Alright, then. Here we are. The “Largest Culinary Showdown of the Season.” Don’t sell yourselves short, guys, it’s been over a year since last season’s finale…
Bastage reminds us that
There can be only one…
So who is that one? Will it be second chance Josh? Would they really do that? Or is it DareDevil? Do they still try to make it appear that she’s totally blind, and she wins this by sheer force of will and comic book sonar vision?
After a quick recap of the path we’ve taken to get to this point, Gordie introduces our two finalists. First is Josh. Fiercely competitive, robust flavors, yadda yadda. They neglect to mention that he was eliminated once.
So, will he go home with the title and the cookbook? Or will it be DareDevil? Her introduction basically depicts her as the underdog. The clips keep showing issues caused by her vision impairedness. She’s making her claim to the title with her instincts and palate.
So, as with previous years, the contestants will be squaring off head-to-head. With no pomp whatsoever, the other 16 contestants head out onto the balcony and cheer.
They ask Josh if he can believe that he’s made it this far. He says he can – I’m sure Becky can’t. They then ask what his family would say if they were here. Surprise, they ARE here!!!
Everyone’s crying except DareDevil, but that’s probably just because she can’t see and not because she’s a cold-blooded competitor.
So, of course, in a shocking twist, DareDevil’s husband is also brought in. And apparently a bunch of other people we didn’t even know existed.
Who are these people?!? Did they just find random Asian people on the street and bring them in so she didn’t feel inferior to Josh?
So, the families are sent upstairs as well, and it’s time to get down to it. The two finalists get two hours to cook a full meal. An appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. They have to work in the same tiny space as the previous finalists have.
I like to call it the Spaceship Kitchen. Why? Because I imagine that if I had a spaceship, this is what the kitchen would look like. Duh.
I wonder if those tight quarters will become an issue. Like if DareDevil will accidentally bump into Josh because she doesn’t see him, or Josh’s gigantic arms will knock her over.
They wish each other luck, both say their obligatory “I’m gonna beat your” trash, and the finale has begun! The contestants both walk confidently to the pantry. They have 2 hours so I guess there’s no rush, huh?
While they’re gathering ingredients, the contestants give us a little insight. Josh is first. He says that he thinks everyone is surprised he made it this far, because everyone just saw a southern boy…but he doesn’t think today is a good day to play it too safe by sticking to his roots. So he’s making lobster and grits, a rack of lamb with a green curry spice for his entree, and a pecan pie for dessert. He’s gonna punch the judges in the mouth with flavor.