Finally, we have our last group of the challenge -- the largest group of Odette, who I realy hope to hear yell in Italian, Jennifer, Douglas, Neal, who looks like someone I just haven't put my finger on yet, and Richard. Although Doug wanted to impress, despite his immunity, his many and varied Japanese ingredients got lost. It was a visually stunning dish. Richard admits his beef isn't cut thinly enough, but that may be the least of the dish's problems. Jennifer's meat causes James and Gail to flail their arms about in, well, um... watch:
Aw, Curtis. Don't be shy. (And Gail and James don't kill me for having this .gif created! It's too good!)
Anywaaay, (seriously, don't kill me Gail and James!), Neal incorporated his many sous chef-provided ingredients well and lands on top. As does Odette with her chilled lamb.
So, Odette, Bryan, and Neal face the critics... on top! Odette wins $10K for her charity!
It's Herb, Richard, and David's turn to face the critics, and while all the dishes had their faults, Herb was the only one who didn't present a complete dish. He did go out with a lot of class, though, falling on his sword. I spoke with Herb at the premiere party, and he said he'd like to compete again. I echo James' sentiment in saying that I'd love to see what he can do!
It's time to watch the next ep of Battle of the Sous Chefs to see who will get advantages or disadvantages in the next challenge. So, watch HERE.
Next week, Kathy Lee Gifford is guest-judging. And, no, it's not a wine challenge.
See you all then!
Let me know in the Comments below who you're rooting for!
Monica- I have done Table 21 at Volt twice, and all I can say is YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE IT! p.s. his vegetarian dishes are always my favorite, and I'm a carnivore! :)
Superwondergrrl oooh! i have no doubt i'm going to love it, but you just made me even more excited than i already am!
I think asking the chefs to jump out of planes is disrespectful. I want to see food, not silly stunts. I also do not like a chef receiving immunity because his sous chef's work. Let's keep this show about cooking.
I think I have a girl crush on chef Lynn! She enjoys everything she does and has a great sense of humor!
I know you have ratings to deal with but I want to see cooking and ingredients WAY MORE than skydiving. I have been watching Top Chef and Top Chef Masters since season one. Like the online component. Please don't turn this into some stupid game show!
Katnewbie I totally agree. This format, even the second episode, WAY too frantic. If the sous chefs are in the background, then don't bring their competition into the masters'. Watching Gail critique the Quick Fire was painful. I couldn't catch half of the dish components as she whizzed down the judging table. Stop the games. Go back to cooking!