Hello, my little mentees! Boy, Gail was not lying in her blog -- this episode was a tearjerker, but we'll get to that in a moment.
First, the crazy Quickfire Challenge! Sometimes, when I see Quickfires like this I just shake my head and smile. Oh wait -- I almost forgot a really important development! The Last Chance Kitchen winner re-entered the competion. And, in the end, who walks into the kitchen? BEVERLY! Who saw that coming? I know many of you will be disappointed it wasn't Grayson, or still haven't gotten over Nyesha's loss. Don't worry about Grayson, though. She's doing just fine though -- she'll be with the First Lady this week after all! (How amazing is that by the way?) Also, if you still want to watch Last Chance Kitchen, you can! Right HERE!
Anyway, Beverly's back, and no one's too thrilled about it, but to be fair, I don't know that they would've been happy with anyone coming back. As Edward not-so-graciously pointed out, the remaining chefs thought they were the final four. Oh well. Padma announces the Quickfire Challenge -- the chefs will gather their ingredients blindfolded and then have to incorporate all the ingredients they grabbed into a dish. At least they had Tom and Padma to usher them into the pantry, but Edward brought up a really good point that the proteins are in sealed bags, sooo the chefs' sense of smell was fairly useless in that case. In the end, they all grabbed enough ingredients, and the only chef who seemed genuinely baffled by something grabbed was Edward with his pork casings, which he very wisely made into a broth. Ultimately, Sarah took the win for her soup. She was then faced with an option: a car or a trip to the finals. While all the chefs kind of weighed in on what taking immunity would mean -- basically calling it a cop-out -- I would like to say that had Sarah taken the car and then got eliminated, they'd all have said she made the wrong choice. Seemed like a pretty damned if you do, damned if you don't situation.
Are you kidding? It's in the book that it will probably come down to Sara and Beverly..................if that happens, I swear not to ever watch this show again.......................Ed should've won the quickfire instead of Sara but NOOOOOOOOOOOO - they had to set up this finale!!!!!!!!! Doesn't matter that it ticks some long-time watchers off and questions the authenticity of the show.
I hope Sarah and Lindsay choke, Paul and Beverly are the top chefs. I will be happy if one of them wins. But the girls need to be taught a lesson and America needs to speak that bullying is not a good attribute even in the kitchen. The way to motivate people is to praise and encourage their work. Actually I want Bev to take it all and show up all the chefs. But Paul the steadfast will win.
From the comments made at JT about Lindsey's dish, I really thought she would get the boot (something I would not be upset about), but when they found out Ed used canned oysters, I just knew his time was up. Darn, I really really really wanted Ed in the finale especially if it meant that Lindsey would go home (or Sara but she took the easy way out). GO PAUL! WIN IT ALL!
In the spririt of true competition, I felt that Ed should have gotten another chance by competing with Beverly in a face off. To me it's not fair that the "true final four" only get one elimination and their done, after having outlsated all the other chefs in the main competition. Meanwhile Bev gets to the final four with an elimination on her record. In a way, a smart chef could game the system by potentially getting eliminated late in the main competition, face weaker chefs in last chance and take a round-about way to cook off into the final four. There should be a double elimination rule in effect.
I hope the final two are Paul and Bev.
Sarah -- need we say more. She is a bully with overconfidence. Her response to Bev was classic.
Lindsay wasn't much better. I think she is just self-absorbed.
And Ed -- well, buying canned oysters -- surely he didn't think this was going to secure him a position.
Bev had to fight her way back into the competition. I think she is well-positioned to pull it off.
Never forget that Bev and Paul were raised in the Asian culture. They have restraint and rarely act aggressive. It's hard to believe that others just didn't get this aspect of these two.
It's been hard to love anyone but the judges this season.
It is really depressing watching the junior high mean girls (Sarah and Lindsey) treat everyone else as inferiors. I may quit watching this program. For me it is about the food. If we are going to have this petty drama, it is not for me.
I see the point that either choice Sarah made would result in commentary. However. This is a cooking competition. Sarah has been slamming Bev at every opportunity and yet Bev had to COOK her way back in. Also...everyone should just shut p about Bev coming back as Bev didn't make the rules!!
I don't understand what the big deal was about Beverly returning as demonstrated by Sarah, Ed and Lindsay. It wasn't her fault that Top Chef had a separate competition in place, yet these three were so concerned that Bev would be the one returning - and they call themselves professionals? There's no question that Bev lacks some social skills, which she readily admits but I wouldn't hesitate telling them off.Paul is the only one carries himself well and I have a lot of respect for him. I realize that Sarah is a skilled chef. However, if I were chef Tony Mantuano, who I love, I'd be embarrassed towards her attitude/actions to another chef.
When Ed opened them in the store, I said out-loud, no Ed! I am sure someone else went home before on a different season for exactly the same thing. That is never a good idea on Top Chef. I have never seen it pulled off. These Chefs know dried herbs and canned stuff! I really like Ed but I think he was lucky to make this far. He could of gone home many times. I do not like Lindsay and I despise Sarah. She has been so rude and so immature the way she has treated Bev from the very beginning. I hope she crashes and burns on the finale. She has no class in her actions toward Bev. Really uncomfortable to watch Bev being bullied and dispirited. It was sad when Tom asked who thought Bev could win on one of those last chance kitchens and no one raised their hands for Bev. That was so mean.
