Trashies, I am so sorry I have been sick and overwhelmed at work so this recap is late. I appreciate all the comments and read each one. I love the dialogue that we are all having about this show and promise in the coming weeks this is all going to get better.
The episode starts with Stacho telling Uncle Brucie he needs to tell him when he’s being an asshole. Like at all times or just when he needs to edit his dishes because that would be like a full-time job. Tanya says that when she was his age she was the same way and took her time to learn to edit but he will get there. Denver toasts to Tanya’s win. Tanya is really excited to have won because it’s always been her goal to earn women, young and of color respect in the industry. I love women like this!
Back at the house Uncle Brucie’s wife Gina calls to let him know that birth mother’s water broke and it’s all happening. So, they all stay up late to wait for the news to come and 11:21 PM his wife calls back to let him that he’s a daddy!
Aw, babies are so cute… then they grow up and tell you stuff like you aren’t cool and that’s NOT the toy they wanted
At 6:01 AM the very next morning Scar and Brooke roll up in a white BMW with a paper bag. Non-mustachioed Joe hopes they are just here to wish Bruce congratulations on becoming a dad but he knows that can’t be the only reason. Uncle Brucie greets Brooke and Scar with the news, Brooke and Brucie are good friends because of course they are but she has to tell him that’s not the only reason she is here.
He really thought she was here to congratulate him on the birth of his son… for real
Scar asks him to gather other chefs and meet them in the kitchen. The chefs assemble and Scar asks them if they know why she is here…… Breakfast?
Make a breakfast dish featuring Nutella in 30 minutes
Baby Bear is groaning through this because she is NOT a morning person. Brooke explains that she makes crepes with her son every Sunday and he always wants Nutella crepes. I feel like she shared this and made crepes in the breakfast challenge last season where they had make brunch the ladies in big hats. The winner for the challenge will win immunity and $5,000 from Nutella.
The kitchen is in full on chaos and also there are now bear slippers for the bears and bear cubs….
UGH, I KNOW!
Non-mustachioed Joe is making a coconut and Nutella stock that sounds disgusting.
Denver crawls on the counter to plugin because there aren’t enough burners to cook
Tanya and Baby Bear are making waffles, again! Tanya talks about living in Paris in her 20’s, which sounds amazing in addition to her chef training she served tables at a pizza place where she had to sing Grease Lightning twice a night. Denver is making a savory dish that she would personally eat. Le Bernardin doesn’t usually eat breakfast she prefers hers in liquid form sitting at the bar with her boyfriend.
With five minutes left there is a bit of panic setting in. B.Funk is yelling at his bowl while whisking to, “stiffen up” which I died that could have been taken wrong on so many levels. At the last second Le Bernardin doesn’t get to put her savory Nutella syrup on the plate and she knows that the $5,000 will not be going home with her.
Crepes are the new pancake
She should have served the syrup on the side like the other two did
Brooke says it was all delicious and very filling but among the least favorites were Non-mustachioed Joe, Tanya and Le Bernardin’s due to the lack of sauce.
The favorites were Denver, Little Miss Witch and Baby Bear. The winner is someone’s dish who surprised Brooke and that it was beautifully composed and that is….
Strawberry habanero jelly sauce for everyone!
Denver feels like her strengths are being magnified and her super hero power is to take comfort food put her own weird twist on it and make it work.
Brooke leaves as Scar is about to intro the Elimination Challenge.
Scar explains that in a few weeks (of this show airing) the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be beginning so for this challenge is all about team USA spirit. The Olympians enter the patio and Baby Bear turns into a HUGE fan girl of Meryl Davis. I LOVE the Olympics and obsessively watch the winter and summer games, even the trial competitions on certain sports.
A Disney Princess brought to life
An adorable superhuman who saves stray dogs
Not sure what sport that is exactly, thankfully he explains and I hope they wear helmets
All of their sports require skill, accuracy, creativity and precision. So, guess what the challenge is going to involve!?!?! They will be working in teams of three to compete head-to-head in three rounds that will challenge their speed, precision and creativity. Feeding seventy diners, the judges and the Olympians. Scar has them divide themselves rather than drawing knives. The Bears plus Stacho group up. Baby Bear is now a fox with Le Bernardin and Denver. Leaving Tanya, B.Funk and Little Miss Witch in the awkward grouping of being stuck together without any other options.
