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So the judges got it right this time, thank goodness. It was the battle of the sexes as the chefs were split into male and female teams to cater a bachelor/bachelorette poolside party, and honestly – the girls really need to step it up.
But first, the Quickfire, hosted by the very suave Todd English. The cheftestants roll the dice at the craps table and then create a dish with the number of ingredients that they roll. I love how excited Padma gets when they’re throwing the dice, as if they’re actually gambling for money and hey, everyone’s a winner! When Eve says she’s making an asparagus dish with blue cheese, I know she’s in trouble. Sounds like a dangerous combination that could easily go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing (and based on the previous episode, it doesn’t seem like she does). Jesse doesn’t get to add butter to her scallops, which is a shame – that would have definitely made them look more appetizing, and tastier.
Todd and Padma do their thing, and it turns out Michael V. wins the $15,000 and immunity for his nitrogen-enhanced take on gazpacho. Not quite sure what he made, but it looked cool.
When the teams are split by gender for the Elimination, Jen is not pleased. And no wonder – she’s clearly the best of the female chefs, and several of them seem to be pretty weak players. I’m loving her bluntness, by the way; she says Ashley’s idea to do a second dish is “stupid,” and she’s right. Each team has to create dishes to pair with three shots; the girls are catering the bachelor’s side, while the boys are serving the bachelorette’s guests. Bryan makes a guacamole-filled macaroon which includes one of my all-time favorite, most misunderstood foods ever – corn nuts! Hector surprises everyone by making a delicious tofu ceviche; perhaps he isn’t the straightforward, meat-booze-spicy-food cook I thought he was. Jen uses frozen octopus for her ceviche, which made me nervous – we’ve definitely seen previous Top Chef contenders go down for using frozen seafood – but somehow she makes it work, and the judges love her dish.
In the end, Bryan wins the challenge, narrowly beating out his brother and upping the ante in this sibling rivalry. Jesse, Preeti, Ashley and Eve end up on the bottom. Jesse ends up crying, again – this is going to get old quickly – and Ashley acknowledges that she should have stuck to just one dish. In the end, it’s Eve that goes home, and I’m pretty happy about it since I think she should have been cut loose last week.
Most of my favorites are still doing well – I see Jen, Kevin, Bryan and now Michael V. making it to the end. I think if Jesse doesn’t get her act together quickly, she could be next in line to pack her knives.