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Last Chance Kitchen 11/13 spoilers

Firegoat Nov 14, 2013 06:57 AM

So I watched Last Chance Kitchen this morning. Patty vs. Janine.
The challenge is to prep a big tub of onions, then prep the rest of the food for the dish you want to cook (that must use some of the onions) and then cook. The Gimmick, the time is set at minutes to get first the onion prep, then the rest of the prep work and cooking done. Once a cheftestapant starts cooking, they must turn over their knives and can not do any more prep/knife work. There is no going back. No getting more ingredients. They have 40 minutes to complete all of this and plate their dish.

Janine finishes first on the onions, but they both seem to be moving fast. They both end up making a pork dish. Janine can't get a sear on her pork and serves up a flabby pale slice of meat.(Tom jokes to the peanut gallery that she is 'sweating' her pork.) She does a nice looking side of a carmelized apple wrapped around bacon, onions, and goat cheese. Tom is not impressed with her meat.

Patty also does pork with carmelized onions and a "super quick" fried potato confit and andoille sausage. Tom says her potatoes are too salty.

Janine wins.

I'm surprised overly-salty potatoes were given more weight than a poorly cooked protein. This makes me tend to side with people who think Tom takes into consideration all of their work in the competition. I think Janine is a stronger chef overall than Patty, but I would have given Patty the win based on just this dish.

  1. mariacarmen Nov 19, 2013 01:45 PM

    I wish Tom was still blogging so we could know what he actually felt/tasted instead of having to guess at his motive. I, too, thought this was Patty's.

    1. ChefJune Nov 14, 2013 11:21 AM

      I agree. I thought Janine was toast. pale flabby pork beats salty potatoes? But Tom did mention the potatoes were so salty as to make him queasy. Why did Patty serve them? She knew they were too salty, and they weren't required....

      6 Replies
      1. re: ChefJune
        davis_sq_pro Nov 14, 2013 11:53 AM

        Because Patty is a complete moron? (I've thought that since the first episode, just to be clear. I have my own bias :-))

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          piccola Nov 14, 2013 10:55 PM

          I think "inedible" (or almost) always loses, even when the alternative isn't so great. He did say the sear on Janine's pork wasn't good, but not that the whole thing was terrible.

          1. re: ChefJune
            JAB Nov 15, 2013 07:31 AM

            I believe that Patty also lied to Tom about when the potatoes were over salted when he asked her. Tom also cruelly but, accurately cut Patty down to size telling her that she was more of a Prep Cook than a Sous Chef.

            1. re: JAB
              ChefJune Nov 15, 2013 12:11 PM

              Patty may not have performed well under the pressure of the competition and/or the TV lights, but if she wasn't a good chef, she wouldn't be working for David Burke. So I think all the folks who so glibly call these chefs incompetent ought to walk in their shoes for just a minute. They'd be singing a different tune.

              1. re: ChefJune
                JAB Nov 15, 2013 12:57 PM

                Apparently, Tom feels that way. I commented previously that David Burke should be embarrassed by her performance.

                1. re: JAB
                  chicgail Nov 20, 2013 10:12 AM

                  That's the downside of being in this competition. You get a lot of recognition, but what is required for a good chef in a professional kitchen may not be entirely the same things that makes for a successful contestant.

                  There is always the possibility that it will not go well (someone goes home on the first challenge) or that the Elves do not treat you well in "post" and you look back to your boss and co-workers.

          2. gaffk Nov 14, 2013 09:43 AM

            Yep, we thought Patty won that battle. Then again, we thought Bene should have won last week. (And last season I thought Kristen was beaten a few times in LCK). I suspect Tom decides who he wants back in the competition and judges from that bias.

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            1. re: gaffk
              davis_sq_pro Nov 14, 2013 10:30 AM

              I agree that Patty probably should have won this week. Do not agree about Bene last week.

              None the less, I think Tom shows a lot of bias, and that he should host and perhaps someone else should taste -- completely blind. That would make it appear to be at least a somewhat-fairer competition... (Tough to know what's *really* happening since we don't know how the producers are interacting with the process.)

              1. re: davis_sq_pro
                Firegoat Nov 14, 2013 10:48 AM

                I've always liked the blind judging idea. I was hoping The Taste would be a leader in the blind judging ... but they didn't seem to follow through on the idea.

                1. re: davis_sq_pro
                  Joanie Nov 15, 2013 07:39 AM

                  That's the perfect way to do LCK. I haven't watched any this year but Tom hosting and then bringing in a judge to look at the plate and taste is the way to go.

                  1. re: davis_sq_pro
                    LindaWhit Nov 17, 2013 07:26 AM

                    Just watched LCK.

                    I agree on the blind taste testing. I don't think Tom should be in the kitchen as they're cooking, nor should he know who made what dish in LCK.

                    I also thought that Patty would have won this competition based on the pork being done perfectly. Now - did Tom say how Janine's pork tasted? All I recall him saying was that she didn't get a good sear - if it still *tasted* good and was properly cooked, other than not having a sear, then I think the win should go to Janine. And those apple rolls did look interesting - apples, goat cheese and bacon? Works for me.

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                  Worldwide Diner Nov 14, 2013 07:11 AM

                  Haven't seen it but I agree with your conclusion (based solely on your write-up) that Patty probably should have won unless Tom does take into account past performances.

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                  1. re: Worldwide Diner
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                    KailuaGirl Nov 15, 2013 02:40 PM

                    I agree. Tom also said her pork was cooked perfectly. A good main and a salty side should beat a bad main with a good side. I must say those apple rolls looked mighty good, though.

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner
                      JuniorBalloon Nov 16, 2013 09:41 AM

                      Since we don't get to taste the dishes the idea that bias is being applied seems rather biased.

                      jb

                      1. re: JuniorBalloon
                        w
                        Worldwide Diner Nov 19, 2013 04:05 PM

                        Its not biased. Its speculation based on observation. I don't know why you responded to my post since I specifically stated I didn't even watch last chance kitchen.

                        1. re: Worldwide Diner
                          JuniorBalloon Nov 25, 2013 01:53 PM

                          I responded to you because you were speculating that there was bias involved. I believe that he is biased to good tasting food, not the sex or good looks of the individual. And now that he has eliminated Janine, it's fairly clear this is true.

                          jb

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