Recap: ‘Top Chef,’ Season 11, Episode 16



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The three remaining chefs — Nick, Nina, and Shirley — showed up at a luau to start the Finale, where Padma introduced them to chef Sam Choy, one of Hawaii’s most renowned chefs. We then learned who won last week’s Last Chance Kitchen, and it turned out to be Louis Maldonado, who won a whopping eight of them (that means he’s beaten everyone since Episode 7!). We’re definitely okay with him returning for the finale.

The Quickfire revolved around that wonderful ‘luncheon meat’ Spam, which is seriously popular in Hawaii, and whoever made the best dish with one of the Spam varieties (could they really be a sponsor here?) would win $10,000. Some were more well-versed in the canned protein than others, and certainly showed off its… er, versatility. Here’s what they served:

Shirley: Deconstructed Spam musubi with spam-infused rice, nori, and cucumber slaw
Louis: Spam mousse with garlic, chives, scallions, snap peas, beech mushrooms, and togarashi
Nick: Spam broth with pancetta, seaweed, dried shrimp, clam juice, and quail egg
Nina: Breadfruit and teriyaki spam croquette with sour orange and mango flaw

Choy liked the crunchiness of Shirley’s Spam, and found it to be “incredibly tasty;” Louis’ was silky and well thought out but lacked Spam flavor; Padma found Louis’s silky; Nick’s broth was good and flavorful; and Nina’s slaw was full of flavor, and the breadfruit was a good choice. Nick took the win, and with it $10,000.

The Elimination Challenge involved using what locals call “canoe crops,” food items like coconuts, taro root, sugar cane, and tea leaves that the earliest settlers brought with them from Indonesia. And out of all the times during a season to have a double elimination, this was seriously the wrong time.

The challenge got off to a shaky start for Nina, who started breaking down Nick’s fish instead of hers, meaning that she’d need to serve opah instead of what she was planning. But she seemed to regroup and they finished their prep and retreated to their new digs. They then took a trip to a scenic lookout, which, once again, was poorly timed; the middle of a high-tension cooking challenge isn’t exactly the best time to take in the scenery.

The next day they set up at the waterfront event space and got to cooking. Tom dropped in and told them that the winner would have an advantage in the finale, right before it started pouring. The clock doesn’t stop, obviously, so the chefs had to keep right on cooking. It also happened to be super windy, which didn’t help either. Thankfully the sun seemed to reappear about 5 minutes later, and the dishes were basically none the worse for wear. The guests arrived, including chef Peter Merriman, and the chefs presented their dishes.

Louis: Grilled opah with sweet potato and coconut sauce
The fish was cooked inconsistently (Opah is notoriously difficult to work with), but he used the canoe foods perfectly.

Nina: Grilled opah with taro root and coconut puree
The judges liked the way the fish was cooked, and it was bright and lemony if a bit too spicy. Some thought that the sauce overpowered the dish, though.

Nick: Opakapaka with jalapeno and crispy chicken skin
There was a good contrast in textures between the fish and skin, and as a bold, strongly-flavored dish it was a good change of pace for him. Some guests took issue with the jalapeno, though.

Shirley: Honey-glazed pork with sweet potato and turmeric puree
The only chef that didn’t cook fish also cooked everything perfectly, with the pork falling apart, but it was quite sweet.

At this point in the season, it’s so subjective as to who goes home because the level of play is so high that the average diner wouldn’t even notice the tiny mistakes that the judges do. While the dishes looked pretty solid, there each dish had a couple small errors: Louis’ cooking was inconsistent; Nick’s was too spicy for some; Shirley’s could have used more acid and less honey; and Nina’s had too much habanero, making the sauce overpowering.

Nick took the win, and with it a trip to the finale, and an advantage in it. Louis was told to pack his knives and go first due to his inconsistent fish, and Shirley was next, due to her pork being too sweet.

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Nina and Nick will be in the finale next week, and it’s tough to argue with the final two being where they are. They’ve been consistently on top all season, and it’s still a complete tossup heading into what should be a pretty exciting finale.


Recap: ‘Top Chef,’ Season 11, Episode 16 - Recipes

When the chefs had to make a sexy dessert, Miguel went all out with his sensual creation. Mango pillows with tapioca and chocolate shots left the judges begging for more.

Definitely not your mamas Mac n' Cheese. Dave won by pairing a simple comfort food with a fancy-schmancy ingredient of the culinary world: the truffle. Who knew pungent fungus could be so delicious?

When: Season 1, Episode 12 (Part 2)

Perhaps the dish that sealed Harold's win, complete with delicious Kobe and Braised Short Ribs. It was love at first bite for the judges.

When the chefs are asked to cater a party for actress Jennifer Coolidge AKA Stiflers mom, Sam wins with this epic creation

In a season 1 Quickfire Challenge, LeeAnn made the most of her low budget with this citrus seafood treat.

When the chefs had to prepare a meal for a bunch of hungry athletes, Elia pulled out all the stops with this deliciously filling breakfast.

Padma admitted that she still dreams about this culinary masterpiece.

Howie won the healthy classics challenge with these almost-too-pretty-to-eat chops.

Hung impressed the best (ahem, Rocco and Todd English) with this perfectly prepared 3rd course finale dish. He won Top Chef only moments later. Enough said.

Richard made these babies more than once and can you blame him? Definitely a dessert to remember.

Season 4's Wedding Wars called for an entire wedding cake and Stephanie stepped up to the challenge with a full-on 5-layer creation. The icing on this cake was when she impressed world-renowned pastry chef Gale Gand. Not an easy feat.

Lisa may not have won Top Chef, but she won over the judges in the finale with this soup. The judges raved and lapped it up happily. Gail exclaimed, "I could eat a giant bowl of this, and be completely satisfied!"

Stephanie's second course in the Season 4 finale won the judges over with this sublime concoction, a definite contribution to her taking of the Top Chef title.

Bryan's Goat Cheese Ravioli, Delicata Squash Puree, and Bronze Fennel and Fig-Glazed Short Ribs, Celeriac Puree, Wax Beans, and Wild Arugula

Fabio's Roasted Chicken with Herb Roasted Potatoes, Caramelized Cipollini Onions and Grilled Lemon with Leafy Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette


‘Top Chef’ 17 spoilers: Who had to pack their knives and go on ‘All Stars L.A.’ and who won?

Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 17 premiered on Thursday, March 19, bringing back 15 finalists, front-runners and other fan favorite cheftestants from previous seasons to battle in the kitchen against each other yet again. The winner of “All-Stars L.A.” would get $250,000, the biggest prize ever awarded on the reality competition series. It once again featured host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons.

With a cast full of seasoned “Top Chef” veterans, the pressure to stand out was higher than ever. Even the slightest mistake could cost you the title. So who had to pack their knives and go, and were they able to redeem themselves on “Last Chance Kitchen”? Scroll down for the complete eliminations list below, updating every week after each new episode airs.

This lineup of All-Stars spanned the entire history of the series, from the first season’s Lee Anne Wong to season 16’s third-place finisher Eric Adjepong, who was clearly out front for much of the Kentucky-based season with his fresh take on Ghanaian cuisine. But he lost his mojo when it mattered the most and had to settle for the second runner-up spot.

This was just the second time that “Top Chef” brought together a bunch of standouts who didn’t make it to the finish line previously, which made this contest a pretty big deal. The first edition of All-Stars launched in December 2010 with Richard Blais winning the competition, Mike Isabella placing second and Carla Hall winning fan favorite. Not too shabby. But alas, there could only be one winner, which means everyone else had to walk the culinary plank — again. Do you think these chefs deserved to be cut?


