Top Chef Recap

Quickfire Challenge 

This week's celebrity guest chef is none other than Art Smith, Oprah's personal chef (it is Chicago, remember) and owner of the restaurant Table 52.

The chefs are quickly told they must create a simple, tasty entree - in fifteen minutes! It's going to be a madhouse!!! Luckily they get to use good ol' Uncle Ben's quick cooking rice (who was clearly a sponsor).

After pure chaos, the guest chef tastes each cheftestant's quick entree. Art was not a fan of Mark's dry miso turkey breast, Stephani's rice pancake (not good sounding at all) or Lisa's southwest dish which was not very original. Chef Smith loved Dale's fried rice and scallops and Antonia's rice salad, one of her mother's homegrown dishes that she loves. Antonia wins the challenge and gets immunity. She better call her mom and thank her for that recipe!

Elimination Challenge

Sticking with the Oprah theme, the chefs are asked to share their culinary skills with the common folk and devise a healthy, nutritious, and (above all) tasty meal for a family of four. But the catch is the dish has to cost under ten dollars. How are they going to pull this one off?

After a trip to Whole Foods ( and Mark ripping it up on the Didgeridoo -- an Australian instrument), the chefs head to the kitchen to start working on their ten dollar meals. There Padma throws the chefs a curve ball and tells them they will have a little help with their meals - literally. The chefs are paired up with a team of little kids from Chef Smith's school, Common Threads! How fun!

Thirty seconds into cooking Spike's little chef cuts himself peeling carrots. After a quick wash, the kid hops right back on the horse and keeps peeling. Thatta boy!

Despite the bleeding incident, all the chefs are relatively good with their pint sized sous chefs. Chef

Tom Colicchio

makes his rounds and meets the kids. He informs the chefs that he will be staying in the kitchen the whole time to see who's doing what. Something tells me the family type theme will play a role in this challenge.

In the dinning room the little chefs get to serve their dish to their school mates while the cheftestants serve to the judges.

Judges' Table

At judges' table,

Andrew, Nikki

and Antonia are called in as the top three. The judges loved Nikki's one pot roasted chicken. It was very healthy, tasty and easy. A mother's dream! The judges also liked how Andrew introduced orange and fennel to a group of kids who had never had it before and managed to make it taste yummy. And it was no surprise that Antonia was in the top three with her stir fry. Antonia has a little one at home, so making a nutritious and delicious meal with a little helper is everyday type stuff. 

Chef Smith picked Antonia as the winner. That makes two wins this episode, and another one she owes to a family member.

The bottom three were Stephanie, Mark and Lisa. No one liked Stephanie's peanut butter and tomatoes and they thought the couscous was over cooked. Mark then says that he thinks Tom hates him, which is why he was in the bottom. Tom defended his choice, saying Mark's curry dish was too sweet and did not contain enough vegetables and protein. The judges thought Lisa's fault was that her dish was too bland and under seasoned.

After the usual debate, the judges decided Mark's curry dish was not up to par and tell him to pack his knives and go. And Tom says he doesn't hate Mark and would love to share a pint with him. Awwww.

Until next time, Happy Eating!  


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