Hubert Keller

Top Chef: Where It All Started

Guys, can you believe this episode was the last QuickFire of season 13?!  This has flown by!  Five chefs– Isaac, Amar, Carl, Marjorie, and Jeremy– meet Padma and Traci Des Jardins for an interesting final QuickFire: toast!  An artisanal toast QuickFire is about as San Francisco as you can get, but it’s a delicate balancing act– it can easily go too simple or too complicated.

Here’s what they make:

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Jeremy is the clear winner for Padma and Traci.  Oh, did I mention it’s a sudden death QuickFire?  In this case, the bottom two dishes are facing off and the loser goes home.  This, sadly, puts Carl v. Amar cooking for their chance to cook for a space in the finale.  Tom comes out to judge along with Padma and Traci.

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Padma prefers Carl’s crudo, while Tom prefers Amar’s dish.  Traci acts as tie-breaker preferring Carl’s and saving his place in the competition.  Amar goes home… over toast.

Hubert Keller comes to help announce the elimination challenge.  As a send off to Fleur de Lys, which hosted Top Chef’s first ever QuickFire, they chefs will create a tribute dish to serve to a room full of Hubert’s nearest and dearest.  After a meal from Hubert himself and browsing some past menus, the chefs find themselves inspired.

They make:

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Isaac’s ballontine wasn’t perfect, nor was Marjorie’s lamb.  Carl’s over-ambitious foie was made in three hours when it should take three days.  Jeremy is the clear winner– wow did he have a great day!

Carl had a really bad day.  Marjorie and Isaac move on the the finale, while Carl has to pack his knives.  I was so sad to see him go as he’s been my favorite throughout!  Last Chance Kitchen is always a possibility, though!

Who do you think will rejoin the competition for the finale?  Who do you think will be the next Top Chef?!

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HK14: Winner Chosen!

Credit: Patrick Wymore/Fox via US Weekly

Credit: Patrick Wymore/Fox via US Weekly

So Hell’s Kitchen season 14 has a winner and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Atlantic City has a new chef– Meghan!  So how did we get here?

Final Four

Yup, I’m an episode behind.  So before T and Meghan battled it out, there were four.  Milly and Michelle were still in the mix.  There was the first ever (for real!) Hell’s Kitchen vegetarian challenge.  Meghan FINALLY won one!  She took T along for her reward which included parasailing!

All of the chefs get a reward in the forms of their family visiting.  Michelle sees her boyfriend and sister.  Meghan’s mom comes.  T gets to see her girlfriend and daughter.  Milly is visited by his girlfriend and son, Milly Jr!

Then dinner service is upon us and each chef takes a turn at the pass.  Sous Chef Andi prepares quality control tests for each of them.  Milly misses his first one saying Chef Andi’s lobster risotto was delicious… it was, but it was crab in there instead of lobster!  Meghan misses hers too mistaking sea bass for halibut.  Michelle misses hers too, not realizing that broccoli has been switched in for cauliflower.  T is the only one who spots her well catching lamb in what should’ve been a beef Wellington.

It’s hard to see Milly go because he has such a good heart.  Even Michelle grew on me, especially with her Harry Potter reference in this episode.  It is nice to see two girls in the finale.  Meghan and T are the

Top Two

Alright, this episode was cute.  First, T and Meghan take a trip to Vegas with season 13 winner, Christina.  After that, Chef Ramsay sends his Rolls Royce to take them to “his house.”  They are greeted by Tana and Tilly (could Chef Ramsay’s youngest daughter be any freakin’ cuter?!) and there are pictures of Ramsay’s family around and everything… but it isn’t his house!  It’s the scene of the final challenge.

T and Meghan get an hour to prepare 5 dishes: a cold appetizer, a hot appetizer, a fish dish, a chicken dish, and a beef dish.  Five guest judges come to taste a course apiece and score them out of 10.  The judges include the likes of Hubert Keller and Wolfgang Puck!  T wins the challenge and gets to pick her brigade first.

T’s red brigade includes Milly, Nick, Adam, and Christine.  Meghan’s blue brigade includes Michelle, Alison, Josh, and Randy.  Neither Meghan not T are in their old colors, though–  they are given their executive chef jackets before service!  And they cook!

As usual, the winner is announced by the opening of a door.  I can’t say I was surprised when I saw Meghan’s door open.  She was consistent throughout.  I think I’d have preferred T, to be honest, but she was so gracious at the end saying she doesn’t feel like she lost, just that her opportunity hasn’t arrived yet.

What did you all think of this season of HK?!