Contestant progress [ edit ]

Episode # 1 2 3 4 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 6 11 12 13
Quickfire Challenge
Winner(s)
Sam Cliff Cliff Carlos Sam Cliff 4
Frank 4
Ilan 4
Mia 4
Sam 4
Marcel Cliff Michael 1 Sam 1
Marcel 1
Sam 1 N/A N/A
Contestant Elimination Challenge Results
1 Ilan WIN LOW IN IN WIN IN IN HIGH LOW IN HIGH LOW WINNER
2 Marcel LOW LOW IN HIGH IN HIGH IN HIGH LOW IN LOW WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Sam IN HIGH HIGH LOW HIGH IN LOW WIN HIGH LOW HIGH OUT
Elia HIGH LOW IN IN LOW WIN WIN LOW HIGH IN LOW OUT
5 Cliff IN LOW HIGH LOW HIGH IN LOW LOW IN LOW DSQ 7
6 Michael IN HIGH LOW LOW HIGH LOW IN LOW WIN OUT
7 Betty HIGH WIN WIN HIGH LOW LOW HIGH HIGH OUT
8 Mia HIGH HIGH IN LOW LOW IN HIGH WDR 5
9 Frank IN LOW LOW WIN IN IN OUT
10 Carlos LOW HIGH IN LOW LOW OUT
11 Marisa IN LOW IN LOW OUT 3
Josie IN HIGH IN IN OUT 3
13 Emily IN HIGH OUT
14 Otto LOW WDR 2
15 Suyai OUT

^Note 1  : The chef(s) did not receive immunity for winning the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2  : Otto voluntarily withdrew before Lakshmi eliminated anyone, deciding that his misconduct over the unpaid lychees contributed the most to his team's loss.
^Note 3  : After allegations of cheating, the judges decided not to eliminate anyone. Consequently, two chefs were eliminated in the following episode.
^Note 4  : There were five winners in the Quickfire Challenge. These winners did not compete in the Elimination Challenge.
^Note 5  : Mia voluntarily withdrew before Lakshmi eliminated anyone, fearing Elia would be eliminated.
^Note 6  : Following the Elimination Challenge, no winning team was declared. The Bottom 3 was decided based on each chef's individual performance.
^Note 7  : Cliff was disqualified for aggressive physical contact with Marcel. No one else was eliminated going into the finale.


Contents

The cast of the tenth season of Top Chef initially consisted of 21 contestants. [2] After the qualifying challenges in the first episode, the pool of chefs was narrowed down to 15. Former Top Chef competitors Josie Smith-Malave (Top Chef: Los Angeles), Chris "CJ" Jacobson (Top Chef: Miami), and Stefan Richter (Top Chef: New York) joined the competition during the second episode.

Eliminated in qualifying rounds Edit

Name Hometown Current Residence Age
Tina Bourbeau New York, New York New York, New York 42
Stephanie Cmar Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts 27
Anthony Gray Macon, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia 35
Gina Keatley Boston, Massachusetts Harlem, New York 32
Daniel O'Brien Clarkson, New York Washington, D.C. 32
Jorel Pierce Denver, Colorado Denver, Colorado 28

Top 18 Edit

Name Hometown Current Residence Age
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Binder Durban, South Africa San Francisco, California 37
Chrissy Camba Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois 31
Micah Fields Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California 28
Eliza Gavin Telluride, Colorado Telluride, Colorado 38
Chris "CJ" Jacobson El Toro, California Studio City, California 36
Jeffrey Jew Washington, D.C. St. Petersburg, Florida 34
Kristen Kish Kentwood, Michigan Boston, Massachusetts 28
Danyele McPherson Waynesville, North Carolina Dallas, Texas 31
Carla Pellegrino Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Las Vegas, Nevada 43
Stefan Richter Tampere, Finland Santa Monica, California 40
Sheldon Simeon Hilo, Hawaii Lahaina, Hawaii 30
Josie Smith-Malave Miami, Florida San Francisco, California 37
John Tesar New York, New York Dallas, Texas 54
Joshua "Josh" Valentine Del City, Oklahoma Dallas, Texas 33
Bart Vandaele Roeselare, Belgium Washington, D.C. 42
Tyler Wiard Denver, Colorado Denver, Colorado 41
Brooke Williamson Los Angeles, California Redondo Beach, California 34
Kuniko Yagi Maebashi, Japan Los Angeles, California 35

Stephanie Cmar returned to compete in Top Chef: New Orleans. [6] Kristen Kish and Brooke Williamson later competed in Top Chef Duels. [7] Williamson, Sheldon Simeon, and John Tesar returned for Top Chef: Charleston. [8] Cmar returned again for Top Chef: All-Stars L.A. [9]

Episode # 2 2 3 4 5 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Quickfire Challenge
Winner(s)
John
Kuniko 1
Sheldon 1
Josie John Bart
Sheldon
Brooke Kristen Micah Micah Brooke N/A Stefan 1 Sheldon 1 Sheldon 1 Brooke 1 N/A N/A
Contestant Elimination Challenge Results
1 Kristen IN IN WIN IN HIGH WIN IN WIN WIN OUT IN 5 WINNER
2 Brooke LOW IN IN LOW WIN HIGH WIN HIGH IN IN LOW WIN WIN WIN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Sheldon HIGH LOW IN IN HIGH HIGH LOW IN WIN WIN HIGH LOW LOW LOW OUT
4 Josh IN IN LOW LOW LOW HIGH LOW HIGH HIGH HIGH WIN HIGH LOW OUT
5 Lizzie IN HIGH HIGH IN IN HIGH HIGH LOW LOW IN HIGH HIGH OUT
6 Stefan LOW 3 IN HIGH LOW IN HIGH IN IN IN IN LOW OUT
7 Josie LOW 3 LOW IN IN IN LOW LOW IN LOW LOW OUT
8 Micah IN IN IN IN LOW LOW HIGH IN OUT
9 John HIGH IN IN LOW HIGH LOW WIN OUT
10 Bart LOW IN IN IN IN LOW OUT
11 Danyele IN IN IN IN LOW OUT
12 Eliza IN IN IN IN OUT
13 CJ LOW 3 HIGH LOW OUT
Tyler IN LOW HIGH OUT
15 Carla IN WIN OUT
Chrissy IN IN OUT
17 Kuniko WIN OUT
18 Jeffrey OUT

^Note 1 : The chef(s) did not receive immunity for winning the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2 : Due to the qualifying rounds, the show did not use its traditional elimination format until the second episode.
^Note 3 : Former Top Chef contestants CJ, Josie, and Stefan entered the competition following the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 4 : Due to the poor quality of the dishes served in the Elimination Challenge, no winner was declared.
^Note 5 : Kristen won Last Chance Kitchen and returned to the competition.

Qualifying Challenge: The 21 chefs were separated into four groups and sent to the restaurants of judges Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Hugh Acheson. The judges devised their own challenges to evaluate the potential contestants and selected which chefs would compete for the Top Chef title in Seattle.

  • Group 1 (Colicchio): Anthony, John, Jorel, Lizzie, Micah
    • ELIMINATED: Anthony and Jorel
    • ELIMINATED: Stephanie and Tina
    • ELIMINATED: Daniel
    • ELIMINATED: Gina

    Quickfire Challenge: The chefs separated themselves into teams of three and had to create a dish that highlighted the local shellfish. The winning team drew knives to determine which individual would receive immunity. Past Top Chef contestants, Chris "CJ" Jacobson, Josie Smith-Malave, and Stefan Richter officially joined the competition following the challenge.

    • Orange Team: Carla, Chrissy, Lizzie - Oven Roasted Crawfish with Fennel & Herb Salad
    • Yellow Team: Danyele, Eliza, Josh - Razor Clam & Grilled Corn Chowder with Fresno Chili & Grilled Lime
    • Green Team: Kristen, Micah, Tyler - Fried & Sashimi Geoduck, Radish & Bok Choy Salad, Yuzu Chili Vinaigrette
    • Blue Team: John, Kuniko, Sheldon - Geoduck Sashimi, Ponzu, Apple & Cucumber
    • Gray Team: Bart, Brooke, Jeffrey - Crawfish with Pickled Red Chili, Fennel & Crawfish Cream
      • WINNER: Blue Team (Geoduck Sashimi, Ponzu, Apple & Cucumber) John received immunity.

      Elimination Challenge: Using the same teams from the Quickfire, the chefs traveled to the Space Needle to make a dish using regional ingredients.

