After presenting their dishes to Padma and Daisley, John and Josh end up on top, and acknowledge how well they work together. Bart and Sheldon win, though. Broken panino press and all! Danyele and Lizzie were on the bottom for not really making a meal, but they knew that. Josie and Eliza's dish was too sweet. Perhaps the extra heat Eliza wanted to add would have balanced that out.
On to the Elimination Challenge and the true beginning of Hugh's comedy hour. The chefs are told that they'll be working in the same groups they worked in for the Quickfire Challenge. They pull knives, each representing different items sold at the market, and I suddenly have a yen to hop on the East River Ferry and head to Smorgasburg.
The only ingredient that didn't catch my fancy is the rose jelly. I hate rose water. I actually had this conversation over Thanksgiving with my Persian family because it is an ingredient included in almost every Persian dessert. My relatives try to get me to eat desserts with rose water in it, and I refuse! Blech! (Let me know in the Comments section below if anyone despises rose water as much as I do!)
The Elimination Challenge is to create a dish highlighting the chefs' chosen artisinal ingredient - not just any dish, a lunch dish. And the chefs only have two hours to do it.
Let's start with CJ and Tyler, who have pickles. Tyler has an idea for a chowder with a pickle fritter. CJ wants to make a burger, thinking that Tom will be looking for simplicity. In fact, he does an impression of Tom that sort of sounds like Seinfeld. CJ is on fire with his impressions this week.
John and Joshua make grits and pork. John suggests making pork medallions. Josh isn't too keen on this idea, but for the sake of compromise, he agrees. I think these two need to learn what compromise means. John is afraid of Josh exploding. This seems rich coming from John.
Josie and Eliza aren't working well together. Spoiler alert: they end up with sand and rocks (?!) in their dish.
Danyele and Lizzie get chocolate. Lizzie, thinking outside the box, wants to make fish, and Danyele thinks they should go with a tart. We've had successful chocolate/fish dishes on Top Chef, so that sounded good to me. I don't know why Lizzie didn't stand up to Danyele.
Stefan and Brooke get rose jelly and make duck… with candied cabbage. Sweet on sweet on sweet. Methinks pickled cabbage was probably the way to go.
Bart and Sheldon made a salad that balances the acidity of their salmon candy.
Sooo, we get to the lunch table, and Padma introduces the judges. Kurt Beecher Dammeier is kind of a big deal in the cheese world, and for you New Yorkers, there is a Beecher's Handmade Cheese in the heart of the Flatiron District, so you can sample his product there.
When CJ mentioned doing a burger I knew they were doomed. The challenge was to make a dish with the pickles as the star - not to use them a garnish. It was an insult to the artisian. Glad he's gone, just wish he was teamed with Stephan or Josie.
I guess I am the only CJ fan left, but still love him. I think Hugh is a bit insulting about most of the chefs. Some people find him funny but he is his own biggest fan. Would love to see CJ make his way back and kick some Hugh A**
I agree with mommy cj has never been a contender (his brocolli rabe was the worst thing tom ate in top chef history to that point) He always whines about needing the money, well then get a real job dude. I am just sorry that he took tyler down with him tha chowder with the fritter could have won!
The only thing sad about CJ going home, considering his attitude and that he has been in the bottom on every elimination challenge (or almost every) is that Tyler had to go too, and Josie and Josh got to stay...maybe John too. I sure wish Tyler would have fought for his idea instead of taking CJ's advice. This gets me to wondering why CJ and Josie in particular, and Stefan to a much lesser degree, think they stand a head above the other chefs...is it just because they have been in the competition before? If that meant anything, then they would have won and would now be Top Chef of their respective season. Am I right? If anything they are in LESS of a position to act the way they are acting. Josie, if you are listening, perhaps you'll learn from CJ's failure...again!