Team Top Chef

The pork-loving ginger competes in Alaska while his wife gives birth back in Oklahoma.

on Feb 12, 20130

Hello my little, torchons! This is an exciting time in the season. All the Save a Chef votes are in, this week's Last Chance Kitchen episode is the digital series' season finale, and after this week's episode, there are only two episodes left before we crown our tenth Top Chef! Ahhh! Kristen knocked out Lizzie in last week's episode, continuing her winning streak. Now, only two chefs stand in her way of making it to the finale.

We're down to two men and a lady... with another lady on the way; Josh's wife is a week overdue. Oy! 

The chefs get a note from Padma and head to Eaglecrest, where they're greeted by a helicopter. Brooke starts crying because she hates heights, enclosed spaces, etc. She sucks it up though (and grips on to her competitors for dear life), and the chefs arrive at their destination -- Norris' Glacier at the base of Guardian Mountain -- for some dog sledding.

"I would die for some good reefer," declares Sheldon. This reaction surprises no one.

Padma and Tom are already there waiting for the chefs to arrive, looking winter wonderland chic, and explain to the chefs that they're at the site of an Iditarod training camp. Everything I know about the Iditarod I read in a Malcolm Gladwell book (if only I could remember which one.) For their last Quickfire Challenge before the finale, the chefs have to create dishes using ingredients found only in the training camp.

Josh -- one half of Team Husky, which is apparently what Sheldon and Josh have called themselves all season (since when?) -- makes breakfast. Shocking. Also shocking is that Josh had to make a scramble at the last minute because his original desired method wasn't setting correctly. Unfortuntely, the scramble didn't really either. I wonder what else Josh would scramble if it didn't work out. I think the possibilities may be endless. Sheldon's halibut is good, but his sauce is a little one-note. Brooke -- who also made halibut -- wins. No immunity, though.

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mcoffee4@yahoo.com
mcoffee4@yahoo.com

Can you please tell Josh congrats on the birth of his baby girl? Couldn't find his Tweeter acct. Thnx!

pattersonmonkey
pattersonmonkey

Give me a break!  Too salty was better than one too many things?  No way!!  I think Sheldon should have GONE home!!!

 

Elizabethp3871
Elizabethp3871

Ms. Monica Reyhani,

In the future when a chef explains a process in their cooking with such emotion, love and spirituality as Mr. Choi did when he was talking about cleaning the rice, you should be careful of making light of it or making fun of it. Your attempt at humor on this one was an epic fail. It was such a heartfelt, personal moment (as was most of this episode) that it came off as a little disrespectful. I read Tom and Hugh's blogs first and they both had very lovely things to say about his process. Yes, even Hugh had  some very eloquent things to say about Mr. Choi and the process of cleaning rice and the struggles he had before becoming a chef, and we all know Hugh has an almost flawless sense of humor and very little filter between brain to mouth. I hope this doesn't come across as harsh and mean because this is certainly not my intent. I really enjoy all of the Top Chef blogs and I truly mean no disrespect.

I would also like to note that all of my friends and family loved, loved, loved this episode. Again, it was a very sweet, heartfelt, and emotional episode that was 100% drama free. Most viewers of TC would much rather see more of this and much less of the Josies, and the mean girls from last season. If we want backstabbing drama queen stuff we will watch the RHO Whatever.

Looking forward to your finale blog.

Best wishes, Elizabeth P.

YoungSally
YoungSally

Is there a reason why everyone seemed to be wearing blue to dinner at the Governor's Mansion??

alphonse
alphonse

Seems to me Brooke was trying to get to Josh's head. I don't like her. She's annoying and always crying. Yet she wins all the time. I think Kristan is going to win and be the 10th Top Chef. Kristen is just on a higher level then anyone there. Of course she wins LCK. I think the concept is a little flawed. How many times does she have to beat the same competition. Get rid of save a chef. It's stupid. Kristen allready beat Lizzy, and C.J. enough. Kristen may be the best Top Chef in it's 10 year history. She beats the competition even when cooking on the fly sometimes. Without a concrete plan amazing. Go Kristen!!!

TChefAddict2012
TChefAddict2012

Hey, Josh was the one being a pain, asking Brooke time after time what she was making.  I would've thrown something at him.  And all of the drama about "I wish I could be there" for his wife is just bull.  When you tried out for this season of Top Chef,  I'm sure you were told what the timeframe was & could figure if you would be gone when your wife gives birth.  Yet you went anyway so no excuses for choosing a competition over your family.  If someone did this to me, it would be a pretty much unforgivable.  There's always the next season of TC.

Vic2012
Vic2012

Foie gras needs to be banned from Top Chef. Its all we see in the finales, and its not even good.