      • Red Team: CJ, Josie, Stefan - Quail Breast with Confit Spot Prawn, Cherries & Porcini
      • Orange Team: Carla, Chrissy, Lizzie - Poached Salmon with Seasonal Vegetables & Beurre Blanc
      • Yellow Team: Danyele, Eliza, Josh - Pan Roasted Cod, Mushrooms, Fava Beans, Pickled Green Apple & Garlic Scape Pistou
      • Green Team: Kristen, Micah, Tyler - Crispy Seared Salmon, Local Vegetables & Spot Prawn Butter Sauce
      • Blue Team: John, Kuniko, Sheldon - Chili Oil Poached Cod with Dashi, Spot Prawn Shabu Shabu
      • Gray Team: Bart, Brooke, Jeffrey - Pan Roasted Halibut, Mushrooms, English Peas, Wheat Beer with Herb Sabayon
        • WINNER: Kuniko (Chili Oil Poached Cod with Dashi, Spot Prawn Shabu Shabu)
        • ELIMINATED: Jeffrey (Pan Roasted Halibut, Mushrooms, English Peas, Wheat Beer with Herb Sabayon)

        Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were tasked with creating international dumplings, inspired by whatever country they took on a map they had 5 minutes on an Amazon Kindle Fire to look up whatever they needed to know about their type of dumpling.

        • Stefan - Klopse - Ground Lamb, Mashed Potatoes & Capers
        • Lizzie - Szilvás Gombóc - Plum & Cinnamon Filling in a Potato Pastry
        • Carla - Fufu - Chicken & Lamb Filling with Red Sauce
        • CJ - Pierogi - Veal & Pork Filling with Demi-glace
        • Josie - Mandu - Pork, Tofu, Shiitake Mushroom Filling
        • Bart - Potetball - Potato Ball with Lamb & Fried Spaghetti
        • Kristen - Momo - Pork & Chicken Liver with Ginger & Cumin
        • John - Kroppkaka - Potato Dumpling with Béchamel Sauce
        • Sheldon - Jiaozi - Pork & Shrimp Filling with Shiitake Mushrooms
        • Brooke - Siomay - Chicken & Shrimp with Peanut Sauce & Daikon
        • Micah - Manti - Ground Lamb with Dates, Curry & Cinnamon
        • Kuniko did not plate her dish in time
          • Bottom Three - Brooke, Kuniko, Carla
          • Top Three - Stefan, Josie, Micah
            • WINNER: Josie (Mandu - Pork, Tofu, Shiitake Mushroom Filling)

            Elimination Challenge: The chefs worked in two teams, led by Tom Colicchio (Red) and Emeril Lagasse (Gray), to cook a Thanksgiving meal to benefit FareStart.

            • Red Team: Bart, Carla, CJ, Eliza, Josh, Lizzie, Micah, Stefan
              • CJ - Braised Turkey with Tom's Stuffing
              • Carla - Carrot Soup with Turkey Meatballs
              • Bart - Fennel, Gorgonzola, Orange & Pumpkin Seed Salad
              • Josh - Sweet Potato Ravioli with Pecans
              • Micah - Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon & Shallots
              • Lizzie - Potato Purée
              • Stefan - Panna Cotta with Orange Cardamom Crisp & Candied Pecans
              • Eliza - Chocolate Tart with White Chocolate & Mint Syrup
              • Josie - Triple Spice Turkey with Cayenne & Hot Sauce
              • Danyele - Emeril's Mom's Dressing Bread Stuffing with Chorizo & Cayenne
              • John - Emeril's Cornbread Stuffing with Ground Turkey & Diced Bacon Spiced Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Ricotta Torte
              • Kristen - Assiette of Root Vegetables, Parsnip Truffle Purée & Crème Fraîche
              • Tyler - Andouille & Shrimp Gumbo
              • Kuniko - Potato Pavé
              • Sheldon - Braised Greens with Ham Hocks
              • Brooke - Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits
              • Chrissy - White Chocolate & Pecan Bread Pudding
                • WINNER: Carla (Carrot Soup with Turkey Meatballs)
                • ELIMINATED: Kuniko (Potato Pavé)

                Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were asked to butcher a part of a whole piece of beef and cook a dish with that cut. The winner received immunity.

                • Eliza - Grilled Flank Steak with Cherry Cognac Reduction, Asparagus & Potato Cake
                • John - Braised Oxtail, Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Vegetables & Celery
                • Josh - Beef Meatballs with Creamy Polenta & Pickled Shallots
                • Sheldon - Kalbi Round Steak with Tomato Cardamom Broth & Fennel Salad
                • Brooke - Grilled Hanger Steak with Smoked Onion Figs & Cauliflower Purée
                • Tyler - Hispanic Crudo with Charred Tomato Sauce & Cilantro Radish Slaw
                • Kristen - Top Sirloin Tartare with Mustard Sabayon & Carpaccio Salad
                • Micah - Oxtail Polenta with Truffled Romanesco Cauliflower
                • Carla - Sirloin Medallion Wrapped in Bacon, AsiagoRisotto with Marsala Sauce
                • Stefan - Braised Top Round Ravioli with Marjoram & Aged Parmesan
                • CJ - Top Round Tartare, Raw Juniper & Kohlrabi
                • Chrissy - Grilled Hanger Steak with Brown Butter, Parsley & Radish Salad
                • Lizzie - Braised Foreshank with Turnips & Dill
                • Dishes from Josie, Bart & Danyele were not shown
                  • Bottom Three - Lizzie, Eliza, Tyler
                  • Top Three - CJ, John, Josh
                    • WINNER: John (Braised Oxtail, Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Vegetables & Celery)

                    Elimination Challenge: The chefs recreated dishes from a classic 1950's menu from the restaurant Canlis. The winner received $10,000.

                    • Tyler - Fresh Crab Leg Cocktail
                    • Lizzie - Marinated Herring
                    • Josh - French Onion Soup
                    • John - Steamed Clams Bordelaise
                    • Chrissy - Canlis ' Special Salad
                    • Brooke - Seafood Salad a la Louis
                    • Sheldon - Fresh Hawaiian Mahi Mahi
                    • Carla - Whole Milk-Fed Squab
                    • Micah - Mixed Vegetables
                    • Stefan & Kristen - Calf's Liver & French Fried Onions
                    • Bart - Double Cut New York Steak
                    • Josie - Gargantuan Baked Idaho Potato
                    • CJ - Shish Kebab with Pilaf
                    • Kristen - French Mushrooms
                    • Danyele - Vanilla Ice Cream Royal Hawaiian Supreme
                    • Eliza - Mint Sherbert Fresh Frozen Hawaiian Pineapple Parfait
                      • WINNER: Kristen (French Fried Onions & French Mushrooms)
                      • ELIMINATED: Chrissy ( Canlis ' Special Salad) and Carla (Whole Milk-Fed Squab)

                      Quickfire Challenge: The chefs paired up and created a breakfast on a stick for 50 people at Pike Place Market.

                      • John & Josh - Chilaquiles: Tortilla, Salsa, Quail Egg, Avocado-Heirloom Tomato Relish
                      • Eliza & Josie - Ricotta, Raspberry & Sausage Pancake with Jalapeño Maple Syrup
                      • Micah & Kristen - Bacon & Cinnamon Waffle, Pecan Maple Syrup, Boysenberry & Strawberry Jam
                      • CJ & Tyler - Salmon & Cream Cheese Crêpe with Avocado, Arugula & Tarragon
                      • Bart & Sheldon - Green Forest Breakfast Sandwich: Eggs, Cheese, Pancetta, Bacon & Spinach
                      • Danyele & Lizzie - Summer Berries with Crispy Pancetta
                      • Brooke & Stefan - Croque Monsieur: Pressed Ham & Cheese Sandwich with Toasted Fig
                        • Bottom Two- Danyele & Lizzie, Josie & Eliza
                        • Top Two - Sheldon & Bart, Josh & John
                          • WINNERS: Bart and Sheldon (Green Forest Breakfast Sandwich: Eggs, Cheese, Pancetta, Bacon & Spinach)

                          Elimination Challenge: The same teams were kept for the Elimination Challenge. The chefs were asked to create a dish, by drawing knives, to feature an ingredient created by the vendors at Pike Place Market. The winners would have received $10,000 however, due to the poor quality of the meal, the reward was pulled off the table.

                          • Bart & Sheldon: Salmon Candy - Candied Salmon with Sweet & Sour Salad
                          • Danyele & Lizzie: Coconut Curry Chocolate - Coconut Curry Chocolate Mousse Tart
                          • John & Josh: Truffled Popcorn - Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Truffle Popcorn Grits
                          • Eliza & Josie: Cardamom Bitters - Curry Cardamom Broth with Manila Clams & Seared White King Salmon
                          • Brooke & Stefan: Rose Petal Jelly - Rose Petal Glazed Muscovy Duck with Braised Cabbage
                          • CJ & Tyler: Spicy Dill Pickles - Pork Crumpet Burger with Spicy Dill Pickles
                          • Kristen & Micah: Cheese Curds - Cheese Curds Three Ways: Béchamel, Raw & Fried
                            • ELIMINATED: CJ and Tyler (Pork Crumpet Burger with Spicy Dill Pickles)

                            Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were asked to cook a holiday-themed sweet and savory dish that reminds them of their heritage using Truvia baking blend sugar. However, there was only one knife available for all the chefs those who needed to use it were forced to either share it or improvise using other tools or methods. The winner received immunity.

