Kristen, beautifully but not-paid-attention to in this episode, is making pasta. She can cook. Her boss is friggin’ Babs Lynch who will probably put me in a headlock for calling her Babs, but oh well.
They cook. Tesar is going to make an ocean dish harkening back to his time with Rick Moonen. Rick is oddly enough about to be judging this circus, and that’s going to put Tesar’s panties in a wad. Danyele realizes that her boar is a shoe and confides this to Josh who, as any good friend would, wishes her good luck with that failure. Guests come in to the party time.
Rick arrives and Tesar is edgy, which is pretty much the norm.
Loin of Elk with Cherry Beer Sauce & Mushroom Couscous
Braised Pork Ribs with Celery Root Puree, Grilled Apples & Celery Leaf Salad
Delice de Bourgogne Tortelloni
Braised Okinawan Pork Belly with Seared Scallop & Rice Congee
Crusted King Salmon with Radish & Beet Salad
Pan-Roasted Wild Boar, Hoppin' John & Tomato-Bacon Marmalade
Seafood Chowder with Cockles, Manila Clams, Crab, Mussles & Sockeye Salmon
Roasted Pork Shoulder & Grilled Corn Puree with Succotash & Fennel Apple Salad
Elk Ribeye with Elk Sausage Polenta, Spiced Carrots & Huckleberry Port Sauce
Malbec Braised Short Ribs, Pork Belly, Polenta with Cippolini Onions & Figs
German Gulasch with Marjoram Bread Dumplings & Sour Cream
Lamb-Stuffed Squid on Black Rice with Coconut Milk
The tasters seem to be loving it all. Brooke’s squid is killing it. Love it when people don’t recoil with immunity. Sheldon is doing good too. That boy has great palate understanding. He knows when things need lift from acid and when they need balance with oil or whatnot. Bart’s elk looks good and Rick likes it. Stefan’s dish gets pretty OK reviews, but maybe needed seasoning.
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.