Team Top Chef

Everyone's full of hilarious one-liners. Maybe it's the crabs!

on Feb 5, 20130

Hello, my little Jonah crab claws (my personal favorites!) Kristen is kicking arse and taking names in Last Chance Kitchen. Her last defeat is over her own hubby, Stefan! I'll miss Stefan, but I won't miss another awkward kiss on the mouth between these two. Back at the chefs' digs, the remaining four chefs -- Brooke, Josh, Lizzie, and Sheldon -- are talking about how good-hearted Stefan is. I know they mean it, but it sounds so insincere. Sheldon does admit that he thought Stefan was the front-runner for the win. Interesting. Josh also reveals that his wife's due date is fast-approaching, and he wants to tell his wife not to have the baby until he's back. Good luck to you, sir.

The chefs head out into the cold, and Sheldon drops this bomb on us: "I better throw on a couple extra underwear, just so I can keep the package nice and warm, y'know?" Oh, we know, Sheldon. We know. 

The chefs are greeted by Padma and Chef Sean Brock -- someone I've heard Hugh Acheson laud many a time -- at Tracey's King Crab Shack. I love, love, love crab. I'd rather have crab than lobster. Whenever I just need a quick fix in NYC, I usually go to BLT Fish Shack. Our very own Harold Dieterle also held Crab Mondays at his restaurant, Kin Shop, this past year, so hopefully he'll keep them going next year. 

Our chefs are tasked with creating a dish highlighting Alaskan Crab. Literally five seconds after I think about how I would eat all the crab in sight, Brooke echoes my thoughts: "I'm not going to have any crab to use cause I can't stop eating it," she says.

Brooke makes crab toast, deemed "easy" by Chef Brock, but I think he was going for the word "simple." Making a good compound butter is not easy. That being said, he loved the dish, despite himself. I would literally buy Dungeness crab compound butter by the boatload, so start sellin' it, Brooke! 

Josh serves succotash -- or "suckertash" as Brooke calls it -- which made Sean feel like he was at home. So, Josh thought he "nailed it. 100%." Unfortunately, Sean is a "succotash snob," and didn't care for the unnecessary bacon or broken sauce. Fair. So far, Josh has unsuccessfully served succotash to Sean Brock and grits to Hugh Acheson. Eek!

Lizzie's crab got lost with all the other flavors going on in her fritatta. Got to be careful with those capers!

7 comments
Mona_Munaki
Mona_Munaki

Bring back CJ.  Bring back Stefan.  Bring back Lizzie.  The win should not be determined by the contrived LCK.  If Bravo insists on LCK, keep Tom on as a bind taster or rotate tasters who are not affiliated/contracted by Clap Hands Network.  Any dummy knows that a blind taste test is the most fair way of determining the best tasting food/product.  Pepsi or Coca-Cola?  It's as old as time, for a reason.

fsutrill
fsutrill

As a Spongebob fan, I thought it was pretty meta that Sheldon cooked chum (considering that the real name of Plankton, who runs the Chum Bucket is... wait for it... SHELDON! ***oooOOOOoooo***) #topchef

Rk_nyc
Rk_nyc

Is anyone else really hoping CJ does NOT continue to get saved? I dunno, i liked him a lot on his original season, but frankly he's so f'ing smug now. Condidence does not suit him, I guess. Fortunately i think Lizzie has a pretty big fan base, so maybe she can finally usurp him. I do think cj is a good chef, and wd probably prefer to see either him or stefan in the finale over josh, but i don't get to make those calls, and in any event josh has apparently earned his way there. I'm assuming that if he makes it to the finale, we can expect him to use... bacon. Yet again.

teach1992
teach1992

I'm confused..... will the winner of LCK AND the fan favorite get back into the finale?  Is there a chance for Lizzie and Kristin to BOTH be there?  

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @fsutrill I instead kept picturing Roy Scheider chumming the waters off Robert Shaw's boat in [i]Jaws{/i}/

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @teach1992 I suspect the final LCK will be the current titleholder vs. the Save A Chef winner, but I could be wrong.

 

And Fan Favorite is a whole other thing.