Sorry this is late, guys! The right-before-the-holidays hustle and bustle gets you, am I right?! Just as it’s getting cool over here on the East Coast, we check in with Top Chef: California in Palm Springs where the chefs experience some extreme heat!
The Quickfire challenge takes place in the desert. After a jeep tour to the San Andreas Fault, the chefs are faced with super weird solar ovens and solar stoves to harness the sun and cook for Padma Lakshmi and guest judge José Andrés. The chefs draw knives to determine who will cook on the solar stoves– let’s call them giant silver satellite dishes– and who will use the solar ovens– weird tubes you have to orient toward to sun. The ovens look a lot more intimidating, and Giselle freaking shatters hers by putting liquid in it! Others have more success, like Isaac who makes cornbread in his. Wesley redeems himself from last week and wins the Quickfire and immunity!
The stoves become the blue team and the ovens become the orange team. These two teams of seven are to create a progressive four course meal… to be served on the golf course!
Here’s what they make:
Tom seems amped to play golf. Padma, Blais, and guest judge José all show off remarkable lacks of golf skills. I know of a couple of kids they can take lessons from!
The fact that they’re serving from refreshment carts in extreme heat and significant wind presents complications. Phillip makes his second odd choice of the day (the first was serving Padma an oyster on a desert rock in the Quickfire) by plating underneath his serving table. Padma, José, and John Besh all lose it with laughter at this, the “weirdest experience” of Padma’s life.
The Blue team is declared the winner, with Jeremy closing in on his second win! On the Orange team, it’s Grayson who’s asked to pack her knives.
…but who didn’t see that coming? Thoughts?!