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    Episode Title: “Music City USA”

    Synopsis: The remaining chefs take a road trip to Nashville and cook on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for country music artist Hunter Hayes; later, they have to dig deep to create a dish inspired by a vibrant music memory; next, the chefs work on a plate for a full table of Nashville food and some music personalities, including Caleb Followill, model Lily Aldridge, and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

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    vinny
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    I disagreed with this elimination (I feel like almost every one this season I have disagreed with) but my fav isstill safe so all good.

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    Episode Title: “Hoop Dreams”

    Synopsis: “Top Chef” alum Ed Lee drops by for a Quickfire that’s part trivia, part culinary creativity. Then, the chefs head to Rupp Arena where legendary basketball Coach John Calipari and the UK Wildcats host a concession stand cook-off. Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis gets a courtside seat as he joins the judges to see which chef will take center court and who will get dunked. Another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    vinny
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    Completely agreed on the worst dish this week. Saying that, it looked decent

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    Atypical
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    Finally caught up. This is airing at the worst time, but whatever. Too much happened to comment on four episodes, but I’ll say that I was very moved by Michelle’s musical memory dish honoring her father who killed himself, and I was expecting Sara to go home for her boxed waffles dish over Michelle’s ribs for the UK basketball challenge. We’ll get the “Last Chance Kitchen” winner next week, so no spoilers, please. I was hoping for a double elimination Quickfire, TBH. Strong top five. Eddie needed to go awhile ago. Really miss Brian. Excited to see how this all concludes!

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    Best elimination yet. Wholeheartedly agreed.

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    Trying to catch up now. At the final five in Macau of all places (wow). Big leap from Kentucky! Very dull final five. I was hoping for Brian to come back from LCK to bring some spice into all of this. Nothing against Michelle, who seems like a talented chef, but she’s not a television personality in the slightest. Kinda think that this is Eric’s race to lose. Now watch him be eliminated next episode lol. I think he can play up his unique African food angle and be the apple in a sea of oranges. But an all-female finale could be cool? All white tho, but this wasn’t the season for major diversity. Let’s see how it all plays itself out.

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    Aaannnd it’s an all-white female finale lol. Kinda feel bad for Eric. This really was a chance for the series to think diversity-forward with an all-West African cuisine showcased on such a huge platform, so that feels like a missed opportunity. But if he made mistakes in the first course, then so be it. These judges are the least sentimental of the reality show lot. Kelsey is my gurl, so I’ll be rooting for her. Seems like Sara might get the underdog narrative that’s led to so many winners after her stumbles in the season. No dessert? Hmmmm. That seems like a mistake, or is it? Dun, dun, dun.

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    Get it, Kelsey!!! Certainly not who I thought would win as the season started. Brian had that bad-boy “winner” glow to me, but that turned out to be his detriment for overextending himself. Then Eric ended up winning so many challenges, and a win for him would have been historic for African cuisine, but nope. Putting the two BFFs against each other was a tad cutesy for my tastes, but at least Sara got to redeem herself and do what Carrie couldn’t as the hometown girl and place runner-up. Kelsey persevered, so good on her. Loved the Macau backdrop. It’s time for “Top Chef” to go entirely international now anyways, so if this is the start to that, then kudos! Until next time…

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    That finale was tense. I had no idea whose name was going to come out of Padma’s mouth at the end, they seemed so close. But I’m glad for Kelsey, I was definitely rooting for her. The fact that she was forced to leave her newborn behind made it all the more special for her to win this.

    Cutting Eric after the first course after making him plan out his entire meal was too brutal for me. I understand that they’re going for drama but it was just plain cruel. They could have avoided the situation if they had done a sudden death quickfire but they never did all season. Stuff like this really gets under my skin. The show should be about the food, not the drama.

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