Last time, six chefs were playing host to
Mekhi Phifer's birthday party. A forgotten tray almost costs Carmen
Gonzalez a shot at the title, as she and Marcus Samuelsson move on to
the Champions' Round. Now, six Top Chef season 1 alums will compete for
The chefs returning for redemption...
owner, RM Seafood
New York City
chef/owner, Graham Elliott
American Heart Association
New York City
executive chef, Barbuto
Citymeals on Wheels
James Beard finalist & owner, the Tar Pit
Doctors without Borders
chef/owner, Ludo Bites
Chase for Life
Two players will move on to the Champions
Round from this show... First up...
QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE: Russian Roulette
From season 3, create a dish that pairs
with an exotic Russian vodka cocktail.
GRAHAM: Coriander Mule
RICK: Forest Fruit
JONATHAN: Lemongrass Mojito
LUDO: Nutmeg Applik Mojito
WYLIE: Russian Tea Room
MARK: Ginger Figgle
The Real Housewives of Orange County and
Gael Greene will taste... They will have 45 minutes to cook... Go to it.
WYLIE: Arctic Char with Lentils, Bacon,
Crispy Potatoes & Lemon Yogurt.
JONATHAN: Pork Tenderloin & Poblano Stuffed Shrimp with Avocado Butter
MARK: Mussel Custard with Kaffir Lime & Figs
RICK: Cream Biscuit Berry Shortcake
GRAHAM: Crudo of Black Cod with an Edamame & Red Onion Salad.
LUDO: Roasted Pork Chop with Rosemary, Thyme & Garlic
Five of them received 4 stars. One
received 5 stars. Achieving perfection.... is JONATHAN. He gets $5000 and an advantage going into...
We're going to the pub. Take a
traditional pub dish and turn it into a new dining classic. Jonathan
gets his first choice...
JONATHAN: Shepherd's Pie
Rick: Fish & Chips
Wylie: Bangers & Mash
Graham: Steak & Kidney Pie
Mark: Toad in the Hole
Ludo: Irish Stew
They'll be serving up their wares at Tom
Bergin's Irish Tavern tomorrow. , and they have 45 minutes and $250 at
Whole Foods to shop.
Two hours to prep. One hour to cook.
During that hour we have cold ovens and hot tempers. Thank you, Ludo.
Mark's toad in the hole... is not yet done.
This is what we end up serving...
- Ludo's Irish Stew: Beef Tenderloin,
Potatoes Confit, Roasted Peanuts with Miso & Guinness Caramel. The
Guinness & honey glaze is on point, but at the same time... it's not
- Rick's Fish & Chips: Chicken Fried
Sable, Lemon Confit Tartar Sauce, Twice Fried Potatoes & Fennel Slaw.. A
really good piece of fried fish, but the chips are a little too hard to
eat when cooled.
- Wylie's Bangers & Mash: Bangers, Smoked
Mash, Onion Jus & Snow Peas. The jus is nice, and the dish is
- Graham's Steak & Kidney Pie: Roasted
Beef Tenderloin, Chanterelle Puree & Bacon-Kidney Vinaigrette. The meat
is perfectly rare, but they didn't understand the need to kill the
flavor of the kidneys.
- Mark's Toad in the Hole: Seafood
Sausage, Onion Sauce with Lobster Broth & Mustard Greens. The Yorkshire
pudding was at the bottom of the dish... and it's bready, dense, and not
cooked through. The rest of the dish is okay.
- Jonathan's Shepherd's Pie: Lamb, Mashed
Potatoes & Parmesan Cheese. The lamb is very juicy, the flavor is rich,
the potatoes are soupy.
And Rick and Ludo come to blows before...
Ludo really wanted to bring Irish stew to
life, but he ended up going too far off base. Mark's toad-in-the-hole
was a beautiful sausage, but the pudding was a disaster. Jonathan's
shepherd's pie is a robust dish. Wylie's bangers and mash was premade
with some merguez. Jay thought it was a little dry, though. Graham
thought that the kidneys were going to be a little hard to work with.
Rick brought citrus into the game.
The final scores:
Jonathan wins the $10,000 for his charity
as well as a spot in the next round. Who'll join him? That would be...
Rick! He and Jonathan will be seats #5 and #6.
Next time, the final seats in the
Champions Round are filled. Tip the veal, try the waitress.
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