Sometimes on “Top Chef”, there are episodes that make you extremely hungry. Unfortunately, this wasn’t one one of them. There were surely some great dishes cooked, but the conditions involved in both the Quickfire and Elimination Challenges were not so appetizing, to say the least.
We started off this week with a Quickfire all about crabs, which led to Angelo making a comment about “getting crabs” (which I’m actually surprised he took enough time away from hitting on Tamesha to make). Angelo may be slipping a little bit in this competition for one simple reason — he’s distracted. Having someone you care about is nice, but how can you focus as much energy on your own cooking when you’re busy helping someone else?
This challenge was honestly uncomfortable to watch, since you were pretty much witnessing blue crabs getting killed on the spot. Did we really have to see that? Even people who are not vegetarians or vegans will still cringe at watching a live animal be chopped in half on screen.
Ultimately there wasn’t too much drama here outside of the gang trying to figure our the best way to cook these small crabs. Our usual suspects of Angelo and Kenny were among the top two performers, but they were both dethroned by Ed of all people, who gravitates constantly between being angry and being reasonably satisfied with himself. He won immunity from elimination.
Too many cooks in the kitchen
At first, it looked like the Elimination Challenge was going to be a massive problem, since we would have to watch all of the chefs cook a giant meal together for 40 people at an organic farm. Angelo and Kenny (who seems to have the love of most people on the show) had a chest-puffing match, and it was ultimately decided to alleviate tension that people work with the same partners they had last time. Ed wasn’t particularly thrilled about this, since it meant more time with the always-creepy Alex.
The problems with cooking outside in the cold were quickly apparent. There were concerns over the temperature of the grill, and Timothy became so uncertain of his ingredients that he ended up changing his recipe halfway through. Amanda struggled with keeping her dish consistent, and Stephen threw a ton of dressing on a salad and then put it in a bowl.
On the opposite side of the coin, some people took the opportunity to stand out. Kelly actually executed two dishes (including a dessert) without a problem, and Kenny helped to get some of Kevin‘s confidence back despite an accident that originally left his cauliflower in the ground. (Angelo still wanted to use it, which I’m guessing was a strategy ploy on his part.)
In the end, it was the self-proclaimed “beast in the kitchen” that is Kenny why won the praise of the judges for his hot and spicy eggplant curry — the perfect thing for a cold day.
The bottom three for this week were Timothy, Ed, and Amanda, and despite the fact that the latter was referred to as “amateur” Timothy was still the one sent home.
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