Grayson kills it with bacon-wrapped shrimp with fig. I have to say I thought Grayson's dish was absolutely gorgeous. I mean, those colors! Tom commented that the fig is what made the dish interesting. I wonder how often that chain rule works in cooking. If fig works with bacon and bacon works with shrimp, then fig would be great on a bacon and fig dish. Hmmm… seems to me that it will absolve me from some of the grosser snack combinations I've ever tried.
Molly goes ome with overcooked shrimp. Sorry, Molly!
That leaves Andrew and Janine. And both were cut. I have to say Janine's story about being broken up over the phone after nine years made me feel horrible, and I was kind of pulling for Andrew. When he told him that he took Hugh's advice to cook with confidence, my heart melted.
But, don't feel too badly for these two because there's a twist! The ultimate twist! They'll both be competing in our new online series Last Chance Kitchen! Watch them duke it out in the first challenge HERE. So good luck to those two!! P.s. In case you were wondering what fregula pasta in Andrew's dish was (I was), Wikipedia explains it here.
Sooo, now the competition really begins. We have our 16 chefs and we have a preview of next week's first real challenge. Until next week, Have a Nosh!
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.