So....is it REALLY better in the Bahamas? :-)
Well, it's going to be for either Richard, Antonia, Carla, Tiffany or Mike! But probably not tonight - we'll have to wait just a wee bit to find out for whom the Bahamas is best!
And we get to see the chefs who won these finalists' seasons! Kevin Braga, Michael Voltaggio, Stephanie Izard, and Hosea Rosenberg (repeating my :::::gag!:::: from last week!)
They arrive at the island fort - RIchard's wife is due with their 2nd child any day now! ETA: He also has a scruffy beard which he says he's not going to shave off until he wins. Carla says to him "Sorry you'll have to go home with that scruff!" (Hmmm, is that a foretelling that it could be Carla going home instead of Richard?) Mike said he did a lot more training since they left NYC - pastries, cooking in lots of kitchens to try different things. Tiffany feels she's the underdog.
They walk into the fort and see their season's winners - Mike Isabella is psyched, as he thinks Michael Voltaggio is going to be his team member!
Eric Ripert is the guest judge. The cheftestants find out they are going head-to-head against their season's winners. When Mike Isabella realizes he's cooking against Michael V., he's nervous!
Padma says the winner gets $10,000 - either the All-Star or the Season Winner gets the money! And each dish must include a secret ingredient that Tom Colicchio picked out for each season.
TC4 - Rack of Veal
TC5 - Leg of Lamb
TC6 - Duck
TC7 - Pork
They have 40 minutes to cook. Hosea says he has to prove all the haters that he deserved to win his season. (No, you didn't, Hosea!) Michael V. went crazy using all the tools available. Richard's nervous yet again (no surprise!) And many of them are having problems with the induction cookers.
TC7 - Pork - Kevin does BQ; Tiffany does Pork Stew - Tiffany wins!
TC5 - Lamb - Hosea does Braised Lamb, Carla does Jollof Rice and Harissa Pork - undercooked rice does her in and Hosea wins.
TC4 - Veal - Stephanie does Veal Scallopine and Antonia does Roast Veal on the bone - Stephanie wins. Then when Stephanie's up against Richard, Richard wins hands down! So both Stephanie and Richard get $10K.
TC6 - Duck - Michael V. does Citrus Duck Breast and Mike I. does Cashew Dusted Duck - and Isabella wins!
For the Elimination Challenge, they are cooking for a dinner party being thrown by Bahamian Royalty. But in the meantime, they head over to The Cove at The Atlantis.
Next morning, shopping and prep cooking. And they get a police escort over to the party to finish cooking - Mike says every time he has a police escort, he's been headed to jail! LOL Carla is wondering if they're going to get a "Mack Daddy Kitchen" to cook in. Oh, think again, Carla!
They get out in front of Twin Bros. Seafood and Steakhouse to a big street party - King of Junkanoo greets them along with Tom Colicchio. They're cooking for the King and his Crewe.
They rush into the restaurant, and see a microwave, fryer, and flattop. Yeah, NOT the Mack Daddy Kitchen Carla was hoping for! Sure enough, one of the fryers catches fire! Yikes!
Richard covers the fryer with a sheet pan, and someone comes in saying they've all got to clear the kitchen. They cover their food and leave. The fire dept. comes and puts it out. Antonia's now wondering if she can even cook what she was going to cook based on the equipment failure - and she's getting nervous!
Tom Colicchio said since the chemicals got all over the food *and* the kitchen, they have to scrub the kitchen down - so it's a complete do-over. Tom Colicchio said they will try to have the same food available, but when Richard asks if they can recalculate their dishes, Tom said yes. Only Antonia and Richard are changing dishes.
Carla - pork tenderloin in the fryer - which she would normally never do, but thinks it'll cook more evenly. But her pork tenderloin's center is raw - so she's trying a McGyver move on the flattop.
Carla's dish - Fried Pork Medallion with Sweet Potato Puree and Apple Chips - unfortunately, Gail's pork was still underdone.
Antonia made Fried Shrimp with Grits with Pork Shoulder Bits and Slaw - Tom Colicchio said "Howard Johnson called and they want their garnish back". OUCH.
Mike made Sous Vide Chicken with Lobster Hash.
Richard made Roasted Lamb Loin with Braised Turnip and Pickled Cannelloni. Richard's talking to himself in the kitchen that he didn't like his food. Richard - CHILL, man!
And finally, Tiffany made Roasted Pork with Dirty Rice, Curried Slaw, and Tomato Relish.
In the in-between, Richard compares nuts to music....
Almonds - like Opera or Ballet
Peanuts - are the Rock nuts
Walnuts - are like peanuts - British rock. :-) (thanks Nettie!)
Pistachios? That's Pop.
Hazelnuts are the "hippie nuts" (but what kind of music is that?)
And when Mike asks about Brazil nuts, Carla said "Does anyone eat them?" Mike says "well, they're always in mixed nuts!" Carla says "Because they take up space!" LOL I'd say Brazil nuts would be Samba! (thanks to edible complex for the suggested fix from Salsa!)
And they're back at The Atlantis. Mike said he second guessed all of his dishes all season, as did Richard. Carla realized she had to "do what I do", and Antonia said "Yeah, but today was *not* what I do!"
Padma calls them into JT. The meal as a whole missed the mark, she says. One person will go home.
Carla - too sweet apple chips and undercook pork for some.
Antonia's shrimp were overcooked and had very dry pork bits in her grits (which were also dry).
Tiffany's slaw was not curried, had dry meat, but her Tomato Ginger relish was well received.
Mike's dish got very good reviews overall.
Richard, when asked what he thought of his dish, said "I hate everything I do!" But his dish was well received. Gail liked his cannelloni; but Eric thought they were too soft.
Eric Ripert announces that Mike Isabella wins! Figured as much based on what everyone said at JT. But Richard is also safe. So it's among one of the women. I'm thinking it's Antonia or Tiffany. I *really* want Antonia to stay in and cook in the finale, so while I like Tiffany, I'd rather she go.
And we're back at JT...Tom Colicchio reviews the three women's dishes. Said they were all too basic, even though they all cooked from their heart.
And Padma tells Carla to PYKAG! Whoa! I wasn't expecting that - but Carla's saying she realizes that she didn't make a good enough dish and the judges made the right decision. Sorry to see you go, but your grace and fun has been wonderful to watch!
Next week - it's Padma in a bikini! They have to go catch their own conch - and Richard looks like a beached whale trying to dive for the conch - he can't get below the surface of the water! LOL