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Jane Lipsitz (based upon "Top Chef")
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Pub Food
April 21

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 another spot.

The chefs returning for redemption...

Rick Moonen
Las Vegas
owner, RM Seafood
Three Square
Wylie Dufresne
New York City
chef/owner, WD50
Autism Speaks
Graham Elliot Bowles
Chicago
chef/owner, Graham Elliott
American Heart Association
Jonathan Waxman
New York City
executive chef, Barbuto
Citymeals on Wheels
Mark Peel
Los Angeles
James Beard finalist & owner, the Tar Pit
Doctors without Borders
Ludo LeFebvre
Los Angeles
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...

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE

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 Irish Stew.

- 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 recognizable.

- 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...

CRITICS TABLE

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:

  RICK WYLIE GRAHAM JONATHAN MARK LUDO
Diners 4 3.5 4.5 4.5 1 2
Gail 4 3.5 3 4.5 2.5 3
Jay 4 3.5 2.5 4.5 3 3
Gael 4 4 3.5 5 3 3
TOTAL 15.5 14.5 13.5 18.5 9.5 11

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.

To see this episode in its entirety, or to get recipes from this episode, go to www.bravotv.com/topchefmasters.