|Unibrow – Strip Steak with Broccoli, Onion Ring, Celery Root Puree and Bordelaise Sauce The ring represents the engagement ring. Gail found it simple and to the point. Stone jokes that Bert and Gael may get it on – and on so many levels that is not encouraged or even possible. Meanwhile, Bert chewed his steak for about a week and a half, leading Gael to mock him and wordlessly critiquing his steak.
Traci – Pink Lady Apple Galette, Whipped Crème Fraiche and Caramel Sauce – She drew “Je Taime” on the plate, the first movie they saw together. Fiancée was unable to figure out that the “This is Your Life” meal was an engagement waiting to happen. However, Stone found the pastry to be dry and Gail was disappointed by the last meal being a bit off.
Critics Table – Beast, Mary Sue and Floyd made the Top Three. Floyd’s has too much pepper, but in a good way, according to Stone. Bert loved the fruity and spicy combination. Gael was amazed at how perfectly cooked the seafood was, and the spicy sausages. Gail complemented the rustic savory dish, and loved the braised and crispy skin. Beast wins, and I expected Floyd, and Floyd expected Floyd. But, yay Beast!
Celina, Unibrow and Traci fell to the bottom. Celina’s dish was not integrated, according to Gail. Gail through Traci’s was missing sauce, and Bert thought she made an unfortunate choice in apples. Unibrow’s steak was super chewy and not helpful for romance.
The best moment of the critics’ comments was when Gael instantly broke down how Celina could have done a better job. Instead of a literal pretzel with a boring salad, just make a lobster pot pie with pretzel puffs. I would totally eat that, and I don’t even like pretzels very much. Celina goes home – this year’s entry into the Top Chef tradition of someone who goes deep in the competition by barely avoiding elimination from week to week.
Next week – Edible science fair and Padma.
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