Bruce enters the kitchen all full of bluster ready to win. Big Daddy asks him if he thought he was going to end up here. He says at first no but there are a lot of strong chefs here. Speaking of strong chefs Tom reveals the current title holders of Last Chance Kitchen.
The Bash Brothers
Bruce laughs and says Da Bears! The peanut gallery enters and Tom explains the rules. All three of them will compete against each other and the final two will battle for a position in the main competition currently heading to Telluride. Brother apologizes to Bruce telling him that he isn’t going to take his kitchen.
At this point they ALL want it, but who is the hungriest. Big Daddy tells Bruce that he is great chef but he hasn’t quite “found his voice”. Tom wants to know what up with the bear’s thing. Bruce explains that when they were all rooming together they called it the bear den.
Big Daddy giggles and says this is too good to resist. Their challenge today will be to make porridge since they are three bears. He says they can go sweet or savory but don’t give him the typical breakfast food. They will have 30 minutes on the clock.
Bruce is using barley and farro. Brother is using white quinoa. Non-mustachioed Joe is looking for saffron, finds it and pours the whole bottle in making a fit of giggles from the peanut gallery because that stuff is expensive. He is making barley risotto style even though everyone gets sent home for risotto on Top Chef. Brother asks Bruce what happened and he says he just wanted to come see him.
The peanut gallery advises Non-mustachioed Joe to get his barley on with 21 minutes on the clock and he treats them to his lyrical kitchen stylings. Big Daddy makes his rounds and asks Non-mustachioed Joe if he is using quick barley because there isn’t much time left. Next he checks in with Brother to emotionally terrorize him.
Bruce is making a porridge with bacon and scallops, which gave me great giggles. Top Scallop anyone?!?!? Brother ops for sea bass while Friar Bucket asks Tom if he has a curly blonde wig for the tasting of all these porridges.
At the 7 minute mark Brother begins to plate because he is going to do a play on oatmeal brulee. At the 3 minute mark Non-mustachioed Joe’s barley is not cooked and he needs to start plating.
Tom says that all the dishes were really good and could have gotten them back in the competition but only two are going forward and his favorite was….
Apparently clapping for yourself is a thing now
However, the journey ends now for….
He feels like he went out with a great dish and that feels better about leaving Top Chef.
The Last Chance Kitchen The Finale starts now….
This challenge is going to be wide open, they can do whatever they want giving them a chance to focus their food and narrow their choices. Since as a chef it’s important to have the admiration of their peers they will prepare a dish for the peanut gallery who also will get a collective vote on the winner. But Tom doesn’t want to do this alone so he brought Lachlan back.
Sadly he did not bring his adorable kid
He says they have barely scratched the surface of what Colorado has to offer and going to Telluride will be the chance of a lifetime. They will need the collective vote from the peanut gallery, Lachlan’s vote and Tom’s vote so they will need 2 votes to win. Got that? OK let’s roll, they will have 45 minutes.
These two giant dudes are running harder and faster than I have ever seen them move. Tu asks Brother what he is going to make and he says something that isn’t going to get him sent home. Non-mustachioed Joe is making lamb shoulder and Brother is making chicken breast, an odd choice in my opinion.
Tom makes his rounds with Lachlan and Brother cannot be stopped doing what he is doing to chat. I think Tom knows this and purposely lingers at his station at all times asking a million and one questions. Non-mustachioed Joe is more gracious and indulges the questions on his fava beans. After checking in with the chefs they check the pantry to see what they didn’t choose for proteins and are amused.
Baby Bear thinks that Brother is doing too much and that this challenge is about restraint and she doesn’t think he understands that at all.
At the 7 minute mark they both start plating and they both start with a plate smear.
I hope I get it, I hope I get it
The chefs venture up to get their plates and take their turn at being judges. The peanut gallery gets cards with their names on them to fill out.
Lachlan tells Brother that he appreciates his boldness, it’s a risk to go out there and grab all those things to throw on one plate. Non-mustachioed Joe on the other hand he appreciated how he was able to edit it down. Tom tells Brother he questioned his decision to choose chicken breast but he really nailed it and the stuffing was more like an aromatic. The raspberries he wasn’t sure what they were on there for because there wasn’t enough on to make a difference. However the hash was a good counter point to the chicken. He says that Non-mustachioed Joe’s looked simple but had a lot of flavor and he liked how he handled the fava beans. The lamb he wishes he would have cooked longer because it might have made it more tender because it was chewy. However, overall it was nice showing. Then he turns around with his back to the cheftestants to confer with Lachlan.
He turns back around and says the decision is unanimous!
Tune in tonight!