Elimination Challenge. The cheftestants are told to draw knives, and they find that there is the name of a famous person from the culinary world on each. The names are either famous chefs or food critics. Fabio gets Lidia Bastianich, famous for Italian cooking and her shows on PBS. Also, her resemblance to my mother-in-law. I mean, they look nothing alike but they sound and cook exactly alike. Fabio is psyched with his choice. Hosea gets Susan Ungaro, the only one of the batch that I was like, "Who?" Thankfully, Hosea explains that she's the President of the James Beard Foundation. Stefan gets Marcus Samuelsson, executive chef and co-owner of Aquavit, who was raised in Sweden. It's like they're matching the cheftestants up, but it's a random draw, so I guess not. Leah gets Wylie Dufresne, who's standing right there. Carla gets Jacques Pepin, legendary French chef. This is almost too much of a coincidence, no? Padma explains that since this is the last challenge, they asked each of the famous chefs what they would want for their last supper, and the cheftestants will be preparing it for them. Wow, no pressure. Hosea says as much in an interview
Padma tells each cheftestant what he or she will be cooking. Carla's making roast squab with fresh peas for Jacques Pepin. Really? Squab? Wouldn't you go with something totally unhealthy and decadent for that last meal? Maybe that's why I'm not a culinary genius. Well, that and so many other reasons. Like the fact that I made Double Chocolate Turtle Rice Krispie treats for my Valentine's Day dessert. Wait, that might be genius. Hosea will be making shrimp scampi with tomatoes Provencal for Susan Ungaro. Stefan will be making roasted salmon and spinach for Marcus Samuelsson. Fabio will be making roast chicken with roasted potatoes and a leafy salad for Lidia Bastianich. Wylie asks for eggs Benedict for his last meal, so Leah will prepare it. Really? These are the most boring last meals of all time. Where are the turduckens and the three-pound cheeseburgers and the steaks? I bet the producers were really disappointed when the chefs revealed their choices. BORING! Padma says that Carla's advantage as Quickfire winner is that she can swap with anyone else, but Carla doesn't want to. Carla interviews some nonsense and squeals about PEAS! For JACQUES! I don't know that the written word can convey Carla's excitement. Padma gives logistics: three hundred dollars and thirty minutes to shop, and then two hours to prep and cook. Stefan interviews that it would really suck to be eliminated right before the finals. In fact, he claims it would be "the true, real shitstick." Can't argue with that.