Gosh, Eric's sister seemed beautiful inside and out. He also has a great vibe. I was not loving the description of his dish...spinach plus gritty but...then they said it was delicious. I'm in NYC area so maybe I can seek it out. I thought they guest judge was familiar with the dish and said it was spot on?
Michelle-I think she needed to "roll with" her dish and somehow even with the extra hour, she couldn't make the changes that were necessary. It looked very pale and unappetizing to me. I love seafood. But it all looked kind of quivery and plain. She did not meld her food with Macao, so yes, as soon as they said that I knew she was out. I thought her quickfire food looked better than the elimination challenge food. Unfortunate.
Kelsey's cooking seems very smart, am not sure, but I wonder if her cooking will be too regional to win in the end? Yes, Southern Food is your thing. But I groaned when she said she was doing a boil. I guess the broth and the spicy was the twist that made it great but.....that's always my complaint when we get to this point-I really want to see the chef's wow me with something I can't make myself! (I'm sure I couldn't make what Kelsey made, but I do make low country boil every summer and it's pretty basic-I like when the chef's whip out their training and impress me.)
Sarah, maybe it's editing, or maybe it's that she is more comfortable in the small group. I wonder if in the larger group, she felt like she had to be louder to be heard, and around all of the guys her "swagger" came out a bit more. Now that it's a smaller group of lovely people, she is more relaxed and appealing. I noticed Michelle went to her to hug when she was eliminated. Her matzo ball soup sounded delish. Yes, the competition did seem to turn into Top Broth in this episode. I guess that was what they all got out of Macao. Same quibble as with Kelsey-I'd like to see something more exciting than soup at this point? But at least her soup looked and sounded delicate, delicious, and unexpected. Her mom was lovely, their relationship seemed lovely. Goals.
Any of the three left can win and I'll be happy.