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Last Chance Kitchen, 11/20/13, Spoilers

chefhound Nov 21, 2013 10:03 AM

So Louis and Janine go to the Farmer's market and come back to the kitchen to prepare a dish for Tom. Wait - they can only use 3 ingredients. Tom lets them pick 3 and takes the rest away.

Janine makes some fish, grilled asparagus and potatoes, and saffron cream sauce.

Louis makes olive-oil poached shrimp with Creole tomatoes and a fennel, shrimp and tomato sauce.

And the streak is broken. Janine is dethroned. Louis wins Last Chance Kitchen!

I kind of hoped Louis would get the chance to show more of his style. He has a decent resume and his performance hasn't shown any of that skill.

Let's see how long he can hang on to his jacket.

  1. ChefJune Nov 22, 2013 11:54 AM

    I realize the elves influence how we think about all the cheftestants, but altho I like Janine, I wasn't impressed with her continually talking about how this was "HER" kitchen. Glad to se Louis take the win.

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    1. re: ChefJune
      John E. Nov 22, 2013 06:31 PM

      I'm pretty sure that pine was fed to Janine by an elf.

      1. re: John E.
        Firegoat Nov 22, 2013 09:24 PM

        I thought the elves lived in elm trees, not pines.

        1. re: Firegoat
          John E. Nov 23, 2013 07:36 AM

          I hate it when I see a type long after the editing time is expired.

          If elves live in elm trees, that might be why they are seen so infrequently. There aren't many elms left anymore.

    2. chicgail Nov 22, 2013 05:34 AM

      The endless Toyota ad was intolerable.

      Of course all I could do was look and not taste, but neither dish looked all that good to me. And it's more of a horse race now.

      1. Firegoat Nov 21, 2013 10:26 PM

        So they got to use three ingredients and a "limited pantry." That makes me think flour, milk, salt, oil....

        saffron? Wasn't thinking that so much.

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        1. re: Firegoat
          DGresh Nov 22, 2013 02:52 AM

          excellent point!

        2. davis_sq_pro Nov 21, 2013 08:13 PM

          From looks alone I thought Janine would win it -- her presentation really made me want to stick a fork through the monitor and have a bite. Louis's, not so much at all. So a bit surprised by the verdict. She lost because she failed to do much with the asparagus, even when her competitor served a gritty sauce? Hm.

          No ads on this end, other than the entire first part of the battle when they were driving around and talking about how great the car is... No reason to watch ads, people! Use Firefox as your browser, install the Adblock Plus and Ghostery plugins, and say goodbye to unwanted corporate advances.

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          1. re: davis_sq_pro
            Shrinkrap Nov 22, 2013 02:28 PM

            Also, they show Mike saying something like "his (roux? gumbo?) is too thick"; which I happened to be thinking as well.

            1. re: Shrinkrap
              John E. Nov 22, 2013 06:30 PM

              He said Louis' bisque was too thick. Tom said his 'sauce' was gritty.

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            Dee S Nov 21, 2013 02:16 PM

            I thought Janine would win as well. bummer.

            I'm really annoyed by the 10 minutes of commercials they lead with....really?

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            1. re: Dee S
              gaffk Nov 21, 2013 02:30 PM

              Wow, I watch FiOS On Demand and only have to suffer through one (albeit excruciating) Toyota commercial.

              1. re: Dee S
                John E. Nov 21, 2013 03:10 PM

                Uhm...it's a television production. The commercials pay the bills.

                1. re: John E.
                  DGresh Nov 21, 2013 04:07 PM

                  I did think the "in-show" product placement of the nice car was a bit out there, considering the "show" was only 11 minutes long. "and don't forget to show the gps!" Like none of us have ever seen a GPS before...

                  1. re: DGresh
                    Tante Nov 23, 2013 05:32 PM

                    I completely agree. "Here we are, sitting in the Toyota. Here are some shots of the outside of said car. Here's a shot of the cool navigation system. Look, all we have to do is touch 'go'!" Top Chef's product placement seems to be getting more and more in-your-face and subsequently annoying to me.

              2. gaffk Nov 21, 2013 01:47 PM

                Well so much for all those fools who declared Tom decides who gets back in and judges accordingly.

                gaffk now ducks as others realize she was one of those ;)

                1. John E. Nov 21, 2013 11:13 AM

                  Statistically, Janine was bound to get defeated before the end of LCK.

                  1. LindaWhit Nov 21, 2013 10:18 AM

                    I *just* watched it. I thought the win could have gone either way, and actually liked the look of Janine's dish. When Tom said that Louis's sauce was "gritty", I thought that might be his Waterloo. Guess grit works.

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                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      Worldwide Diner Nov 21, 2013 01:36 PM

                      I guess Tom's comments belies his true feelings. Harking back to last week, I suppose Tom may be giving us headfakes with his comments.

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