leave your inhibitions at the door
There are six contestants left, and now it’s really getting exciting. It’s the time where the difference between a winning dish and a losing one is the breadth of a microgreen’s stem. It’s the time where one small error or lapse in judgment can send someone home. It’s the time when nerves are crazy and tempers are short. And since there are fewer people we get to spend more time with each of them. Which, unfortunately, means it’s the time where we see all those clips of the chefs getting ready in the morning.
Please make it stop.
The chefs are introduced to legendary chef/television personality Martin Yan at his restaurant. He explains that the term “chop suey” is a generic term for food made of ingredients that are cut up into small pieces. The chefs were tasked with making chop suey. There’s no immunity, but the winner does get a competitive advantage in the Elimination Challenge.
Jeremy: Dungeness crab with bok choy, red Thai chili, long beans and onions over rice
Marjorie: Lobster with ginger, Thai chili, orange
Carl: Szechuan-style with snow peas, ginger, chilies, & scallops
Amar: Pork with vegetables, & Szechuan peppercorns
Isaac: General Tso’s chicken with crackling, sambal, orange juice & broccoli
Kwame: Crispy beef, eggplant, long beans, carrots, cabbage
Least Favorites: Carl, Kwame, Isaac
Favorites: Jeremy, Marjorie, Amar
The chefs were paired with a previously eliminated contestants who will serve as sous chef. As winner of the Quickfire Challenge, Marjorie got to assign the partners. So it means that she got first choice and the chance to screw over the others.
The challenge was to pitch their idea for a new fast casual restaurant concept. They had to show the whole menu, but only make one of the dishes for 150 people.
Carl w/Chad: Savory Med, Southern Mediterranean with Chipotle-style menu. Lamb & piquillo pepper stew with couscous, yogurt, feta & fresh herbs
Isaac w/Wesley: Gumbo For Y’all, Gumbos and stews. Gumbo YaYa with chicken and sausage
Kwame w/Phillip: Waffle Me, Chicken & waffles with different types of waffles and sauces. Whole wheat waffle opped with fried chicken, maple jus, mustard seeds, red onion, & scallions
Marjorie w/Angelina: Pasta Mama, house-made pastas. Spaghetti with olive oil-poached tuna, chili, garlic, lemon bread crumb
Jeremy w/Jason: Taco Dudes, eclectic tacos – “Bro ham” crispy pork belly taco with caramel glaze, saoy cabbage slaw, lime aioli & pickled habaneros
Amar w/Karen: Pio Pio, Rotisserie chicken. Chicken with Spanish yellow rice, four bean salad and choice of sauce
Top 2: Marjorie, Carl
Bottom 2: Jeremy, Kwame
– I saw the result coming weeks ago when the previews mentioned someone using pre-made waffles. Apparently Kwame hasn’t watched the show and learned that you NEVER buy pre-made stuff. Tortillas, chips, sauces – whatever – that are bought pre-made are noticeable and does nothing but piss off Tom. Just earlier this season, Frances got booted for using canned garbanzos. Philllip even tried to warn him about it. When Tom gave him the side-eye when he heard about the frozen waffles, I’m pretty sure the regret sank in.
– Jeremy’s concept of eclectic tacos is pretty worn out, but I don’t think Marjorie’s pasta or Amar’s rotisserie chicken were particularly innovative either. I mean, isn’t that Noodles & Company and Boston Market? Carl’s sounded REALLY intriguing.
– Kwame’s general concept of chicken and waffles was good, but how it was brought to life was problematic. The thought was to have small waffle topped with chicken, which was awkward to eat. I think it would’ve been much better if they were chicken sandwiches with waffles as the bread.
– Quick, does someone want to fund me?
– Yan has been in North America for 50 of his 67 years on this planet but his accent is still super thick. Fake?
– Really great gamesmanship by Marjorie. She knew Jeremy and Jason wouldn’t work well together and has witnessed how poorly Phillip and Kwame worked together twice before. Wondering if those were the two she was most concerned with.
– I guess there aren’t many alternatives, but Jeremy and Marjorie just yanked the tails off live lobsters. I suppose lopping them off with a knife isn’t that much better. Nor is throwing them in boiling water. It was kinda brutal to hear the cracking like that.
– Not that it’s going to dissuade me from eating lobster in the future.
– At Last Chance Kitchen, Kwame and Jason had to make Tom a breakfast dish. Since it’s getting near the end of the season, the talent level is higher and the competiion just gets better. Both dishes sounded incredible, but Jason edged out Kwame for the win.