TV Show: Top Chef
Episode Title: Cooking High
Original Air Date: February 15, 2018
Episode Number: 15×11
The chefs are reunited with the winner of “Last Chance Kitchen” and face Padma, Tom, and chef Wylie Dufresne; the Quickfire challenge requires the chefs to prepare a dish incorporating the old saloon-slinging medicinal beverage, sarsaparilla.
That was such a tough elimination. I didn’t want either Carrie or Chris to leave and I was so surprised at my reaction when Chris got the boot. I actually started tearing up, the first time this has ever happened on this show’s elimination. What he said about gaining these friendships and that being the greatest prize was beautiful and perfect. Kudos to Chris for being a standup guy and chef. No bitterness here. If I ever find myself in Brooklyn, I will make it a point to visit his restaurant.
I had a feeling Joe Flamm was the one who would come back from LCK so I wasn’t that surprised. I like him, though, so that was great to see him get one more chance at this. Adrienne being thrilled that Joe is back is so cute. I love their friendship.
Carrie winning the Quickfire with toast (again) was pretty awesome and this was after Joe F. stole her pork. Who knew it was a blessing in disguise? I do like how quickly she thought on her toes and adapted with the loss of her protein and banged out a winning dish. She’s very talented. Even though I would have loved to have seen her cook beef Wellington, I’m glad she didn’t because the risk was way too high. Yes, it’s almost the finale and you should go all out, but it would have been seen as a bad decision if she kept to her original plan.
Adrienne! Oh, how I love her. She really has been the dark horse throughout this season and it has been such a joy to see her grow as a chef and see her come through her own and come to the realization of who she is as a chef. That dish looked and sounded absolutely delicious and should have won, in my opinion. Lobster, caviar, butter, bread. How can you go wrong with that combination?
I had a feeling Joe Sasto was going to win, though, just judging from everyone’s reactions after they ate his dish. Gail said it was one of the best dishes she’s had all season and Tom agreed. He wasn’t even able to put into words, he seemed speechless at how good that dish was. That’s two Elimination Challenges in a row that Joe has won. He seems like he’s on a roll.
I would be happy with whoever ends up winning, but my preference would be: Adrienne = Carrie > Joe Flamm > Joe Sasto. Would love to see another female chef win.
We get the Voltaggio brothers next week? Bring it on! I love those guys!