The Bear thing is getting old…
But B.Funk says he’s happy with his group. Little Miss Witch is great and Tanya is a living legend amongst black chefs in the industry, someone he has looked up to his whole career. Scar explains the rounds:
Before hitting the Whole Foods, the chefs split up to work out their menus. The foxes bring up to Le Bernardin that her knife skills are going to be the best because she worked at Le Bernardin. I wonder how they knew that. They give Denver the creativity challenge because that is her strength and let’s face it she also has immunity. The bears and bear cub Stacho are all vibing and agreeing on how the dishes will be divided, Uncle Brucie Bear is doing his mushroom polenta, a secret recipe he has been holding in the back pocket of his leather pants for just such an occasion. Non-mustachioed Joe is doing some roast chicken and Stacho some pasta because no one will be able to compare to his pasta.
On team, we are “stuck in this together” Little Miss Witch wants to showcase the Mexican flavors she brought in Last Chance Kitchen. Tanya agrees that she can do speed, B.Funk is doing creativity with Korean flavors due to the location of the Olympics. His wife is Korean and he wants to incorporate her family’s flavors. Tanya will be taking on the precision, which given how difficult the mise en place challenge was for her may have not been the greatest idea. She will be doing lamb with North African flavors with currants and collard greens. She is not excited about this challenge and really wanted to do speed as that is what she believes is her forte. She says that no one uses these cuts anymore and she hasn’t done them in a long time because it’s an old school way of cooking.
On the way to Whole Foods, Uncle Brucie is laying down some straight up sexism because ladies be complicating shit while complimenting Stacho on his bag of tricks. Stacho hopes in wood frame sunglasses that everyone else heard he is a force to be reckoned with and was defeated by that. <Insert eye roll here>
At Whole Foods, they have 30 minutes to shop and $600 to spend. Le Bernardin lets us know her deep passion for mise en place. Uncle Brucie talks dirty to the plants and Baby Bear tells us of her track star past and her own Olympic dreams. The Bears run around eating samples and acting like weirdos just like my kids do at the store.
Back at the house the Foxes are making a plan for helping each other while Little Miss Witch tells her team she will probably just need help with plating. They are also setting up a secret baby shower for Uncle Brucie in the rec room. B.Funk lays down some fatherly advice saying that you go through a whole range of feelings when your children are born because it’s one of the best feelings in the world, so true and then we see pictures of his little girl.
Sweet baby Pearl
The Joes are on Uncle Brucie duty while he talks about wanting to fly home to hold his baby. As annoying as I find him I do feel bad that he is missing out on the first days of bonding but more for his wife who is probably doing it all alone.
They play baby shower games and drink out of bottles
Later on, B.Funk and Tanya have bitch session on the patio where they talk about the wisdom that comes with age and not having to put their egos on the plate. BURN!
Time to cook!
They line them in front of the audience once they get in there to ask them who is cooking what and reveal a few surprises. They have color coded them in aprons and Scar asks who will be participating in the speed round; Uncle Brucie, Little Miss Witch and Baby Bear.
The precision round will be Non-mustachioed Joe, Tanya and Le Bernardin but there is a bit of a twist. Big Daddy asks Non-mustachioed Joe what protein he chose and to what degree will he be cooking it to. His chicken will be cooked to 165°. Tanya has lamb chops and doesn’t actually know what temperature she cooks to because she doesn’t cook that way, she cooks by touch so she throws out 145°. Le Bernardin filet to 125° then Tom asks them to hand over their thermometers. Once they have completed their protein the judges will come by to take the temp for every 3 degrees they are off they will lose one point.
In third round, which is creativity it will be Stacho, B.Funk and Denver. Scar asks B.Funk to remove the cloche and the secret ingredient is………
B.Funk is relieved because this will work great with Korean flavors except he will need all the time to work on his dish and won’t be able to help his team.
