This week’s challenge for the finale was a toughie. The three remaining chefs were asked to work in Tom’s restaurant, Craft, to complete a three-course meal for the judges and other diners eating in the restaurant. During the show Tom expedited which was partly a treat to see and partly a slightly scary ordeal. Brooke almost crumbled under the pressure, which was strange because that was the first time we’ve really seen a big moment of indecision from her all season.
The first few minutes of this week's episode were closer to Top Travel than Top Chef. The final three contestants were taken uphill via a helicopter and then were taken by sled dog to a glacier where they cooked for Iditarod runners. For the quickfire the three had to work with camp food and tiny stoves to create a dish. Brooke won with her halibut. However, that was only the first of challenges to come.
Top Chef contestants hopped straight off the Alaskan cruise and into the next quickfire challenge. This week, the final four chefs were asked to create a yummy dish using crab to the best of their ability. Interestingly, Lizzie, Brooke, Sheldon and Josh all interpreted this differently and came up with some dishes that ranged from a simple crab and toast to a strange-sounding miso soup. The latter may sound strange, but apparently it was delicious, because Sheldon’s miso dish took home the quickfire win.
Last night’s episode of Top Chef was a critical one. With five contestants left, the crew left Seattle to take a cruise toward Alaska, where the last few episodes will take place. Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone was the guest judge this week, and after a tough quickfire in which the contestants had to create 200 single bite dishes for some of the guests on board using iceberg lettuce as a main component, Sheldon took home the quickfire win. Luckily, after that tough event, the contestants were given some downtime.
All Top Chef assignments can typically be split into one of two categories. Either they’re pretty broad challenges like “make a Thanksgiving dish” that allow a contestants a slew of options for both course and flavor profile, or they’re far more specific and only allow for a small bit of improvisation. This week, both of the challenges the chefs faced fell into the hyper-specific category, and consequently, some of them played to people’s strengths and some of them did not.
Restaurant Wars is always a stressful episode on television. This year, surprisingly, the teams got their actual concepts and restaurant setups together with not too much trouble. However, by the time the chefs actually began producing food for their patrons, all hell broke loose.
This week, the Top Chef contestants had a quickfire with Wolfgang Puck. Anyone watching the early episodes this season should know the chef is pretty tough, and this week’s quickfire was a doozy. The contestants had to cook with ginger, which is not so bad, but they also had only 15 minutes to complete the challenge. Brooke did well, cooking some scrumptious squid that earned her the quickfire win. Which brings us to Restaurant Wars, well, sort of.
If we needed a reminder as to how positively weird this season of Top Chef is/ has been, we got it this week in the form of the most shocking elimination since CJ’s ill-conceived burger. Luckily, in losing arguably the season’s top dog, we may have finally gotten two clear frontrunners in the form of badass chicks capable of taking down the entire competition.
This week’s roller derby challenge was a big reminder that we are getting down to the nitty gritty in the competition. There are still a couple of chefs who may not be up to par, but everyone else has a solid chance of pulling ahead and making it to the final round of cooking. Case in point: Micah, who has cooked his way right into the middle of the competition all season, finally came through with a quickfire win, earning $5,000 to boot.
It was Kristen’s week on Top Chef this week. During the challenge, cook’s had to use Reynold’s Wrap as a vessel for cooking dishes, and Kristen boldly went where no one else dared to go, making a sponge cake that guest judge Stefanie Izard and Padma both loved. She won the quickfire and immunity, becoming the only chef to not have to fight it out this week in a head-to-head battle.
The Top Chef Power Rankings are an ordered compilation of weekly lists put together by TV Blend writers Jessica Rawden and Mack Rawden. Each week after viewing the episode, they each rank the competitors in order. Eighteen points are given for a first place vote, and this week, eight were given for a last place vote.Here is how this week’s voting panned out, complete with analysis on how the contestants might fare moving forward.
This week was a bad week for all of the chefs, excepting Sheldon and Bart, who apparently made a great team. After meeting up with Seattle’s Daisley Gordon for the quickfire challenge, the contestants were asked to pair up and create breakfast, which sounds simple enough, until sneaky Padma got to the twist. Contestants had to team up and cook breakfast outside for 50 people, on a stick.
This week’s Top Chef began with the saga of Josh and John. John says whatever comes to his mind—which is admittedly not always so nice. Josh perceives this as John being out of touch, incompetent and a jerk to boot. The jerk part may be true, but the rest makes no sense due to John consistently landing on top and Josh landing on the bottom. More on that later.
It may be Thanksgiving, but if Top Chef doesn’t rest, we don’t rest! Last night’s episode was a topsy-turvy affair, complete with some surprise wins and some even more surprising bottom 3 losers. It’s tough to cook a Thanksgiving dinner as a crew, and even tougher when contestants are trying to cook meals dictated by Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse.
The Top Chef: Seattle competition kicked off with a quickfire challenge that brought back a motley crew of past contestants, Stefan, CJ, and Josie, to judge. The reasons for bringing back those three became clearer after the quickfire when sly Padma announced a curveball: the three former contestants were jumping back into the competition!