So I watched Last Chance Kitchen this morning. Patty vs. Janine.
The challenge is to prep a big tub of onions, then prep the rest of the food for the dish you want to cook (that must use some of the onions) and then cook. The Gimmick, the time is set at minutes to get first the onion prep, then the rest of the prep work and cooking done. Once a cheftestapant starts cooking, they must turn over their knives and can not do any more prep/knife work. There is no going back. No getting more ingredients. They have 40 minutes to complete all of this and plate their dish.
Janine finishes first on the onions, but they both seem to be moving fast. They both end up making a pork dish. Janine can't get a sear on her pork and serves up a flabby pale slice of meat.(Tom jokes to the peanut gallery that she is 'sweating' her pork.) She does a nice looking side of a carmelized apple wrapped around bacon, onions, and goat cheese. Tom is not impressed with her meat.
Patty also does pork with carmelized onions and a "super quick" fried potato confit and andoille sausage. Tom says her potatoes are too salty.
I'm surprised overly-salty potatoes were given more weight than a poorly cooked protein. This makes me tend to side with people who think Tom takes into consideration all of their work in the competition. I think Janine is a stronger chef overall than Patty, but I would have given Patty the win based on just this dish.
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