And they are off… The Olympians are asking the judges a lot of questions about how the competition works and what the cheftestants should be focused on. Almost immediately Tanya is getting annoyed with Little Miss Witch for asking her to help grab her stuff and cut the cheese. Tanya is a bit salty that she isn’t doing speed because she could have done it better and doesn’t think that Claudette should be asking them for so much help. Meanwhile the other teams are legit treating the first course like a group effort.
When it comes time to plate and Little Miss Witch asks Tanya to lay out the plates she is all attitude and tells her she is going to need a lot of help because all she gave her. Claudette feels her negativity and doesn’t ask her for anything further and for goes the acid component by just adding lemon so that she can finish on her own. From the audience Scar takes note that the red and blue team are working together but not the white team, Gail suggests perhaps she wants to do it alone.
Bruce shook his greasy hair in the Olympians face while receiving the medal and I felt so sorry for him
The precision chefs are going and I love the when Le Bernardin has conversations with herself, she answers of the imaginary person by looking to the side.
Tanya is now asking Little Miss Witch for help by asking her to get a pan. She gets a little snotty with Tanya and asks for a complete list, girl you had her running all over for shit and Tanya does not run she is a lady. Tanya tells she did but she spent all her time helping her so…. That reply did not make sense, if she had a list why doesn’t she have one now but I get it she was trying to prove a point. Claudette IS being passive aggressive and making comments under her breath but does offer to set out plates. In her talking head, Little Miss Witch says that she doesn’t know what Tanya is doing, 145° sounds high for lamb and the cuts do not look right and just then the camera cuts to Tanya asking B.Funk if she is doing a certain cut correctly.
Le Bernardin calls to have her meat checked first and it comes in at 115°, the Red Team’s starting point is now a 7. The Blue Team is next and their chicken comes in at 158.5° giving them a starting point of 8. Little Miss Witch hollers at Tanya to see if she is ready to test and she says yes. The White comes in at 125° and therefore only has a starting point of 4.
Claudette is helping Tanya plate and asking questions how she wants it done but Tanya says she can’t hear her probably because of the diners that are going over the top with cheering. While Big Daddy explains to Olympians what happened with Tanya and that 145° would have meant the meat was well-done.
Tom says that the Blue Team chicken is perfect the knife cuts were great but so were Red teams. Merle says that Tanya sauce was delicious but Gus says that Tanya’s cuts were “chiffonade there.” Amongst the judges Big Daddy says Tanya’s lamb chop was great she just didn’t know the technical temperature but Scar calls her knife cuts atrocious.
So far, the bears are in the lead and it’s not just B.Funk’s nerves they are wearing on. Denver is shouting out her dish and it sounds gross but when she explains what usual process is for a new dish I can see why editing is always a critique.
Little Miss Witch is saying something about being honest with each other and Tanya says she didn’t get a chance to taste her dish because she was already in the weeds. B.Funk is starting to notice that something is not right between them but can’t get caught up in it because he is trying to stay focused. Stacho waxes about his greatness and I just can’t listen to him stroke his own ego anymore.
Gus the Olympian says for him its between B.Funk and Stacho, he just did not like Carrie’s dish very much and well could you blame him. Big Daddy calls it a very amateur attempt at pasta and calling it his least favorite dish all season. BURN! Sweet Meryl thought the White Team’ was the best overall and Gail agrees but she did not like the tofu cream, it threw the whole dish off. But Tom loved Stacho’s dish and adds that if the White Team wins this round it will push them into second place.
In the stew room Tanya head, straight to the beverage fridge and hits the flat water hard while the bears come in boisterous and celebrating the win. Tanya shake her head at them in disgust and finally tells them that win or lose they are always dominating the conversation.
So, please just STFU
From the jump at the judges table Tanya is having a hard time keeping her eyes from rolling the back of her head as they congratulate the Blue Team. Gail tells them that their food was flawless and it is clear they were in sync, like a good boy band. They liked Uncle Brucie’s dish it was a great starter and gave props to Non-mustachioed Joe or as they call him Baby Face Joe. However, the knife cuts award goes to Le Bernardin and as they all point out she is an instructor so she better be on point. Big Daddy loved the creativity that went into Stacho’s dish and they could tell as he was making it that it was going to be a hit. The winner is…….
