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'Top Chef: Texas' episode 14 recap

Two Chicago chefs head to the finale

  • Chicago chefs Beverly Kim of Aria and Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia
Chicago chefs Beverly Kim of Aria and Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia (Courtesy of Bravo )
February 09, 2012|By Tracy Swartz | RedEye

Good morning foodies! I'll be filling in as your TCT recapper today. Since I just figured out last week that my oven actually does turn on, I'm more than qualified to Wikipedia ingredients for you. Let's get cooking!

We open with a shot of Ed trying to bet a pack of cigarettes on Bev. He's sure that she's won "Last Chance Kitchen," and I fear this bet may be the only thing Ed wins today.

Sarah, channeling Heather and "Heathers," is convinced it's going to be Grayson and a banana. Dirty!

And now we're back in the kitchen waiting for the big reveal ... Padma's outfit! Seems ill-fitting, but at least it's not cut-off plaid! After eight seasons, TC can still surprise you.

And oh yeah, Bev saunters back into the kitchen. I wanted her to high five everyone and slap Lindsay on the back and exclaim, "I'm back, just for the halibut!" Instead, there was just a sad hug from Paul.

On to the Quickfire, which Padma announces as a blindfold panty raid. Oh wait, blindfold pantry raid! That makes more sense!

This is my style of cooking: blindly throwing together ingredients hoping for a kiss from Tom.

The cheftestants have to gather ingredients blindfolded and use everything they get. Bev gets avocado, Lindsay gets creme fraiche, and no one gets a banana or cigarettes.

Sarah takes the cake with her corn soup with peaches. Yum? She's given a choice between a car or immunity. She chooses immunity and heads straight through to the finale!

As a transit reporter, I would like to think that Sarah's choice shows confidence in the CTA, not a lack of confidence in her cooking.

Back in the kitchen, it's time for another big reveal ... Some old people! Actually, it's the chefs' mentors. There's Chef Tony Mantauno for Sarah, but no Oprah. She hates bullies.
I had to look up Bev's mentor, Sarah Steger, who apparently worked for the Ritz (hotel not cracker).

Paul's mentor made him weep, which made me uncomfortable. Save the man tears for the underseasoned eggs.

The chefs have to cook a meal for their mentors. The grocery store trip stymies some, who were expecting fresh fish, not fish sticks, which can actually be quite tasty.

At the table, Gail and Hughnibrow are back! Bev, who surprised everyone by cooking Singapore noodles, and Paul, who cooked sunchoke soup, seem to impress Michelle Bernstein's chin.

They're onto the finale! Chicago has two chefs in! Take that New York! It comes down to Southern Lindsay, whose dish had too much cream (would have worked for the Pee Wee challenge) and Surly Ed, whose pretty pickle couldn’t save his canned oysters.

Ed is sent packing, the irony being that he is smoked by Bev. Full circle!

Next week: Finale! Canada! New bangs for Sarah!

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