“Top Chef Recaps” Recaps: Episode 4.5 “The Elements”


Spike takes Chef Tsai’s hypothetical soup praise as an
invitation to be more of an asshat.

Spike: I should listen to myself … I should yell, I
should do whatever it takes to do what I want to do. But no, I’m too nice. I
listen to people, I get convinced.

Unhappy second-guessing goes all around as Jennifer, still
ever the good girlfriend, comforts Zoi.

Jennifer: You are someone to be reckoned with. You
are an amazing chef.

Back at Judges’ Table, they grouse about the scaly fish. But
the comment cards all scored the carpaccio worst. Tom wishes he could kick out
both Spike and Zoi, but says, "That whole dish hinged on those mushrooms,
and she made those mushrooms." Silly me, I assumed a carpaccio would hinge
on the carpaccio.

So, no big mystery, who had to pack her knives and go? Zoi.

Alas, in the same episode we have both our fist chefbian
winner and our first chefbian loser. We also have our first chefbian kisses. It’s
bittersweet, but still sweet.

Needless to say, good girlfriend Jennifer does not take the
news well.

Jennifer: What? Are you f—ing kidding me.

In fact, no one takes the news well. Tears well up and are
wiped away all around.

Zoi: I don’t regret anything that happened. The fact
that Jen and I got to do this together is pretty amazing. I think it’s cool
that we got to show people that you can be a couple and be professional and
still compete in this kind of arena … Whatever happens, we have a good life and
we have people that love us and support us. We’ll go on. Who knows what will
happen. It will be interesting to see.

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