The show has mercifully dispensed with scenes of the four remaining cheftestants getting out of planes, trains, and automobiles and simply shows them wandering through and eventually meeting up at the Telok Ayer Market.
Inigo is really into the whole experience, and is showing off a bit.
Seetoh has the cheftestants taste a bunch of dishes - chilli crab, fried noodles, chicken rice. Kelly starts noting the different ethnic influences within each dish. Kevin is thinking, "bah! Chinese food." Inigo is feeling passionate and contemplates making love to some durian, and perhaps a couple of the street vendors themselves. Ed is feeling douchey.
We see 30 minutes of scurrying about, in which time Inigo creates a riff on chilli crab using frog's legs, Kelly does a noodle dish with seafood, Kevin does a seafood stew, and Ed does a noodle and lobster stir fry.
Overall, Ed's dish was deemed the best and he was given the win AND immunity.
Padma then tells the cheftestants that their Elimination Challenge will be a team challenge. After the collective groan, she goes on to tell them that they must create a menu for 80 guests at an event hosted by Food & Wine's Dana Cowin. The menu must represent Singapore's multi-cultural quality, and the food must be cooked a la minute.
Back at the Hilton, the cheftestants find big reference books listing local ingredients that they pore through in order to develop a menu. They each decide to make only one dish. Ed is adamant about this, but then he has immunity and could serve dog crap and be safe. They all agree that one dish each, cooked a la minute, for 80 people, was going to be enough work.
The next day, with $200 to spend, the cheftestants go shopping at local spice markets.
Ed's giving himself a douchebag edit.
Speaking of douchebags....
In some kitchen somewhere, the four start their one measly hour of prep. Inigo is taking a risk making a dish he's never done before - lamb tartare - and praying the Demons of Oxidation stay far far away.
The next day, the chefs head to Tanjong Beach Club where they get 1 1/2 hours to work on their food before service starts. Their wait staff comes in and Ed gives them direction, appointing an expediter. Shortly thereafter, guests and judges arrive to eat.
The judges peruse the menu and are excited about what they see. Tom, big man that he is, insists on ordering for the table: 5 of each. Whew, that was hard!
Kelly says she thinks they worked well together. Inigo says he forgot that he was competing and felt like he was working in his own restaurant with his own staff. Tom says this was the best food all season, which isn't really saying much. But then come the complaints. Inigo's soup was too thick and too intense. The fish in Kelly's soup was unnecessary and too "rough." They wanted more texture in Kevin's congee. However, Ed's food received nothing but praise; the judges claimed mouthgasms over his banana fritters.
That would be Ed.
Meanwhile, Inigo tears up.
Eventually the judges make their decision and send Kelly home because her transgressions, however small, were the biggest of the evening.
You are on fire! I was laughing like an idiot.
'But does he woll?'
He does look a bit rolly-polly.
'I don't think it's the sarcasm.
I think it's the douchebaggery.'
Yes, douchebaggery in stereo this week.
So next week, w/ Ilan, M Volt & Hung helping, does that mean we'll get Ménage à Trois Douche?
;-) ... fun recap!
Yeah, there was _no_ way to escape the "wok" puns this week!
I think what he meant to say was, "I've been inside an Asian."
Not something I'd like to picture. But that's me.
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