By The Wiz
First of all, did anyone know if Eli was a sous chef for Richard Blaise? I saw them on Iron Chef America (thanks for the tip! It was awesome) and why would Blaise have Eli there otherwise? I looked up his bio on bravotv.com, and yes, he worked for him. It doesn’t seem like their styles are similar (I don’t see Eli breaking out the molecular gastronomy so much), but anyway, it makes Eli more interesting to watch, for me - not that he did a whole lot this episode.
Pigs and Pinot - well, knowing NOTHING about wine, and not really having any interest in knowing anything about wine, it’s that whole “Mormon” thing, did not make me like this challenge any less. Wine is a big component of fine dining, and hey, a chef should know about pairings. But it makes me wonder if there are any Mormon/Muslim/alcoholic/non-drinkers-for-whatever-reason chefs out there, and what they do as a workaround. I suppose just hire a really good somellier. (Did I spell that right?)
All that pork looked delish. Especially Michael’s. I thought for sure he would win, but Kevin is “the pig guy” after all, and well, he rocked it out. His shopping for all kinds of pig fat and the way he worked it all showed he knew exactly what he was doing, whereas I thought for sure Laurine would go home the second she said “I’ve never made a rillette before”. Um, PEOPLE! Do NOT do something you haven’t done before, especially this late in the season. I was really surprised she wasn’t sent PYKAG, but Ash’s dish must have been baaaad.
According to Colicchio’s blog, it was just that. Badly cooked, badly seasoned, just bad. It didn’t look all that special, either, frankly. (Funnily enough, I did watch a video of Ashley last week, and she was talking about habing to hang out in a Vegas hotel waiting until filming was over, and she hoped Ash would be eliminated next so she could hang out with him. Granted!)
And when the top 4 walked in - Kevin, Jen, Michael and Bryan, it was just so obvious that these were the finalists, and everyone waiting in the stew room would just be picked off one by one. It’s just a question of order at this point. It should be a fascinating finals, though, because they’re all exceptional, and watching one of them get eliminated so the finals will only have 3 will be painful.
What was with telling Jen that her pork belly was like a hairy armpit and meaning it as a compliment? Wha?
Next to go: Robin (and can they drop that drama already!!!) or Laurine, then Eli and Mike will battle it out.
Also - RESTAURANT WARS! Can’t wait.