This season got off to a bit of a slow start, but now we’re really on a roll! (Pun very much intended.) I thought this was another strong episode — great Quickfire, fun elimination challenge, good food, and … DRAMA.
I love oysters. I love them raw with mignonette sauces and I extra-love them fried. Our favorite neighborhood seafood restaurant does a fabulous fried oyster dish with spicy aioli. I was dying of envy when I watched the contestants slurp those delicious fresh oysters at Taylor Shellfish Farms.
I’m not sure if I liked the twist of making half of the chefs do a hot prep and the other half do a cold prep. I like both hot and cold oyster dishes, but why not just let everyone do what they want? Also, was that a plastic bag in the fryer next to Micah’s fried oysters?
2. Roller derby? Interesting Elimination.
For the elimination challenge, Padma and Emeril introduced the All-Stars from the Rat City Rollergirls. They all have vaguely food-themed nicknames, like Tempura Tantrum and Jalapeno Business. Our chefs paired up and each team picked a nickname to base their dish around. Bart took one for the team and agreed to work with Josie.
Speaking of Josie, last week I said I hoped she went next. Her screechy antics at the roller derby match didn’t change that wish. I was annoyed and I could mute the volume on my TV — I can’t imagine how irritating it was to sit with her for the entire game.
Oh, but according to Josie, her fellow contestants were being “boring” and ruining her experience by not being loud obnoxious drunks. My bad. Everyone else was clearly in the wrong.
Everything else is spoiler-y, so scroll through to the comments for the rest!