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Twenty-two 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
Casey Kriley
Gayle Gawlowski
Fred Pichel
Nan Strait
Michael Rucker
Andrew Cohen
Dave Serwatka
Packager Magical Elves for Bravo
Origins Los Angeles
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First Date Dinner
April 7

The masters are back in the building to play the Top Chef game. Also in an added twist, six chefs from Top Chef season 1 (hosted by she-who-shan't-be-named) return for a shot at redemption.

Let's talk money... This time, it's $5000 for every Quickfire win, $10,000 for every Elimination win, and for the grandest master of them all... $100,000 for the charity of choice, as well as the title of Top Chef Master.

First up, how would you like THESE guys cooking for you...

Govind Armstrong
Los Angeles
executive chef, 8 oz. Burger Bar
National Kidney Foundation
Susan Feniger
Los Angeles
owner, Ciudad, Border Grill, & Street
Scleroderma Research Foundation
Ana Sortun
Cambridge, MA
owner, Oleana
The Farm School
Jerry Traunfeld
owner/chef, Poppy
International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Jimmy Bradley
New York City
chef, The Red Cat & the Harrison
Charity: Water
Tony Mantuano
owner/chef, Spiaggia
Feeding America

Two players will move on to the Champions Round from this show... First up...


First up, the chefs are paired... Susan & Tony, Ana & Jerry, and Govind & Jimmy. The task... go to Chinatown and pick up ingredients from, of all places... a gas station. From season 1, you'll have to make a gourmet dish using anything you can find in a gas station (Chef Lee Anne Wong won that one). You will serve to the Bravery, a touring rock band ("Time Won't Let Me Go"). You'll have 45 minutes to cook and very limited use of the Masters pantry.

It should be noted that Govind was a judge in season 3.

SUSAN & TONY: Maple Bread Pudding with Caramelized Bananas. It's a little too sweet...

GOVIND & JIMMY: Fiery-Hot Cheetos Macaroni with Grilled Slim Jims & Tomato Soup... The least favorite is the sauce.

ANA & JERRY: Crispy Rice Cake with "Clamesco" Sauce. It's very original... but it's a little bland.

Quickfire scores are...

Ana & Jerry: 3 stars
Govind & Jimmy: 3.5 stars
Tony & Susan: 4 stars

So Tony & Susan pick up $5000 each.


Still in your teams, you will have to get in touch with your inner Cupid. They'll have to cook a romantic meal for 30 couples on their first date. They have a budget of $350 and 45 minutes to shop at Whole Foods.

Once you're finished shopping, you have two hours to prep and cook... Starting now. remember, you are creating a duo dish. Govind & Jimmy are going to do a duo of lamb, a lamb carpaccio and a chop. Susan & Tony are making a "love potion", something Susan wooed her partner with. Jerry & Ana are making a duck leg with vermicelli and orange blossom.

After two hours, we have these pretty little numbers that go to James Oseland, Gael Greene, and Jay Rayner...

GOVIND & JIMMY: Seared Lamb Carpaccio with Baby Arugula & Herb Salad and Roast Chop with Cauliflower Couscous & Pomegranate Reduction. The dishes are well balanced, and the lamb chop is a little more chewy. They played off of each other very well.

ANA & JERRY: Lavender Duck bBreast with Red Cabbage, Pomegranate & Beef and Duck Leg in Vermicelli with Orange Blossom Smoked Cinnamon Almonds. The dishes are very romantic, very strong, and the sauces are very tart. The soup is impossible to look at or eat. Together, the plates don't match.

SUSAN & TONY: "The Love Potion" - Black Pepper Shrimp and Scallops, and Homemade Pasta with Cheese, Mushrooms & Truffles. The pasta is not light, but it is savory. The shrimp's heat is "kicking". As a duo, both intense experiences, something really good for a date.

And a few of the diners made their match.


Govind & Jimmy think they have "opposites attract" mentality. Susan & Tony liked to travel with their dishes. Ana & Jerry played off of each other, but they didn't really think about how they were going to eat it.

The final scores:

Gael: 4
Jay: 3.5
James: 3.5
Diners: 4

Gael: 3.5
Jay: 3
James: 3
Diners: 3
TOTAL 12.5

Gael: 4.5
Jay: 4
James: 4
Diners: 4
TOTAL 16.5

Tony Mantuano and Susan Feniger are headed to the Champions Round with $10,000 for their charity.

Next time, four chefs will compete for the third spot in the Champions Round. 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.