                            • Josh - Johnnycake with Bacon, Cheddar, Chili Compound Butter & Sous Vide Egg
                            • Danyele - Bread Pudding with Ham, Raisins & Pecans
                            • Lizzie - Bobotie with Ground Lamb, Egg Custard & Roasted Apricots
                            • Sheldon - Banana Lumpia with Peanut Butter Mousse, Coconut & Pineapple
                            • Micah - Pineapple & Pork Tamale with Charred Tomato & Tomatillo Salsa
                            • Bart - Waffles with Celery Three Ways, Apple Purée, Chicken & Prosciutto
                            • Brooke - Apple Crostata with Cheddar Cheese, Candied Pine Nuts & Apple Salad
                            • Stefan - Smoked Salmon Tartare, Potato Latkes with Sour Cream & Chives
                            • Josie - Tamale with Habanero Masa, Mangos & Papaya
                            • John - Bondino of Parmesan-Reggiano, Figs & Apricots in Port Wine & Truvia Caramel
                            • Eliza - Hush Puppies Two Ways: Shrimp & Sweet Potato, Sausage & Corn
                            • Kristen's dish was not shown
                              • Bottom Two - Bart, Micah
                              • Top Three - Josh, Stefan, Brooke
                                • WINNER: Brooke (Apple Crostata with Cheddar Cheese, Candied Pine Nuts & Apple Salad)

                                Elimination Challenge: The chefs were tasked to cater a homecoming party for actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, along with their families and friends. The winner received a Toyota Prius c. Rick Moonen was the guest judge.

                                • Bart - Loin of Elk with Cherry Beer Sauce & Mushroom Couscous
                                • Brooke - Lamb-Stuffed Squid on Black Rice with Coconut Milk
                                • Sheldon - Braised Okinawan Pork Belly with Seared Scallop & Rice Congee
                                • Stefan - German Gulasch with Marjoram Bread Dumplings & Sour Cream
                                • Kristen - Délice de BourgogneTortelloni
                                • Micah - Braised Pork Ribs with Celery Root Purée, Grilled Apples & Celery Leaf Salad
                                • Lizzie - Crusted King Salmon with Radish & Beet Salad
                                • Eliza - Elk Ribeye with Elk Sausage Polenta, Spiced Carrots & Huckleberry Port Sauce
                                • Danyele - Pan-Roasted Wild Boar, Hoppin' John & Tomato-Bacon Marmalade
                                • Josh - Roasted Pork Shoulder & Grilled Corn Purée with Succotash & Fennel Apple Salad
                                • Josie - Malbec Braised Short Ribs, Pork Belly, Polenta with Cipollini Onions & Figs
                                • John - Seafood Chowder with Cockles, Manila Clams, Crab, Mussels & Sockeye Salmon
                                  • WINNER: Brooke (Lamb-Stuffed Squid on Black Rice with Coconut Milk)
                                  • ELIMINATED: Eliza (Elk Ribeye with Elk Sausage Polenta, Spiced Carrots & Huckleberry Port Sauce)

                                  Quickfire Challenge: All ingredients in the Top Chef pantry were completely wrapped in Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil. The chefs had 30 minutes to make whatever they wanted, with the limitation that each chef must incorporate any ingredient he or she unwrapped. In addition, all pots, pans, and bowls were off-limits only the aluminum foil could be used as a cooking vessel.

                                  Elimination Challenge: The chefs paired up and competed against each other to make dishes that featured berries from Remlinger's Farm. The winner of the Quickfire Challenge was allowed to cook by themselves. The dishes were served to 150 guests, who voted which contestant had the better dish in each head-to-head battle (below in bold). The winner received $10,000.

                                  • Danyele vs. Josh: Blueberries
                                  • Bart vs. Brooke: Blackberries
                                  • Stefan vs. John: Gooseberries
                                  • Josie vs. Lizzie: Raspberries
                                  • Micah vs. Sheldon: Strawberries
                                  • Kristen: Tayberries
                                    • WINNER: Kristen (Matcha Goat Milk Custard with Macerated Tayberries)
                                    • ELIMINATED: Danyele (Chicken Pine Nut Terrine with Blueberry Mostarda)

                                    Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were challenged to make either a hot or cold preparation of oysters that they had harvested themselves from local oyster beds in Bow, Washington. The winner received $5,000.

                                    Elimination Challenge: In teams of two, the chefs had to cater an after-game party for a Seattle roller derby team, the Rat City Rollergirls. The dishes each team cooked were inspired by the name of one of the rollergirls.

                                    • Josie and Bart: Teriyaki Terror
                                    • John and Brooke: Kutta Rump
                                    • Lizzie and Micah: Jalapeño Business
                                    • Kristen and Stefan: Eddie Shredder
                                    • Josh and Sheldon: Tempura Tantrum
                                      • WINNERS: Brooke and John (Thai Beef with Lobster Jasmine Rice & Thai Slaw)
                                      • ELIMINATED: Bart (Steak Teriyaki with Forbidden Rice, Beet Blood & Green Papaya Salad)

                                      Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were tested on their knife skills. Beginning in three teams of three, the contestants had to sharpen dull knives enough to cut cleanly through paper. The two teams to finish the fastest advanced to the next round preparing 50 potatoes using the Tourné cutting method. The members of the winning team continued to the final round, competing against each other to break down the rack of two rabbits. A chef cutting themselves was treated as an automatic disqualification. The winner received a custom chef's knife from master bladesmith Bob Kramer, worth roughly $4,000, and immunity from elimination.

                                      Elimination Challenge: Each chef cooked a dish inspired by a memorable moment from a previous season of Top Chef, but had to prepare a healthier version than the original. The winner received $15,000, and their dish would be used as inspiration for a new Top Chef Healthy Choice frozen entrée. In a surprise twist, the bottom two contestants competed head-to-head based on a memorable moment from this season: CJ's elimination in Episode 5.

                                      • Season 1: Josie - Dave saying to Tiffani "I'm not your bitch, bitch" after Restaurant Wars.
                                      • Season 2: Stefan - Marcel and Betty's fight during the TGI Fridays challenge.
                                      • Season 3: John - Howie referencing Anthony Bourdain's book at the judges' table after failing to plate part of his dish.
                                      • Season 4: Sheldon - The fight in the stew room with Spike, Antonia, Jennifer, Dale, and Lisa after Zoi's departure.
                                      • Season 5: Lizzie - Jamie making the same scallop dish from a previous episode and Fabio saying "It's Top Chef, not Top Scallop."
                                      • Season 6: Josh - The chefs cooking for 300 airmen at an Air Force base.
                                      • Season 7: Brooke - Alex winning a challenge for a dish with pea purée after Ed mysteriously lost his.
                                      • Season 8: Kristen - Carla's excitement over getting the chance to make chicken pot pie on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
                                      • Season 9: Micah - Beverly and Heather's fight at the judges' table.
                                        • WINNER: Kristen (Poached Chicken Breast, Carrot Purée, with Garlic & Tofu Emulsion)
                                        • ELIMINATED: John (Umami Risotto with Chicken, Salmon Roe, Burdock Root & Carrot Emulsion Lamb Burger with Fried Egg and Spicy Pickle, Tomato & Pomegranate Salad)

                                        Quickfire Challenge: The chefs had 15 minutes to prepare a dish containing ginger. The winner received immunity from elimination.

                                        Elimination Challenge: The chefs created a restaurant concept, and presented their concept via a representative dish at the Taste of Seattle Food Festival. The two winning chefs each received $10,000 and acted as executive chef for their teams during Restaurant Wars in the next episode. The two winners picked their teams from the other remaining contestants without knowing the results of the elimination, guaranteeing that one would be handicapped in the following challenge.

