Then we see the recheftestants enter the Top Chef Kitchen to find a grinning Padma and a collection of fondue pots and wine bottles. Immediately Blais associates fondue with being naked, and is sure that his parents had attended nude fondue parties at some point. Hot cheese on naked private parts doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me, but I guess that's how they rolled back in the swinging Fondue Era.
Blais decides that despite Padma's admonition about chocolate and bananas, there will definitely be chocolate and bananas in his fondue, along with liquid nitrogen. Of course.
Dale is going Vietnamese and creating a "Pho-ndue." Cle-ver. Angelo wants to show the other chefs his diversity so creates a deconstructed salad with endive, goat cheese, and a beet shooter. Sounds...gross, but it's not Asian in any way, nor does it contain raw fish, so I guess that constitutes diversity.
Time is up in a flash and Padma, still grinning, pours them all some tasty Terlato wine to chugalug while they're all sampling fondue. Blais' dish doesn't exactly wow the others, and he finds Tiffany's apple fritters to be "pedestrian." The chefs make faces at Angelo's dish, and he's disappointed with the whole thing. And did you notice that the description of Fabio's dish that flashed on the screen claims it contained "Bourdain wine?" WTH is that? "Bourdain WHINE" maybe....
When tasting and drinking are over, the recheftestants vote. After struggling to do simple math after so much wine, Padma announces that the least favorite fondues belonged to Fabio and his Bourdain wine, Tiffany's pedestrian fritters, and Mike's gay fondue. On top were Antonia's smoked salmon, Dale's Pho, and Angelo's deconstuction. Dale's dish gets the most votes so he's going to Napa to hang out with the Terlatos.
Padma then announces that they will have a "very special treat" that afternoon and are urged to go to Rockefeller Center to find out their Elimination Challenge. At 30 Rock, the recheftestants find themselves entering the soundstage where the Jimmy Fallon show is being taped at that very moment. Fabio in particular is very excited to be there.
Is that one of the more stupid and unnecessarily complicated challenge intros, or what? I'm starting to miss the knife block.
Antonia is up first and gets beef tongue.
The rest of the chefs get more reasonable dishes: Fabio gets something that he has never before cooked:
Blais gets Ramen noodles; Carla gets chicken pot pie and almost goes ballistic with joy because she apparently had been jonesin' to make chicken pot pie for the past few days.
After shopping and back at Top Chef House, we get a built-in commercial for Buitoni pasta products as the recheftestants all wax rhapsodic over the various varieties of ravioli, etc. Gack. Then, the next morning, we get a scene of the guys making fun of Angelo and his tight pants. Apparently the tight pants-wearing is a regular thing, because Fabio refers to him in his blog and on Twitter as "Camel Toe." Honestly, you have to go read his blog, if only for the mangled English. Eetsa funny.
At Colicchio & Sons (located in the same building as Chelsea Market and the Food Network studios), Antonia is a bit stymied by having to cook tongue in a mere two hours, so Blais gives her tips on how to use a pressure cooker. Apparently he's been helping everyone, and in a lot of cases, those to whom he lends a hand go on to win the challenge, while he finishes in the middle somewhere. Hmm...maybe he should stop doing that?
In the dining room, we see the party guests congregate, including Jeemy Falloon's parents and in-laws, and members of his show staff, including his announcer Higgins who seems much funnier than Jeemy Falloon.
Big Bird on Meth is delighted to present her chicken pot pie, which everyone loves. Dale has used a pretzel roll for his cheesesteak which, combined with the sauce on his onions, puts the salt content over the top. I give him points for inspiration though. (Philly is known for soft pretzels as well as cheesesteaks.)
Finally, Angelo's pulled pork sandwich with an oddball coffee and dill sauce impresses the diners, while everyone enjoys Mike's sausage. I just disgusted myself with that statement. I don't even want to think about something being called "Mike's sausage," and especially enjoying it, so I'm just going to pretend I didn't type that.
Back at the Stew Room of Doom, Padma calls out Antonia, Carla, and Angelo. They are the top three and are all praised for their dishes. Antonia tells the judges that they had a special beef tongue song that they sang and the three of them perform it, much to the delight of the judges. (Download it as a ringtone by texting BEEFTONGUE to 27286. Seriously.) Although they loved her sandwich and Angelo's pork, Carla comes out on top for the third time this season. Not only does she win the challenge, but also a six-night trip to Tokyo, $5000 for airfare, and an appearance on the Jeemy Falloon Show.
On the bottom are Tiffany, Fabio, and Dale. I had heard that a "favorite" would be eliminated this week, and knew immediately that would not include Dale or Tiffany, so I was prepared to lose Fabio. His booger just wasn't the moist, juicy booger they were looking for, and his cheese sauce was gross. Even the thought of boogers and cheese sauce is gross. And though he's gone, we're sure to hear more from Fabio, especially how Antonia beat him with a French dish in an Italian challenge....