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Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen 3

Updated on December 2, 2011

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 rodeo is gone, the chili has passed and the tears have been whipped away. There’s only food and Tom Colicchio as judge.

Beware, there are spoilers below!


Last battle had Keith defeating Andrew. His new opponent is Richie who was in a group who made mole for a bunch of cowboys looking for chili. His team loss and they had a cook off between teammates with Richie cooking one dimension food.

Richie really seems like a nice guy, despite the Mohawk and facial hair, but doesn’t seem quite secure in his own food. He is really caught up in disappointing his ‘big brother’ Chris who is his boss at Moto.

But, we know it’s not over yet and he gets a letter from Tom.


The Challenge

This is a repurposing challenge, taking Thanksgiving leftovers and making something new and exciting from at least 3 of the ingredients provided. On the table is an array of turkeyday fixins and oddly, Keith doesn’t use leftovers often. Who doesn’t eat turkeyday leftovers?

I think my favorite part was Tom chuckling at the thought of his crew eating these leftovers when the show was filmed in the summer. We all know the drill, but it’s still funny to watch Tom not be able to contain his own amusement.

The Dishes

Richie’s food is science meets comfort food. He puts too much salt in his cornbread puree, but tries to save it. In the end, he makes turkey green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese fritter and cornbread puree.

Keith makes four different, small dishes. He creates a grilled turkey sweet salsa has, a stuffing, blue cheese and ham fritter and sweet potatoes with a pumpkin pie smear. He’s not sure of his dish and wonders if he should have only made one thing. Yes, you silly rabbit.

Tom thinks Richie’s food looks inventive, but it isn’t really inventive. Keith may have done too much, like smear some pie on the plate, but it was enough for the win.

Whose food looked better to you?

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The next episode will have the Last Chance Kitchen’s Reigning Champion against the next eliminated in Top Chef Texas episode 5.


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    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Yeah, you might be right. Have fun with your family!

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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 6 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      I'm not so sure about Richie being the best overall chef when compared to Keith. It seems like Richie depended very heavily on his boss, Chris, to help him flavor and bring complexity to his dishes. You should really check this one out, it really highlights that point.

      I also think that Keith might be sunk, because he continues to overcomplicate his food. I think he feels that the more the better when it's the opposite on Top Chef.

      I hope to be up do date by this weekend. My family came from out of state to visit and they took over my computer!

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I didn't see this one, but I think Ritchie from what I saw was the best chef overall. I didn't agree with Keith's decision making skills and his decisions were okay but I don't know about his cooking. I think he did quite well so it'll be interesting how he does against Chuy.