After the Quickfire, Padma hops in the chefs' car to drive them to their next destination. I honestly don't know if I would let Padma drive me anywhere. Her beauty would distract other drivers on the road. Yeah, that's it. Seems dangerous. They arrive at a house where Emeril and Roy Choi are cooking in the kitchen. I love that Emeril needs to only go by one name, while Roy Choi always needs two. He's always Roy Choi. Never just Roy. Brooke and Roy reveal their past culinary history in L.A. and you can tell Roy has a lot of respect for Brooke. Thankfully this wasn't a case where Roy applied for a job at one of Brooke's restaurants and she didn't hire him. Did I mention I'm eating at Son of a Gun on my trip to L.A. next week? Can't wait!
As Roy (Choi) cooks his rice, he explains his cleaning process, specifically how he transfers all his ancestors into the rice. I wonder if they sell ancestors at Whole Foods. They'd probably be organic. Y'know, add a little texture to the rice.
As the chefs sit down to eat, Roy (Choi) and Emeril describe the dishes they prepared. Roy (Choi) made traditional braised short rib and shares a really moving story about how he was in a bad place in his life -- how much of a troublemaker, I have no idea -- and how watching Emeril on TV changed his life. He knew he wanted to be a chef. Man, any time Emeril tells a story or someone else tells a story about Emeril, I get teary-eyed. Emeril talks about working in a Portugese bakery. He makes cornbread the traditional Southern way -- no sugar. He bonds with Josh over this little detail.
Finally, the chefs are issued their challenge -- to create dishes that represent the definining culinary moments in their lives. They'll be cooking for the Governor or Alaska (no, not that one) and the state's First Lady.
When the chefs get home, Josh gets a call from his wife -- her water broke and she's heading to the hospital. Ahhh! It may have seemed weird to some of you when his wife says she hopes her hubby is still competing. You must remember how confidential Top Chef is -- the chefs literally can't tell anyone how far they get in the competition, so his wife didn't know if he's been eliminated yet! Oh, man. Brooke keeps asking Josh if he wants to go home and I'm sure she means well, but it feels a little like she's trying to psych him out. Or maybe I'm just a terrible human being and think the worst of people.
Can you please tell Josh congrats on the birth of his baby girl? Couldn't find his Tweeter acct. Thnx!
Give me a break! Too salty was better than one too many things? No way!! I think Sheldon should have GONE home!!!
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.
Is there a reason why everyone seemed to be wearing blue to dinner at the Governor's Mansion??
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!!!
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.
Foie gras needs to be banned from Top Chef. Its all we see in the finales, and its not even good.