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The end is nigh for our three remaining competitors. Chris is the odds-on favorite, at least in this bookie’s opinion. He’s just been solid through the whole season and has a breadth of skill that suits the competition well. Lorena can prevail once in a while, but is limited in scope. Kerry is the dark horse here and could upset but he’s been a team-of-one for a long time and that not been a consistent prevailing wind, more like a gusty, brief storm mixed with stillness.
Naomi Pomeroy was famous in the last season for screaming incessantly at her dad. This challenge brings that kind of frantic fun. The anonymous culinary partners are our trio of judges, and I am giving Francis the up-front advantage on this one. He just seems a little more gastronomically able as opposed to merely gifted with words, but I could be wrong. It could be that Chris and Mr. Sweater have the edge here, or that Ruth and Kerry have made a chicken-winning extravaganza. It’s going to come down to who the better explainer is.
Chris and James are judged first and kudos to them both because the dishes look pretty identical. Chris was smart to do a dish that had symmetry and simplicity in it’s heart; a dish that was easily explainable through a partitioned wall. Curtis can’t decide whose is whose and which is better. Good omen. Chris and James have created conjoined identical twins named Akbar & Jeff (to the Google!)
I'm with you, Hugh, I loved this elimination challenge. It was so interesting to see the chefs' different mentoring styles. While watching, I really thought Kerry was doing the "in it for myself" thing, but in the end, he did win. And his students seemed to feel like they really learned a great deal. So I revised my opinion. I really admired Chris' style, though, and would have liked him to be my mentor. He really took the teaching element seriously. Lorena did very well, too.
She seemed very patient with her students and seemed to enjoy teaching.
Loved the quickfire, too. So fun to see the critics as the "mystery cookers." One of the most enjoyable episodes this season!