"Alright, alright, alright" says a detached voice in the background. Obviously, I assume Matthew McConaughey has come to the Top Chef kitchen, but then I remember that Matthew hasn't been anywhere near a kitchen in a long time. (Sidenote: I hope for his sake his film is a good one!) After my disappointment over a Matthew-free kitchen subsided, I perk up again: veterans CJ, Josie, and Stefan are this week's Quickfire Challenge judges (for now.) The new cheftestants' reactions to the alums' arrival is nothing short of hilarious. Micah gives them his "waterfall" look. I have no idea what this means (I do), but if it's anything like making it rain, it's awesome. Chrissy says Stefan looks like a thumb. I'm relieved to know I'm not the only person who describes people's appearances this way.
So for this Quickfire Challenge, my little geoducks, the chefs have to divide into groups of three and create a dish that highlights local shellfish. I'm happy to see we're diving right in to Seattle-focused challenges, and allowing the chefs a lot of freedom. John who may or may not have a crush on Kuniko wants to be on her team. She's Japanese, so she probably has incredible knife skills, he says. I'm going to leave this one alone. Also, John got called out by Padma for not paying attention, so I won't beat him while he's down.
All of the groups want geoduck. Geoduck! Geoduck! Geoduck! Unfortunately, there's not enough for all of them, and Kristen had to get it so she could make that amazingly awkward comment about it looking like a penis. (Don't worry I'm compiling all of this season's sexually-explicit comments already.) Throughout the Quickfire, we start to see a bit of the Carla backlash. Because Carla is so loud and loves to share, we learn some new things about her. First, he wants to be a James Beard winner and have a nice a--. I have it on good authority that James Beard had an incredible a--, by the way. Also, she loves white pepper. She's always looking for the white pepper!
After the chefs create their dishes, which you can peruse HERE, the veterans start to judge. Joshua thinks Stefan is kind of a d---. I actually didn't think he was being quite the d--- we've seen in the past (I kid, I kid.) But I'm excited for a future Joshua/Stefan throwdown, which looks almost certain.
The veterans announce their top and bottom dishes. Josh's team's corn chowder was actually on the bottom, so he had a reason to be upset. John, Kuniko, and Sheldon's dish wins! The three chefs draw knives for immunity, and John wins it. John is still so happy-go-lucky, I'm just waiting for his other side to come out. One thing I did notice is that he has an awesome evil laugh.