In part one of the Top Chef finale, the cheftestants went from hot and humid New Orleans to equally hot and humid Maui. After getting leid at a beach party, Nick, Nina and Shirley were joined by the winner of Last Chance Kitchen: Louis, who won an unbelievable eight challenges in a row on the digital miniseries.
Legendary Hawaiian chef Sam Choy arrived and announced the Quickfire Challenge: Prepare a creative, out-of-the-box dish with Spam (a.k.a. “Hawaiian steak”). Even with a talkative and inquiring group of onlookers, the chefs all made quality dishes from the oft-maligned canned meat. No immunity was given this time, just a small token of appreciation in the form of $10,000.
The Elimination Challenge came with a startling announcement; there would be a double elimination, leaving just two chefs to move on to final challenge. Rattled, the chefs were told to prepare a dish using items from a “canoe crop,” which refers to the supplies that the ancient Polynesians first brought to Hawaii. There was rain, there was wind and there was talk of how breadfruit makes you gassy. In the end we were left with the final two, who will battle it out next week for the grand prize.