Another day, another elimination. The scene shift to the Bahamas has not really done anything for me (ok, one important thing – more on that), and ultimately the Final 3 are the right Final 3 – based on what has happened.
- Quickfire was smart this time and had some added value. Precision and consistency are what make restaurants work – that what I order is what they wanted. It was an interesting challenge, although the result was shaky. Clearly Mike and Richard made a trickier dish – their dish was much harder than Antonia and Tiffany’s. But yeah the latter looked yummy anyway. I am not sure the quickfire judgment was correct – but who knows. The random selection of plates was a nice touch.
- After being much hyped – we get the Padma in a bikini scene. On the down-side, it was no more exposure than what we saw in the previews, but then … it’s Padma in a bikini for crissakes!!
- A desert island challenge was almost preordained here. The fishing for the conchs made for terrific television. There is always something mysterious about watching stuff shot underwater. However, I am not sure swimming should have been a requirement of the chefs. But it was a nice touch.
- Mike of the overrated Zaitinya, deservedly won. He had the combination of flavors for the judges and challenge and thematic coherence. Richard was brilliant of course, but I can see why Mike got the nod. Of course if this sends Blais into a confidence death spiral, it will make good TV. Antonia seems to be lacking a level of creativity and imagination to step up the game to contest winning level.
- Tiffany’s elimination made sense. Everybody did well, and she might have been victimized by the weather. However, the dishes are close enough and she was just a little less good than the others.
- Power rankings: Blais > Isabella > Antonia. I want Antonia to win, and I really want Isabella to not win … but Blais is pretty clearly the cream here.