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'Top Chef: Texas' episode 13 recap

In which we award points for snarky remarks and pink pancakes

February 02, 2012|By Lisa Arnett | RedEye

And then there were five … and guest judge Pee Wee Herman on a bicycle.

At this point in "Top Chef: Texas," just one Chicagoan, Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia, is left competing on the show; however, Aria chef Beverly Kim, as the reigning champ of Bravo’s “Last Chance Kitchen” webisodes, still has a chance to return to the show.

Quickfire challenge: Make Pee Wee’s favorite dish, pancakes, in 20 minutes. Ed wins with his dish of pancake bits with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bacon and bruleed marshmallow.

Elimination challenge: With $100, a bike and three hours at their disposal, the chefs must roam San Antonio to buy their own ingredients and find a kitchen to cook a lunch dish in. Then they must bike to the Alamo to serve a family-style lunch to Pee Wee and the judges.

SARAH
-Sarah attempts to make pancakes inspired by the beloved confetti cake of her childhood, but after she adds sprinkles to the batter, it just ends up looking Pepto-pink. -1 point.
-Luckily, Pee Wee tells Sarah it’s the best pancake he’s ever had. +1 point.
-He then proceeds to tell every other chef that they also made the best pancake he’s ever had. 0 points.
-On the bike outing, Sarah gets a little lost -- and honked at by a car. -1 point.
-She also unintentionally steals Lindsay’s restaurant kitchen and sings a made-up song to herself about cooking lunch for Pee Wee at the Alamo. +1 point.
-Sarah calls her crispy chicken skin “a little cracker of love.” Judge Gail Simmons calls the fact that she used it to make a chicken skin vinaigrette “sorta genius.” +1 point.
-Judge Tom Colicchio says the egg in her egg salad needs a bit of pepper and salt, and that fundamental lack of seasoning lands her in the bottom three. -1 point.
-Sarah ends up safe, but in a very confusing elimination, Grayson is sent home for combining tomatoes with squash, while Ed is spared even though he undercooked his chicken. I must have missed something in the editing there, because that made no sense. +1 point.
-When Padma tells the four remaining chefs that Grayson and Beverly are battling it out on “Last Chance Kitchen” to return to the show, Sarah’s not shy about taking sides. “I got money that Grayson kicks Bev’s ass.” +1 point.
TOTAL: 2 points.

BEVERLY
-After having beaten eliminated chefs Nyesha and Chris to become reigning champ on “Last Chance Kitchen,” Beverly faces freshly eliminated chef Grayson. Though Bev has been ridiculed for her skills by other chefs on the show, Nyesha voices her support for her to go all the way. +1 point.
-Tasked with preparing a dish worthy of the show’s finale, she stays committed to her Asian-inspired point of view and cooks red snapper with coconut, ginger and lemongrass. +1 point.
-She bucks her soft-spoken rep by asking Grayson why she was eliminated right in the middle of the challenge. She doesn’t answer. +1 point.
-Grayson is making bacon-wrapped scallops, which doesn't seem like a finale dish to me. Could the odds be in Bev's favor? +1 point.
-And … cliffhanger. After a 10-minute webisode, Tom doesn’t announce the winner that will return to the show. Until next week …
TOTAL: 4 points.

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