There are a dozen chefs left, not a baker's dozen. This grouping of 12 meet Marilyn Hagerty and I am very hopeful for an endless bread stick competition. Marilyn explains virality and her lesser known role as the wood chipper fixer in Fargo. It’s been a hoot, Marilyn.
I am not on this episode but you’ll be seeing more of me soon. More than you probably want.
The Quickfire Challenge is to create a sweet and savory dish based on your family lineage. Hagerty wants a dried beef ball, Cool Whip, and ham pickles… North Dakota has some strange food traditions. I wish I could make this stuff up. Truvia baking blend in the house. Marilyn is concerned about your holiday waistlines and figures that the best way to control the portion size is to give the chefs only one knife to use. Ridonkulousness ensues. The knife may end up in someone’s back. Danyele is trying to replicate her mother. Cloning in the Top Chef kitchen will not be tolerated.
Stefan is making his Jewish ex-wife’s latkes. Wow, this is a lineage stretch but it was pretty vaguely defined. Eliza is recreating a String Cheese Incident/Phish/Widespread Panic acid trip of a dish from years back. It’s a foggy dish that she can’t really remember, but it involves hush puppies and a chunky child.
The Belgian is making a waffle and then muttering expletives in Flemish. He is so affable. Disliking him is very difficult.
So Josh made a Johnnycake. Marilyn she likey. Danyele made a bread pudding and Marilyn likey that too. Lizzie made a Bobotie with lamb. Kind of looks like Shepherd’s pie. Marilyn she likey this too. I am getting the impression that Marilyn is no Pete Wells in the criticism department and is really only prone to the positive.
Sorry, Hugh, but we must have been watching different shows. In my version, Micah was in the bottom four, and Stefan was in the safe middle. In fact, I was sure Micah was going to be PYKAG'd and was very surprised to see Eliza eliminated.
Okay, I may be a gringo but honestly how many Latinos (let alone Canadians) do I have to hear say "tamale" instead of "tamal"? It's un tamal, dos tamales! Although I prefer the Puerto Rican variation: un pastel, dos pasteles. Pity that dish isn't better-known.
Exciting challenge, and loved the concept of squid stuffed with lamb, although I have no idea what that would taste like! Love you, Hugh, but please retire amazeballs from your vocab.
Liked this episode a lot better than last week. Congrats to Brooke on her new car! Bottom finishers, was surprised Lizzie was let off the hook, no one liked her salmon, not even her. I would have switched Josh and Lizzie. Also was very surprised Danyele was saved, I mean she was pretty much writing her resignation letter to the judges. That said, Eliza isn't a major loss for the show.