Top Chef Power Rankings: Two Women Emerge As Frontrunners

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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 quickfire saw the chefs split into three different teams to showcase their knife skills. After a heated competition that saw Josie disqualified for mistakenly cutting herself, Micah was declared victorious and awarded a multiple thousand dollar knife from one of only a hundred or so master knifemakers in the United States. From the outside, the prize looked pretty cool, but from the looks on the other chefs' faces, it was obvious this knife was the single coolest thing given away since the Prius.

The elimination challenge pushed the chefs back toward solo work. Each contestant was assigned a memorable moment from a previous season, and their task was to put a healthier spin on the beloved favorite. Quickly emerging forces Kristen and Brooke wound up alongside Josh on the top, while John and Lizzie brought up the rear. After Kristen (who made Carla’s pot pie) was crowned the winner, John and Lizzie were given a chance to remake CJ’s dreaded burger. Both performed admirably, but in the end, Lizzie’s offering was just a little bit better, sending former frontrunner John packing and leaving Brooke and Kristen as clear favorites to at least make the finals.

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, eleven were given for a last place vote. Ten competitors have already been eliminated (not counting those chopped in the early rounds); therefore, those people automatically occupy the bottom slots. Here is how this week’s voting panned out, complete with analysis on how the contestants might fare moving forward.

The Favorites
#1) Kristen Kish (36):: Wowza, Kristen has really begun to impress over the last several weeks. That mushroom dish earlier this season has done wonderful things for her mindset in the kitchen. This week, she showed creativity as well as cooking finesse when reworking Carla’s famous chicken pot pie dish from Season 5. By deconstructing the famous dish, Kristen was able to achieve something that was yummy and had all of the chicken pot pie flavors, without nearly as many of the calories. If she keeps cooking the way she has, she’s a shoo-in for the final.

#2) Brooke Williamson (34): Brooke was given the infamous stolen pee puree, and like the dish she channeled, what she served was ranted and raved about by the judging panel. Were it not for Kristen conjuring up Carla’s magic pot pie mojo, she would have won again. Over the last four weeks, Brooke has won a quickfire, won two elimination challenges and finished in the high category the other two times. The momentum could subside at this point, but right now, it’s not even showing any indication of slowing.

#3) Stefan Richter (32): Man, Stefan really wanted that $4,000 knife offered as the quickfire prize. Unfortunately, teammate Brooke failboated for him, and he came through another week empty-handed. Stefan has been good this season, the judges have offered him plenty of compliments, but he just hasn’t been good enough in any given week. It’s not called Top Consistency.
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