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Last Chance Kitchen 1/8/14 spoilers

I suppose someone has to kick this off so here goes.
Stephanie -- who they say is trying to avenge her elimination ? -- vs. Louis. Tom brings back Emeril to help judge citing Stephanie's past with Emeril in her previous elimination.
And... they are making beignets. They have to make one sweet, like Emeril, and one savory, like Tom. And they have 30 minutes. Louis laments that his wife told him to get beignets down before he went to top chef and he poo-poed her. Stephanie feels good and made a good beignet previously.
Did I mention they have 30 minutes? Stephanie does yeast beignets. Louis does baking powder. His savory has crab, Stephanie's has andouille sausage and corn.
Janine is wearing the Daisy Dukes again but keeps them planted on the stool, and gets a shockingly small amount of face time for once.
Stephanie's are too heavy. Win for Louis.
Edited to add, and I'm going by memory from early this morning: I think for the sweet Louis had roasted persimmon and pinenuts and Steph had cherry and white chocolate.

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  1. I was hoping you would do so, Firegoat.

    I laughed when Tom said the sweet and savory lines. I thought the corn and andouille beignets would be too heavy as well, and her sweet didn't sound as interesting. But did Stephanie make both sweet and savory dishes with yeast vs. baking powder?

    I was torn on who I wanted to win. On the one hand, it could have been interesting to see Stephanie win, and Nicholas come in over the next couple of weeks and she beat him to get back into the competition. But I like Louis, and think he went out way too early, so I'd like to see him get back in to the TC kitchen.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      I couldn't tell with Stephanie. She had two bowls of yeast dough over trying to rise by the oven (how in the hell in 30 min?) But she mentioned the baking powder. I'd have to rewatch to see if she did one of each. During the judging it seemed like she did both as yeast.
      I've grown to like Stephanie more than when she was the whining defeatest earlier in the season. But that said, I don't think she could beat Louis or Nick, much less Carrie. (I still think Carrie was robbed).

      1. re: Firegoat

        I just rewatched it and Stephanie only made yeast beignets. She said it was the only recipe she had.

    2. Proof that the chefs do know where they are going before the show is filmed and have time to practice local dishes. If Louis's wife told him to practice making beignets, then there's no excuse for any of the chefs not knowing how to make classic Louisiana dishes.

      Oh Stephanie, why did you try yeast when you knew you wouldn't have time?

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      1. re: chefhound

        I laughed when she placed the bowls by the wood oven and someone said "she's going to roast them" quickly corrected by someone saying, no, she's using the warmth to help them rise. This was followed by saying "Nice Technique"
        LOL... Doesn't everyone put dough someplace warm to rise? I didn't realize I was using top chef technique.

        1. re: Firegoat

          I laughed out loud at the comment about roasting the dough.

          Which dimwit said that?

          1. re: C. Hamster

            I think it was the talkative one this LCK ep - Ramon. He was the one who told Louis to take all the butter.

            Just rewatched quickly - and it wasn't Ramon. It was (NO SURPRISE!) Sideshow Bob (a.k.a. Michael). LOL It was Ramon or Bene who replied "No she's not; she's just trying to get it warm; nice technique!"

            And it was Carrie who said "I would do one yeast one and one baking powder one; have a different variety." So maybe that's where I thought she might have done one of each.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              "Ramon told Louis to take all the butter" I was really taken aback when I heard that.

              1. re: JAB

                That would have been a childish thing to do.

              2. re: LindaWhit

                I think Sideshow Bob is the one who said "nice technique" in response to whoever said she was trying to get it warm". He was full of the brilliance in this episode.

              3. re: C. Hamster

                I think it was Michael. Even if these chefs are not bakers or pastry chefs, why would they not know about proofing yeast doughs?

                Stephanie did one yeast and one baking powder beignet.

                I found Stephanie's over-the-top reaction to Louis being the LCK reigning champion to be funny. What happened was that they put a camera in front of her and a producer prompted her to let out a huge gasp in amazement. I think the producers do the same to the entire group when simeone shows up at the beginning of the QF and EC challenges.

                1. re: John E.

                  It seems as if this was the 1st time that Tom didn't ask the incoming Chef who they thought they would be facing. I always find that part interesting.

