Welcome back to the Last Kitchen. We are going to cover both episodes 2 and 3 in this recap so if you haven’t watched Top Chef and do not know who has been eliminated in the first and second episode this is your last warning for SPOILERS.
Melissa walks into the kitchen and sees Marcel, Kwame and Lee Anne and her face says it all.
Tom smiles at the look on her face and asks if she recognizes anyone and of course she does because she is big fan, has watched every season and knows exactly who they all are. Just then Jen walks in the room and Tom tells Melissa she isn’t the first one out in this competition. Tom explains what we already know and that she will be going up against all three and only three of them will be moving on. Big Daddy mentions that in both challenges she messed up her potatoes so guess what the challenge is?
Kwame says that anytime you get out of the competition you can’t wait to get back in and prove your worth and he can tell Melissa wants it but he wants it more. They will have 30 minutes and they are off.
Daddy makes his rounds and first stops at Lee Anne’s station to find out if she is making scallops or “scallops.” Marcel asks Melissa for dirt on the other cheftestants and asks if there is anyone from L.A. she says maybe.
In the top is Kwame and Marcel but Big Daddy’s favorite dish was Marcel’s! He says it is the best French Fry he has ever had and the sauce was delicious. Marcel is hopeful that he can follow in the great footsteps of the Great Kristen Kish and Brooke to win Top Chef through LCK.
Daddy says Lee Anne’s dish was too complicated and not seasoned at all. Melissa’s dish the potato on the bottom was well-cooked but the chip on top was burnt and the salmon was overcooked… Melissa is out.
She is disappointed but at the end gives an advertisement for Bar Crudo so at least she will have a job when she gets back.
Last Chance Kitchen Episode 3:
As soon as Claudette walks in and she sees Lee Anne, Marcel and Kwame she knows that she has to go up against them.
And she’s ready with her black lipstick
Big Daddy gives her the rundown of what’s going on and lets her know that Melissa and Jen are already out. Claudette is ready to show everyone the big game she talked about Mexico and her talent. Daddy asks her if she’s nervous and she says no, it’s just cooking and he tells her he’s scared.
Big Daddy tells them that this challenge will be using that less glamorous parts of the cheese.
Just like Little Miss Muffet
Kwame legit looks like he is going to toss his cookies and Little Miss Witch is excited because she’s cooked with weirder shit, fresh ant larvae and chicat ants. Of course, she has. They will have 20 minutes to cook and their dishes must incorporate all of Miss Muffet’s components.
They each grab a can of spider and Kwame is the first to open his and he looks appalled. He hates bugs especially spiders. He tastes it and says it tastes earthy like a mushroom. Marcel opens the can and notices that is dry, not oily like he expected. He says he could be into this and Kwame tells him to taste it first. Lee Anne is going to make a cheese sauce she calls grime time, like movie theater nacho cheese. Jen tries to talk to Claudette but she doesn’t answer, Melissa says she must be in the zone.
Big Daddy makes the rounds and suggests to Marcel if he is going to make a tarantula caprese salad and he should marinate it in olive oil. He wanders over to Claudette working on her guacamole without the avocados and pumpkin seeds instead and asks if her tarantula is in there and she tells him no, she wants him to taste the spider. He laughs and asks what he did to her, she tells him “I don’t know maybe kick me out.”
Tom says he can’t eat tarantula without a beer and uses liquid nitrogen to chill a beer before the tasting,
Daddy’s favorites were Kwame and Claudette’s. Claudette’s dish had lots of flavor and is his favorite. Marcel and Lee Anne are his least favorites. Marcel’s concept was great but marinating the spider would have given it more of that Kalamata olive feel, but he understood that he left it crispy for texture. Tom talks to Lee Anne about her cheese sauce and tempura but doesn’t really offer feedback on the dish. However, his least favorite dish was …………….
Marcel is shocked because he didn’t think his cheese was that bad, Daddy begs to differ. Marcel is not only gracious but funny on his elimination. Big Daddy says that he hears he has heard great things about Wolf and plans on stopping by soon. Marcel says he feels like he is leaving with unfinished business because he came to win Top Chef. Little Miss Witch is excited to move onto the next round and says she is glad that she kicked Marcel’s ass because she isn’t impressed with his celebrity status.
Claudette, Kwame and Lee Anne move onto to the next challenge