This evening, the candidates had to prepare a three-course menu for 80 Red Cross volunteers and their famous ambassador, Adriana Karembeu, in the sumptuous Georges V palace in Paris. A complex and stressful challenge that Arnaud and Louise passed with flying colors. To create their menus, the two finalists were helped by the former candidates as well as the four brigade leaders.
The preparation :
The ordeal was particularly stressful for Louise, who is not at all used to serving so many cutlery at a time. However, she knew how to remain calm and manage her menu with an iron fist.
Louise opted for a fusion menu, with Japanese notes, from starter to dessert. With bold flavors and blends, Louise has bet everything on originality and personality in her dishes. She knew how to bounce back and listen to the chefs, in order to offer modern and gourmet dishes, marked by her creativity which led her to the end.
With her audacious flavors, Louise took a lot of risks throughout the event, especially with the oysters in her dish, an ingredient that does not please everyone. Louise decided to reproduce the dessert of her Top Chef qualification, which allowed her to join Hélène Darroze’s brigade: a black garlic ice cream and a white chocolate mousse infused with vegetable mousse. A very risky bet because these flavors are not common. “Hit or miss”says Louise.
For the Belgian candidate, this test sounded like a simple formality. Manager of a hotel complex, Arnaud Delvenne is used to large services. He says it himself: “80 covers is a small banquet.”
To seduce his guests of the day, Arnaud started with a typically Belgian menu, a sentimental, gourmet cuisine, with the touch of originality that we know him for.
As a true manager, he supervised his team with great kindness and confidence. With his menu filled with memories, the Belgian candidate wanted to pay tribute to his mother. True to himself and his country, Arnaud has put all his heart and his love for Belgium into his plates.
During the event, the man from Liège made risky bets. For his starter, Arnaud got down to an ingredient that gave him some ups and downs during his adventure: mussels. And the final did not spare him! He also worried the chefs a lot by launching into preparations he had never tested before for his dessert. Left in a total improvisation for his dessert, Arnaud nevertheless remained serene and positive. His team stayed on the job and never gave up throughout the creation of the menu in order to produce dishes worthy of a Top Chef final.
The tasting :
Each guest has the power to change the destiny of the candidates. They have 10 points, to be divided between Arnaud and Louise. The contestant with the most points wins the final.
The entries are hailed for their originality. Both on the side of the chefs and the guests, opinions are tight and Arnaud and Louise are fighting neck and neck.
The image of this final will certainly remain the dressing of Louise’s dish. Overwhelmed by stress and taken by time, the candidate of the Darroze brigade was able to count on the help of Arnaud to finish her plates. For a few minutes, the two candidates forgot the competition to help each other.
The dishes of the two candidates were greeted with great reviews. The games are very tight because the preparations of one and the other seduce the guests. Everything will be played on the dessert.
After a little pressure when dressing Louise’s black garlic ice cream, the last plates of this 2022 edition of Top Chef are sent.
The desserts are very appreciated by the chefs and the guests, despite a somewhat mixed opinion on the audacity of the tastes offered by Louise. The votes are going to be very close.
The notes :
Helene Darroze: 3 for Arnaud and 7 for Louise
Philippe Etchebest: 4 for Arnaud and 6 for Louise
Paul Perret: 4 for Arnaud and 6 for Louise
Glenn Viel: 4 for Arnaud and 6 for Louise
The victory was not much but with 56.19% for Louise against 43.81% for Arnaud, it is the young woman who wins this 13th season of Top Chef!
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