Everyone but Jessie (who is sick) is back for the reunion. The cheftestants admit that being on the show has helped all of their restaurants business-wise, and Kevin won a ton of money from High Stakes Quickfires. They discuss Restaurant Wars, and how a lot of people thought the wrong person was eliminated that night, and apparently it made Kevin kind of bitter for a while.
The Fan Favorite won't be revealed until the next night, but the other cheftestants think perhaps Bryan, Kevin, or Jen might get it. There's a funny clip package about how this batch of cheftestants were totally down on themselves. And remember when Kevin got immunity and didn't have to cook for the French chefs? Turns out that he would have rather cooked, since they all talked to each other in French and he couldn't understand anything. This leads Tom Colicchio to talk about how the industry has really embraced the show, and that has led to some impressive guest judges. And not only are the judges impressive, but the cheftestants themselves were very accomplished coming into the show.
Andy Cohen calls Ash out for thinking Padma doesn't like him, and then asks which other cheftestants thinks Padma doesn't like them, and almost all of them raise their hands. Padma is surprised that she comes off as a cold fish. Some of the cheftestants (Mike I, Hector) thought they went out early. On a lighter note, people got drunk and crazy back at the house.
We learn that Michael V. actually applied to be on the show, and then they found out he had a brother who's a cook and they asked him to apply too. They spend quite a bit of time talking about the sibling rivalry, which I think we get at this point, and it would have been nice to use this time to talk to some of the cheftestants who didn't get to speak at all in the reunion. Their mom comes out and says that since Michael won, she and her husband are giving Bryan their vintage Corvette. Damn.
Kevin and Eli knew each other before the show aired, so they spent a lot of time talking about nerdy science things that the other cheftestants didn't understand. Mike I. was as much of a cocky asshole as you thought, and they even have the clip package to prove it.
Robin gets a chance to defend her incessant talking, and then there's a really awkward segment where they try to make her tormentors defend themselves, and Michael V. gives her a somewhat sincere apology and Toby Young manhandles an apology out of Eli and there's some bitterness there, still.
They talk about serving breakfast in bed to Padma and how flustered some of the men got, and everyone giggles. And that's it until next season!
Hey, awesome! The reunion is once again hosted by Andy Cohen. Except not awesome because I can't stand the dude as a host. He just doesn't ask the hard questions, and he gets all sweaty and reveals more of his hairy chest than I need to see, and it's not good. I don't know whom I would rather have host. Maybe Colicchio, who doesn't seem to shy away from asking the hard questions. Or Padma. Anyway, he introduces Gail, Tom, Padma, and Toby, and then welcomes all of the cheftestants, explaining that Jessie is sick, so she's not there. Not that Andy would have made time to talk to her anyway.
Andy starts by congratulating Michael Voltaggio, the winner, and asks what his plan is for the money. He hopes to open a restaurant, possibly with his brother, and travel a bit. He didn't win THAT much money. Although with the exposure from the show, and his track record, it would probably be easier to get investors. Roll the montage of how awesome Michael was this season, where he explains that he only became a chef because his brother was one, and he tries to express himself with food the way that an artist expresses himself on a canvas. And then he won a lot of the challenges, and the judges talked a lot about his food and how good it was, even when he didn't win.
Andy asks Tom what happened in the finale that gave Michael the win. Tom says that Kevin had a bad night, so he was out of the running early. And then Bryan's dishes were lacking seasoning (salt, specifically), and that's what knocked him out. Andy asks the cheftestants how being on the show has affected their restaurants. Bryan says that he was worried that his restaurant might go out of business before going on the show, and even while he was filming the show, and now his business is crazy. Kevin adds that there's a lot more buzz around his restaurant, and critics visiting. They had the High Stakes Quickfire this season, and Kevin ended up winning the most money: $45,000. The judges are shocked.
Andy wants to talk about Restaurant Wars, when Team Mission won the Quickfire and then decided to double down and lost all the money. Kevin has the chance to talk about how his team wanted to have fun and be nice and so they didn't elect a leader, and it was the reason why they lost. A montage reminds us that Laurine was front-of-house and screwed up the timing of the dishes and also wasn't attentive enough to the judges, but on the other hand, both Jen and Kevin screwed up their dishes: Jen because she took on too much and Kevin because his lamb was too rare for some diners. Kevin admits that he almost quit the competition because he felt he should have been eliminated instead of Laurine. Tom points out that he read recently that Laurine felt that Jen should have been eliminated instead of her, which if I recall, was the more common refrain from the usual blogs and forums about the show. Laurine looks a little surprised that Tom called her out like that, and then says that Jen bit off more than she could chew. Gail defends the elimination by saying that they don't know what went on behind the scenes when they are judging, and Laurine's performance was not good that night.