'Top Chef' recap: And Then There Were Two

Last night’s intro was all about working us into a state over Mike Isabella’s chances. Will he or won’t he? The odds say yes, but his opponents tried to persuade us otherwise. Antonia pooh-poohed the "boys’ club." "They’re just expecting to dominate, but that’s not gonna happen." Blais, a notorious worrywart  (/worryglasswort), claimed he wasn’t worried at all about Mike’s winning streak. "Good for him!" he said, in the tone of voice that means exactly the opposite.

The Quickfire Challenge seemed like a chance to even the playing field. The chefs had to assign each other a "classic" Top Chefchallenge. Translation: capitalize on each other's weaknesses. Mike got first pick. His dream was to win the final against Blais, which meant he needed to psych Antonia out enough to send her home. Boom! Canned foods and dry goods. Anyone who’s lived in a dorm knows turning canned foods into a delicious meal is the Gordian Knot of cheap eating. Adequately screwed, Antonia chose Blais as her victim. She threw him a softball. Hot dogs? Pssh. Hot dogs are amazing even when they’re terrible! Read More...



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