leave your inhibitions at the door
Last week, I was pissed off because the producers put stupid restrictions on the chefs in the Elimination Challenge that limited creativity. Having them cook “healthy” meals for 200 people sacrificed quality and made me think the show should be renamed “Top Caterer”. I realize that just about every week has some set of restrictions and parameters, but those (mostly) usually require the chefs to be more creative.
This week they went back to that formula and added the physical challenge of making them ride around on bikes in the San Antonio heat. How many of you were rooting for that Buick to run over Sarah?
Speaking of, she didn’t disappoint with the overreactions – “Gasp” and “OMG” (with and without hand to mouth). So the Sarah Grueneberg drinking game’s ON! I’m playing nurse to a very sick patient in my house today, so I won’t be taking drinking shots this time…. I’ll be popping pain pills.
The chefs had to cook for a guest judge who’s favorite dish was pancakes – none other than the great Pee-Wee Herman. I’m dating myself here, but when I was in high school I worked in a movie theater when Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure came out. We used to see every movie twenty times, but I NEVER got tired of this one. In a movie full of classic scenes, this was one was my favorite – http://youtu.be/8-Pdlxd_rro.
They had twenty minutes to make a pancake dish. No other instructions beyond being creative, dressing it up, making it funny or happy, etc. At stake was $5K, but no immunity.
Winner: After trying each pancake, Pee-Wee said it was “the best pancake I ever had”. The one that truly was, because of it’s originality – Sonny Chiba’s. Based on the descriptions, this is probably the one I’d choose, too. I love those little crisp edges that Ed recreated. I’d definitely want to try Kundun’s because of the Dots, but his pancake looked like it was a little flat and chewy – probably lacked baking powder? Penishead’s sounded pretty good, too, but she lost me at the anise cookies.
Elimination Challenge – Make a family style lunch for Pee-Wee Herman
The inspiration for this challenge was Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, which told the story of Pee-Wee going across the country to The Alamo to retrieve his prized red bike. The chefs were given red bikes, a hundred bucks, and were told to ride around San Antonio to find ingredients and a restaurant that will let them prepare the meal. When complete, they had to The Alamo where they had 15 minutes for final prep. The judges were Pee-Wee, Tom, Padma, and Gail.
I heard Sarah whisper an OMG on the way out, but well let that slide, too. Don’t worry, you’ll get your chance to drink.
Seeing them ride around town was pretty fun, especially with Sonny being put to work at the Bed & Breakfast. Although I wonder about all the trouble they had finding ingredients at the Farmer’s Market and the restaurants they cooked at. Couldn’t they stop into a Kroger or something?
Winner: Penishead. This was a little bit of a surprise as it didn’t look very special. I guess it shouldn’t surprise because beef cheeks are full of flavor. (Here’s a recipe for veal cheeks) Kundun was not the winner, but he was told he was safe.
Bottom 3: Sonny (chicken borderline undercooked), Grayson (odd combination of butternut squash and tomatoes), Sarah (underseasoned)
Adios!: Grayson. From a cooking perspective, I’m fine with this. She executed well every time, but I don’t think she’s as strong as the others in terms of creativity. I am bummed, though, because she was cute and had a ton of personality. Although, Ty-Lor also made for good television and he seems like an asshole on “Last Chance Kitchen”.
But the important thing is that there were two Sarah OMG moments – one audio only and the other with full-on hand-to-mouth.
Last Chance Kitchen
The final four were then told about LCK and that either Grayson or Beverly would be coming back into the competition. During the montage where they showed clips from LCK, I counted THREE Sarah OMG moments.
I only recently started watching LCK and I think it’s great. Because it’s online, the editing is a lot looser. This not only means unbeeped F-bombs, but you can see a lot more of the personalities coming through. I mentioned Ty-Lor being a dick, but you also see Nyesha being fierce, more personality conflicts, and some brutally honest commentary among the chefs. Surprisingly, Tom’s a lot more pleasant on LCK.