Guest Judge: Norman Van Aken, Norman’s Restaurant
Quick Fire Winner: Hung Huynh, Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, NV
Challenge Winner: Brian Malarkey, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, San Diego, CA
Eliminated: Sandee Birdsong, Tantra, Miami Beach, FL
What a great episode! Hung is still the front-runner obviously after crushing everyone in the Quick Fire Challenge. Although he is gracious, I can see how this guy is going to rattle some cages in the coming weeks with his immaturity.
The elimination challenge featured Brian’s “Chino Latino“, which represented the soul of the continuing upscale, Miami BBQ challenge concept. Tom appreciated the spirit of the dish but noted seafood sausage wasn’t anything new.
It also featured Sandee, her blonde Sonic the Hedgehog dome, and her non-BBQ poached lobster that she felt was adequate. Padma, Tom, Gail, and Norman did not. Sandee even bolstered a mini-ego-based-tirade right before they disagreed completely with her and chopped her off. Tom was not having it,
“By her own admission, Sandee didn’t truly barbecue her dish. In her effort to go in a different direction than the others, she poached her lobster.”
This is the indirect way of saying, “Not in my house.” That’s why we love you Tom. A class act all the way.
I will begin analyzing the characters (contestants) next week when we get a little more realistic information. Oh, and we’ll have the characters in the hot tub. Although I saw hints of the Real World from those excerpts, it will be nice to see which ladies cook AND eat the food.
In the meantime, here is the bonus footage…