After Kuniko got eliminated, CJ and Josh got into it with John for lacking tact and being lecture-y. I hate Josh, but he is totally right about John, who is a dick. And he's one of those dicks who excuses his dickishness by saying, "I'm just being honest! You can't handle my honesty!"
Quickfire Challenge: There are two giant slabs of beef hanging in the kitchen. They have to butcher their favorite cut and create a dish in an hour. The top three are CJ, Josh and John, of course. And then John wins the Quickfire and everyone has to clap and swallow their gorge.
Immunity Challenge: The owners of renowned restaurant Canlis, which was founded in 1950, ask the cheftestants to revive their original 1950 menu. And it's a double elimination, thank GOD! I can't keep track of all these people. I would totally eat any dish off that menu, but maybe not the calf liver. Eh, I'd try it. Here is the menu:
Tyler: fresh crab leg cocktail, and the judges think he did a great job of letting the crab shine.
Lizzie: marinated herring, which the judges actually love, even though it's weird.
Josh: French onion soup, which the judges think is salty, cold and the crouton is too stiff.
John: steamed clams Bordelaise, which gets high marks from the judges.
Chrissy: Canlis special salad, which the judges think is overdressed and doesn't have enough mint.
Brooke: seafood salad a la Louis, which the judges thinks is perfectly period appropriate.
Entrees and Sides:
Sheldon: fresh Hawaiian mahi mahi, which the judges think is perfectly cooked, if not perfectly butchered.
Carla: whole milk-fed squab, which kept getting sent back for being too rare, but the ones that the judges get are overcooked and not boned properly. Because the grill room was so small, Carla had to rely on Bart and Sheldon to grill her squab, but she doesn't seem too concerned about it.
Micah: mixed vegetables, which get mixed reviews because they look good, but aren't cooked well.
Stefan and Kristen: calf's liver and French fried onions, which the judges think is true to the period and they love Kristen's onions.
Bart: double cut New York steak, which the judges find barely okay.
Josie: gargantuan baked Idaho potato, which the judges have some nitpicks about.
CJ: shish kebab with pilaf, which the judges totally bust him on for sous viding the meat and they don't like the pilaf either.
Kristen: French mushrooms, which the judges compliment highly.
Desserts (these are four dishes -- each woman made two):
Danyele: vanilla ice cream and Royal Hawaiian supreme. The judges like both.
Eliza: mint sherbet and fresh frozen Hawaiian pineapple parfait. The judges give them mild approval.
The top four are Lizzie, Kristen, Tyler and Stefan, and the winner is Kristen. Wow, she won with two sides. People are going to be pissed, but it goes to show that it doesn't matter what you cook as long as you cook it well.
The bottom four are Carla, Chrissy, CJ and Josh. Man, it is not helping CJ and Josh's vendetta against John if they keep ending up in the bottom. Josh can't believe that his soup was cold and blames John's expediting. Chrissy isn't sure how her dressing didn't taste like lemon because she put a ton in. The judges can't believe that Carla didn't taste her food before sending it out when she wasn't the one who cooked it. And Tom takes CJ to task for sous-viding the lamb for no apparent reason, since it ruined the texture.
Somehow Chrissy and Carla get sent home. I see why Carla went home, but Chrissy had to make a salad that's the specialty of the house to this day and she got penalized for not making it right, which seems a bit unfair. Yes, her salad was overdressed, but CJ sent out mealy lamb. And I like CJ! The editing just didn't show me why Chrissy is going home. Or is she? Turns out they are doing Last Chance Kitchen again. I totally forgot that was a thing.
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The cheftestants are still hanging in the Stew Room after Kuniko's elimination and they're doing the usual thing of talking about what a great chef she was, how much they will miss her, how they can't believe this happened, etc. John pipes up and says that he respects Kuniko, but if you can't make potatoes, then you don't deserve to be there. Brooke points out that Kuniko's still a chef and John retorts that they had five hours, so there's no excuse. Look, he's not wrong, but he doesn't seem to get that this isn't the time. I'm sure if you asked him, he'd say that he's just keeping it real. And if you can't handle honesty, then that's not his problem. Ugh, he is such a typical reality show asshole that it's almost boring.
CJ points out that this isn't the time for those kinds of sentiments. Josh pipes up that they've had enough of John's lectures. John denies giving lectures and Josh yells that John has no tact. John's retort is, "And Oklahoma has a lot of tact?" What does Oklahoma have to do with it? What a stupid comeback. He might as well have said, "Your face." Josh tells John that he's the most hated chef for a reason and he's known for opening restaurants that fail and blowing off events. John claims he's just "truthful" (there it is) and Josh is "making shit up like a blogger." So John is not only the "I'm just too honest" guy, he's also the "people on the Internet are a bunch of haters" guy. I hate both of those guys. The argument peters out. I don't like either of those guys. How about they both go home? That would be great.
The next morning, things are tense around the loft. John interviews that Josh was being "a redneck" (what?) and CJ was playing him and he's had enough. Whoa, Mr. Narcissism. It's not all about you. Stefan interviews that he loves the fighting because it's like "Real Housewives of Seattle." Out on the balcony with the smokers, Stefan and Kristen get their flirt on. Apparently, she plucked or waxed Stefan's eyebrows for him so she asks for a foot massage in return. And Marcellus Wallace told us what a foot massage really means. Kristen interviews that their flirting is innocent. Mmm hmm.
The cheftestants file into the kitchen for the Quickfire Challenge. The guest judge is Naomi Pomeroy, a Masters alum. Josh interviews that Naomi's known for cooking land-roaming animals, so he hopes the challenge is about butchery. Padma reveals two sides of beef hanging from hooks (those things are huge!). I don't think I would be able to resist punching them like Rocky, though. Anyway, the challenge is to procure their favorite cut of meat from the hanging sides and then prepare it in an hour. Padma tells them that, for safety reasons, no more than two chefs can butcher the beef at any one time.