The final three competitors on “Top Chef” make the most of their last night in Macau (watch video below) by hunting down egg tarts. While Southern specialists Kelsey Barnard Clark and Sara Bradley both bite the same delicacy at the same time, D.C.-based Eric Adjepong — whose performance took a dive when the show went overseas — is less interested in camaraderie and more keen on getting fully back in the game. “I’m trying to win,” he says. “It’s been a very, very long road and it’s very difficult. But it’s time. Looking back, I want to win.”
Kelsey jokes, “Eric, I think you should drink a lot tonight and just stay up.” Instead of that, they sample something called “chicken cookie.” She then says to the camera, “We’re trying to soak it all in. This is the last time the three of us will be together and it’s been bittersweet. I think we’re all pretty on fire. We are going to bring the heat tomorrow.”
But another interesting clip (click here) offers a small bite of what is at stake in the Season 16 finale on Thursday. “I think I can win because no one else is cooking the food that I am cooking,” says Eric, who is the first chef to introduce the flavors of West Africa on Bravo’s competition show. As host Padma Lakshmi observes, “he has dazzled with his die-hard attitude.”
Meanwhile, Kelsey and Sara share a similar heritage and have a long-standing friendship after working together before. Padma says these ladies took the competition by storm, especially since most of this season took place below the Mason-Dixon line in Kentucky.
Says Sara, who is from Paducah, Kentucky, “I enjoy being called the local chef.” As for Kelsey, who hails from Alabama, “I seem like a Southern belle but you certainly don’t know the other side of me,” as we witness her pour bourbon straight from the bottle into a dish.
We will allow Padma to get the final word: “The three chefs are ready to pull out all the stops here in Macau, the cultural crossroads of cutting edge cuisine, to win the title of Top Chef.” Tune in to Bravo at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on Thursday to see which of this deserving trio will be triumphant.