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Last Chance Kitchen 1/8/14 spoilers

Firegoat Jan 9, 2014 10:10 AM

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.

  1. LindaWhit Jan 9, 2014 10:14 AM

    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
      Firegoat Jan 9, 2014 10:16 AM

      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
        gaffk Jan 9, 2014 12:50 PM

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

    2. chefhound Jan 9, 2014 10:15 AM

      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
        Firegoat Jan 9, 2014 10:20 AM

        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
          C. Hamster Jan 9, 2014 11:17 AM

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

          Which dimwit said that?

          1. re: C. Hamster
            LindaWhit Jan 9, 2014 11:24 AM

            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
              JAB Jan 10, 2014 07:29 AM

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

              1. re: JAB
                John E. Jan 10, 2014 09:51 AM

                That would have been a childish thing to do.

              2. re: LindaWhit
                LurkerDan Jan 11, 2014 08:02 AM

                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
                John E. Jan 9, 2014 11:26 AM

                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.
                  JAB Jan 10, 2014 07:21 AM

                  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
                    LurkerDan Jan 11, 2014 08:03 AM

                    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
                davis_sq_pro Jan 9, 2014 05:47 PM

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

                1. re: davis_sq_pro
                  LurkerDan Jan 11, 2014 08:07 AM

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

                2. re: Firegoat
                  JAB Jan 10, 2014 07:17 AM

                  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
                    John E. Jan 10, 2014 09:53 AM

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

                    1. re: JAB
                      davis_sq_pro Jan 10, 2014 10:04 AM

                      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
                      DGresh Jan 11, 2014 08:35 AM

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

                    3. re: chefhound
                      DGresh Jan 9, 2014 01:06 PM

                      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
                        chefhound Jan 9, 2014 04:30 PM


                        1. re: DGresh
                          ennuisans Jan 9, 2014 05:00 PM

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

                        2. re: chefhound
                          JAB Jan 10, 2014 07:19 AM

                          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. C. Hamster Jan 9, 2014 12:27 PM

                          What was that T Shirt thing about??

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

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                          1. re: C. Hamster
                            gaffk Jan 9, 2014 12:34 PM

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

                          2. John E. Jan 9, 2014 05:13 PM

                            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.
                              gaffk Jan 9, 2014 05:19 PM

                              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
                                John E. Jan 9, 2014 05:43 PM

                                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.
                                  LindaWhit Jan 9, 2014 05:50 PM

                                  An earlier episode in this season - the tomato challenge.

                                  1. re: LindaWhit
                                    John E. Jan 9, 2014 06:07 PM

                                    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.
                                      gaffk Jan 9, 2014 06:26 PM

                                      Yeah, I think the tomato challenge was Besh.

                                  2. re: John E.
                                    gaffk Jan 9, 2014 06:25 PM

                                    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
                                      LindaWhit Jan 9, 2014 06:30 PM

                                      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
                                        gaffk Jan 9, 2014 06:34 PM

                                        Your comprehensive TC recaps belie a struggle of brain cells.

                              2. davis_sq_pro Jan 9, 2014 05:46 PM

                                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
                                  gaffk Jan 9, 2014 06:29 PM

                                  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
                                    davis_sq_pro Jan 9, 2014 07:28 PM

                                    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...

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                                  autumm Jan 9, 2014 07:39 PM

                                  Thanks for posting!

                                  I would love to watch LTC, but my cranky 7 year old mac has all this add block flash minimizing stuff from it's first 4 years as my husband's consulting machine. It has decided I don't get to watch it.

                                  Bummed Stephanie lost, but it would have been a bit too coincidental for her to do what her best friend did last season.

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                                  1. re: autumm
                                    John E. Jan 9, 2014 09:11 PM

                                    Your 7 year old Mac is too old for the latest Adobe Flash Player needed to watch the LCK videos.

                                    1. re: autumm
                                      DGresh Jan 10, 2014 03:06 AM

                                      Do you have on-demand for whatever you get your Bravo channel from? That's how I've watched on both Cablevision and FiOS.

                                    2. JAB Jan 10, 2014 07:27 AM

                                      Let's talk about the difference between a beignet and a fritter. Although I can't articulate it, I have a distinct differentiation in my mind between the two and it appears that they were being used interchangeably.

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                                      1. re: JAB
                                        gaffk Jan 10, 2014 03:31 PM

                                        I thought the same. The beignets I've had were very light and airy. Fritters are denser. Or is that just me?

                                        1. re: gaffk
                                          LurkerDan Jan 11, 2014 08:06 AM

                                          I don't know that there is a classic definition, but they were using beignet to mean "fried dough".

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                                        bear Jan 11, 2014 10:08 AM

                                        I kept hoping that Stephanie would add a touch of baking powder to help the yeast along. Granted, I don't know whether that would work or not, but it seemed from the start that a yeast dough in under 30 minutes was doomed. I was sad to see her go, but if she had to lose to someone, I'm glad it was Louis.

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                                        1. re: bear
                                          happybaker Jan 12, 2014 10:11 PM

                                          Bear - Good point!

                                          And yes, it would have helped, some southern biscuit recipes have both yeast and baking powder to help them be extra fluffy quickly. (And she did admit, very early on, to not having much biscuit experience.)

                                          Still, she was VERY smart to use the warmth of the oven for the yeast (I use my gas warming oven as a proofing oven and can cut my rise time from three hours to 1 if need be.)

                                          I am very saddened by her exit but take heart in Hugh's words to her on his blog.

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