Top Chef Recap: 9/12

Much to their surprise, the chefs had a rough morning yesterday. Instead of a mechanical alarm clock, they were woken up by a different kind of alarm clock: Padma Lakshmi. With her stomach growling and eyes of hunger, she definitely was not in the mood to wait long for a meal.

For their quickfire challenge this week, the cheftestants had one simple job: cook breakfast for princess Lakshmi. Their apartment was turned into a kitchen- with every ingredient that used to be in their real kitchen out on the counters of their apartment.

With sleepy eyes and no food in their bellies, the chefs had 20 minutes and a Breville blender, which, according to Lakshmi, you can make “practically anything in,” to create a delicious meal.

Though Hung admitted that he “doesn’t eat breakfast very often because he’s always in a hurry going to work,” his sunny side up eggs with seared New York steak didn’t sound so bad.

Sara M. decided on eggs cooked in French toast with multigrain bread, and Dale decided on a ham, apple, and onion frittata. Breakfast in 20 minutes didn’t turn out that bad, after all.

Lucky for Lakshmi, this quickfire challenge was an utter success for all the chefs. All the dishes turned out delicious. Hung’s steak and eggs and Grand Marnier shake ended up taking the win.

Next, Padma informed the chefs that they’d be going on a trip. Nobody knew where, or why. Talk about surprises.

As they pulled up to Newark Liberty International Airport, the chefs were informed that they would be working with the culinary crew at Continental Airlines. They had to create airplane meals that would not only be served to their Business Class members, but also tested by their elite flight attendants. We all know that when it comes to food, there’s no fooling stewardesses. They spend all day everyday with this stuff.

Brian’s motto was “rich dish for the rich people,” so he decided on a Lobster surf and turf, and Dale went with a peppercorn encrusted filet. Who ever said airplane food was bad?

While Casey’s veal won her her second elimination challenge in a row, with guest judge Anthony Bourdain praising her sophisticated performance as “something you look for in a chef,” CJ’s halibut just didn’t make the cut.

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