Last time, we met the first of 24
superstar chefs as they were taken back to school. Hubert Keller ended
up schooling the other three and earned a spot in the Champions Round.
Tonight's Masterclass is...
chef/owner, Graham Elliot
American Heart Association
West Coast American
New York City
chef/owner, Citizen Cake & Orson
The Edible Schoolyard
Quickfire Challenge: Hope you have a roll
of quarters. From season 2, create an amuse-bouche from ingredients in a
vending machine. Judging are three people with some experience in this
area: Ilan Hall, betty Betty Fraser & Michael Midgley, three players
from the original Vending Machine Quickfire.
The results after thirty minutes... Wylie
can't stop saying the f-bomb.
WYLIE: Red Onion & Grilled Cheese
Sandwich with Dr. Pepper Reduction. Presentation is lovely, but the
sauce is overreduced and as a result, it solidified.
SUZANNE: Fried Shallot Rings with
Microgreen Salad & Dr. Pepper Aioli. It's fun and yummy.
ELIZABETH: Braised Beef Jerky with
Orange, Lemon & Horseradish Ice Cream. Michael calls it "a wonderful
thing". The flavors don't work for Betty.
GRAHAM: Tuna Salad with Pickled Shallot,
Ginger Orange Bubbled & Beef Jerky Miso Powder. It's described as "a
tuna salad that came from an Ivy League School." It's clean, simple...
Suzanne: TOP MARKS, 5 STARS!
Remember, only one chef will win $10,000
for charity. And 20 stars are up for grabs in the Elimination Challenge,
so think positive.
ELIMINATION CHALLENGE: Before you are
several tropical ingredients. You're going to use them to create a
dinner for the creators and writers of one of Kelly's favorite shows...
"Lost" (C-Note: Overrated.). The writers wanted to know what would
happen if four star chefs were lost on an island. You will not get a
pantry, but you will get $200 and a list to shop from approved by the
They get 45 minutes and $200 at Whole
Foods. Suzanne's biggest concern: no fresh herbs. Elizabeth is thinking
about spice. Wylie and Graham... are excited to go shopping, drawing
comparisons to "Mutt & Jeff". They have an ongoing rivalry, and they'd
like to beat each other.
Back in the kitchen, they have two and a
half hours to cook something for the "Lost" writers.
ELIZABETH: Ancho-Beer Braised Boar Loin
Sous Vide, Coffee-Scented Poached Boar Loin, Yam Papaya Pudding.
GRAHAM: Trio of Tuna (Maki Roll with Tuna
& Dehydrated Pineapple, Tuna Nicoise, Tuna a la Plancha).
SUZANNE: Risotto with Uni, Clams &
Prawns; Wild Boar Strip with Oyster Beer Sauce; Mango Corn Salad
WYLIE: Roasted Chicken with Poached Egg,
Beets with Dried Corn, Plantain Puree
Judging the dinners tonight will be Gael
Greene, James Oseland, and Jay Rayner. Also judging are Damon Lindelof
(co-creator), Carlton Cuse (EP), and the writing staff of "Lost".
And in the kitchen, it's a race against
time. Elizabeth went over due to the fact that she didn't hear a "time's
First up, Elizabeth's dinner. The
challenge: can you make boar taste good? You can, apparently. The
plating, though, was "confusing". A little more saucing might have
Next up, it's Graham. His dishes are
really good. They work beautifully.
Wylie's plate is next. He forgets chicken
on James' plate. Not good. One of the writers has two chickens. Woops.
Finally, Suzanne's dish. She can't
remember her own dish. Heh.
After getting lost, we find ourselves at
the Critics Table. Wylie went with chicken and wanted to come up with
something using fresh eggs as well. His eggs were slow-cooked in a water
bath, and it turned out delicious. Graham tied in his experiences living
on Hawaii or Miami and stuff. He likes giving an earthy profile. The
judges loved how everything worked. Elizabeth likes having a lot of
techniques in the pastry world and using it in the savory mode. The
pudding was a challenge to her, but the judges thought that the texture
reminded them of baby food. All in all, the plate was very dry. Suzanne
loves to cook for a lot of people. She produced a little happy family
style. The boar was well-cooked, and the sea-urchin was delicate.
Now the judges go to score. They all took
to the challenge very well, and the results were an evocation of what
they did well.
Graham had 4.5 stars going in. The diners
gave him 4.5 as well. The judges... another 11.5 for 20.5 stars.
Wylie had 3 stars. The diners....3.5.
James is the only one to give him perfect marks. Overall, the judges
give him ... 13.5 for a total of 20. Not enough to beat Graham.
Elizabeth had 3.5 stars. The diners give
her another 3.5. The judges... 9.5 for a total of 16.5...
So it's all on Suzanne. She led with 5.
Diners.. 4.5. She needs at least 11 stars from the judges to tie, 11.5
to win this round. The judges give her... 13 to win with a score of
22.5! Her charity will receive $10,000 and she's going on to the
Next week, six more chefs... another
classic Quickfire... and another place in the Champions Round filled.
Until then... tip the veal, try the waitress.
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