“HELL’S KITCHEN” SUMMARY:
After an endless recap of the season, the “HK” finalists are flown to Vegas to see the restaurant they have a chance to win. Their challenge is to prepare their “signature dish” for the “top chefs of Las Vegas” (Bonnie wins). Then they come back to L.A. to design their final challenge restaurants, plan their menus and pick teams from among the last six contestants booted off.
“TOP CHEF” SUMMARY:
The quickfire challenge is to create unique mix-ins for Coldstone Creamery ice cream and for some reason we only get to see five of the nine results. Dale wins and does not have to participate in the elimination challenge. Instead, he got to have dinner with guest judge Govind Armstrong at Armstrong’s Table 8.
Besting “Top Chef’s” dirtiest trick ever, the contestants are told to get ready to enjoy Miami’s nightlife. After getting all dolled up they are taken, by limo, to a club where they receive the bad news from Padma that they will divide into two teams and prepare latenight bar food in a “mobile kitchen” aka roach coach. Some of them don’t take this too well.
The team of Belligerant, Defeated, Bitter and Wimpy, er I mean, Howie, CJ, Casey and Sara N. did a better job of coming up with finger foods, but their execution was lame and they are put up for elimination, with Sarah sent home still whining about not being allowed to go to the club.
Hung, Brian, Sara M. and Tre are by far the more cohesive group and serve up food that looks tasty but isn’t necessarily stuff you want to eat standing in a parking lot after a night of boozing.
GORDON RAMSAY’S BEST INSULT:
He didn’t insult anyone the entire episode. Very disappointing.
ANNOYING CONTESTANT OF THE WEEK:
Oh, there were so many.
Let’s start with “HK” since it’s so easy. With only Bonnie and Rock left, Bonnie wins the annoying contestant race by a mile. Has there ever been anything in this girl’s life that she hasn’t achieved by batting her eyelashes and playing dumb? Julia gets an honorable mention for the crying jag upon her return.
On “TC,” we have a three-way tie between the abrasive Howie, whining and moaning Sara N. and frat boy Brian, who seemed drunker than the partygoers they were serving.
ANNOYING PRODUCT PLACEMENT OF THE WEEK:
Well, there’s no way ice cream can be annoying so I’d have to say the Toyota Rav4 gets the prize this week. Hung actually said “We got in our Rav4s to go to the Fresh Market.” Ugh.
SOON, ALL WILL FORGET:
“HK”: That Jen described her friendship with Bonnie by saying they’re like “two peas in a pie.”
“TC”: After specifially being told by Armstrong to “keep it simple,” Hung put — are you ready? — tempura flakes and white cauliflower foam in ICE CREAM. It may be quite a while before I can even look at ice cream again after that. And to top it off, he was indignant on being called out for it, accusing the judges of making boring choices.
TAKING THE LEAD TO WIN:
“HK”: It had better be Rock or… I don’t know… it just better be Rock. Although Fox did their very best in the editing room to deliberately make Bonnie appear confident and capable, while Rock appeared nervous and indecisive.
“TC”: This week’s challenge winner Tre and CJ are strong chefs, and more importantly at this point in the game, they are mature, level-headed and even-tempered.
WHAT LOOKED APPETIZING?:
“HK”: We saw nothing new since they were the same signature dishes we’ve seen before.
“TC” quickfire: Tre’s candied hazelnuts and raspberry ginger sauce mix-in; Dale’s peach cobbler mix-in and Howie’s mixed berries with balsamic vinegar and sea salt.
“TC” elimination challenge: Hung’s onion rings, Casey’s quesadillas; Brian’s ceviche tacos; Tre’s bacon-wrapped shrimp. Yum.
WHO’S NEXT TO GO?:
“TC”: Howie if he can’t learn to play nice with others.
PADMA, IS SHE REAL?:
I just loved how perplexed she was by Sara N. and Casey’s complaints that it was hard to cook in low cut tops and heels. I’m not sure Padma’s ever done anything NOT wearing a low-cut top and stilettos.