So, what's in store for the cheftestants this week? Hmmm...Andrea's said in the last two ECs, she's been in the top, so she's in "a good place". Rut-roh - is that foretelling what's going to happen to her?
Michelle Bernstein is guest judge for both the QF and EC....and some "different" foods are on the table (i.e., food items not on the dinner table every day throughout the U.S. <g>). And it seems Andrea and Michelle Bernstein are local rivals. Even more rut-roh! LOL The choices of foods are:
Emu Eggs (I know I'm missing one, but I can't remember it!)
And thanks to bignickpsu, he reminded me below that the final choice was Yak. :-)
They draw knives to see the order in which they choose their food and they start to cook. But SURPRISE! Padma comes in 10 minutes into the challenge, and asks them ALL to take over the proteins to their left...what fun....and frustrating for the cheftestants! LOL
Those in the bottom group? Stephen (Frog's Legs), Alex (Ostrich), and Andrea (Wild Boar). So would Michelle Bernstein really throw Andrea under the bus because they're local competitors with their restaurants? I hope not. But interestingly, Andrea's getting a LOT of camera time....Elves, are you hinting?
And in the top group? Kelly (Emu Egg Omelette), Tamisha (Duck Tongue), and Amanda (Llama). And the winner? It's Kelly! And she has immunity for the EC.
And now on to the Elimination Challenge - cooked in the TC kitchen but served elsewhere. And what do they have to do? A cold entree. They're divided into two Groups - A & B. Each group will serve to the judges and the other group's cheftestants - a judging of their peers. Kelly will eat with BOTH groups (and doesn't cook for this EC). They get a short ride on the U.S.S. Sequoia, used for strategy meetings by Pres. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, among its many uses while in service. But where are they finishing their dishes the next and presenting/eating the food? Didn't catch that.
Each chefestant judging group will pick one top dish and one bottom dish from the group they're judging.
While they're sailing, Kevin notices Angelo giving ideas and help to other cheftestants and speaks to Kenny about it. Kenny wonders if Angelo is looking to manipulate other chefs' insecurities. Hmm.....didn't several of us say that last week? ;-)
And back from commercial and poll question (which is "would you ever eat duck testicles?" My response would probably be "if I didn't know what they were, yes, I would! LOL) And the focus is on Andrea yet again, as well as Angelo's discussions about dishes with other cheftestants. Angelo himself brings that up in a confessional - he says rumors in the house are that he's playing tactical games...he says all he's doing is playing to win. Ummm, wouldn't that *include* tactical games, Angelo?
GROUP A - Amanda, Kevin, Kenny, Alex, and Ed. Kevin is up for the winning dish, and Kenny's dish is voted the worst.
GROUP B - Tamesha, Angelo, Tiffany, Andrea, and Stephen. Tiffany will be up for the win in Group B, and Tamesha is up for elimination. Interestingly, both Tamesha and Stephen's dishes weren't well received by the cheftestants - and they were "helped" by Angelo. Yet another Hmmmm......
Interestingly, in the Stew Room, Angelo tells Kenny that they were all in agreement that Kenny's dish was worst in Group A. Obviously, Kenny wasn't too happy about that! Padma asks Tiffany and Kevin to come in to JT. Chef Colicchio says the judges were in agreement with their peers as to their dishes being the best. And who's the winner? Kevin wins! He gets 6 nights at Hilton Hawaiian Village...that'll be a nice vacation for his family!
Padma asks them to send back Tamesha and Kenny. So I guess all the foreshadowing about Andrea was all for naught. :-) Hmmm, Padma's query to Kenny as to why he thinks he's there in the bottom? Kenny says he thinks it's because some of them are threatened by him...but Michelle Bernstein steps in and says that if she was to talk about the 17-25 components of his dish, it would "take until the end of the show." Could this be the end of the rivalry between Kenny and Angelo? I don't think so...I think it's Tamesha told to PYKAG.
Yup, it's Tamesha. Sorry to see her go. And Tiffany calls out Angelo in confessional about him having a lot of say in Tamesha's dish and that Tamesha should have had more control over her own dish - which Tamesha also said in confessional. She appreciated Angelo's mentorship, but realized that she should have had more control over her own dish.
And next week? They take over the Palm Restaurant...and Alex seems to abscond with the pea puree that was meant for everyone...and he's the only one to have it on his plate!