Trashies this is painfully late, I host Christmas every year and this year the events and excitement got the best of me. Every time I sat down to write, one more thing needed to be done/cleaned or driven to the store for but this episode deserves a recap, mostly so I can hate on Hosea who is the WORST.
This episode starts straight from elimination and Brucie bear laying down some sweet wisdom. It could have been any of us he says and Rogelio agrees because he thought it was going to be him for his raw lamb. Le Bernardin is pissed though because she felt Claudette sort of threw her under the bus. She did, but have ever watched Top Chef because that’s what happens when dishes are a combined effort and honestly you both shouldn’t have listed to Brucie because it was YOUR dish. Who cares who he thinks he is I don’t know him and I watched that boring ass best restaurant show. Denver is walking on air over her win, as she should be!
In the morning routine we hear Darth Vader breathing but as it turns out it is only the succinct rhythm of the bear den’s apnea machines. Then we get a close up on a tearful LaurAlaska telling us in talking head that she is missing her son, it’s the longest they have ever been apart. Look I am not going to dismiss the healing nature of baby/kid hugs after a long day, they are known to have a restorative powers BUT girl you are on Top Chef don’t let mom guilt take you down.
As the chefs assemble into the kitchen Scar introduces them the Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, Top Chef Master and James Beard Award recipient. Guess who knows him already?!?!?! Brucie Bear does of course.
It’s not a joke if it’s true and you brag about it
Before them lies all the ingredients for a Denver Omelet. Chef Patterson tells them that no one knows how the Denver Omelet came to be but some believe a sandwich. Their Quickfire challenge today will be to deconstruct the Denver Omelet. Chef Patterson has eaten Denver Omelets all over the world and wants originality and no actual omelets.
Of course you did Denver
Just as they are about to begin Scar informs them that this is a Sudden Death Quickfire. The bottom three dishes will cook against each and the loser from that will be eliminated. They are all overwhelmed and at a loss what to do. Tu is doing something totally different and cold with caviar, he says hashtag Chef Life. Excuse me Tu David Fu but there is only chef truly living A Chef’s Life and that is Chef Vivian Howard. At the 13 minute mark LaurAlaska does not know what she is doing and for lack of a better image, she is running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Tanya is struggling with her crepes despite having done them a million times. Brother is doing something Japanese influenced and Brucie is making gnocchi, well color me surprised. He says no bears going home today and just as I clear the vomit from my throat we find out the Fatima is Baby Bear because she needs bear hugs too…. Gag me with a spoon.
Somebody must have stolen Scar’s stash because she gives Brucie a dirty look and says “Gnocchi again.”
Then peed in her cheerios because she asks Rogelio in her Scar voice, “Did you mean to cook the egg like this.”
The favorites are; Denver’s simple but well executed, Brother’s the smoked duck egg was fabulous and Tu’s had great freshness and acidity. And the winner is…………
The least favorites are; Tanya, very dry and flat. LaurAlaska the French toast was thick and heavy and Rogelio’s the egg missed the mark. The Sudden Death Quickfire will also be judged by Big Daddy and this time they will be making a perfect omelet. A French omelet to be exact so it shouldn’t be brown, very fluffy with small curds in only 15 minutes, this challenge is all about technique and timing. This will be a challenge as all the non-stick pans are dirty. LaurAlaska says she needs a good cry and is having a hard time feeling present. It shows and her omelet is raw and not folded.
The least favorite overall is obviously LaurAlaska. On the way out the chefs hug her and tell her they love her but she is shattered in knowing she failed herself. Big Daddy tell her he will see her in Last Chance Kitchen
In the kitchen it’s time for the elimination challenge and here as the guest judge is season 5 winner Hosea Rosenberg.
It should have Carla had she not listened to Casey
OMG, how original NO ONE ever comes back and says that.
Stacho is lapping up Hosea and all his douchiness, he can’t believe he standing in the presence of greatness. Gross. Scar tells the cheftestants that a decade ago food trucks became a culture phenomenon, Big Daddy adds that they provide a unique testing ground that can launch careers. Hosea tells them that right after Top Chef he opened his first and the second one became the empire that he owns now. They will break into four teams of three to create a restaurant concept out of a food truck.
Three course – For 150 college kids
Non-mustachioed Joe says he thinks he knows what college kids want because he went to four colleges in four years. Ultimately dropping out to go to culinary school because no one thinks accountants are cool. Um, ok. Each chef needs to be responsible for one item and to decide teams they will use the ancient method of drawing knives. They will have 3 and half hours to cook and prep in Boulder before service starts and to help draw a crowd voice-over Scar tells us they have enlisted Logan Paul a big social media maven who has over 11 million followers. I am an old and social media illiterate so I have no idea who Logan Paul is but he sounds super cool <insert eyeroll>. Each diner will be given a ticket and the truck with most tickets will be safe from elimination. With that they dash outside to check out the trucks.
Stacho feels like him Baby Bear and Friar Bucket are going to crush this competition and decide to call themselves The Hangover Cure. The green team of Brother, Rogelio and Brucie Bear are going to be Foodgasm. Brucie knows that if they are in the bottom it will be him or Rogelio because Brother Bear has immunity. He says Rogelio’s food is delicious he just lacks confidence and can be kind of nervous. Tu, B.Funk and Le Bernardin are going to be Blazin Sammies because they like spicy food. Non-mustachioed Joe, Denver and Tanya will be Down the Chin. Non-mustachioed Joe makes a comment that makes me perk up ALL the contestants that have been eliminated up to this point have been ladies. FOR REAL!
