This week, we had probably some of the most charming guest judges of all, more charming than either Hubert Keller or Susur Lee - Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Telly. The three Muppets joined Padma in tasting and judging this week's Quickfire Challenge, which was to make...cookies!
Of the seven remaining chefs' offerings, the fuzzy guest judges preferred Antonia's ooey gooey chocolate cookies and Dale's potato chip shortbread over Blais' frozen zucchini-filled "cookies." Dale won over all, and gained an extra $5K for his success.
For the Elimination, the chefs headed to Target at midnight to shop and prepare a meal for 100 hungry employees. They could use anything in the store - utensils, appliances, food, plates - to create their food. For some reason, most chefs chose to make soup. It was a great idea for Dale, who also made grilled cheese sandwiches - using a griddle and an iron - but not so great for Carla or Angelo, whose soups disappointed.
Dale's dish tasted great, and his cleverness probably gave him and advantage that earned him his third Elimination Challenge win of the season and the biggest single-contest prize ever of $25,000.
Angelo oversalted his potato soup and got sent home, probably way too early. But we can probably say that of most of the dearly departed, huh?
So what did you think? Did Dale deserve to win? Was Blais cheated? Did you think Carla was on her way out? Please leave a comment!