Absolutely thrilled that Beverly made it to the finals but not at all surprised that Ed was eliminated. Shame to say but somehow I knew that the powers that be would not abide three Asians in the finals and the balance would be better perceived if it were one woman one man. My guess is that Ed also saw the handwriting on the wall prompting him to tell Lindsey "don't worry I know its me going home".
The "Cheftestant Scorecard" says Lindsey won this Elimination Challenge. Paul won, Lindsay almost went home.
It has interesting to watch. I really like Bev and I am glad she cooked her way back into the competition I don't care for Lyndsey she talks down to others and Sarah is just mean. I really like Paul and Bev.
I wonder how Heather, Sarah and Lyndsey feel now when the see their behavior shown on TV? Their bullying, talking down to others, being shown to everyone; I wonder if they cring or do they just write it off by blaming others?
With the remaining chefs, my hope is that Paul and Bev made the final. THAT might draw me back to actually watching the show, which I stopped doing a few weeks ago largely because of Sarah and Lindsey. I follow progress by reading the blogs and comments, from which it unfortunately appears that the " mean girls" are as unpleasant as ever. As for Sarah choosing immunity--very predictable. It's a calculating move in the gamesmanship that is pert of the competition, but in the end shows more cowardice than courage. If I'm not mistaken, other chefs in seasons past have been given the same chioice and opted to COOK their way through the competition.
Long time Top Chef fan. This season by far the weakest group. Seems TC each year has been more about the drama than the skill. This year especially. Don't know if planned, but never seen a bunch mean-spirited as this one. Heather was absolutely horrible and Sarah and Lindsey not much better. Of the final 4 I think Paul is the only one that that has close to talent to win other seasons. Will still be watching next season, but please get some stronger chefs who will cook- not back stab. Oh yeah it's Top CHEF, not Top CRYER!!
Of course Beverly made her dish utilizing a wok...that's all she ever does (Asian flair for about every dish!)
Reading the comments is interesting. I may be only one out here but I can't stand Bev. Now, I totally disliked Heather and was thrilled to see her go. I don't like Sarah but am kind of indifferent on Lindsay. I really, really liked Ed and was bummed he was eliminated. And then there's Paul! He seems to be consistently the best and I hope wins it all! Go Paul!!!
Tom Colicchio, You have always said, "Its about the food". I disagree, Most of the chefs on Top Chef are great cooks and I am sure I wouldn't throw a fit about one of their dishes. However I feel there is an ethical standard, a certain class anyone should strive for. I don't care how good Jennifer Carroll, Heather Terhune, Sarah Gruenberg or Lindsay Autry can cook, I would never eat where ever these classless, backstabbing bitches work. I think that a persons character should be factored in. If I owned a restaurant certainly a person ethics and character would be factored in. It would be a cold day in hell when I would hire any of the aforementioned chefs. Beverly should get a purple heart the way Heather, Lindsay and Sarah treated her.
I don't think Lindsey or Sarah deserve to win Top Chef...Come on Paul - we know you can pull this off. Lindsey and Sarah (and Heather) are bullies and very demeaning. Sarah says she deserves to be there. Why are you so special? Beverly beat you plenty of times. Obviously Sarah, your cooking is not that great. Lindsey, she just a sour person. I wonder what Beverly did to you ladies that think you could treat her the way you did. Even on the episode when Beverly went home, you see Lindsey with a sour and mean face and when beverly left - she lit up like a christmas tree. You all need to be humbled. Too bad you didn't have to go through Last Chance Kitchen to make it as far as Beverly did because i don't think you would have made it back into the game. Here's to Paul winning the title Top Chef Texas. I'll be disappointed if the two others are awarded the title because of their actions. Paul's been extremely nice and helpful to others. Go Paul!!!!
Everyone complained about Bev doing Asian, but Sarah kept making pasta and no one says anything. I see it's because shes German she can make pasta all she wants. Oh and Lindsey you went home for your fish dish, the way you cooked it still wasn't any better than your complaint about Bev cooking it. The judges say that the cooking was much better this season, I think this is the worse season I've watched. The food may have been better, but I hope you'll get the chefs back in the kitchen cooking. I don't care if they hack on blocks of ice to get their ingredients, or want to watch them shooting at targets. Come on Paul win it all. Hope you walk all over the biggest hater of seasons.
Wow, Lindsey went home for cooking the fish her way!! Beverly gets called out for making Asian but German Sarah makes pasta all the time and that's okay? This has been the worse season to watch. Get the chefs back in the kitchen and let them cook, I don't care if they can hack on a block of ice, ski or shoot for ingredients. Those 3 girls were haters, even the chefs in the second chance kitchen weren't rooting for Beverly. True no one is on the show to make best friends but those girl chefs were haters.
Paul deserved the title TOP CHEF! Congratulations...the best chef won!
I like Bev but Paul is a much better Top Chef, I am always amazed and in awe with his creations.
Glad Paul won but I wanted Beverly in the Finale, it would have been so interesting what she would have cooked and I really did not like Sara and Lindsey to be in the Finale. I will never eat anything these 2 chefs cooked, their food will be so full of negative vibes, I would not enjoy it even if it was delicious.
The whole season was like Cinderella and the 3 evil stepsisters (Heather, Sara and Lindsey). Enough said!