After everything's been said and done, after 12 episodes, after a bunch of ceviches and halibuts, the Top Chef final four turned out to be exactly how most people predicted them - the V brothers, Kevin, and Jennifer. 25-year-old Atlanta-native and self-confessed "fat kid" Eli Kirshtein was eliminated on Top Chef this week, which means there won't be any upsets on our midst this season, except the little tumble between Mike I. and Robin a couple of weeks back.
For the Bravo cooking show's quickfire challenge tonight, the five remaining chef-testants got a visit from Gavin Kaysen, who competed in the so-called Olympics of cooking the Bocuse D'or. They were made to crate their own version of his three-protein winning dish. Jennifer, who's lately and for a long time, been down on the dumps, got a sort of revival when her calamari steak with scallops and salmon won, drawing a "Welcome back" from Padma herself.
For the much-awaited elimination challenge, the five chefs needed to prepare a "regal presentation platter" to approximate the Bocuse D'or. Their creation must feature one protein, either lamb or salmon, and two garnishes, which must be complicated. They had four hours to do it, and Jennifer got 30 minutes extra for winning the quickfire challenge. The judges included Thomas Keller and two Bocuse D'or juges.
As it turned out, it was only Bryan who was remotely successful in the challenge, and everyone else's dish had problems - Michael for the inspiration, Jennifer for the inconsistency of her salmon, Eli for his sausage, and Kevin because his dish was too simple. As winner, Kevin got $30,000, and Eli was sent home.