After a drama-filled Restaurant Wars double-header, the cheftestepants of High Chef Kentucky get a blast from the previous in a cocktail party-themed episode that accommodates one of many greatest surprises of the season thus far.
Contemporary after his win as maitre d’ of the pop-up North East, Brian feels a renewed sense of confidence, whereas Kelsey is beginning to really feel a bit rundown. “I actually really feel like an 89-year-old lady,” she says initially of the episode. “I’m 29, I’m not even 30 but.” Among the contestants are shocked by the Restaurant Wars elimination of Nini, a gifted chef who crushed each cooking problem, however faltered because the host of her Restaurant Wars pop-up. Because the crew is on the brink of head again to the High Chef culinary bunker, Kelsey makes the prediction that Nini will return, someway.
When the gang arrives within the kitchen for the subsequent Quickfire problem, they’re stunned to see Nini operating round with a field of greens, suggesting Kelsey could, in reality, possess psychic skills. Nini greets her buddies by yelling, “Final Likelihood Kitchen bitches!” Certainly, she has folded herself again into the competitors — maybe momentarily — by acing the Tom Colicchio-hosted, not-ready-for-primetime cooking problem that includes a slew of eradicated High Chef solid members. Nini is competing towards Brother Luck — a competitor from High Chef Colorado — in what Tom describes as a “mini Restaurant Wars.” Nini and Brother selected knives with the names of the remaining cooks within the sport to see who could be serving to them put together three dishes for this problem. “That is my redemption,” Nini says. “I need to get again into the home and kick down the door and say ‘I’m right here.’”
She has picked “Mekong Delta meets Mississippi Delta” as her theme, whereas Brother is aiming for a “Southwestern-Japanese” menu. “To me, Southwestern meals is particular — I spent most of my profession there,” Brother explains. “However Japan is part of my soul. Each of my mother and father had been unique dancers, they usually traveled all by Asia. I actually need to showcase my perspective of that delicacies.” It’s fairly clear that the cooks are stoked to work with Nini, however might care much less about cooking alongside Brother — at one level throughout the problem, Eric even says to his teammates, “I don’t care about this dude.”

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Nini’s crew prepares po’ boy-style shrimp, grilled pork chops with a corn salad, and a tapioca pudding model of bananas Foster. Brother’s crew, in the meantime, makes a elaborate jalapeño popper, scallops with yuzu, and tuna with apple pico de gallo. A lot to everybody’s shock, the winner of this problem is definitely Brother. “Nini, I like what you probably did, I simply thought there have been a few missteps,” Tom explains. However within the decide’s eyes, Brother created “three incredible dishes” that had been sturdy sufficient to place him again within the competitors. In her second farewell in lower than one episode, Nini says she views this expertise as a lesson about “embracing what makes me a bit totally different.”
“I don’t find out about the remainder of you, however after watching that competitors, I might use a stiff drink,” Tom says. “Cocktails anybody?” That is the decide’s segue into asserting this week’s elimination problem: making ready canapés for a cocktail occasion at Louisville’s historic Seelbach Resort. Nic Christiansen, the beverage director at Butchertown Grocery, then rolls out a cart bearing six Prohibition-era cocktails, which the cooks should use as inspiration for his or her one-bite dishes. The crew then heads to Complete Meals for the same old madcap sprint by the produce and meat aisles, after which it’s again to the kitchen to prep for the cocktail occasion the subsequent day.
Alongside the way in which, a number of of the cooks share their gripes about Brother’s shock entry into the competitors. “I really feel like there’s a stranger in our home,” David remarks. “Brother’s the brand new child in class — he’s obtained to catch up actually fast,” Sara says. “Loads of emotions happening… truthfully we don’t need anybody on this home,” Kelsey explains. Brother, in the meantime, is stoked to be again within the competitors, however he additionally says it feels a bit like being “Invoice Murray in Groundhog Day.”
The subsequent day, within the swanky barroom of the Seelbach Resort, Tom and Padma Lakshmi are joined by particular visitor judges Graham Elliott and Ken Oringer. The blokes are kind of wearing period-appropriate garb, however Padma outshines her colleagues by carrying each a flapper costume and a Louise Brooks-style wig. Again within the kitchen, a couple of of the cooks are within the weeds: Eric has to shuck 150 oysters in an hour, Brian’s gnocchi and sausage are taking manner longer than he had anticipated; and Michelle’s stuffed gougères don’t appear like she’d hoped they’d. After three rounds of sampling the canapés with their cocktail inspirations, the judges have a fairly clear thought of who succeeded and failed at this problem.

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Again within the barrel-lined High Chef culinary bunker, the judges announce that the highest three dishes had been Eddie’s crudo with brown butter crumble, Kelsey’s scallop ceviche, and Eric’s oyster with pumpernickel. That final dish, a creation impressed by the “12 Mile Restrict” cocktail, will get singled out because the winner of the evening.
In the meantime, the underside three dishes are: Sara’s boring bay scallops with avocado, Brian’s greasy gnocchi, and Brother’s complicated banh mi-inspired rooster salad. Finally, the judges determine that Brother had the worst dish of the evening, and he’s requested to pack his knives and go, simply someday after he entered the competitors, mid-stream. “I’m a bit upset since you made wonderful meals in Final Likelihood Kitchen — I believed you had been going to go far,” Tom says to Brother. “You realize chef, I might’ve used a break,” he replies.
And so ends Brother Luck’s unusual run on High Chef Kentucky. On subsequent week’s episode, the cheftestepants will face a meat-centric problem that includes visitor stars Nancy Silverton, Lena Waithe, and Dario Cecchini.

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