                                        • WINNERS: Kristen (Atelier Kwan - Onsen Egg with Camembert-Mustard Sauce & Buttered Radishes) and Sheldon (Urbano - Sour Tamarind Soup with Pork Belly, Shrimp & Snapper)
                                        • ELIMINATED: Micah (Raw - Salmon, Snapper, Hamachi, Squid, Scallop & Mackerel with Raw Vegetables)

                                        Elimination Challenge: The chefs had 48 hours to create a restaurant pop-up based on the winning concepts from the prior episode: Urbano (modern Filipino) and Atelier Kwan (reinterpreted classical French). They set up both the dining area and the kitchen area, and executed a multi-course dinner service. One member from the losing team was eligible for elimination. The winner received a Toyota Avalon.

                                        • Atelier Kwan: Brooke, Josie, Kristen, Lizzie
                                          • Charcuterie: Rabbit, Pickled Turnips & Yellow Beets in Chicken & Rabbit Broth (Lizzie)
                                          • Bouillabaisse: Halibut, Dungeness Crab, Bay Scallops with Shellfish Broth (Josie)
                                          • Beef Bourguignon: Braised Short Rib, Garlic Purée, Mushrooms & Carrots (Kristen)
                                          • Baked Gougères, St. Agur Blue Cheese, Roasted Radish & Stone Fruit Compote (Brooke)
                                          • Almond Cake Macaron with Coconut Custard & Caramel Buttercream (Kristen)
                                          • Kilawen: Yellowtail with Cilantro, Spicy Chili & White Soy Sauces (Stefan) : Poached Egg, Duck Confit & Foie Gras Mousse (Josh)
                                          • Miki: Prawns, Tapioca Roll with Achiote (Sheldon)
                                          • Adobo: Pork Belly with Mung Bean Purée & Pea Shoots Salad (Sheldon)
                                          • Halo-Halo: Coconut Sorbet, Avocado Mousse, Banana & Shredded Coconut (Josh)
                                          • Dark Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts, Ginger & Peppermint Oil (Stefan)
                                            • WINNER: Sheldon
                                            • ELIMINATED: Kristen

                                            Quickfire Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to create a dish to impress a sushi master. The winner received $5,000. From this point forward, the winners of the Quickfire no longer received immunity from elimination.

                                            Elimination Challenge: The chefs had to make a fried chicken dish for a dinner party. The winner received a year's supply of Terlato wine.

                                            • WINNER: Josh (Smoked Fried Chicken with Hot Sauce & Blue Cheese)
                                            • ELIMINATED: Josie (Chicken with Black Garlic, Cayenne, Thyme & Hot Sauce with Daikon Salad)

                                            Quickfire Challenge: The competition left Seattle and boarded a cruise ship en route to Juneau, Alaska. The chefs prepared 200 portions of a one-bite appetizer incorporating iceberg lettuce. The winner received an advantage in the following Elimination Challenge.

                                            Elimination Challenge: The chefs prepared a creative reinterpretation of a surf and turf. The winner of the Quickfire Challenge was allowed to choose their two proteins first, which became off-limits to the rest of the competitors.

                                            • WINNER: Brooke (Mussels & Frog Legs with Celery Root & Fennel Purée, Papadums & Shallot Chutney)
                                            • ELIMINATED: Stefan (Braised Pork Belly with Beer Sauce, Parsnip & Eel Ravioli)

                                            Quickfire Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to create a dish highlighting Alaskan crab. The winner received $5,000.

                                            Elimination Challenge: The chefs had to make a dish using salmon and sourdough bread for the residents of Juneau. The winner received a trip for two to Costa Rica.

                                            • WINNER: Brooke (Sockeye Salmon & Seafood Broth with Mustard Seed Caviar & Dill Sourdough)
                                            • ELIMINATED: Lizzie (Citrus & Beet Glazed Salmon Slider with Poppyseed Bun & Pickles)

                                            Quickfire Challenge: The chefs prepared a meal for the athletes training for the Iditarod using only the supplies already available at their training camp.

                                            Elimination Challenge: The chefs cooked a dish inspired by their memory of the moment they decided to become a chef.

                                            • WINNER: Brooke (Braised Chicken, Grilled Quail with Carrot Barley & Pickled Vegetables )
                                            • ELIMINATED: Josh (Foie Gras Three Ways: Torchon, Pan-Seared & Profiterole)

                                            Elimination Challenge: After the competition moved to Los Angeles for the finale, the remaining chefs were given three hours to prepare an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert course to be served that night at Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurant. In addition, the chefs must run the kitchen during the dinner service, expedited by Colicchio himself, finishing and plating courses to order.

                                            • ELIMINATED: Sheldon (Sashimi Spot Prawns, Court Bouillon, Radish & Asian Herbs Roasted Quail, Pine Nut Purée, Garam Masala & Tangerine White Chocolate Mousse with Apple & Fennel)

                                            Elimination Challenge: Cooking in an Iron Chef-style arena in front of the judges, their friends and families, and all nine previous Top Chef champions, the finalists each prepared up to five courses of a meal to be served to the judges and audience. Kristen was assisted by Josh, Lizzie, and Sheldon. Brooke was assisted by CJ, Kuniko, and Stefan. Each course would be critiqued head-to-head by the judges, who would immediately vote on a winner for the round. The first chef to win three rounds would be crowned "Top Chef".

                                            • First Course (No restriction):
                                              • Brooke: Crispy Pig Ear & Chicory Salad, Six-Minute Egg, Apricot Jam & Candied Kumquats
                                              • Kristen: Chicken Liver Mousse with Frisée, Mustard, Prune, Hazelnuts & Pumpernickel
                                                • WINNER: Kristen (1-0)
                                                • Brooke: Seared Scallop with Salt Cod Purée, Speck, Black Currant & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette
                                                • Kristen: Citrus and Lavender Cured Scallop with Bitter Orange, Meyer Lemon & Apple
                                                  • WINNER: Brooke (1-1)
                                                  • Brooke: Vadouvan Fried Chicken Wing with Sumac Yogurt-Tahini & Pickled Kohlrabi Fattoush
                                                  • Kristen: Celery Root Purée with Bone Marrow, Mushrooms, Bitter Greens & Radishes
                                                    • WINNER: Kristen (2-1)
                                                    • Brooke: Braised Pork Cheek & Red Snapper with Collard Green Slaw & Sorrel Purée
                                                    • Kristen: Red Snapper with Leeks, Little Gem Lettuce, Tarragon, Uni & Shellfish Nage
                                                      • WINNER: Kristen (3-1)
                                                        • WINNER: Kristen
                                                        • RUNNER-UP: Brooke

                                                        Challenge: The chefs were given a chance to redeem themselves by creating a dish incorporating the same ingredients from the dishes that eliminated them.

                                                        • Carla: Whole Squab with Baked Tomato & Morels
                                                        • Chrissy:Canlis ' Special Salad
                                                        • Jeffrey: Pan-Roasted Halibut with Peas & Morels
                                                        • Kuniko: Lemongrass Cream Potato Chowder
                                                          • WINNER: Kuniko

                                                          Challenge: The chefs were tasked with making a dessert. Because CJ and Tyler were eliminated from the main competition as a team, the two contestants had to work together to create their dish.

                                                          • CJ and Tyler: Hay Ice Cream with Cherry Fritter, Cherries & Arugula
                                                          • Kuniko: Frozen Bananas with Fruit Compote & Lemon Curd
                                                            • WINNERS: CJ and Tyler
                                                            • SAVED: Jeffrey

                                                            Challenge: The chefs had to create a well-composed dish highlighting pickles and carrots.

                                                            • CJ: Pan-Roasted Rainbow Trout, Carrot Purée & Charred Pickles
                                                            • Eliza: Brown Butter Carrot Mash, Crusted Scallops, Corn & Pickle Succotash
                                                            • Tyler: Deconstructed Ceviche with Pickles & Carrots
                                                              • WINNER: CJ
                                                              • SAVED: Kuniko

                                                              Challenge: The chefs were required to make a sandwich using lunch meat.

                                                              • CJ: Vietnamese-Inspired Ham & Butter Sandwich with Apple & Radicchio
                                                              • Danyele Oven-Roasted Turkey, Bacon & Avocado Sandwich with Pickled Onions
                                                                • WINNER: CJ
                                                                • SAVED: Kuniko

                                                                Challenge: The chefs had to use chicken breast to create a flavorful dish.