On the way to Whole Foods, Blazin Sammies discusses all using the same sort of bread to help service move faster. Stacho reveals to us that he is actually a frat boy in hipsters clothing so he knows munchies. Brucie reveals his rocker past to us complete with pictures and OH.MY.GOD!
Exactly how old is Bruce?
Do you think he still has the leather pants in the back of his closet and thinks someday Brucie, someday
His favorite claim to fame as a chef was that they once opened for Meatloaf.
Rogelio is talking about making elotes and turning it into a salad. All I can think is why not just make elotes, they are delicious and food truck appropriate. Back at the house Tu thinks they have it in the bag with his pop-up experience and fast service because kids don’t wait. Have you ever walked by an Apple store when they are launching a new product? Tanya is making her chicken and waffles. She is talking about when she opened her restaurant she had to open in an industrial area because no one would lease to her and how being marginalized dictated her food.
Once on the trucks the chefs are mad dashing to get everything together. Baby Bear is having whipped cream can problems, those things can be awesome when they work but otherwise a total mess. Friar Bucket talks about how he went to the same college Big Daddy did Line Cook University. Rogelio has worked in food trucks before and knows how hard it can be. Brucie is talking about his sandwich and it sounds gross. Brother Luck talks about hanging out with gangbangers and hustlers when he found out he could get a scholarship to college in culinary school.
I think we all knew a dude like this at one point in our lives and uh purchased his wares
Right now though he has me concerned because that fry bread dough looks over-worked. Stacho is blanching his chicken wings in his secret mixture. Brucie runs into an issue when the ovens on the truck don’t work and is forced to cook the pork in a toaster oven. Blazin Sammies bread has steamed in the bag and is sweaty. Down the Chin pops an outlet with the waffle maker.
Finally the students arrive along with Logan Paul.
He’s like a Dick Casablancas doppelganger minus the charm and boyband hair
The judge’s first stop is The Hangover Cure.
Gail says that hot soup at a food truck is not what she would choose but the flavors are delicious. Big Daddy loves the croutons and wants more. Scar and Daddy love the sticky-licky wings. Logan says waffles are his jam and this is next level excitement.
Next Blazin Sammies. Before the judges partake we get a few diner takes and a few of them think its way too much bread, not a good sign.
Big Daddy says the fish needs more mayonnaise, Scar thinks the fish is over breaded and Gail says the relish is good but not enough. Logan likes the chopped cheese but Hosea says he can’t tell what he eating even though the flavors are good. The banh mi is good but despite the name being Blazin there is no kick to these sammies. Also, Big Daddy says they should have picked better bread. Oh Le Bernardin!
At Down the Chin, the diners have apparently never had a Juicy Lucy and they are LOVIN them.
I see what you did there Joe. Maxwell Street Polish is a standard at the hotdog stands in Chicago, served traditionally with mustard and peppers.
Gail calls it a beautifully constructed burger. Big Daddy says the chicken and waffles are really well made. Although the ribs are tender and good they don’t blow Gail away but Daddy says it’s good. Plus they served with wetnaps.
At Foodgasm, Brother Love is working the crowds to try and get as many tickets as they can. The judges arrive and they are ready for them.
The judges do not like Rogelio’s corn salad saying it needs vinegar. For Scar its Bruce’s sandwich that is a big fail and Daddy agrees it’s too greasy. Scar says Brother’s fry bread is stale and they don’t love the honey powder calling cute but useless. Logan thinks that describes him perfectly.
The team who was able to woo the most amount of college students will be safe from elimination and that team is……
DOWN THE CHIN
The other teams are shocked. But the judge’s choice who they thought had the best dishes is….
THE HANGOVER CURE
And the overall best dish and winner of the challenge is….
Virtual mustache twirling
Big Daddy tells Stacho this is nice recovery from his dish last challenge. So, I guess he didn’t get any credit for that butter whey sauce on the winning dish.
Now the least favorites turn. Foodgasm says there were issues were their ovens that affected the sandwich. Hosea tells them that’s what happens in food trucks and it’s about being resourceful also the fry bread was dense and tasted like it sat out for too long. He should know he grew up in New Mexico. Next they ask Rogelio about his corn salad, asking if meant to serve it cold or room temperature. He is nervous and chokes out saying exactly and Scar does her best professor and is all, “Exactly how?” Big Daddy tells him it lacked acid, texture and it was his least favorite dish. Bruce’s pork was fatty and thick, the ratios were off.
Next Blazin Sammies are up and Gail asks why they all served on the same bread. Le Bernardin says it was too keep it as common component and Gail does her best Scar and asks, “WHY?” B.Funk says they thought it would streamline their service and Daddy asks him in your restaurant should you be concerned about service or the food first. They know it’s the food. Tu says he feels like if they had gotten the right bread that could have elevated the sandwiches and the judge’s point out that wasn’t a requirement. Tu’s bahn mi lacked condiments, Le Bernardin’s didn’t wow them and B.Funk’s lacked condiments.
Scar says that it seems both teams faced issues from the jump. However, Big Daddy says that at least Blazin Sammies had a concept, Foodgasm was all over the place and wasn’t cohesive at all, the worst being the salad. But Gail argues that Blazin Sammies made one large poor decision that affected them all equally.
Although both teams performed poorly only one team totally failed and that was Foodgasm…
Rogelio is out
He has nothing but positive things to say on his way out and tells all the immigrants in the kitchen across the United States never give up follow your dreams and because here you can be anything you want to be.