I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS when they revealed the twist of veterans in Season 15. I would give you warnings on spoilers but the spoilers are going to hit the airwaves next week in the main competition.
Friar Bucket walks into the kitchen and from his face you can see that he knows this is not the Last Chance Kitchen we have all become accustomed to in seasons past.
Big Daddy Tom welcomes him to Last Chance Kitchen and asks him is he has any idea what’s going on and of course he doesn’t. He tells him that Lee Anne, Kwame and Little Miss Witch are the current champions of LCK and then introduces the chefs they have already taken out. LaurAlaska is surprised to see Friar Bucket here because he is a beast in the kitchen.
Tom gives him the current stats. Claudette has won the last two challenges. Friar Bucket will be going up against all three of them and ONE of them will be returning to the main competition this week. So, this will be a two-part challenge, round 1 will be all four, the top three of that challenge will go on to the next and the winner will get a chance to go back to the main competition. Got at all that? Ok, let’s go!
Daddy says Friar Bucket got too caught up in his own head in the last challenge so for this challenge he will get to use someone else’s head.
My cat and I have to same reaction to this challenge
Poor Kwame looks like he wants to toss his cookies or is really deeply processing, hard to tell. Friar Bucket says he’ll take any head he can get, hahahahaha. I see what you did there. He grabs the pig’s head, he will be using the ears and part of the cheek. Claudette the pig’s tongue because she is here to take chances. Lee Anne is slicing peppers when Marcel yells out that she has some nice butt cheeks… HaliBUT cheeks that is.
Kwame is using salmon head and doing a curry with Thai influences. He says that these sort of proteins can be difficult to cook and break down so you have to use your head. Not as witty as Friar Bucket, but acceptable. Jen asks Claudette why she didn’t want the pig’s head and she snaps back that it reminds her too much of her ex. Ooooooooooh snap.
Friar Bucket throws the ears and cheeks into the pressure cooker saying that without it would take three hours for it all to cook down. Kwame is taking his time to be precise on cleaning his salmon head. Claudette is using a pressure cooker, which she is not super familiar with but wants to take the risk. Lee Anne is going Chinese in her dish, in her talking head she says that she really wants this money to open another restaurant, strap that baby to her back and keep working. Wow, ok have the baby first and then see how you feel about all that still.
A little ahead of the 20-minute mark Big Daddy makes his rounds and just after he finishes it becomes apparent to them all something is burning.
The rubber handle on the pressure cooker Friar Bucket is using caught fire
After he tamps down the fire on the handle he begins to look around for his spaghetti squash and Claudette calls him a hot mess. On the other cook top Lee Anne is stirring vigoursly splashing sesame oil onto Kwame’s flat bread he is carefully trying to cook. Then Claudette shades Kwame’s curry and love of the orange sauces.
Daddy says that everything was cooked nicely but he only had one favorite and that was…
My secret weapon pocket square is working!!!!
Great taste and everything worked together nicely. Second favorite was Claudette’s the heat was really nice and all the flavors were really clean. He tells Friar Bucket he understood where the dish was coming from and everything on the pig’s head was going to take longer to cook. Lee Anne’s dish he thought was overly complicated. Big Daddy says this is a hard decision because ultimately someone’s time is over in Last Chance Kitchen and…
Friar Bucket is out
The next episode starts….. NOW!
Whoever wins this will rejoin the main competition with 10 challenges left
Tom asks them one by one why they want this. Little Miss Witch wants this because she want to prove to herself and her kids that she can do this. Kwame wants his mom to stop working because she is really old and it’s time for her to slow down. She still works 6 days a week as a chef and Tom says he understands he had to have the same conversation with his mom. For Lee Anne this is about having a nest egg.
Big Daddy says that to be a good chef you must have good instincts they have proved that they can use their heads but now he wants them to trust their gut.
These guts… are offal
Each chef will choose one protein and will have 40 minutes. Kwame chooses chicken hearts. Lee Ann beef livers. Claudette chicken livers. Lee Anne says that as she has aged, she has gained a new appreciation of offal meats not to be confused with awful meats.
Kwame is going Puerto Rican for this dish and Lee Anne is making her world famous dumplings. Apparently she has cookbook and is known for her dumplings. Claudette is struggling with her masa and is trying to pep it up with love and water. She can probably can fix it but once your masa goes south it’s better to start over and with 20 minutes left she has plenty of time but she pushes forward with what she’s got.
Go condition your hair JEN!
Tom makes his rounds and talks to Lee Anne about her dumplings. They are thankfully giving Marcel talking heads, which I am loving because he is funny and gives good insight, he says that as dumpling specialist Lee Anne’s dumplings better be the best dumplings Tom has ever had. Tom then checks in with Kwame and Claudette as she gives him a rundown of what she is doing in Spanglish. Kwame says he has no idea what she is saying most of the time but it smells delicious.
With 10 minutes left, suddenly the kitchen doors open and in come the other chefs who are bewildered. They all see two veterans and Claudette cooking and are confused to say the least. Brother says he is ready to cook but someone is already cooking in the kitchen. OH so they sent them to the kitchen like a regular Quickfire challenge was about to happen and this is what they walked in on. Big Daddy welcomes them to Last Chance Kitchen and tells them the winner of this challenge is joining the main competition.
SHUT UP….. Brucie is all of us right now
Baby Bear is pooping her pants because she is worried a veteran could come back and wipe them all out. SO, TRUE that’s exactly what happened LAST YEAR. Jen tells them they should be worried about who’s coming back to the house with them.
B.Funk is excited to see Kwame but Kwame isn’t here to make friends. Claudette asks for cheers but at the same time in her talking head she says that they don’t want her back because they know she is threat. Simmer down Little Miss Witch, they are more worried about Kwame and Lee Anne. The only one you might want to sleep with one eye open with is Le Bernardin, she is NOT happy with you.
Big Daddy tells them they have all cooked well in the main competition but the best food of the season has been in Last Chance Kitchen. Brother asks Marcel which one of them should they be most concerned by and he says they are all good but so different. Stacho tells us in a talking head he would rather Claudette comes back and not a veteran, easier to steam roll.
Tom tells them what he liked about these dishes is that they were all offal forward, because that was the challenge. Lee Anne’s dumpling were perfect, the liver sauce was good but a little thick. Kwame’s had a lot of good little things and the hearts were cooked perfectly. Although the dish was a good mix of textures and flavors he would like to see him move away from using the tiny covered dishes and let his food breath. Claudette’s had so much going on, the sauce was really, really great the apples were slightly anchovy forward on the first bite but each bite became more complex and delicious. Tom says for a tough decision like this he is going to need another opinion.
Then out of the shadows a figure appears with a Top Chef coat in hand
All the dishes were so good so Big Daddy is going to go with his gut instinct here…
Who do you think it will be? Let me know in the comments below.
Want more TrashTalk? Follow us on Twitter for updates of recaps as they publish, like us on Facebook for a daily update, watch our TV parody vids on YouTube, or for funny TV pics, heart us on Instagram, and get the occasional gif on Tumblr!