Stacho or Mustached Joe as Tom calls him
Time for the White Team to step up. Scar asks B.Funk about his dish. He talks about being inspired by the location of the games and his wife’s family. Big Daddy loved the dish except for the tofu cream and Gail concurs. Moving on to Tanya she is like doing facial exercises from serious to frowning to smiling as Tom tells her that he liked sauce but the cuts were bad and tells her at some point she needs to learn how the actual temperature meat should be at and not just rely on touch. She says she knows but she has a breakfast and lunch place cooking mostly chicken never lamb or beef so it doesn’t matter. Tom tells her the lamb was cooked perfectly and she just shrugs and says she knows she messed up, it’s fine.
Scar tells Little Miss Witch that the first two bites of her plate were great but it was too rich. She admits that she wanted to put an acid on the plate but wasn’t able to get it on. Tom asks her is she ran out of time to get it on the plate or wasn’t able to get it done. And then things turn south… she says she asked Tanya for something but she gave her attitude and made her feel like she couldn’t keep asking her for help because some under the breath comments.
The camera flashes to Le Bernardin and Non-Mustachioed Joe as he whispers, “this is what happened to you on your challenge,” and Le Bernardin nods.
Tanya has a different opinion on this scenario, she says she gave her so much help and got behind because she had to help her so much. Claudette says she was prepared to help her for her dish…
But you didn’t
Scar asks to hear her version of events and Tanya refuses saying she has said her peace. Gail is surprised to hear a NO and asks her if she upset that she didn’t get the help she needed or didn’t cook the dish she the way she wanted.
Don’t put words in mouth Gail
Gail explains that she is just trying to read the story while the chefs on the sidelines are dying. Tanya says that she can think of a lot great dishes she could have cooked in 30 minutes that she would not have needed so much help on. Claudette reaches over to her and says you never said anything.
Be gone little witch
Tanya says she is a team player and she knows that Claudette feels like she helped but she asked her to get a pot and she got nothing but attitude. Big Daddy asks for B.Funk’s take and he had no idea this was going on, he need the full 2 ½ hours for his dish so……
Immediately the judges agree that B.Funk is safe because his dish was great. So now it comes down to the other two and it’s what we have faced before in this season, a better tasting dish versus the one that didn’t rise to the challenge.
In the stew room Stacho asks Tanya what is wrong and she is like I don’t have much to say. Claudette wishes she would have spoken up from the beginning because she doesn’t want to ruin the relationship over a comment. Tanya tries to speak but with Claudette still talking Tanya tells her that she is trying right now and she isn’t even listening. Denver speaks up and encourages Tanya to talk to Little Miss Witch and Tanya snaps that she doesn’t know where she is coming from and she doesn’t have to Denver, then in the famous scene tells her to get woke. I don’t think anyone has ever spoken to Denver like that before.
Back at the judges table Tom tells them that part of working on team is knowing strengths and weaknesses and that where this team failed.
Tanya is out
Big Daddy kindly tells her that her role was precision and she wasn’t as precise as he believed she could be. She hugs and tells everyone goodbye but Claudette who tries and gets denied. Tanya for her part says she is somewhat relieved because being around all these challenging personalities has been hard.
That was the most intense judges table I remember in a long time. I think Tanya and Little Miss Witch were both in the wrong, they were passive aggressive with each other and not as helpful as they could have been during a team challenge and neither was B.Funk. Tanya should have spoken up and said she was more comfortable with the speed challenge. BUT Claudette should not have blamed Tanya for not being able to do her acid component and left it simply at she didn’t have the time. It’s not a good look to throw the other chefs under the bus constantly AND she should have learned from her initial elimination.
This week RESTAURANT WARS!!! Also, some big congratulations to Gus for qualifying for the Olympics! Hopefully he come back with more medals and puppies!