Team Top Chef

Not all fried chicken is created equal.

on Jan 23, 2013

Sheldon makes two kinds -- Momofuku-style (ballsy) and umami. His oil isn't hot enough for his first batch of Momofuku-style wings, so he doesn't make enough. Those who do get them are wowed and everyone loved his Umami drumsticks and thighs, sooo he ends up on top.

Lizzie isn't familiar with American fried chicken so she makes spiced fried chicken breasts. She gets some criticism for only using the breasts, but also ends up on top.

Ultimately Josh wins with his smoked fried chicken. The judges all agreed that smoking the chicken before frying it was pretty genius. Josh did his grandfather proud.

Unfortunately, Brooke, Josie, and Stefan don't fare as well. Brooke was actually guilty of poor time managament this time. She didn't crisp her skin as she had planned and was ultimately forced to warm her already-fried chicken in the oven, then re-fry it. Yikes. But, she's safe.

Stefan almost went home for making Chicken Cordon Bleu, and not very well. I actually didn't think the idea was as bad as the judges did, but they may have been more forgiving if it had tasted better. I actually really like Chicken Cordon Bleu. I used to order the Chicken Crave (essentially a Chicken Cordon Bleu wrap) at Pita Pit on a regular basis in college. But, I was also usually drunk, and also, I think we've already proven in this recap that my tastes in college were questionable. Sooo, never mind! But, he's also safe.

And so, that leaves us with Josie. I don't think we've seen Tom this riled up in a long time, but all that fried chicken will do that to you. Josie's chicken was greasy as she didn't have time to rest it on a paper towel. Again, it came back to time management, and, y'know, the curse of Michelle Bernstein. I kid. I kid.

Although I think many if not all of you were ready to see Josie go, I do wonder which you find more forgivable: dry chicken or greasy chicken. I'm not so sure I know my answer. Leave yours in the Comments section below!

It's not the last you've seen of Josie quite yet, though! She and Kristen are caught in an epic battle in Last Chance Kitchen, so watch that HERE.

Until next week, Have a Nosh!