OMG IT'S PEE WEE HERMAN! Raise your hand if you watched him every weekend as a kid. *raises hand* (OF COURSE I'm raising my hand.) Dudes, creepy or not, Pee Wee was where it was at.
This week's quickfire features pancakes, not one of my favorite breakfast treats, to be sure, but still a once-in-a-blue-moon guilty pleasure nonetheless. Although Paul is totally speaking my language with a champagne fritter-type pancake, the winner is Ed. While he doesn't win immunity, Ed does get $5,000 large. It's his first quickfire win, so good for him.
For the elimination challenge, the chefs must, ON BIKES HAHA, find a restaurant at which to cook. They'll then have to cook a lunch for Pee Wee and his friends. I think this is a Top Chef first, is it not? Full-on asking random restaurants, "Hey, can I, uhh, cook in your kitchen?"
The chefs head out on shweet Schwinn bikes and as Ed says, "We're like a biker gang." No you're not, Ed. Not you're not like a biker gang AT ALL.
The chefs decide to hit up the local farmers' market with their scant $100 budgets, then branch out on their own to find their restaurants. Lindsay, totally breaking the newly-formed (by me) yet undocumented and unspoken rules, finds a restaurant, Mad Hatter, but then leaves to go try to swipe some cous cous from Grayson's restaurant. Meanwhile, Sarah snags Lindsay's spot at Mad Hatter. Lindsay ultimately has to cook at a hot-dog stand. A HOT-DOG STAND. As Bev would say, "Karma!"
Somewhere along the line, in between my baby screaming and my husband talking on the phone, I missed one of the parameters that was set. Something about paying the restaurants who let them cook there? I don't know. Anyway! Back to the Alamo the chefs go to finish cooking their food before service.
There are a whole lot of chicken and eggs at the table today, which, I don't know, sort of totally fits Pee Wee, doesn't it? I can't really put my finger on it, but Pee Wee and egg salad just seem like the perfect match.
The winner of the challenge this week is Lindsay. Good for her! Despite her trying to jank cous cous from Grayson's restaurant, I have always liked Lindsay, so I'm glad she's in the final four.
Paul is -- shocker -- safe, but Ed, Grayson, and Sarah are on the bottom. In the end, Grayson is sent home. I think I speak for all us when I say, Not Surprised. I liked Grayson, but she'd been skating by for awhile now. Adieu, Grayson, we'll miss you!
But wait, there's more!
Throwing a wrench in the entire rodeo is the announcement that the online Last Chance Kitchen we've been ignoring all season is actually going to be a part of Top Chef. So, next week, Beverly and Grayson will compete for a slot on the show. Again.
What are your thoughts on the Last Chance Kitchen twist?