Kenny still doesn't know why he ended up in the middle group - because of his age? Come ON, Kenny!
AND we've got the blindfolded culinary relay race for the QuickFire! 40 minutes to cook - each member has 10 minutes to cook. No immunity, but the winning team splits $10K.
Blue Team: Kevin picks Kenny, Kelly, and Amanda.
Red Team: Ed picks Tiffany, Angelo, and Alex.
Tiffany and Kenny go first. Alex and Amanda go second. Did Alex do anything but season the fish? Then Ed and Kevin go third...last are Angelo and Kelly. Angelo re-salts the fish - and then realizes that someone has already done it. Looks like it's the Blue Team's to lose.
And the judge is Pelosi. Oy. She at least realizes the Red Team's salty dish. But she picks the Blue Team by "a slight advantage". Alex screwed the Red Team.
And for the EC? The ever-popular RESTAURANT WARS! Frank Bruni is the judge, and Bill and John Terlato, from Terlato Vineyards, provide the wine for the dinner. And the teams stay together for RW. This is where Angelo and Alex will butt heads! Everyone must be responsible for one dish. But it looks like Ed and Angelo are going to put Alex as the FOH for their restaurant to get him out of the way. And Kelly will be FOH for the Blue Team. Angelo heads up the Red Team; Kenny heads up the Blue Team.
They all show up at the serving kitchen (sorry, I didn't get the name of the restaurant where they were serving), and they have 4 hours to prep. Alex is REALLY backing the Red Team up during prep at the TC kitchen. Their restaurant name is EVOO.
The Blue Team's restaurant name is TwentyOne21 (the address of the TC house). The Blue Team is calm, cool, and collected.
Kelly and Alex meet their waitstaff, and Alex tells them how to clean up the tables and chairs. And does he even have a CLUE as to how to treat his staff? Doesn't look like it!
And Alex isn't there to greet the TC judges as he's explaining why there was a screw-up for one of the first tables - REALLY smart! (Not!) Padma says they'll take two of everything.
They didn't like the confit tomato soup (Alex's dish), but the fish dish seemed to be more favored (Tiffany's dish). The lamb and beef dishes for both Red Team dishes looked wonderful, but noted that they didn't seem very "Mediterranean", which is what they said the restaurant was focusing on. Bruni's noticed the hit-or-miss service.
So they head over to the Blue Team's restaurant to check out their dishes. Kelly's there to greet them. TwentyOne21 is serving "Progressive American cuisine." Ooh, their chilled corn soup with blue crab looks WONDERFUL, but their beet salad with endive seems to have too many things on the plate, and the soup is a bit thin.
Their beef dish looked good, but Tom said it's cut too thin, but I think the flavor was well received. The halibut dish seems to get rave reviews. The cheese course didn't go over well, but Gail Simmons loved the chocolate tart.
Red Team was called up first to JT. DAMN. They WON! Wow. debbiel, looks like you were right! And the individual winner was? Ed's turbot dish! HUGE win for him! He gets a trip to Napa to visit the Terlato Vineyard.
So - who on the Blue Team is going home? They really didn't like Kenny's salad - and he was the EC for his restaurant. Kenny said to the judges that he was surprised after seeing the Red Team's hecticness in the kitchen, why they were there. Gail states as diners, they don't see nor do they care what goes on in the kitchen. They just want good food and good service.
Kelly gets good reviews for her FOH service. Amanda's beef was overcooked - and she's SHOCKED? She even said she's not used to cooking grass-fed beef, and Kelly warned her it was being cooked at too high a temp.
Kenny is essentially throwing the Red Team under the bus, and saying that Alex didn't conceive of his dish, and Kevin backs him up, saying Angelo and Ed did the conception. Whoa. Red Team goes back into the Stew Room and takes on the Blue Team. Kevin's ALL over Alex saying he didn't do anything for his own dish, and no one on the Red Team really disputed it. Angelo and Tiffany gave a half-hearted response but they didn't vehemently argue against what Kevin was saying to Alex.
This will be an interesting JT conversation - I'm definitely going to want to see the extended JT!
While they liked Kelly's FOH, they weren't happy with her soup. Amanda's beef wasn't good. Kevin's dish was good - Tom said he's not going home. Kenny's dish wasn't good, BUT he did well as EC.
The Alex situation is briefly brought up by Bruni, but it's pretty obvious - the Red Team did well as a team, so Alex gets to stay.
I think it's Amanda going home. WHOA!!!!!! It IS KENNY going home! Holy crapola! He didn't do well, but I just didn't think he'd be going home! I guess being EC just didn't cut it for him this time.
And next week, they're going to the CIA - Leon Panetta and Wylie Dufresne were shown.
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