Top Chef: Breakout and Dance

I figured I’d say my finale part 1 recap for right before the grand final tonight!

We’re in Mexico now with Shirley, Sheldon and John.  They find their way to Chivas Stadium, home of Guadalajara’s soccer team and their Quickfire Challenge.  They are joined by the winner of Last Chance Kitchen… Brooke!  I’ve got to say, I’d have been happy with either her or Casey here, but Brooke just feels right.  After being beat by Last Chance Kitchen in the finale, it’s only appropriate that she gets her chance to win again through Last Chance Kitchen.

Since Chavas means goat, they’re cooking goat.  A little morbid maybe?  Also, hard to do in 45 minutes!  Here’s what they makes:

Brooke wins the Quickfire, making her return all that much sweeter.

For the elimination challenge, it’s all about Patron!  They have to make a unique margarita to pair with a dish to serve to 100 Patron employees.  Also, they have sous chefs!  Casey, Sylva, Katsuji, and Emily walk on out.  Brooke gets to assign them since she won.  She takes Casey for herself, gives Sylva to Shirley, Emily to Sheldon, and Katsuji to John.  Yup, that last one’s trouble.

Here’s how they do:

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Sheldon was worried about his octopus, and the commercial led us to believe that we should be worried too.  Have no fear, though, Sheldon’s food is great!  The drink gets compared to a fish tank, though– too much garnish.

I was really worried about Shirley.  Sylva accidentally grabbed vanilla instead of agave nectar and, while Shirley thought it was a happy accident, the judges did not agree.

Brooke’s only criticism was that maybe her drink wasn’t that strong, but it made the pairing with her dish that much better.  She ends up taking the win!  Two wins directly after being eliminated, or three wins in a row– she’s on fire!

John’s drink is a big part of his un-doing.  He really wants to create a classic margarita, which is not the creative drink the judges asked for and with just tequila and lime, completely overpowers the food.  He is asked to pack his knives.

Tonight’s finale is actually the match-up I wanted– Shirley, Sheldon, and Brooke will face off for the title.  Who do you think will win?!

 

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