With all that being said, I think it is really important to talk about how dire conch fisheries are worldwide. Due to a very slow grow time, as well as a fleeting natural habitat, they have become over fished very quickly. There are only a few countries that keep quality data on conch populations, and even fewer have done anything to curb illegal and excessive fishing. In the U.S. we have made very aggressive moves to help preserve the fishery, which is mainly based in the Florida Keys. There are a few sustainable conch fisheries based down in the Bahamas and I would feel confident with Top Chef’s drive towards ethical food, that the conches that were offshore had an origin in one of these farms.
Considering how daunting the challenge was with all the curveballs throw at them, the chefs really did a great job.Very rarely do you see Tom openly compliment the whole group as to having done well. In the end chefs do have to get eliminated sooner or later. We are down to three and they all seem to still be cooking really strong food. It is anyone’s game.
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