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Feb 7, 2013 08:49 AM

Last Chance Kitchen 02/06 (spoilers)

It starts with Lizzie talking about her elimination and how much she misses her father, and how sad she was after fishing on the docks. "You cook from your heart, and there it was, all that sadness, right there," referring to the dish that got her eliminated. On to LCK.

So it's Lizzie vs. Kristen. They have to cook a dish using Alaskan fish, and they are told by Tom that for cooking methods, they can only use an open fire and smoke. Kristen is nervous about not having other cookware, but she gets over that quickly. Lizzie picks salmon, Kristen chooses cod. They both decide to make fish stew. Kristen's stew, per her words, is "more Asian" to show that she can be more versatile. Kristen comments that it's starting to rain.

At the tasting, Tom takes two tastes of Kristen's stew, then, according to Kristen, really chows down on Lizzie's stew, which has her concerned. Tom says he's getting better food in LCK than he is in the ECs. He says both dishes are fantastic. He compliments Kristen's dish, saying it hit all the right notes. He tells Lizzie that if she had made that dish for the EC, there is no way she would have been eliminated and she probably would have won the challenge. He then chooses Kristen for the win.

Tom tells Kristen there's only one more to go. Still not sure how that's going to work. Anyone know? Tom asks Kristen what she's thinking, and she says, as humbly as she possibly can, that she feels like she deserves to be in the finale. That's a wrap for this episode.

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  1. Apparently, cooking Asian means using coconut milk. Seemed like Kristen's dish wasn't really Asian at all, other than that, IIRC.

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    1. re: LurkerDan

      Did you know what else she added? It might have been a take on a Tom Kha--tough to know whether there was any lemongrass, kaffir lime, etc, involved.

      1. re: davis_sq_pro

        I don't remember, but I do remember hearing her description (and reading the description Bravo puts on the screen when showing the dish) and it didn't seem asian at all.

    2. I believe Kristen is going to go up against the Save a Chef winner in the final LCK contest and the winner gets the spot in the TC finale. Good Luck K!

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      1. re: Bloombee

        Tom asked her who'd she'd least like to see in the next challenge, Brooke, Sheldon or Josh, so I don't know how they're going to work in the Save a Chef winner.

        1. re: saeyedoc

          They might do a 3-way? the SAC winner, the LCK winner, and the newly eliminated? Or maybe the Kristen battles the SAC winner and the winner of that battles the newly eliminated to see who gets back in?

          Nobody really knows; the statements that Bravo has fed us only indicate that the SAC winner has a chance to get back in, we're not sure yet exactly how.

          1. re: LurkerDan

            I'd love to see Brooke and Kristen in a 3-way... oh wait, that's not what you meant??

            (Sorry. Couldn't resist. :-))

              1. re: LurkerDan

                In all seriousness this time:

                From what I've read I believe the next person to get kicked off the show really is off. And then it's going to be Kristen vs. the SAC winner in the final LCK battle.

                Interestingly, SAC voting has already closed for CJ vs. Lizzie. I guess they need plenty of lead time to film the finale, but not even 24 hours after the show aired? I'm guessing that gave CJ a huge advantage, as he already had plenty of people tweeting #savechefcj.

                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                  Okay, I was so confused, I started digging around on the Bravo website for an answer and came up with this:

                  " sure to participate in our very last round of Save a Chef, where the final chef standing will go back into LCK to face off against the champ there. Then, that winner will make their way back into the Top Chef finale."

                  And the Save a Chef voting is closed. So does that mean that are going to a different location, and that they have not yet filmed the finale?

                  1. re: lisavf

                    They can't have filmed it yet, if SAC is legit. (Could be totally rigged; after all, it's not us counting the votes... *shrug*)

                    Maybe it's back to Seattle?

                    Interesting aside: Kristen hasn't tweeted since Feb 3. Usually she's tweeting during and after the show...

                  2. re: davis_sq_pro

                    No way does the next person kicked off not get a chance to get back in, assuming that they're kicked off before the LCK winner gets back in. IOW, no way do they kick someone off, THEN do the LCK vs SAC to see who gets back in, and not include the person just kicked off in that battle.

