Michael’s Santa Monica - Tom makes his final decision from Last Chance Kitchen on who should return to the competition. The chefs meet Michael McCarty, the legendary pioneer of California cuisine. The six chefs must reimagine one of his dishes if they hope to make the finals.
If adversity shows a persons true character Malarkey showed he’s a real a-hole! The way he throws a temper tantrum when things don’t go his way is annoying. For him to pretend he was quitting was just rude, I’m glad Gregory spoke up and told him not to do it. It would not have been fair to Gregory to be left feeling like he was only there because Malarkey quit.
Gregory is a prince! And Malarky, you serve me two things on a plate, I'm going to take a bite of each - not eat one and then the other.
I loved walking down memory lane with those dishes. I never eat wild rice anymore and looking at it with the duck reminded me of so many dishes of my youth. And the sweetbreads! I used to eat sweetbreads all the time, now I never see them on menus.
Champagne Padma was my favorite! She was too funny. "What's your favorite nut?"
I was happy prosciutto-less Gregor stayed over plate-less Malarky. That temper tantrum said Mararky needed to go home. He missed a child's birthday. He needed to be with those who love him. I'm sure he's calmed down (I hope). I won't miss his eye rolls over Stephanie and Kevin.
Going on a Truffle Hunt!!!!
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed) Established 2005 28,473
I've wanted Malarky gone since he started in on that "who should go next" list. Now that he's been sent packing, I wouldn't be terribly upset at any of the final five winning. There are some I like better than others, or whom I feel have done a better job this season, but nobody that would make me want to sigh, "Oh, no, not THAT one" if that particular chef won.
I’m not married to this thought because I don’t fully know her background, but I kind of think I’d be disappointed if Stephanie won. I think it’s a great story that she works as the kind of chef she is, going after something different that opening restaurants like the others, and she’s gotten as far as she has, But over and over when they’ve been talking about other types of cuisines, she’s said she’s not familiar. In the Kaiseki challenge she said she’d never been to Japan, and wasn’t familiar with Kaiseki. When it was announced the fina challenge would be in Tuscany she was the only chef to say she’d never been to Italy. I know not everyone has access to world travel, which is why I said I’m not married to this opinion. But I think a big part of being a chef (as opposed to a great cook) is a curiosity about different cuisines. Pretty much any chef I’ve ever listened to has talked about traveling places to experience new things in food - to learn and be inspired by it. Anthony Bourdain taught viewers how deeply food is a part of cultures and they joys of exploring it. Maybe Stephanie has been to every other great food culture center around, and Japan and Italy are the only she’s missing ... though they are pretty big centers of great cuisine cultures! To me, that lack of experience with her shows a degree of lacking curiosity in her profession. It makes me see her as a great cook. And I’m not sure a great cook is deserving of a top chef all star title.
Stephanie would be my least favorite to win of the remaining chefs, but I'd also be highly surprised if she did win, so it's not something about which I'm particularly concerned. On the other hand, if she did pull off the dark horse win of all time, I'd still be less disturbed about her winning than I would have been about someone like Malarky winning, just because she hasn't come off as annoyingly arrogant as he did (at least to me).
Stephanie isn't the most accomplished chef of the remaining bunch for sure, but one reason that a win for her would be sweet is the way she was eliminated in her season -- she was on a team with Nick, and her dish was flawless and his tanked, but he had immunity and wouldn't give it up, so she went instead. He went on to win the season (beating Nina who I loved) but was a real hothead and not all that likable.
Having said that, I'm not necessarily rooting for her over the others -- I like them all.