So, we’re in Palm Springs. The chefs are driven out to the middle of the desert where they are greeted by an interestingly-clad Padma and Jose Andres. They could cook anything they wanted, but they have to use solar-powered stoves and ovens. Who knew? They choose knives to see which appliance they get. If it were me I’d prefer the stove; that cylindrical oven was just freaky. And indeed, one of the chefs (Giselle?) has her oven blow up when she put liquid into it.
There are still too many chefs for me to remember, let alone recall what each made. Dooshnozzle serves raw oysters on desert rocks he picked up and rinsed with water. Really? I’m not eating off a rock that hasn’t been at least washed with soap. Padma remarks that it was like eating snot off a rock. Wes really wants to redeem himself after his poor showing last week. And he really wants one of those solar stoves for himself. Must have worked as he wins immunity! And a $10,000 donation in his name to a food charity. And Jose even throws in a solar oven.
For the elimination challenge they split into two teams based on which cookware they used. They must prepare a 4-course meal to be served on a golf course and prepared in golf course refreshment carts. Both teams start with a ceviche, but the Blue team of Jeremy and Karen are smart enough to put their plates over bowls of ice so that it’s nice and cold. They apparently beat the orange team.
For the second course, both teams go for marinated shrimp. The judges don’t care much for Angelina’s shrimp or Grayson’s corn and chorizo concoction. So looks like the blue team takes this course too. Third courses were pork from the blue team and steak from the orange team. The steak is overpowered by the salsa verde which was served on top of the steak. So once again the blue team seems to take it.
Fourth course is dessert. The crazy chef from New Orleans makes a grapefruit sabayon with tequila. The judges seem to really like it, although they would have liked more grapefruit. Dooshnozzle is making his wife’s recipe. It’s a coconut pudding with strawberries. Well, alleged pudding. Looked more like soup to me. And the judges didn’t seem to like it much either. So it looks like the orange team finally won a course.
Judges’ table. Blue team wins (no surprise there). Their best course was the first and Jeremy gets the win as the ice bowls were his idea. He also gets a week at the resort in Palm Springs. From the losing team, the pair of Grayson and Angelina is deemed the worst. And the worst of the worst? Grayson’s corn and chorizo dish. She seems pissed and kind of disagrees with Tom as she shakes his hand goodbye. She then yells some expletives on her way out the door. Way to stay classy Grayson.