Is Top Chef Canada really so uninteresting that nobody wants to discuss it?
I'll start this one. I don't have the energy to do a full recap a la LindaWhit but here's the gist.
Quickfire: Blindfold taste test. Francois does the worst - he gets just one. Winner is Chris. Looks like Dale and Dustin do well also but McEwan only calls out the best and the worst so we don't really know how close it was.
Elimination: Cook a Russian meal (can't remember what it's called) to complement Dan Aykroyd's vodka. It's not explained very clearly what the characteristics are for this particular type of Russian meal and the theme seems a bit arbitrary. Doesn't appear that the Russian theme has anything to do with anything Canadian except for the Canadian caviar.
Two teams: Blue and Green. Chris has immunity so he gets to choose which team he wants to be on. He picks Blue. They ask him to do dessert since he has immunity. He refuses because he wants to make smoked sausage. Todd steps up and offers to do the dessert.
Team Green wins and Connie wins the challenge. She wins a trip to LA to do a Blues Brothers thing with Dan Aykroyd and to spend some time cooking with Dan and his wife.
Team Blue loses. Dale, Steve, Chris and Patrick are up for elimination. The judges mention several times that Chris would definitely be in the running to go home if he didn't have immunity. Dale and Chris have words in the stew room. Steve is sent packing.
Next episode: Susur Lee! Yay!
My thoughts? Never liked Chris from the start. Seems to be a bit of a hack who's a star only in his own mind. So far, a lot of talk but no good food coming out of his pan. He didn't even make the sausage which was his reason for not doing dessert. And his dish sucked and again with the excuses. If you're a real chef, you can step up and make anything.
So happy to hear the judges praise Todd's dessert. He took on the challenge and smoked it. Also happy that Darryl and Jamie did better this time. Don't think they have a hope in hell of winning but I'm glad they aren't always the worst. Really glad Connie won. She's amazing. Surprised that Steve was eliminated and not surprised. He's the chef at one of the hottest restaurants in Toronto, but hasn't cooked anything that lived up to his pedigree.
Still don't like that judge Shereen. Her comments seem to be spiteful and so Mean Girls. I originally picked Connie, Francois and Dale to be in the running for the title but I'm impressed by Rob and Andrea now too.