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Last Chance Kitchen 1/22/2014 spoilers

Firegoat | Jan 23, 201406:12 AM

Or not.... spoilers that is.
The LCK starts with a flash back of some previous LCKs. ending up with Louis' wins.
Then we are in Hawaii. Tom wearing his best Magnum P.I. shirt beside Louis at the Andaz resort/restaurant. Up walks Carlos. Tom asks Louis if that is who he expected. Louis makes a noncommital noise, not sure if he says I don't know or maybe. They are all standing outside with a lovely shot of a beach and ocean behind them. There is a Gilligan's Island-looking covered stand there as well filled with fresh fish, that as Tom says were "swimming yesterday."
The challenge is to make the best dish they can using the fish that they see there (about 7 choices). They have 60 minutes to cook, but instead of making 1 plate, they will be making 5 plates as Tom is inviting some people to dinner. Fish included tuna, mahi mahi, scorpion fish, kampachi, and ono. (Please excuse my fish name spellings.)
Carlos and Louis each grab a big fish and take off at a run to the inside kitchen.
Louis makes a braised yellowfin tuna belly, treating it like a piece of meat with a rich sauce and mushrooms.
Carlos makes a mole made in Mexico with the Mahi Mahi, using a taro root base.
There is the obligatory trash talking in the kitchen. Carlos lets us know he is called the Mexican version of Thomas Keller. I assume that is not for his knife skills.
Meanwhile, outside, Nina, Nick and Shirley meet at a picnic table with Tom and Emmeril. Tom tells them that they will be a part of picking which chef returns. The tasting will be a blind tasting so that they will no know which chef cooked what.
Back in the kitchen Louis finds his tuna a little overcooked but doesn't have time to recook.
The five outside are served both plates at the same time.
Overall, the flavor of the tuna dish is preferred and more complex, but the tuna is overcooked.
In the mahi dish, the fish is perfectly cooked, but the seasoning is off in the taro root and other ingredients.
Everyone at the table gets one secret written vote. Then Tom goes back to Carlos and Louis and lets them know how the vote was created. He starts pulling slips of paper out of the box saying the first one with 3 votes will win.
There is a cut to talking heads. Carlos says he's confident he won. Louis overcooked the fish, now his heart is pumping and pumping.
Louis does not seem confident. Says that winning 7 LCK and then losing here would make it a waste.
As Tom goes to reveal the first vote.... of course it ends. No spoilers here.

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