Six weeks after our last elimination in Boston, Melissa, Mei, and Gregory arrive in Mexico. Melissa, originally trying to prove something to her father has let that go and is ready to win for her. Mei, determined from the beginning since she works for Michael Voltaggio, a Top Chef winner, has been sent training at Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurant Volt. Gregory, worried about his weaker second half of the competition, is back with a lot to prove.
The three are greeted by Tom and brought to the last battle of Last Chance Kitchen, Adam versus Dougie, going on before their eyes! Dougie is declared the winner, which I am so pleased about. He deserves a spot in the final. The new final four are sent to meet Padma for the Quickfire.
Guest judge Enrique Olvera is there to help Padma announce the challenge. One of the most popular foods in San Miguel de Allende is the prickly pear. They will be highlighting the xoconostle, the sour fruit of a cactus. Here’s what they make:
Enrique ranks Gregory and Mei on the bottom and Doug and Melissa on the top. Doug wins! He gets an advantage in the elimination challenge. (more…)