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Twenty-four stars of the culinary world have come together on a common battlefield to play the Top Chef game for charity

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Kelly Choi
Judges Gael Greene
James Oseland
Jay Rayner
Gail Simmons
Creators Dan Cutforth
Jane Lipsitz (based upon "Top Chef")
EP Dan Cutforth
Jane Lipsitz
Shauna Minoprio
Andrew Cohen
Dave Serwatka
Packager Magical Elves for Bravo
Origins Los Angeles
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Offal Tasty
June 24

Last time, four celebrity superchefs got totally lost in prepping dinner for a cadre of writers and producers of "Lost". In the end, Suzanne Tracht won $10,000 for her charity and a spot in the Champions Round, joining Hubert Keller. Now another four chefs will try for spot #3.

Tonight's Masterclass is...

Wilo Benet
San Juan, PR
chef/owner, Pikayo
San Jorge Children's Foundation
Cindy Pawlcyn
Napa, CA
chef/owner, Mustard's Grill
American West Coast
Clinic Ole
Ludovic Lefebvre
Los Angeles
chef/owner, Ludo Bites
CHASE for Life
Rick Bayless
chef/owner, Frontera Grill & Topolobampo
Frontera Farmer Foundation

Quickfire Challenge: This one has a lot of color involved. From season 2, you're going to create a dish based on the color that is drawn from a knife block. You have 30 minutes to do so.

Wilo: Orange
Cindy: Yellow
Ludo: Red
Rick: Green

Tasting the dishes are... three food stylists, Chris Oliver, Joann Cianciulli, and Christina Peters.

And after the 30 minutes, let's see what we come with... Ludo? "Merde. I forgot to put the tomato." You can't say "merde" on television!

LUDO: Steak Tartare with Watermelon, Red Onions & Red Beet Gazpacho. The chef wanted you to pour on the sauce before trying. It doesn't make the dish any more appetizing.

CINDY: Yellow Vegetable Curry over Sweet Corn Grits & Fried Corn Tortillas. They didn't spit it out so it has to be a little good, she reckons.

RICK: Roasted Vegetables, Mole Verde with Tomatillos, Green Chilies & Pumpkin Seeds. It's "complex"

WILO: Smoked Salmon Tartare with Coconut Milk & Tomato Paste Sauce. The flavor is really good, but he forgot to remove the ring mold.

Quickfire scores are...

Ludo: 3 stars
Cindy: 3.5 stars
Rick: 4 stars
Wilo: 4.5 stars

So Wilo has the advantage going into...


Offal is the part of a critter that no one really likes to eat. Hearts. Brains. Kidneys. Et cetera. But you'll be using all of that in creating a street food dish to serve at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Wilo will be working with... beef hearts. Rick has... tongue. He loves it. Cindy has... tripe. And Ludo draws... pig's ears.

You'll have a budget of $300 and 45 minutes to spend at Whole Foods, access to the pantry, and a total of four hours of prepping, three in the TCM kitchen and one on location.

Ludo is thinking quesadilla, so he goes to Rick for advice. He thinks... "bad choice, bad choice." Wilo says that street food should be simple, one piece. They decides to take on a Puerto Rican sandwich. Cindy, who started "Girls Who Eat Guts", will make some menudo. She's never cooked offal on the fly, so she's going to use a pressure cooker and hope for the best. Rick, on the other hand, has worked with such things and offers assistance. In the end, Ludo is livid that he finds out that Rick is doing a taco.

Ludo's key to success is the broth. Wilo's key to success... keeping it small... thin. Rick feels better than he did during the Quickfire.

And once again, Ludo is freaking out. The Mad Frenchman is lagging behind and doesn't really want help from anyone.

The next day, we head to Universal Studios Hollywood. They have one hour to prep there before they have to sell their wares. And when time is called... Ludo has one quesadilla cooked. Meanwhile, Rick has nothing to do but slip a few people some tongue.

Judging today's street fair are James Oseland, Jay Rayner, and Gael Greene.  The dishes...

Rick: Chorizo, Bacon & Tongue Tacos with Guacamole & Pickled Onions. The judges call it melt-in-your-mouth tender and rather powerful. They'd have a second right now.

Wilo: Beef, Ham & Chicken "Tripleta" in Pita Bread with Beef Hearts. "Anybody for spicy?"

Ludo: Pork Quesadilla with Chorizo, Pinto Bean Puree, Lime Aioli & Smoked Paprika. He likes to have fun and help in the kitchen. Unfortunately, he's not having either, rushing to make product.

Cindy: Hot & Spicy Menudo with tripe. The flavor profile is complex. Jay thinks that it's a little underseasoned while Gael thinks that it's nice and sweep.

It's still anyone's game as we go to the Critics Table. Ludo decided to use French technique to "not scare people". He tried to pleased the people, and he picked a wonderful choice. Cindy was nervous about the tripe getting cooked. The tripe itself, though, was wonderful tasting, but the broth was underseasoned. Was it a little too safe? Rick loved tongue, so he got the early advantage. But could he have added a little acidic zing? Wilo thought about the "tripleta" and the logistics behind it. They liked the flavor, but a couple of things really would've put it over the top.

Remember, this is for $10,000 for charity.

Ludo had 3 stars going into the elimination round... Diners give him 3.5. Judges... 10 more for a total of 16.5.

Cindy had 3.5 stars going into this round. The diners give her 3 more... and the judges give her 9 more for a total of 15.5, not enough to beat Ludo.

Rick had 4. The diners... 4. The judges... 14.5 to give him the lead with 22.5.

Wilo had 4.5 and the lead going into the elimination. The diners give him... 4. He needs 14.5 to win. So he has to be flawless... The judges... 11 stars for a total of 19.5. RICK BAYLESS is your champion tonight. He played to his strength and it shows.

Next time, another four superstars and another possible 25 regular stars will separate one of them from the Champions Round. Until then... be kind and courtesy flush.

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