                                                                • Bart: Roasted Chicken with Carrots, Greek Yogurt, Tea-Infused Sauce & Speculoos Cookies
                                                                • CJ: Marinated Chicken Breast with Mushroom Reduction, Greek Yogurt & Roasted Lettuces
                                                                  • WINNER: CJ
                                                                  • SAVED: Kuniko

                                                                  Challenge: The chefs were allowed to cook any dish, but were required to use pots and pans bought from a yard sale.

                                                                  • CJ: Seared Diver Scallop, Foie Gras Dashi with Mango & Caviar
                                                                  • John: Corn Velouté & Succotash with Roasted Lobster & Seared Foie Gras
                                                                    • WINNER: CJ
                                                                    • SAVED: Kuniko

                                                                    Challenge: The chefs had to prepare their best tartare.

                                                                    • CJ: Beef Heart Tartare with Chili, Pickled Duck Skin & Tomato Water
                                                                    • Micah: Bison Carpaccio & Duck Tartare with Quail Egg Yolk, Pickled Carrots, Chilis & Arugula
                                                                      • WINNER: CJ
                                                                      • SAVED: Kuniko

                                                                      Challenge: The chefs got to choose an ingredient, a cuisine, and a cooking technique that they had to incorporate into their dishes, as well as a time limit. They decided that they had to prepare a French-inspired snapper dish with a smoked element in 30 minutes.

                                                                      • CJ: Brown Butter Snapper with Creamed Morel, Smoked Mashed Potatoes & Ratatouille
                                                                      • Kristen: Bouillabaisse of Snapper, Crème Fraîche, Smoked Butter, Fennel & Radish
                                                                        • WINNER: Kristen
                                                                        • SAVED: Kuniko

                                                                        Challenge: The chefs had to break down a salmon, portion 10 identical pieces, and create well-composed dishes for Tom and the eliminated contestants.

                                                                        • Josie: Fennel Pollen Dusted Salmon with Fennel, Radish & Tarragon Salad
                                                                        • Kristen: Crispy Salmon with Pickled Pineapple, Raisins, Shaved Cauliflower & Crème Fraîche
                                                                          • WINNER: Kristen
                                                                          • SAVED: CJ

                                                                          Challenge: The chefs cooked dishes using offal.

                                                                          • Kristen: Chicken Livers with Garlic and Mustard Caramel, Pickled Fruit & Herb Salad
                                                                          • Stefan: Beuscherl of Innards with Cream Sauce, Bread Galette, Liver & Parsley Salad
                                                                            • WINNER: Kristen
                                                                            • SAVED: CJ

                                                                            Challenge: The chefs made a dish over a campfire using Alaskan fish.

                                                                            • Kristen: Cod with Coconut Broth, Clam Juice, Lime, Chili-Marinated Tomato, Corn & Petite Herbs
                                                                            • Lizzie: Poached Salmon Stew with Fennel, Leek, Hungarian Paprika & Sweet Pepper Flakes
                                                                              • WINNER: Kristen
                                                                              • SAVED: Lizzie

                                                                              Challenge: The chefs received the simple challenge of creating a great plate of food.


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                                                                              Drop the Knife

                                                                              Standing up to Bobby Flay is no easy feat, unless you're stand-up comedian Colin Quinn and the ever-so-dashing Katie Lee! They've brought two New York chefs who definitely can withstand the heat, Alex Guarnaschelli's protege Diane Vista-Wayne and Daniel Boulud's protege Lauren Brown.

                                                                              Grind It Out!

                                                                              Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk know they can't skate through this competition. They bring in Sichuan master Pablo Zitzmann and young gun Ming Pu to attempt to kick-flip Bobby Flay out of his arena.

                                                                              We're All Family Here

                                                                              Sophie Flay loves to mess with her dad, so she enlists the help of Alton Brown to hand her father the biggest surprise yet. Mentors Jonathan Waxman and Dean Fearing enter the arena to face their protege Bobby Flay one last time.

                                                                              Mission: Impastable

                                                                              Food Network's Chef Anne Burrell brings rising star comedian Jaboukie Young White from The Daily Show to hit Bobby Flay with some breaking news: He's going down. They recruit Italian expert chefs Nicole Karr and David Benstock to make Bobby say "Ciao!"

                                                                              Beauty and the Beast

                                                                              The arena gets a facelift when New York City's small but mighty chef Deb Caplan takes on Beantown's Nicholas Lisotto. Chopped's Scott Conant teams up with actress and model Olivia Culpo to show Bobby Flay that he's not quite ready for his close-up.

                                                                              Getting Grilled

                                                                              The irons heat up on this special episode of Beat Bobby Flay when the best of the Midwest, Chef Dominic Zumpano, takes on culinary heavyweight, Chef Angelo Sosa, in a grilling battle. Cooking Channel's Debi Mazar, and Iron Chef Michael Symon make the call on who has the chops to rake Bobby over the coals.

                                                                              Surf and Turf

                                                                              Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Anne Burrell have their eyes on the prize: taking down Bobby Flay in his own arena. Surf Chef Raphael Lunetta and Cowboy Chef Jake Gandolfo bring the heat before the winner takes on Bobby.

                                                                              Mission: Impastable

                                                                              Food Network's Chef Anne Burrell brings rising star comedian Jaboukie Young White from The Daily Show to hit Bobby Flay with some breaking news: He's going down. They recruit Italian expert chefs Nicole Karr and David Benstock to make Bobby say "Ciao!"

                                                                              Beauty and the Beast

                                                                              The arena gets a facelift when New York City's small but mighty chef Deb Caplan takes on Beantown's Nicholas Lisotto. Chopped's Scott Conant teams up with actress and model Olivia Culpo to show Bobby Flay that he's not quite ready for his close-up.

                                                                              Getting Grilled

                                                                              The irons heat up on this special episode of Beat Bobby Flay when the best of the Midwest, Chef Dominic Zumpano, takes on culinary heavyweight, Chef Angelo Sosa, in a grilling battle. Cooking Channel's Debi Mazar, and Iron Chef Michael Symon make the call on who has the chops to rake Bobby over the coals.

                                                                              Surf and Turf

                                                                              Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Anne Burrell have their eyes on the prize: taking down Bobby Flay in his own arena. Surf Chef Raphael Lunetta and Cowboy Chef Jake Gandolfo bring the heat before the winner takes on Bobby.

                                                                              Something's Fishy

                                                                              Chef and restaurateur Richard Blais and TV host Natalie Morales have their sights set on taking down Bobby Flay. They bring in San Antonio's premiere Mexican chef Johnny Hernandez and skilled New Jersey chef Coby Farrow to kick Bobby out of his own kitchen.

                                                                              Aged to Perfection

                                                                              Michael Strahan and Michael Symon have handpicked two chefs hoping to score a touchdown on Bobby Flay's home turf! New York chef Anastacia Song and Southern sweetie Joey Ward are prepared to bring their best game and score the win.

                                                                              Veggin' Out

                                                                              Bobby Flay brings out special guest, activist Beth Stern, along with Food Network's Katie Lee, for an all-vegetarian battle. Vegetarian chefs Cara Nance and Destiny Aponte are down for the challenge because they're all about that veg -- no trouble!

                                                                              Wrapping Up Victory

                                                                              In the spirit of the holidays, Food Network's Amanda Freitag invites actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler to bring some cheer to the arena. They ho-ho-ho-hope that either Chef Ron Duprat or Chef Gabriel Pascuzzi can slip in Grinch-style to steal the win from Bobby Flay.

                                                                              Bro-Down Showdown

                                                                              There's no brotherly love in the arena tonight as chefs and brothers Patrick and Terence Feury duke it out for the nod of approval from Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. Which brother will represent the family against big daddy Bobby Flay?

                                                                              Veggin' Out

                                                                              Bobby Flay brings out special guest, activist Beth Stern, along with Food Network's Katie Lee, for an all-vegetarian battle. Vegetarian chefs Cara Nance and Destiny Aponte are down for the challenge because they're all about that veg -- no trouble!

                                                                              Wrapping Up Victory

                                                                              In the spirit of the holidays, Food Network's Amanda Freitag invites actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler to bring some cheer to the arena. They ho-ho-ho-hope that either Chef Ron Duprat or Chef Gabriel Pascuzzi can slip in Grinch-style to steal the win from Bobby Flay.

