They have 6 hours to shop and prep and $600 for this challenge. The Chefs make their lists and head out. Kerry is only going to Whole Foods, but Chris is going to a specialty butcher, 99 Ranch (I refer to it as Not-Whole Foods) and to Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck).
Kerry’s love letter will be to his wife. He took her fishing their first date. (I can tell you, that would not equal a second date with MisRed.) And he brought the “stuff” to make her a beautiful dinner. Ok, that’s a little better than just taking her fishing. He has one problem… Whole Foods doesn’t have any Lobster.
Chris’s love letter is also to his wife. She has been so supportive of him. He’s really married to his restaurant, but she has been so understanding and is always ready with a pep talk when he gets discouraged. As he’s shopping at the specialty butcher shop he wonders why Kerry didn’t go there too? They had the “guts” that Chris cooks with but they also had beautiful tuna and other things Kerry would have liked.
Kerry finishes up at Whole Foods. He has the Love Letter and Thank You figured out, but still has to figure out the Letter to himself and the apology.
Chris’s great-grandmother Rosalie Cosentino is the reason Chris cooks peasant food. It’s what he learned from her. Although I would hardly call Chris’s food peasant food- maybe a beautifully elevated version of peasant food. But she is the one who inspired him to be the chef he is.
Side note: If you are not aware, Chris’s specialty is “Offal.” OFFAL those parts of a meat animal which are used as food but which are not skeletal muscle. Heart, liver, lungs, all abdominal organs and extremities, head, brains and tongue. He has shown a little of this on TCM, but he has a website that is a tribute to Offal. www.offalgood.com. He embraces “nose to tail cooking,” utilizing the whole animal. Offal is not my thing, but there DEFINITELY is a call for it. I had to eat various offal in culinary school. It is an acquired taste (for me, at least.)
We are going to be seeing quite a bit of offal from Chris in this finale.
Back to the game. While Chris is still shopping, Kerry is already back in the kitchen prepping. Chris wants to make sure he has the best ingredients and if he needs to hustle to prep, so be it. Oh, but he is making sausage… that is tough to rush. Kerry thinks he has an advantage because he has an hour head start on Chris. As Chris hits his last stop, Whole Foods, they are out of chives and oregano- Kerry has taken it all.
No problem, Chris says, he’ll figure it out.
Chris and Manny are making “Pretty Guts.” Chris’s letter to himself is going to be his “last supper.” A sunny side up egg, blood sausage, poached oysters and a simple herb salad. Chris’s family, he says, founded Newport, Rhode Island and his family has always made sausage. There is a, pretty obvious, dirty joke there… I’ll let you find it.