Hello my little, Last Chance Kitchen viewers!
Before we get to this week's grand reveal, we take a couple trips. First, we follow Sheldon back to Hawaii (if only we were really there) and see him expediting in his own kitchen. His kitchen staff is just adorable, totally flustered by the cameras watching them. They're keeping it real, you guys. Sheldon seems to be enjoying some newfound fame, and if that gets more covers in his restaurant, I'm happy. We learn that Sheldon staged at a restaurant very unlike his own in an attempt to hone his technique, and although this has mixed results later, I don't think it was a bad idea. We also have the pleasure of seeing Sheldon with his beautiful wife and children, enjoying a beachfront BBQ. OK -- who's ready to move to Hawaii?
Next, we fly to L.A. to find Brooke, explaining her day-to-day life balancing motherhood and her roles as a chef and restaurateur. She heads to her restaurant, cooks a well-received special, and then enjoys some adult time with her husband at Roy Choi's A-Frame.
Finally, the two chefs rejoin Top Chef-dom in L.A. and find a ravishing Padma Lakshmi, Hugh Acheson in a Gant Rugger blazer (in case you were wondering), and Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen. Then, in comes Tom, ready for the big reveal, the winner of Last Chance Kitchen. And the winner is…
Are you all happy? Your girl is in the final!
Padma wastes no time in presenting the chefs' penultimate challenge -- they're going to take over Tom Colicchio's restaurant, Craft, and cook three-course meals. Oh, and Tom will be expediting. This challenge is reminiscent of one of the three "ultimate chef tests" issued during the season premiere, but none of these chefs were in Tom's group then, so it's fresh for everyone.