November 20th, 2008 12:20 am |
Here we go everyone! Week 2 of Season 5 of Top Chef. Last episode Patrick and Lauren were eliminated and we are down to 15 cheftestants. My old friend Carla is still in the running, as is Richard (he is sooo cute!)
Today’s Quickfire Challenge is to work with one of New York’s most favorite foods. So coming around the corner is a hot dog vendor and they have to compete against the hot dog vendor. They have 45 minutes to come up with a unique hotdog. Many made their own hot dogs from scratch, and some didn’t.
Our guest judge this week is renown restaurateur Donnatella Arpaia.
So here is the breakdown:
Fabio – Andouille Sausage with Goat Cheese, Roasted Bell Peppers & Sun Dried Tomatoes
Eugene – Maki Roll Hot Dog with Pita Bread, Boursin Cheese & Red Onions
Stefan – Italian Sausage on French Bread with Wisconsin Cheese & Irish Tartar Sauce
Hosea – Pork Hot Dog with Roasted Poblanos, Jalapeños, Smoked Bacon & Red Vinegar
Carla – Lamb & Pork Sausage with Sauerkraut & Caramelized Onions
Jamie – Pork & Beef Sausage with Bacon, Onions & Cayenne Pepper
Richard – (they didn’t show it – I wanted to see his hot dog)
Jill – Summer Roll Hot Dog cooked in Chili, Soy Sauce and Rice Wine Vinegar
Radhika – Kabob-style Sausage with Caramelized Onions, Cucumbers & Tomato Jam
Daniel – Pork Hot Dog with Horseradish, Mustard, Fried Onions and Garlic Powder
Jeff – (they didn’t show it either – what a jip)
Ariane – Chicken Sausage with Bacon, Celery Seed, Garlic & White Pepper
Alex – (they didn’t his either)
Leah – (didn’t show)
Melissa – (didn’t show)
Angela the Hot Dog Vendor - The classic NY Dog
So Donnatella’s favorites? Radhika’s for the Indian influence, Fabio’s Italian Sausage, Hosea’s Poblano Dog
The worse: Jill – she didn’t make a hot dog from scratch and she didn’t like Stefan’s “World” Dog, she said she wouldn’t travel the world for that dog.
The winner of the Quickfire: Radhika! She has immunity in the elimination challenge.
So we move to the Elimination Challenge: The challenge is to cook for 50 New Yorkers. Develop a three course meal. They divided into teams of 5 and each team was either an appetizer, main course or dessert. They have a budget of $2,500 to spread amongst them and a time limit of 30 minutes inside Whole Foods. What they don’t know until later is that the 50 New Yorkers are New York Chefs that tried out for Top Chef and didn’t make it. They will also be cooking this meal at Tom Colliccio’s Craft Restaurant. They have 2 hours to prep before service.
Team Appetizer: Hosea, Fabio, Jamie, Melissa and Leah
Hosea: Chilled Crab with Citrus Vanilla Dressing, Mango & Avocado;
Fabio: Beef Carpaccio with Arugula Salad, Parmesan & Spherical Olives;
Jamie: Chilled Sweet Corn Soup with Chili Oil & Mint;
Melissa: Grilled Avocado, White Peaches, Nectarines & Balsamic Vinaigrette ;
Leah: Yukon Potato, Seared Scallops with Chives & Green Peppercorns.
Team Entreé: Eugene, Stefan, Alex, Jill and Jeff
Euguene: Open Meatloaf Sandwich with Ciabatta Bread, Gouda Fondue & Portabella Ragout
Stefan: Pan Seared Halibut with Micro Greens, Ravioli, Champagne Sauce & Dill Oil
Alex: Pork Tenderloin over Potatoes with Mushroom, Tomato & Beet Demi-Glace
Jill: Ostrich Egg Quiche with Rice-Pecan Crust, Asparagus & Aged Cheese
Jeff: Southern Chicken, Honey Mustard & Chorizo Corn Spoon Bread
Team Dessert: Carla, Ariane, Richard, Daniel and Radhika
Carla: Rustic Apple Tart with Ginger Peach Tea, Apple Cider Reduction & Cheddar Cheese
Ariane: Lemon Meringue Martini with Vanilla Cookie Crunch & Cherry Surprise
Richard: Sandwich of Banana Nut Bread, Peanut Butter & Banana Brulée with Grape Gelato
Daniel: Ricotta ound Cake with Toasted Pistachios & Strawberry/Lemon Coulis
Radhika: Avocado Mousse with Chocolate Wontons & Chocolate Milk Kahlua Shot
Everyone is all tense. The wanna-be Top Chefs in the restaurant were VERY critical and for the most part didn’t like the food. My opinion, Ariane is going home. She was in the bottom two in the last episode. When Padma tasted her dish, she had to spit it out because it was so sweet.
First up to Judges Table: Jamie, Ariane, Jill, Carla, Hosea, Fabio
Carla was up first – Tom loved the crust and it was Padma’s favorite as well (Go Carla, Go Carla!), the other two favorites were Jamie’s corn soup and they loved Fabio’s beef carpaccio. The winner of today’s challenge is Fabio!
Now for the bad news: Ariane, Jill and Hosea were the judges least favorite. They didn’t like the crab in Hosea’s dish. They didn’t think that here martini didn’t stand out. Padma said she spit hers out. Jill’s ostrich egg tasted like glue.
So who do you think is going home. I think Ariane, but it may be Jill. The three return to confront the judges and Jill is going home.