Back to Alaska for our final three. You know the drill – all winners/losers spoilers in the comments.
1. Poor Brooke!
I am terrified of heights (I consistently refuse to look down when I’m on a ski lift), so “helicopter ride” isn’t exactly on my bucket list. But the list of Brooke’s phobias just keeps growing, doesn’t it? Boats, heights, enclosed spaces … Hopefully the next challenges won’t involve any more of Brooke’s fears.
The way she clung to Josh’s arm settled the question for me. They give each other a hard time but basically like each other.
2. Did Sheldon say what I think he said?
“I would die for some good reefer?” Sheldon! You pothead! You’re not in Seattle any more, mary jane isn’t legal in Alaska. Tsk tsk. (Or did I totally mishear that? I rewound to check and it sounded like that was what he said.)
3. Training camp Quickfire
The Quickfire challenged the chefs to cook in a hut high in the mountains for people who are training for the Iditarod. (Side note: Puppies!!!!) I normally don’t love watching the chefs cook on crappy setups, but I forgave this one because it’s an actual kitchen that people have to cook in on a daily basis and not some stupid hot plate on a beach somewhere.
Cooking at altitude is a challenge in itself. I still suspect that it was the altitude that sent Casey down in flames in the Season 3 finale.
4. Josh, STOP COOKING BREAKFAST
As Willow Rosenberg so memorably put it, “Bored now.” I was so glad to see Padma call Josh out for cooking breakfast-inspired food again.
5. Alert! Alert!
Any time judges cook for the contestants, you know something’s up. As Roy Choi and Emeril prepared lunch, I wrinkled my forehead wondering what the twist was going to be here. Then the braised short rib hit the table and I just started drooling.
But when Roy talked about how the short rib changed his life and made him want to be a chef, I knew what the challenge would be—cook a meal that represents the moment you knew you wanted to become a chef. I love these challenges that really tap into the contestants’ passions.
I wanted to give Roy a huge hug after that story. Damn. Thank goodness Emeril was on the TV.