On to the Elimination Challenge where they will cook with Louisiana Seafood to show one dish showcasing two seafood offerings. Padma kids the kids with a quote of 1000 guests. . .HA HA HA HA. . .it’s only 200. That’s still a bear.
First they go to eat at John's abode. It’s a beautiful house with John doing his thing. That boy can cook. He and his wonderful wife met in kindergarten. That is nuts, but cute and awesome at the same time. The chefs eat like it's their last supper and get philosophy from John. At the end of dinner Nina wants to move in, set down roots and be adopted by the Besh family. You could do far worse in this life than to have that wish.
They pick their seafood and there is a lot of crudo talk. Carrie is having none of this and is making a dish that you would want in Maine, in January.
In watching Carlos cut the fish, his problem is that he is following the grain, as opposed to cutting through it. In this case it is a knife and it's operator causing problems. He borrows a knife from Nicholas, which is like borrowing Nick's firstborn child.
I still love the fact that they offer tastes of their dishes to each other looking for feedback. Under all the mild drama they are still quite enamored with each other. Except Nicholas. He is an army of one.
Brian: Grilled Swordfish, Shrimp, and Sweet Onion Puree with Fennel Daikon Relish. He is not doing a crudo. It’s pretty great. I liked it a lot. So do the Tom and the John.
Carrie: Flounder Croquettes With Oyster Emulsion and Pickled Cucumbers. She paddled that fish. It was fine, but out of place, and the strangest use of flounder and a sauce that was blah. It was not stellar enough to rise above.
Stephanie: Fried Louisiana Oysters With Tuna and Pickled Beech Mushrooms. It’s an American Hustle but she’s doing it. And it was a great fried oyster. Really smart and played to a crowd that loved fried oysters. Every person I talked to loved it.
Nicholas: Oyster Soup, Champagne Emulsion, Green Apple Yogurt, Cured Amberjack. He’s a busy mind. It was fine. Technically sound, but it lacked texture and a reason.
Carlos: Amberjack Ceviche With Rustic Peach and Shrimp Relish
Great salsa, fish was tiny and uncelebrated. Fish was really underseasoned.
Shirley: Tuna-Amberjack Ceviche, Aged Soy Sauce, Lime Dressing, Toasted Pecans. I thought it was great. In case you haven’t noticed yet, she is a beast of a chef.
Nina: Marinated Wahoo With Salsa Verde, Tonnato Sauce, and Pickled Vegetables. Nice. Very smart. Nina cooks what she knows and she knows a lot. She just cooks with such sincerity.