Top Chef: Kentucky Farewell
February 24, 2019 6:39 AM - Season 16, Episode 12 - Subscribe

Tom ambushes sleeping chefs and challenges them to make a dish using ingredients harvested from their gardens. For the last elimination challenge, the chefs bid on luxury ingredients at a thoroughbred horse auction house.
posted by kanata (10 comments total)
Another one bites the "done X ways" dust...
posted by xtine at 1:49 PM on February 24, 2019

It's like they never watch the show. Also seems like it could have worked had he timed it properly instead of putting it under a heat lamp.
posted by Carillon at 2:33 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

Both he and Adrian suffered from timing issues, and I'm really sorry that he's the one that paid for it. I have enjoyed how enthusiastically he approaches every challenge. He was so excited about Macau.
posted by tofu_crouton at 4:05 PM on February 24, 2019 [2 favorites]

I have enjoyed how enthusiastically he approaches every challenge.

He is so enthusiastic! It does seem like there is nothing Justin isn't into.

Padma: announces any challenge
Justin: so excited he is crouching with his head in his hands, saying "oh my god!"
[cut to talking head] Justin: I am a HUGE FAN of whatever Padma just said! This is going to be incredible. etc etc

I wonder about Kelsey. She is so reliable and steady, but her dish rarely seems to be a major highlight. I like her a lot and I wish she got to shine more.

Did they say they've had those gardens for 4 weeks?! How did they get so much produce!! I suppose a lot were transplants, but still.
posted by Emmy Rae at 7:30 PM on February 24, 2019 [3 favorites]

I missed how long they had the garden but amazed that all the chefs didn't take more care of theirs as it was obviously going to be used. Also how much would it have sucked to be a winner of LCK then come back and see a plot of dirt and weeds? A little unfair there.

I feel bad for Justin and I realize it is because oddly I for once don't have an opinion of Adrienne. I have no idea what kind of chef she is or what even she really likes to cook. Justin had a bigger personality so he got more air time I imagine. She seems generic... which is prolly a bad thing to say but that's what the producers are showing me. I'm sure she has a long history but .. blah no need to defend my judgement of reality show tv people ..I would have preferred Justin.

I am not sure Sarah has it to take it all the way but I'd pick her over Kelsey simply because I can imagine what a Sarah restaurant would be like. Kelsey I'm not sure about it. I like her but just not sure she has it to wow the judges. But then once they are let loose on their own she might surprise me. At least this season everyone is friendly so there won't be a lot of drama surrounding who their supporting chefs are in the finale.

I am rooting for Eric but who knows with the preview of next week's episode. Even tho they've fooled me before.
posted by kanata at 7:19 AM on February 25, 2019 [2 favorites]

Did they say they've had those gardens for 4 weeks?! How did they get so much produce!!

When they said "4 weeks" my first thought was "we're gonna see a lot of radish dishes", because yeah, you can get radishes from seed to harvest in like 18-21 days for some varieties, but you're gonna have trouble with a lot of other things (even if transplanted).

The moment I saw the two ways preparation I knew Justin was in trouble. It's like #2 on the list of things not to do, right behind (tied for #1) "make risotto for Tom" and "make okra for Tom". I too would have rather Adrienne went. It's for sure influenced by the editors, I just don't have much strong feeling pro-Adrienne and I like everyone else more (though I also am pretty wishy-washy on Michelle).

While everyone else who is left is interesting in their own right, I feel like Eric is the one producing stuff that I would be dying to try. I love his laser focus on making his food, often things I know next to nothing about but would be super thrilled to try out.
posted by tocts at 9:38 AM on February 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'm usually Team Any Lady Chef Over A Dude but this year's dudes were a step up from the chef bro assholes that are more typical. And Eric, man, I have cried listening to him describe his food and what it means. While I'd be happy with either Kelsey or Sarah (Team Overalls), my heart is with Eric.
posted by donnagirl at 2:36 PM on February 25, 2019 [2 favorites]

All this sleeping on Michelle!

Definitely a relatively likeable crew this year, especially once they ditched [wait. not Eric. that white guy who was the last one to go].
posted by praemunire at 10:30 PM on February 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

I agree it's been a really likeable cast this year. I don't think the show loses anything for it, either, I certainly don't miss there being a villain. Perhaps Graham Elliot is the villain, between the silly clothes and the lack of anything useful to say.

I'm for Eric all the way. Kelsey's fine too, as is Sara, but I feel like we've seen a lot of their type of cuisine in the TV world and I'm ready for something new. I literally don't get Michelle at all. Has she done anything that stands out?
posted by Nelson at 9:32 AM on February 28, 2019 [2 favorites]

Perhaps Graham Elliot is the villain, between the silly clothes and the lack of anything useful to say.

I was going to snark that as far as I’m aware Elliot doesn’t even have any restaurants anymore. He was mostly Chicago based, I think? But all his stuff here closed years ago. So as far as I knew he only makes his living now from being a blowhard on TV cooking competitions.

Well then I went to his website to verify. He does have a restaurant now! Guess where it is? In Macau.
posted by dnash at 8:23 AM on March 1, 2019 [2 favorites]

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