I didn't see that one coming.
Once again, Joe Flamm showed he's the SMART chef. Choosing to go for the smoke, both times...and picking Carrie as his sous. Of course the "mountain woman" (that! made me laugh) knew how to cook on the cowboy cauldron. OF COURSE she did. It was fantastic to see her picked first, you could see it was a total affirmation of who she was, and since she didn't make it into the top 3, it was fantastic to just see her get that extra bit of "you are awesome".
Speaking of awesome....I was never a big fan of Bruce's. And true to form, the celeb judges all knew him, but I just wanted to hug and kiss him when he said "Ask Adrienne about the dish, I'll just stand here and be pretty". He was a real rock for Adrienne, after he got it through his head SHE was the executive chef of that challenge. He really kept her in the game when things started go to wrong for her, and it was so satisfying to see her change her dish in Whole Foods to "make it my own cooking". She's also a thinker!
Felt sorry for Sasto, but I don't believe he is any way the villain his edits have shown him to be. He also had one of the better exits on this show, IMO. Totally positive, although you could see his disappointment and sadness at leaving this far into the game. But he was totally focused on how his participation had made him grow as a chef, and was so positive about what he'd learned. "What's the worse that can happen? You come in third". Bravo, Mustache Joe! Now lose the stache and let us just marvel at your sparkly, happy eyes!
Great penultimate episode. The catching fish thing was really funny....I had no idea about eating trout not fully cooked. My ex & I packed in years ago, from Creede, Colorado, way up above the treeline. There was a gorgeous trout "pool" like that, where we caught our dinner....and the next morning he went fishing again, with one of our guides, while I went riding WAAAAY above the treeline with our other guide. Although it was only a two day trip....it was definitely a bit of paradise and an experience of a lifetime. This whole episode was so totally enjoyable....Bravo! BRAVO. The whole season was elevated by this episode, IMO.
Can't wait for next week!