                  1. re: JAB

                    Nope, he didn't ask it last time either (I know because I was expecting him to ask and he didn't).

                    Truth is, he may ask every time, but maybe they don't use it depending on what the person says.

              4. re: Firegoat

                Michael's commentary on these things is hilarious. He's like the Borat of Top Chef.

                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                  That's great! I may have to stop referring to him as Sideshow Bob and start calling him Borat.

                2. re: Firegoat

                  I don't have enough experience with yeast dough to know but, I was wondering if she would have been better off had she covered them with a towel or saran wrap?

                  1. re: JAB

                    In fewer than 30 minutes, I don't think it would have made much difference.

                    1. re: JAB

                      Not really. Yeast requires time above all else. Warmth helps, but you're not going to turn a 2-hour process into a 20-minute process. More likely (and typical) is turning a 4-hour process into a 3-hour process or something like that.

                    2. re: Firegoat

                      and why use the area near the brick oven? Don't those fancy pants *MONOGRAM* ovens have a proof/warm setting?

                    3. re: chefhound

                      is it just me, or did stephanie look "different" in LCK from the regular show? Like perhaps LCK was filmed much more recently? Her face just seemed different.

                        1. re: DGresh

                          She looked a lot more at ease, maybe because the pressure of the main competition had been taken off.

                        2. re: chefhound

                          Yes, that's the proof that we needed on the show thread. No excuses Carlos!

                          Boy, did my wife capitalize on that moment! Yes, dear.

                        3. What was that T Shirt thing about??

                          I didn't get it .......

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                          1. re: C. Hamster

                            I think the t-shirt had a picture of Louis on it. But yeah, I didn't really get the point.

                          2. What I found interesting is that Stephanie once wormed (worked) for Emeril at his Las Vegas restaurant and was apparently fired.

                            Edit: At least I did not use there or their; your or you're incorrectly. I've made those slips before.

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                            1. re: John E.

                              Nope. In the "cook-in" episode last season, Stephanie's try out was at Emeril's LV restaurant. She didn't make the cut (hence her remark about being cut by Emeril 3 times).

                              She neither worked nor wormed for him ;)

                              1. re: gaffk

                                That's right. I forgot about that. So when was the third time? I thought she made the comment before she was cut from LCK.

                                1. re: John E.

                                  An earlier episode in this season - the tomato challenge.

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    Ok, now I get it. I was under the impression she was referring to getting the boot from Emeril three times.

                                    I don't remember when Emeril judged her harshly before. The only tomato challenge I can recall is the one with John Besh.

                                    1. re: John E.

                                      Yeah, I think the tomato challenge was Besh.

                                  2. re: John E.

                                    Emeril cut her at the start of season 10 and again on the last episode. I think she said he wasn't going to cut her a third time (she was counting on beating Louis in LCK).

                                    1. re: gaffk

                                      Ahh, you're right. She talked about the tomato challenge LAST week, when Besh was the judge again. And that's the one where she proved herself to Besh after the tomato debacle.

                                      The brain cells continue to struggle. :-)

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        Your comprehensive TC recaps belie a struggle of brain cells.

                              2. Uff, WTH did Stephanie try to do yeast-risen anything in 30m?!? If she wanted yeast flavor she should have added some yeast to the dough in addition to baking powder. The conclusion was foregone the moment she made that decision.

                                I didn't think Stephanie was an especially strong competitor but I was rooting for her due to the Boston connection. Sad way to see her go.

                                BTW, Nicholas is an a-hole.

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                                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                  Actually Nicholas is a sweetheart and got that edit for the first half of the season. The Elves needed a bad guy and Nicholas got that edit the last half of the season.

                                  1. re: gaffk

                                    He may be the nicest guy in the world but at the time of need he showed a distinct lack of honor.

                                    Edit: I read the other thread and now I have a slightly more mixed take on the situation. I agree that he shouldn't have resigned, but maybe he could have said something conciliatory to his fellow competitors who were being thrown under the bus due to his bad dishes? (Whether they were his or Crenn's is of course up for debate, but he could have tasted and made adjustments, right?) Perhaps he did say something and it was edited out, but then Stephanie's comment in the confessional about not even being able to look at him wouldn't make sense. So there is clearly some dose of editing, and some of reality. And Pepin definitely opened a can of worms that shouldn't have been opened...