                                                                              Bro-Down Showdown

                                                                              There's no brotherly love in the arena tonight as chefs and brothers Patrick and Terence Feury duke it out for the nod of approval from Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. Which brother will represent the family against big daddy Bobby Flay?

                                                                              Ring of Fire

                                                                              Chef Adrianne Calvo is bringing her Miami heat as she goes head-to-head with German native and top Pennsylvania chef Ben Thomas. Actor Anthony Anderson and The Kitchen's Jeff Mauro are refereeing the action to decide which contender has what it takes to make Bobby Flay go down in flames!

                                                                              It's a Date

                                                                              Things get shrewd when Iron Chef's Alex Guarnaschelli and Alton Brown join forces. It's up to partners in business and in life, chefs Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer, to outsmart the one and only Bobby Flay!

                                                                              Humble Beginnings

                                                                              Musician and chef Eugene Jones and up-and-coming chef Christopher Wall enter a culinary skirmish for the chance to take down the legend, Bobby Flay. Cutthroat Kitchen judge Simon Majumdar and The Kitchen host Sunny Anderson are eager for their friend Bobby to swallow defeat, but who will get the job done?

                                                                              Take a Bao

                                                                              Feisty Brooklyn chef Suchanan Aksornnan battles innovative Miami restaurateur Richard Hales, and it's up to actor David Alan Grier and chef Carla Hall to decide who can beat Bobby Flay.

                                                                              Keeping It Real

                                                                              Chopped's Ted Allen and TV host Jeannie Mai are keeping it real with Bobby Flay, and they want a win. They stack the deck with two authentic Italian cuisine experts, chefs Ryan DePersio and Giuseppe Fanelli, who hope Bobby will be begging for Mamma Mia after they win!

                                                                              Bells Will be Ringing

                                                                              Chefs Anne Burrell and Scott Conant are both naughty and nice in this challenge. They've brought two gifted chefs to the arena, where over-indulgent chef Blythe Beck takes on classically trained chef Mark Allen for the chance to spoil Bobby's Christmas.


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                                                                              Episodes

                                                                              Fat Chance

                                                                              The appetizer round prompts a couple of critical questions -- namely, what in the world is a narutomaki, and what are you supposed to do with it? The judges are astonished when one of the chefs takes an extremely unusual approach with the fish from the entree basket that also includes caul fat. Finally, the last two chefs attempt to make scrumptious dishes in the dessert round with Swedish syrup and a classic cookie.

                                                                              Deadly Catch

                                                                              The chefs face an adrenaline-packed competition filled with daunting seafood ingredients. A prized surprise awaits them in the first basket and a shocking salad meets a beautiful fish in the entree round. Finally, the judges temper their expectations as the chefs face an extraordinarily tough dessert basket.

                                                                              Quail Without Fail

                                                                              The four competing chefs have a lot to sort out in the appetizer round when they're challenged to create plates with a Korean dish made with intestines and a super spicy condiment. The three remaining competitors attempt to make successful quail entrees, and a shaker of Australian seasoning and a jar of Mexican caramel are two of the surprises in the dessert basket.

                                                                              Taco Brawl

                                                                              Let's taco 'bout it! Four chefs attempt to prove who deserves to win all the dinero for their all-taco meal. A frantic first round leads to some missteps in the kitchen, and fish tacos are in order for the entree round, when the chefs find red snapper in the baskets. In the dessert round, a festive cocktail is part of the puzzle, but will the judges be toasting the chefs' final plates?

                                                                              Pancake Panic

                                                                              The competing chefs get a ton of sugar in the first basket in the form of a breakfast classic with a twist, and the level of cooking in the entree round seems extraordinary as the chefs excitedly dig into a seven-layer dip. In the dessert round, the remaining chefs are happy to see loquats in the basket, but ice cream machine drama threatens their plans.

                                                                              Holy Bologna!

                                                                              Four chefs are forced to get creative from the start when they find a kitschy, oddball cake and an unusual hybrid veggie in their appetizer baskets. An offal surprise and a fun fungus dish keep things interesting in round two. In the final round, an ice cream mishap leaves one of the chefs scrambling to put a key lime dessert together.

                                                                              Taco Brawl

                                                                              Let's taco 'bout it! Four chefs attempt to prove who deserves to win all the dinero for their all-taco meal. A frantic first round leads to some missteps in the kitchen, and fish tacos are in order for the entree round, when the chefs find red snapper in the baskets. In the dessert round, a festive cocktail is part of the puzzle, but will the judges be toasting the chefs' final plates?

                                                                              Pancake Panic

                                                                              The competing chefs get a ton of sugar in the first basket in the form of a breakfast classic with a twist, and the level of cooking in the entree round seems extraordinary as the chefs excitedly dig into a seven-layer dip. In the dessert round, the remaining chefs are happy to see loquats in the basket, but ice cream machine drama threatens their plans.

                                                                              Holy Bologna!

                                                                              Four chefs are forced to get creative from the start when they find a kitschy, oddball cake and an unusual hybrid veggie in their appetizer baskets. An offal surprise and a fun fungus dish keep things interesting in round two. In the final round, an ice cream mishap leaves one of the chefs scrambling to put a key lime dessert together.

                                                                              Quail Without Fail

                                                                              The four competing chefs have a lot to sort out in the appetizer round when they're challenged to create plates with a Korean dish made with intestines and a super spicy condiment. The three remaining competitors attempt to make successful quail entrees, and a shaker of Australian seasoning and a jar of Mexican caramel are two of the surprises in the dessert basket.

                                                                              Viewers' Choice!

                                                                              Let's hear it for fan participation! Chopped viewers finally get their chance to weigh in on a weighty question: What should go into the mystery baskets? In the first round of this special competition, the chefs must figure out how to make the fans proud by cooking a dish made with a favorite regional meat product. Then for the entrée round, the viewers have chosen a jarred ingredient that few professional chefs are likely to like. Will one chef's ambitious plans backfire as the clock runs out? Then, while trying to figure out how to combine black licorice root with a salty snack food, one of the final two chefs uses a clever time-saving technique in the dessert round.

                                                                              Big Fish, Small Basket

                                                                              The competitors leap into action and come out strong with four impressive appetizers, made with seitan and mezcal. In the second round, pre-made sauce and a sizable fish are in the basket. When the two finalists proceed to dessert, they must make a pastry and a pork product play nicely on their plates.

                                                                              Return and Redeem

                                                                              Four chefs who lost in previous competitions return, wanting the win more than ever. A bright green dessert and a seafood snack must be worked into the competitors' appetizers. Then in the entree round, the chefs must contend with quinoa and sour candy. And with one more chance to redeem themselves, the two finalists fight to the end, as they make desserts from palm seeds and dulce de leche.

                                                                              Family Affair

                                                                              A mom, dad, son and aunt who work in the same restaurant meet in the Chopped Kitchen, where it's every chef for themselves. In the first round, one family member's grill pan gets taken over by two relatives. In the entree round, chicken breasts seem like an easy protein to work with, but how will the chefs fare with the other mystery ingredients? The final two family members make desserts using dried fruit and a very sweet cake.

                                                                              Squab Goals

                                                                              An ingredient basket containing squab kicks off an action-packed first round in the Chopped kitchen. As the chefs endeavor to make great entrees in round two, they must break down a large fish and figure out what to do with a sweet beverage. Cookie mix in the dessert basket seems like a breeze, but the variety of cookie mix may give the competitors pause.

                                                                              Grill Masters: Kansas City

                                                                              Big flavors meet big personalities as regional rivals from the thriving Kansas City barbecue world compete to see who will advance to the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale and face winners from Texas, North Carolina and Memphis. A 20-minute appetizer round doesn't seem long enough to deal with the double cut pork chops in the first basket. Then, a bubbly surprise in the second basket prompts the chefs to bring the sweet to their entree dishes. Pineapple and banana are two of the flavors that must be married on the last two competitors' dessert plates.

                                                                              Grill Masters: North Carolina

                                                                              Pride is on the line as four regional rivals all deeply devoted to North Carolina-style barbecue battle it out in a thrilling, grilling heat to see who will represent their region in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale against winners from Texas, Memphis and Kansas City. Will fish in the first basket throw the pork-loving pitmasters off their game? The three chefs who move on to the entree round are surprised to have to work with liver. Finally, some Southern favorites in the dessert basket give the last two Tar Heel State competitors a head start in bringing Carolina flavors to their sweet plates.

