leave your inhibitions at the door
I loved this episode. We didn’t get any hokey Texas-themed meal or food service for 5000 people. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs worked solo and were given a lot of leeway. Being able to focus their energy and creativity led to some outstanding meals.
Have you been playing the Sarah Grueneberg drinking game? I introduced it a couple a weeks ago and she hasn’t disappointed. Every time she has some overblown OMG reaction to something (which usually includes a hand to the mouth), take a shot. If you played last week, you probably got loaded. I counted 5 moments.
This episode starts with the chefs kicking back after last episode’s Restaurant Wars. Tom walks in to tell them that they had to immediately go back to San Antonio and – BAM! – there goes Sarah’s hand to mouth thing. DRINK!
Quickfire Challenge – Quick Thinking
The guest judge was none other than Eric Ripert, the legendary chef of New York’s Le Bernadin. The challenge itself didn’t have anything really to do with him, so I think it was just an excuse to unleash his AWESOME accent on us. The chefs have to display their quick decision-making in making by making a “sophisticated dish” in thirty minutes. There’s a conveyor belt in the kitchen that’s constantly moving and the contestants need to choose three items from the belt and use all of them in the dish. The twist is that better ingredients will come out later, however they will they won’t have as much time to cook it. The winner gets immunity.
Bottom 3 – Ugly Chris (ingredients didn’t complement each other), Grayson (citrus was overwhelming), and Kundun (bitterness of the melon was unappealing)
Top 3 – Sarah (soft shell crab and artichokes were good), Penishead (complementary, harmonious flavors), and Beverly (praise for salmon and sauce made from tofu)
Winner – Penishead. However, Beverly was told that her dish would’ve easily won if the Rice Krispies made it on the plate.
Elimination Challenge – Create a dish for a 7 course gothic feast fit for a queen
It’s blatant product placement time with the introduction of special guest Charlize Theron, who’s promoting her role in the upcoming “Snow White and the Huntsman”. I can live with the marketing this time because, let’s face it, she’s a helluva lot sexier than a Toyota van. In the movie she plays the bloodthirsty wicked queen so the dishes should be inspired by this. The judges are Ripert, Emeril, Charlize, Tom, and Padma.
Before I go on, DRINK three times for Sarah’s instant orgasm when Theron walked in. It may have been the same reaction, but it was shown three times.
Ugly Chris should really knock this out of the park. He doesn’t have a lot of imagination in terms of food and combinations. But his type of creativity – concepts and presentation – should help him out here. I’m almost dreading this because I like most of the remaining chefs. The only two that I would love to see booted are Penishead and Sarah. However, Penishead has immunity and I Sarah’s too good.
All of the chefs are called to the table where they are congratulated for one of the finest meals in all the seasons of the show. It was literally a love fest with all the praise going around.
Winner – Kundun. And for his efforts he gets 2 tickets to the world premiere of the movie.
Bottom Three – Everyone did well, so the comments were more nitpicking than any real flaws.
Loser – Beverly. The missed opportunity for immunity in the Quick Fire came back to haunt her.