Know the official finalists going to Mexico in the new episode of “Top Chef” Season 12 Episode 12 “The Final Battle of Bean Town,” which aired last Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on Bravo.
The episode kicks off with Padma Lakshmi introducing the acclaimed culinary innovator Wylie Dufresne. She emphasizes that Boston is also known to be the “bean town.” For the quickfire challenge, the chefs must cook a dish highlighting beans. The prize is an all-expenses paid trip to Napa.
George cooks tomato base with chickpeas, cumin, paprika and pork tenderloin. Mei gets risky with her black beans and corn with chipotle peppers, bacon, poached eggs and pinto bean foam. She is aware all along that Wylie loves eggs. Although it looks unappetizing, Padma and Wylie love the taste. Melissa serves seared pork tenderloin with bacon butterbean purée, roasted carrots and fried chickpeas. Wylie thinks the dish is not focused on beans. Gregory introduces his navy beans with sake, ham, avocado and carrot chips dish. Padma thinks it is bitter.
It is time for Wylie to announce the winner. Mei wins because she successfully highlighted the beans. She is happy to finally win in the Season’s 12th quickfire challenge. She finds it funny because she wins through beans. As expected, Wylie emphasizes that he loves the egg yolk.
For the elimination challenge, the chefs must create an innovative dish that pushes culinary boundaries. They will have 3 hours and 30 minutes to finish their dishes. The winner will join Melissa in the finals and win $10,000.
The chefs go to Whole Foods Market to shop for ingredients within 30 minutes with $1,000 budget. George is furious because there is no pork belly available. He thinks it is unacceptable. His plan is ruined. He keeps on cursing as he finds for alternative ingredients.
The chefs start to cook their dishes. While cooking, George notices Gregory using coconut as usual. He thinks Gregory is playing it too safely for an innovation challenge. He also criticizes Mei and Melissa using the same protein which is duck. Melissa keeps on helping Mei because she already has immunity. George is annoyed.
Tom Colicchio and Wylie enter the kitchen to check the chefs’ progress. They ask Gregory what is the innovation on his dish. Gregory answers them that he focuses on texture.
The judges are Harvard physics professor Michael Brenner, Richard Blais, Gail Simmons, Padma, Tom, Wylie and guest diners.
Gregory finds it difficult to plate his dishes because of the small kitchen. He worries that he is the first one to present. Everybody in the kitchen keeps on bumping on each other. Gregory serves salmon in tom kha broth with roasted tomatoes, crispy chicken skin and crispy salmon skin. The judges all love the flavors, but they cannot see innovation.
Melissa has immunity but wants to win $10,000 with her seared duck breast with farro, walnut miso and pickled cherries. Although everybody likes the dish, Wylie is not convinced that it has innovation. Richard defends Melissa that she stepped up from her comfort zone.
George cooked charred octopus, yellow split pea purée, green apple and harissa. Tom says it has a lot going on, and the charred octopus is bitter.
Mei introduces her duck curry with vadouvan and yuzu yogurt. Tom likes the taste but does not know how to describe it. He says the taste keeps on changing in a good way. He thinks it is too complex.
In the judges’ table, Mei and Melissa served the best dishes. Melissa wins $10,000. Mei goes to the finals. Between George and Gregory, George is eliminated. He still has a chance to redeem himself in the Last Chance Kitchen.
Who wins the finals? Catch the next episode on Jan. 28, 2015.
There you have it for the recap on Top Chef” Season 12 Episode 12 “The Final Battle of Bean Town,” which aired last Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on Bravo. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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