Team Top Chef

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

on Feb 12, 2013

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.