                      1. re: davis_sq_pro

                        Yeah, why not?

                        At some point an eliminated chef will not get a "last chance". The web site now says that Lizzy vs. Kristen is the last Last Chance Kitchen. None of the three remaining will get a "Last Chance". That also explains the shortened voting for the save a chef this week. It all has to be set up for a, presumably, Kristen vs. CJ rematch.

                        Here's what I'd do: LCK winner vs. Save a Chef winner in lieu of QF before next week’s EC - live on TV (or being filmed this week so there's time to overdub Padma's voice). Either that or one of those 1 hour 15 minute jobs so we can do the Kristen vs. CJ first and then the winner jumps back in with the other three for the QF. That way when, let's say Josh, gets eliminated we don't run into the issue of someone being eliminated and then not getting that last chance but having to sit and watch the final LCK.

                        I also think this would make for better T.V. Brooke, Josh, and Sheldon watching Kristen vs. CJ knowing the winner will be joining them.
                        Bravo should hire me. I like the way I think.

                        1. re: bobbert

                          What I was responding to was this statement: "From what I've read I believe the next person to get kicked off the show really is off. And then it's going to be Kristen vs. the SAC winner in the final LCK battle."

                          And what I mean is this: I do not believe that they would eliminate someone, let's say Josh, BEFORE the LCK person re-enters the competition WITHOUT giving Josh a chance to be that LCK person.

                          Yes, at the finale or even maybe before, there will be people eliminated who don't get a "Last Chance". I just don't see them saying byb-bye to Josh and *then* have Kristen or whoever re-enter the show.

                          It seems to me that the assumption is that everyone gets a "last chance" until the reigning last chance person re-enters the main comp, at which point elimination really means elimination.

                          1. re: LurkerDan

                            Sorry about the misunderstanding. Bottom line is that it's now Kristen vs. CJ assuming he gets more votes than Lizzy. I gotta believe the winner goes back in BEFORE the next chef gets eliminated which means I now find myself agreeing with your assessment.

                            1. re: bobbert

                              "I gotta believe the winner goes back in BEFORE the next chef gets eliminated which means I now find myself agreeing with your assessment."
                              No, that isn't possible. They showed previews for the next episode (the dog sleds) at the end of this one meaning it had already been filmed, an another chef eliminated, before the Save a Chef winner had been decided.

                              1. re: kmcarr

                                Now that's pretty observant. That would mean one more chef gone who doesn't get the chance in LCK because the web site shows that the only thing leff in LCK is the final with the SAC winner.
                                I still think it would make good tv to do the SAC vs LCK winner on tv vs. the internet how about with the surviving chefs and Tom as the judges?

                                1. re: bobbert

                                  Except the surviving chefs might choose who they think isn't as good so they have a better chance of winning.

                            2. re: LurkerDan

                              Except, IIRC, they did that with LCK last time as well -- the last person out (Edward) before the brought back the LCK winner didn't get a chance to compete.

                              There has always been a break in shooting between the elimination shows and the finale rounds -- the shooting for the elimination rounds takes place over the course of a month, and then the shows are edited and all but the last couple are aired before they shoot the finale just before it airs.

              2. Was glad to see Kristen win her 4th LCK; really thought it might have been Lizzie. But when Kristen said "Tom's really eating a lot of Lizzie's fish stew!" I figured the editing monkeys were trying to throw the viewers off and Kristen had the win.

                And what Bloombee said - it seems that whoever gets saved this week in SaC will go up against Kristen and that winner will rejoin the TC competition.

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  At the end of LCK, Tom tells Kristen, "Right now we have Josh, we have Sheldon, and we have Brooke."

                  He then asks, "Is there anyone you'd rather not see?"

                  I took this to mean that the next chef eliminated will face off in a final LCK against Kristen. That will determine the champion of LCK who then faces off against the Save-a-Chef.

                  1. re: seamunky

                    Good point, forgot about that comment. Though I suspect the final LCK will include the SAC in some form of 3 way comp.

                2. go Kristen!
                  MAN, I would have NO idea how to cook over a wood fire - their soups both looked great.