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Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen 10

Updated on January 24, 2012

Last Chance Kitchen

The rules are the same. If you get booted from Top Chef Texas, you have one last chance to redeem yourself. The gothic feast is over and the evil queen has ended the journey of one cheftestant. The only thing left is the food and Tom Colicchio to judge if you really have what it takes to be Top Chef.

Beware, there are spoilers below!


Beverly walks through the house disappointed in herself. She wanted to prove how strong of a chef she is. She gets the letter and is tells her that her “performance was admirable”.

Saying that her performance was admirable is an understatement. She had a dish that was praised by everyone and only seemed to miss the mark when it came to sticky sauce. I thought that the dish wasn't gothic enough, but that wasn't something the judges ever mentioned on camera. She was asked to PYKAG because the nit picked her dish, though even Tom admitted that everyone in the bottom should add that dish to their restaurant menu.

Nyesha sees Bev and thinks she has this in the bag. Tom asks the booted chefs who they think will win the battle and everyone bets on Nyesha.



The challenge is to cook a dish featuring Black Drum, a fish native to Texas. The twist is that the cheftestants only have one shot to get what they need from the pantry and then they’re stuck with what they have.

Each chef rushes to get what they want and the audience sees a little of Bev’s pushy ways as she shoves her giant bowl in Nyesha’s way at the refrigerator. Both cheftestants head back to their table when Tom stops them. He adds another twist by telling them they must switch stations and use all the items and ingredients the other chef took.


Bev makes seared Black Drum with oranges, fennel and black olives. Tom thinks it’s a good dish and that Bev should considered making more food like this…and maybe not always lean so much on Asian influence.

Nyesha makes seared Black Drum with julienne of tri pepper, slaw and pineapple chutney. She didn’t really want to make an Asian influence dish, but had little choice. Tom thought this was a good dish, but the seasoning was a bit off.

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Just like that Nyesha’s reign as Champion is over and Bev is crowned with a Top Chef coat.

Nyesha’s pretty bummed out, but there are no tears, only a desire to have done better and win the whole thing. Are you listening Top Chef? Next All-Stars better have this lady in it, she’s got the skills.


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    • vmartinezwilson profile image

      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      Bev's dish looked delish. I'm just glad Nyesha proved that she was booted way before her time. I think Bev is really strong with flavors, similar to Sarah. The issue with both of them is that they don't often veer from their chosen path. They do what they do well, it just gets boring.

      I'm so glad Tom said what he did about Bev, if she stays int the game...and she only has 2 more to go...she would impress everyone by taking her food into a new direction on some of her final dishes.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm glad Bev got her swag on finally and beat someone who always had her pegged as weaker than her. Nyesha's talented but I'm sorry Bev finally got her just desserts. And I agree with Tom that she needs to switch up because her talent obviously illuminates anything she does.