Top of the Morning to ya! Yep, I just woke up minutes ago after sleeping all day again barely in time for this two hour Top Chef recap. My mind is not awake yet and keeps telling me to go back to sleep. But, I really want to know who wins this fantastic season of Top Chef. I’ll be thrilled with whoever wins but I’d love it to be Sarah who fought her way back from LCK for weeks and weeks and weeks. What a victory! So let’s get this recap done as I try not to fall asleep or be to crabby. You don’t want to be around me when I first wake up.
Who’s Your Buddy?
The first order of business is choosing one player to come back and be their sous chef. Budda picks Jackson, Evelyn pick Jo, and Sarah picks Robert. Then, all three head off to the beautiful Pima County Courthouse, which oddly looks like a mosque to me. Eric Ripert will be a judge this week. I LOVE him. Sarah’s food waste theme has me a bit worried for her. While a noble concept, I think the finale should have more extravagance not less. Evelyn is sticking to her roots and that is smart. Budda is doing a tribute to his family. Also very smart. This is going to be a fight to the finish that’s for sure.
I love the grocery shopping part of this show. Am I weird? Don’t answer that. 🙂 And just like that, the sous chefs say goodbye to sous chefs and go horseback riding. Sarah loves it. Evelyn hates it. Sarah seems to take subtle jabs at Evelyn. Psyching out her opponent? They ride up to a stunning outdoor kitchen where all the judges including Eric Ripert are cooking for them. Evelyn is so happy to be there. Budda’s dad passed away two days before he got the call for Top Chef. 🙁 The cake Tom made in a cast iron skillet reminds me when my mama would make pineapple upside down cake when we went camping when I was very young. That’s pretty much all I remember other than being terrified of the bears in the Smokeys.
The next day it’s on, and their sous chefs rejoin them. Once again Budda’s dishes look like works of art. The judges call Budda’s dish flawless and Michelin quality. The have minor complaints about the other two. For the second course, they are not thrilled with Sarah’s dish. They loved Evelyn’s dumplings. Once again they love Budda’s dish of course. Tom says maybe too much showing off. As Padma says this is the time to show off! For the third dish, Sarah is upset with the uneven cooks on her rabbit. Once again it looks like Budda is in the lead after the third service. We are not even halfway through the show and this is the last dish they will be serving? I don’t think so. That is what they think though. The final course, dessert, is up next. They loved Evelyn’s dessert, and of course Budda’s dessert. One of the judges likes Sarah’s dish the best. Then Tom says, “best on the table.”
We are already at the judges table. AH! I just realized WWHL is tacking on. That is usually where they announce the fan favorite. It looks like Budda will win. Budda Evelyn has a chance. Budda wins and he cries. Aw.
Nope it is fucking Top Chef Family Style again.
What do you think about the winner?