Michael was on the bottom. I was worried he was going to be sent home and I would have been upset. He was using a griddle, and I was expecting it to get hot enough to crisp up. pancetta was a ballsy move, but I didn’t like the call. I liked the idea of the dish, but if he had a sauté pan and a restaurant hot oven I have no question that it would have been a winning dish. He didn’t have firepower to work with. I liked the egg yolk ravioli idea, and in his mind he thought the egg yolk would have been the sauce. I do a salted duck egg yolk ravioli basically the same way. I know what he was trying to do, and I liked the idea, and if they had a sauté pan and an oven it would have worked. I don’t think the griddle was a good idea. Ash had a total man crush on Michael —he recognized the guy has skills. Ash’s a good guy it seems.
I was so sad to see Ashley go, because I was really pulling for her. I still don’t know if Eli should have left in her place, though. If you’re going to do a dish like that, with simple ingredients and technique, you’re going to have to edit. I don’t know who was responsible, but I thought Tom was going to pull a double elimination. Who knows?
That's it for now!
Harold I value your Blog and appreciate the time you put into it. I recognize that you are "Wicked Busy", as we say in Boston. But... "I think I did a miso-glazed Japanese eggplant." Do you REALLY not remember exactly what you made? I would think cooking in a challenge at Tom's restaurant would be a little more memorable as to which dish you prepared. I'm just saying'...
I was grilling eggplant late this summer with a little sesame oil, topped with miso...yum. In my neck of the woods, Western MA, there is a great miso producer, called South River Miso -- if you ever run into it, give it a try. Hope to get back down to Perilla soon!