Shirley creates a honey-glazed pork with a sweet potato and turmeric puree. She is the only chef to cook a meat dish. Tom loves the way that the pork is braised. The dish is well-received, but a bit too sweet. If I wasn’t still so thrown off by the Spam puree, this dish would be my pick!
Nina also makes an opah dish. Hers includes a taro-root-and-coconut puree with some habanero. The fish is cooked perfectly, but the sauce is very bold and a bit overly spicy.
Nicholas puts out his opakapaka with jalapeno and crispy chicken skin. Peter enjoys the contrast in textures. Some judges enjoy the spice in the jalapenos, while others think it is too much.
The judges debate the dishes. They all agree that everyone did a great job overall and that it will come down to the small mistakes. Padma goes to get the chefs for this final elimination.
The winner of this Hawaiian challenge goes to…Nicholas! Again, What!? If you are anything like me, you yelled out at the TV. Well, good for him I guess, he was slightly less annoying this episode – maybe he pulled it together.
Now it’s time to eliminate two chefs. The first who is asked to please pack his knives and go is…Louis. Though he battled it out on LCK, he will not be in the finale. At least he got a trip to Hawaii!
At this point the final chef to make it is obvious.
Padma, suddenly very emotional, asks Shirley to go. WHAT!? NO!! Well, I was way off! I, again, yelled at the TV. I thought for sure that Shirley was in it to win it.
She says her goodbyes to the judges, and it is particularly sad, especially with Emeril. She is happy to have found her chef voice and can now go out and be Shirley. But still, it's so sad to see her go.
So, the finale comes down to Nicholas and Nina. I’m team Nina. She has done a great job bringing it all season. As long as she can keep her fish straight next week, she will be the one to beat.