Bravo TV, thank you, thank you for not making your day after Christmas episode a Christmas episode and for introducing us to Josie's tree -- more on that later. I feared Santa outfits and Christmas music, but instead the chefs began their quick-fire challenge picking fresh oysters, then teasing viewers by shucking them right on the farm and slurping them up. Did anyone else feel the urge to lunge at the TV and grab one?
Back in the kitchen, each chef was tasked with making oysters on the half shell for judge Emeril Lagasse. Elizabeth Binder impressed with a red current and peppercorn oyster, but L.A. boy Micah Fields won his first challenge and $5,000 with his crispy fried oyster with arugula salad. After listening to Fields compare cooking an oyster for Emeril (a childhood hero) to what Moses must have felt like when meeting God, I'm glad he won. A little extreme, but clearly it meant a lot to him.
For the elimination challenge, the chefs cooked dishes for the Seattle Derby Brats, a female roller derby team. The chefs divided themselves into teams of two and cooked dishes inspired by roller derby girls' food-influenced names.
The judges enjoyed Fields and Binder's crispy crab stuffed jalapeno with avocado crema but gave the win to John Tesar and Los Angeles' Brooke Williamson for their Thai beef with lobster jasmine rice and Thai slaw.