                                                                              Grill Masters: Memphis

                                                                              Four chefs who live and breathe Memphis-style barbecue compete for a coveted spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale, facing off against champions from Texas, North Carolina and Kansas City. Tennessee tradition abounds in the first basket, which includes a creative take on a messy, shareable comfort food, and the chefs are stunned to see a gigantic sandwich in the second basket. Peaches in the dessert basket seem like a gift, but will the last two Memphis-style chefs be able to make them shine on their plates?

                                                                              Grill Masters: Texas

                                                                              Four passionate grill masters compete in a fiery battle to become the lone representative from the Lone Star State to advance to the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale and face winners from Memphis, Kansas City and North Carolina. A creepy, crawly, crunchy surprise challenges the chefs in the first round, and a state fair treat and an iconic Texas meat meet in the second basket. The final basket holds Texas-inspired ingredients, but can the last two competitors find a good use for them in their desserts?

                                                                              Grill Masters: Finale Showdown

                                                                              Four Grill Masters champions representing their regional styles -- Texas, Memphis, North Carolina and Kansas City -- return to compete in this do-or-die grand finale with $50,000 and an enormous amount of pride on the line. A wild, smoky ingredient in the first basket kicks things off, and then the judges expect magnificent meat-and-potatoes entree plates from the three remaining champs. The adrenaline-filled grand finale dessert round featuring sugary, festive ingredients will decide which champion can pull off a sweet victory and walk away with the prize.

                                                                              Gefilte Dish

                                                                              The chefs get some surprises in the ingredient baskets, starting with the appetizer round, when they have to make gefilte fish work with something super sweet and something soft and salty. The judges are excited to see a beautiful pork product in the entree basket, but will the chefs treat it right? And a particularly strange collection of ingredients in the dessert basket leaves the remaining two chefs scrambling to solve the final culinary puzzle.

                                                                              Pork on the Brain

                                                                              Everyone goes hog wild in the Chopped Kitchen as the chefs take on a pork-themed competition. The first basket threatens to contain too much of a good thing, and a beautiful cut of heritage-breed pork is juxtaposed with a questionable canned product in the entree round, sending the chefs in some creative directions with their dishes. While they would have welcomed bacon in round three, the finalists must make use of more unusual porky items in their desserts.

                                                                              Gefilte Dish

                                                                              The chefs get some surprises in the ingredient baskets, starting with the appetizer round, when they have to make gefilte fish work with something super sweet and something soft and salty. The judges are excited to see a beautiful pork product in the entree basket, but will the chefs treat it right? And a particularly strange collection of ingredients in the dessert basket leaves the remaining two chefs scrambling to solve the final culinary puzzle.

                                                                              Pork on the Brain

                                                                              Everyone goes hog wild in the Chopped Kitchen as the chefs take on a pork-themed competition. The first basket threatens to contain too much of a good thing, and a beautiful cut of heritage-breed pork is juxtaposed with a questionable canned product in the entree round, sending the chefs in some creative directions with their dishes. While they would have welcomed bacon in round three, the finalists must make use of more unusual porky items in their desserts.

                                                                              Grill Masters: Finale Showdown

                                                                              Four Grill Masters champions representing their regional styles -- Texas, Memphis, North Carolina and Kansas City -- return to compete in this do-or-die grand finale with $50,000 and an enormous amount of pride on the line. A wild, smoky ingredient in the first basket kicks things off, and then the judges expect magnificent meat-and-potatoes entree plates from the three remaining champs. The adrenaline-filled grand finale dessert round featuring sugary, festive ingredients will decide which champion can pull off a sweet victory and walk away with the prize.

                                                                              Cake Walk?

                                                                              The chefs find carrot cake in the first basket, along with an unusual seafood product: Will they be able to pull together cohesive appetizers? In the entree round, the competitors take three different approaches with a familiar protein, but the judges are disappointed by the chefs' scant usage of a prized ingredient. Pop goes the dessert round, with caramel corn in the basket.


                                                                              Top Chef

                                                                              I hate to say it since she makes great food, but Dawn was an awful teammate for this challenge. Sadly the only similar situation I could apply this to.. is Josie!

                                                                              Zero communication. "I'l get to it when I get to it". Directly negatively affecting her teammates by her process of cooking. etc

                                                                              This is on a rewatch, Iɽ recommend others go through it as well.

                                                                              During team discussion Chris specifically said, "Ok so the first three dishes will be cold" and everyone agreed.

                                                                              In that same discussion when Sara and Dawn were discussing progression, Dawn said, "I'll make something like a crudo or cold scallop". She did neither.

                                                                              The first sign of slow service was when Dawn needed help plating her dish which totally threw off the team's direction and had them start to work on her dish rather than theirs.

                                                                              Tom's main criticism of Sara was that the progression of her dishes in particularly were totally off base from the others.. but it was not clear at all what Dawn was making!!

                                                                              Dawn is a great chef, but this episode really showed what an awful teammate she is. This was a TEAM challenge and she couldn't have been anymore of an individual. Good food or not, her "process" of cooking was totally unhelpful and in fact detrimental and verging on sabotage to the others particularly Sara.

                                                                              This does not appear to be the intention, but it sure is helpful when YOU can decide what to make at the last minute in order to not have "the worst" dish after trying everyone else's, meanwhile everyone else's is already permanently on their menu cards. If I had to speculate, I would bet Dawn bet on the fact she could make a better dish than what Gabe's was since they had a clear similarity to it.

                                                                              It seems she was more concerned with saving her own ass than anything else. That's fine, but it was not something to be commended on no matter how good her food was.


                                                                              Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Season 11 Premiere Recap: Ladies Who Barbecue

                                                                              Are you ready for the Erika Jayne drama to FINALLY play out on camera? The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are back, and things are getting spicy in the 90210. Fans were clamoring for Erika to be axed after last season. Thank goodness she&rsquos still on the show. If she was fired, this insane drama wouldn&rsquot be playing out this season for us. Nobody knows the full scope of what&rsquos real and what&rsquos not, but it&rsquos going to be a fascinating journey.

                                                                              It&rsquoll also be interesting to see how Garcelle Beauvais&lsquo relationships with the other women develop. She left things last season in a not so good place with Kyle Richards and longtime friend Lisa Rinna. The wounds are still semi fresh. We&rsquoll see! Anything&rsquos possible. Most importantly Crystal Minkoff & Kathy Hilton are new faces on the scene. They better bring it. Period.


                                                                              Video Games

                                                                              South Park

                                                                              Chef is a supporting character throughout the game's story and is also a playable character in multi-player mode.

                                                                              South Park: The Stick of Truth

                                                                              In South Park: The Stick of Truth, Chef is revived as a Nazi Zombie by Clyde. The player referred to as "Douchebag" must fight him as a penultimate boss. It is revealed that he has been stitched back together, however, his skin has turned green (like most zombies in the game), the visible scars and gashes from his brutal death still remain, and his old clothes are tattered (as you would expect). He will quickly switch between his old voice and the Nazi outbursts common among those exposed to the green goo. His voice lines are similar to being replayed from an old episode, much like "The Return of Chef", this is due to how the original voice actor having passed away 6 years prior to the game's release, when making his old voice lines, he is still his old self, showing regret for him being forced to attack the boys, but this is quickly stopped by Clyde, who quickly covers him in the green goo.

                                                                              Zombie Chef's abilities include: "Chocolate Salty Balls" involves him pulling out said balls from the gash in his stomach and will inflict gross out if not blocked, "Hello Children": where he attempts to bite the player character (but mashing the corresponding buttons when shown can resist the attack). Or he can use his spatula as a Melee weapon dealing a large amount of damage if it is unblocked (especially to Jimmy or Cartman).

                                                                              When the player takes Chef's health down to 1 (from a rather large 73,476 if you are level 15), Chef will fully regain control of himself and proclaim "Children! Everybody! I'm back!", before Clyde will throw a Molotov Cocktail at Chef, causing him to violently burst into flames and run around. The player will charge up and release a powerful fart, to which Chef gets caught in the proceeding fireball, killing him and causing him to re-sustain the brutal injuries that lead to his original death, albeit him now being horribly charred. If the player fails to do this quickly then Chef will set the player and their buddy on fire unless they have any shields. Once they have no shields then they will get fire damage and will die soon meaning that they will have to restart the game from the last checkpoint.


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