Well, now THAT was a very interesting turn of events! Could have sworn Becky would be in the finale. And I think she should have been based on past history (but as Ramsay said during deliberation, they have to judge on that night's dish only).
Becky's crappy fish-butchering skills puts her at the bottom of the final Mystery Box challenge - which was no mystery - they got to pick their OWN ingredients, and she picks something she cannot cut properly. MAJOR screw-up on her part. Her attempt to correct the painfully small pieces of fileted fish by making a loup de mer soup was a good idea, just not executed well.
Christine for the final Mystery Box win with her stir-fry. So she gets to choose between chicken legs, lamb leg, and the final leg choice (which I knew it would be), frog's legs. Christine chooses chicken legs, Josh chooses the lamb leg, and Becky gets the frog's legs, which she's never cooked with or tasted.
Based on visual alone, Josh won this hands down for presentation. Just a beautiful dish. And obviously it tasted very good, giving him the final EC win. I think Christine *would* have won the final EC had she cut way back on the creamy sauce she used in her creamed kale. That fried chicken looked amazing - and when she said she used blood orange in the coating mixture, I thought that was an interesting addition. Sounds like it worked.
Becky's frog's legs came out well - but her potatoes were too mushy and ended up being deemed worse than Christine's creamed kale. But she gets offered a job in any of Ramsay's restaurants - New York, Europe...and if she doesn't take him up on it, I'd be surprised. Kansas vs. Europe? Yeah, no contest. :-)
So it's Christine Ha and Josh Marks - the blind woman and the guy who was eliminated halfway through the contest for under-cooking a soft-boiled egg. Never would have seen that coming.
But I'm glad that Christine made it through - take THAT, Joe Bastianich, for all of your naysaying! And I'm rooting for her, although Josh will be tough competition.
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