"Long Live the Artisan!" Padma toasts the table. I will obviously be foregoing my usual "l'chaim" for this toast from now on. It's too good not to.
Time to eat! And for Hugh to begin his series of zings that surely make this episode one of the funniest ever.
First, Hugh comments on how tough Stefan and Brooke's duck is to cut. Zing No. 1!
Next up is John and Joshua's grits and pork. Hugh declares that the grits suck. Joshua will later say at Judges' Table how intimidating it was to make grits for Hugh. He's in love with him.
The only real complaint about Bart and Sheldon's dish is that there isn't enough salmon candy. Coulda been worse.
CJ and Tyler's crumpet bun gets soggy. I actually think the idea of using a crumpet is interesting, but they made a big ol' mess. I don't know if this would have made a difference, but wondering if they were toasted.
Micah and Kristen's curd dish is muddled.
After the dining was done, Tom went in to go tell them what's what. Sheldon and Bart probably did have the best dish, or at least that's what it sounded like.
I just want to take a moment to say I loved this challenge in concept. I think -- at least in the foodie community -- going to your local farmers' market on the weekend and thinking about what you might make with the interesting artisinal ingredients is common practice. It's unfortunate that the chefs didn't rise to the challenge.
Before Judges' Table, back at the apartment, the chefs wallow in their self pity. This fridge is bare -- just like everyone's imagination. Or so says John. Whooaaa. Intense.
Tyler makes a comment about accepting his elimination if it's his time to go, and Joshua gets very angry. We've seen a little bit of his anger in the past couple episodes, but nothing to this extent. I don't think Tyler's comment was something to get that angry over. Josh calls Tyler an idiot. It's fine to not like a defeatist attitude, but calm down, and step away from the corkscrew!
We also witness Stefan's attempt to explain Last Chance Kitchen to Josh. I kind of love that these two get along. Josh describes them both as likable, arrogant a--holes. Mmm. There's a fine line to likability, Josh.
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!