Andrew Curren finds himself on the bubble, and Jonathan goes home for Brussels sprouts. I love Brussels sprouts, so I found his poor cookery to be a personal affront.
Lindsay makes it through with a dish that caused Tom to be the most animated I think I've ever seen him. You could tell he really loved it. He was also awakened by Beverly's octopus dish. Although it was a little tough, the flavors are exciting enough to get her a coat.
Now on to the Bubble group. I don't think we've ever seen so much stewing in the Stew Room. I was beyond amused by the seemingly mystical nature of all things Bubble. The chefs had no idea what lurked outside the Bublbe Room. They were like Felicity trapped in that weird black and white cell a la The Twilight Zone. Remember that episode? Edward Lee was Mayor Cranky. I feared for the other chefs' lives because Edward seemed to be about one comment away from killing them all. Thankfully, they were released and ready to cook for the final two spots. Can you imagine if Edward had been forced to stay in that room and not be able to cook?! Thank G-d that didn't happen. Note to Magical Elves: Find Edward some fun games to play in the Stew Room!
Anyway, the Bubble chefs are literally allowed to cook whatever they want, and most of them opt for seafood. Edward notices that trend and opts for duck, and guess what? He makes it through!! The only criticism of his dish was that his duck was overcooked. Well, I've said this before, but I like my duck a little over. There are "rules" about how certain meats should be served, and most people say duck should be medium rare. Well, when I spoke to Jacques Pepin a couple of seasons ago, he said he likes his cooked cooked. And that just made me feel better about life. See how I dropped that I've spoken to Jacques Pepin before! Sigh. One of the greatest moments of my careers, so Edward, you're forgiven in my eyes.
Oh, I almost forgot -- Edward cut himself! Like, really, really badly. Blood was insane. But he wrapped that thing up and kept on truckin', which shows he's there to compete!
I agree totally that Andrew needs something to keep him amused while in the stew room. Although the comment about taking out the other chefs was amusing. I thought the comment about the other chefs being heavily inked was interesting. Loved how Edward handled being seriously cut and not even slowing down - "I'll cook with my feet if I have to"...love it. Jonathan should be horsewhipped for mistreating the brussel sprouts. Glad they sent him home for mistreating the ingredient. I loved seeing the cases of Shiner in the background. Thank heavens it wasn't Lone Star. :)
Was disappointed Chaz went home. I found him very charming and a possible start. Thought there might be a surprise way to bring him back on. Glad they didn't though. Integrity counts.
Was surprised to see Chaz go home. He was quite charming and was looking like a developing star. Thought there may have been some sort of a surprise to help him survive. Glad there wasn't though. Integrity matters.
I was ready to be on the Chaz band wagon, sorry to see him go for not completing a challenge. Andrew seems to have alot of heart, especially after cutting himself, he continue to cook while he was receiving first aid. This season is going to be interesting, especially with the "Last Chance Kitchen". I just moved to San An and I am excited that Top Chef is here!
Thumbs-up to dicey Edward. He slices me up! He'll carve a nitch for himself on Top Chef Double-Amputee. Keep shrimp away from Molly! Jonathan! How can anyone hurt a vegetable? Quack.
I find it interesting none of the blogs mentioned how Molly was maligned for being a cruise ship chef. Her shrimp she served for her bubble challenge was probably typical of what she cooked. Looking forward to the rest of the season...
It was actually Edward that was homicidal in the stew room and sliced his whole arm off (or so it seemed) in the last challenge.
I liked his snarky attitude and was glad to see him move on.
Janine just reminded me of Sid the Sloth from Ice Age. Her slight lisp and sideways talking just got on my nerves from the first time she spoke to the camera. She might be a perfectly nice person, but I was glad to see her go.
And then my heart raced because she had a last chance. No! Don't make me have to watch her throughout the whole season! Whew. Bye, Janine.
I dislike the stretching out of discarded chefs for 2 weeks. A longer first episode to get it over would have been better. I particularly dislike the concept of discarded chefs simultaneously having their own contest off screen. If they stink after 2 tries, let them go and stay with the main event. I'm not interested to see the side show and I won't watch or care who wins the chance to re-enter the game.