda is thrilled he impressed a chef he looks up to. Sarah and Robert and also Evelyn and Jo are in the bottom. Robert is in trouble for his panna cotta. They also were not good with the shrimp mousse. Then Evelyn talks about the struggling with her purée. Jo tries to defend her pork belly. Let the vagicide continue? Evelyn stands behind her dish. Good for her. She’s crying. Everyone heads to the stew room. The judges choose to send Robert and Sarah go home. They are devastated.
It appears that they are tacking the Family version of Top Chef onto this. I’m not really into that but I’ll probably just watch in on Saturday. I still haven’t watched any of the LCK episodes. So please don’t spoil me!