Happy Day After Christmas, all. Time to muck about in quickmud.
They're back in the suite. Lizzie finds a note on their kitchen counter - Padma's note tells them to head to an address to harvest their main ingredient. Emeril and Padma will wait for them in the kitchen. They head off to Taylor Shellfish Farm in Bow, WA.
They put on their mudboots and start harvesting the oysters. Josie gets stuck; Stefan and Micah helps her out and Micah falls ass-first into the mud. As Stefan and Micah walk away, Josie falls again and her hand gets stuck.
John and Josh try freshly harvested oysters - Tesar grew up on the east end of Long Island. Bart also grew up eating oysters, as his family was in the restaurant business. This is all new to Sheldon, as all their oysters in Hawaii are flown in.
They had back to the TC kitchen, where Padma and Emeril meet them for their Quickfire Challenge. The challenge are to make oysters on the half-shell for Emeril. Five will do a hot preparation (red apron), five will do a cold preparation (blue apron). The winner will get $5,000. They have 25 minutes.
Brooke has problems shelling her oysters. John's doing a riff on the oysters from Drago's in NOLA. Stefan's smoking his oysters. Lizzie's combining oysters and currants. Josie's sauce goes past reduction and has broken, so she won't have the right sauce for her Spanish oyster dish.
Kristen (hot prep) - Oysters with Caramelized Honey, Tomato Broth, Celery Leaves and Chili - Emeril liked the celery leaves on top.
Stefan (cold prep) - Smoked Oysters with Potato Vinaigrette and Flash Frozen Salt - "nice crunch" comment from Emeril.
Josh (cold prep) - Oysters with Pickled Cucumbers, White Soy, Cilantro & Red Chili - Emeril asked Josh if he shucks a lot of oysters (as he picks a shell from his mouth). Josh says no, he doesn't, so it was a wrestling match.
Lizzie (cold prep) - Oysters with Crushed Currant Juice, Crushed Pink Peppercorn - Emeril likes the final drizzle of olive oil and Padma said the red currant worked.
Brooke (cold prep) - Oysters with Salsa Verde, Cilantro, Horseradish & Red Chili - Emeril notes a couple of shells in his oyster.
John (hot prep) - Oysters Poached in Garlic Butter with Swiss Chard & Garlic-Parmesan Foam - John said he did a combination of Brennan's and Drago's. Emeril said the cheese wasn't heavy, and Padma notes it was smart to do a foam.
Josie (hot prep) - Wood-Roasted Oysters with Chorizo & Cilantro Cream - Emeril said the chorizo was not overpowering.
Micah (hot prep) - Crispy Fried Oysters with Arugula Salad, Hot Sauce & Lemon - Emeril said it was a very nice seasoning, but not overpowering. (This dish looked *really* good!)
Bart (hot prep) - Oysters with Champagne, Butter & Cream - Padma asked if he roasted the whole thing at the end, and Bart said he roasted under the broiler at the end.
Sheldon (cold prep) - Oysters with Chilled Old Bay Broth & Ginger Scallion Pesto - Emeril liked the little hint of ginger floating in the broth.
Bottom group - Bart, Josie, John
Top group - Lizzie, Micah, Brooke
The winner is Micah!
Padma said they're going to roll right into the next Elimination Challenge - they'll be cooking for the Rat City roller derby team in Seattle's Roller Derby League. The chefs will be doing the food for the wrap party for the season. They are to divide into teams of two.
Each team must make a dish inspired by their Rat City Rollergirl's names.
1. Micah & Lizzie - Micah won the QF, so he gets to choose first, and he chooses Jalapeno Business. (He also choose which team chooses next)
2. Sheldon & Josh - they pick Tempura Tantrum
3. Stefan & Kristen - they pick Eddie Shredder
4. John & Brooke - they choose Kutta Rump
5. Bart & Josie - they get Teriyaki Terror
They have 2.5 hours tomorrow at the rink to cook. They get to go watch tonight's game.
Josie bugs the rest of the cheftestants with her hooting and hollering at the game. Meanwhile, Josie says in the confessional it's like going to the roller derby with her parents.
They go back to the suite, and Stefan asked Josh on the deck outside what happened at the game. (Josie's resting on the couch inside.) Josh says that she knocked beer over on her way out, and she was loud and obnoxious. Micah said that nothing that came out of her mouth tonight was important. Josie gets up and confronts the guys, and Micah said that no one was calling anyone names, and she shouldn't either. Josie retorts that calling someone boring isn't calling someone a name. She then takes it further by saying calling someone an a$$hole or a dooshb*g IS calling someone a name. But Micah shouldn't bark up her tree because she knows who she is, but then says that Micah is hiding in a closet. Micah notes after she leaves that "Apparently, I'm a closeted gay man. Sorry I didn't tell everyone before!" Bart tries to calm Josie down. Josie says "Namasté, bitches. Namasté."
They arrive at the rink the next day. Lizzie's wondering how she and Micah will work together, as they've not done so yet. Bart notes that everyone else can't stand Josie. "Josie is Josie and Josie can be loud." He said "In Belgium, we don't go head to head. We're civilized." Josie has Bart try her teriyaki marinade/sauce. Bart said his interpretation of bold will be different from Josie's, and he usually doesn't go overly spicy.
John said that his partner, Brooke, reminds him of his daughter. He went through a rough divorce and his ex-wife took his daughter from him at 1.5 years old. He says in the confessional that he's overcome a lot of the self-inflicted ridiculousness, but he misses his daughter. And John tells Brooke that he appreciates her taking the time to understand him.
Sheldon does tempura all the time at his restaurant, so he thinks he can execute the dish for the win. Josh asks if everyone can couples skate after the challenge - Stefan says "not with you!" Josh replies that he and Sheldon will couple-skate - they're the Husky Mustaches. LOL
Stefan notes that he was 14 when he used to go ice skating. Kristen asked what year that would be - Stefan said 1986. Kristen said "Oh, I was 3!" :-)
The guests arrive and you hear Josie right away laughing and talking loudly about her dish. The judges arrive - Emeril, Hugh, Tom and Padma. Emeril said he used to go roller derbies in Providence, RI all the time when he was young. Padma said she used to go roller skating once a week. Hugh says her roller derby name should be Padma Smacks-Me. "It's got a good ring to it!"
John & Brooke (Kutta Rump) - Thai Beef with Lobster Jasmine Rice & Thai Slaw - Hugh the flavors build well, and it's definitely bold. Kutta said it starts slow and then gets spicy.
Bart & Josie (Teriyaki Terror) - Steak Teriyaki with Forbidden Rice, Beet Blood & Green Papaya Salad - Teriyaki said it was really unique. Hugh asks if that means unique-good or unique-crappy, and she said it was a little too earthy for her. Hugh said "Ooohh, we're going to unique-crappy!" Tom said "If you're going to skewer individual pieces like this, how are you going to cook it? Are you going to sauté individual slices to get that color on a thin piece of meat? It's impossible!" Padma notes that they use forbidden rice with a striking color with the beets, but the rice was overcooked. Emeril said he doesn't get the texture and it's under-seasoned (KISS OF DEATH!) The camera cuts to Josie telling other guests "It's a little spicy, OK? I'm going to warn you!" Hugh asks what Emeril's roller derby name should be, and Emeril said he likes Emeril Bam-Bam Lagasse.
Micah & Lizzie (Jalapeno Business) - Crab-Stuffed Jalapeno with Avocado Cream, Onion & Pepper Relish - Hugh said it's better than he thought, and Tom said it's very good! Tom said the real trick was making sure it was crispy with good flavors, and it was. Jalapeno said she liked that they took a party food favorite and elevated it with the crab and avocado crema.
Stefan & Kristen (Eddie Shredder) - Corn Purée, Chicken Liver & Sunny-Side Up Egg (Chicken Inside-Out) - Emeril loved the corn pudding and the chicken liver, but his egg was a little bit overdone. Tom said they missed a lot of opportunity - they could have roasted and shredded a chicken and added it to the dish, it would have made it a lot of fun. Eddie liked it being an inside-out chicken.
Sheldon & Josh (Tempura Tantrum) - Tempura Yuzu Curd with Shiso, Fresno Chili, Sweet Potato & Vanilla - Emeril loved the idea. But his tempura wasn't fried enough (Hugh agrees). The rest of the flavors that they were to schmear the tempura through were great, however. Emeril noted that the small fryer and having to continually bring it back up to temperature was the main problem. But meanwhile, Tempura *loved* the dish, and thought they pulled it off really well.
Everyone heads back to Judges Table to discuss.
But FIRST - in the in-between, everyone watches Padma in the All-Skate. Stefan notes he purchased Season 9 to cut shots of Padma out and put them all together to watch. :-)
Padma comes in and asks to see John/Brooke and Micah/Lizzie. They are the top teams. Emeril does a quick review of both dishes. Hugh announces the winning team - it's Brooke and John! John notes third time's the charm, but it would have been sweeter had he won it on his own.
And Josie/Bart and Sheldon/Josh are asked to go in as the losing teams. (::::Whooshing camera shots to each chef's face::::)
Padma asks who did what on Josie/Bart's dish - he did the rice, the beef and the beets - Josie did the teriyaki marinade for the beef. Tom asked if they tasted the dish, especially the rice and beet and the lack of seasoning. Josie said she knew the rice's texture was more like a risotto, but thought the well-flavored beet would "seep into the soil - the terroir, that it would, it would...." Tom sharply calls out "How many times do you guys have to hear this? If something is properly seasoned, and something is bland, and you put them together, you end up with bland - you don't end up with seasoned! I don't understand this thought process at all - it makes me nuts!" He notes that Bart has been told several times that his dishes are under-seasoned (KISS OF DEATH!) Bart has a look on his face like "What? Under-seasoned?" Hugh called it a beet spuma served on top of a boring porridge.
They move on to Sheldon/Josh. Tom asked why they thought they were there - Josh noted the plate that the judges got - it had to be the tempura. Sheldon said executing at the moment didn't pull through. Hugh said when they were plating the judges' dishes, did they feel like the tempura wasn't properly done. Hugh said the main focal point on the plate was "Eww...softie".
Out of the blue, Josh asks to ask a question, and hopes he doesn't pull a CJ....he asked about the jalapeno popper, saying they (the roller girls) said don't serve concession stand-style food. Tom said if that was a canned jalapeno with the skin still on, pickled and brined, stuffed with some really bad cheese and fried it, yeah - that's concession. But when you take a fresh jalapeno, roast it, peel it, seed it, stem it, put a nice crab salad in it, and it's perfectly fried, no - that's not concession.
And who's leaving? It's Bart for his under-seasoning. (Damn. WHY wasn't it Josie?) As he's shaking hands with the judges, Padma says she's going to send him a bag of salt. Bart replies "Not healthy!" In the confessional, Bart said no one has sent his food back for under-seasoning after 7 years and counting in his restaurant.
Next week's preview? They're going down memory lane to previous seasons' dishes, meaning they're cooking other season's cheftesants' dishes (shown were Hung, Carla, and Dave Martin "I'm not your bitch, bitch!").