Top Chef Recap - Resturant Wars!

First of all, I have to say Padma is one big fat liar (well maybe not fat but...). It turns out the chefs will be doing the fan favorite - Restaurant Wars! Woohoo!

TopChefAntonia136.jpgQuickfire Challenge

We started this week's show with Chef Tom Collichio waking up the cast way way way too early. He informs the chefs they will be going to Les Michelles, a famous breakfast joint in Chicago. Their job is to be the short order cook for breakfast. Being a short order cook is very hard, especially at a hopping breakfast joint like this one.

After a brutal time on the line and a frenzy of orders, the owner of the restaurant chose Antonia as the best short order cook. Collichio announces he will not be able to be at the elimination challenge and sends the chefs to a unknown location.

Elimination Challenge


At the secret space the chefs find out that they will be battling it out in Restaurant Wars! Padma tells Antonia she has the option of picking her teammates for the challenge, and so she chooses




. The chefs point out that the teams are the same as they were for Wedding Wars.  Hmm interesting.... Rematch, perhaps?




agree on an Asian style restaurant for their team, but cannot agree on who will be the executive chef. They decide to flip a coin and Dale wins. Remember who usually goes down at Restaurant Wars - the leader. Foreshadowing??? Either way, they call their restaurant Mai Buddha.

On the other team, Richard and Antonia, who name their restaurant Warehouse Kitchen, decide on a gastro pub theme. They also decide Antonia will be the executive chef. Stephanie (Warehouse Kitchen) and


(Mai Buddha) will act as the front of their house for their respective restaurants.


After some shopping at Whole Foods and Pier One (for decor), the chefs head to the kitchen (one kitchen for both teams) to start prepping and decorating. In the middle of prep, our guest chef judge walks in -

Anthony Bourdain

. Just as a side note, I ate at Chef Bourdain's restaurant, Las Halles in New York City this past weekend, and let me just say it was phenomenal. I highly recommend it.

After seeing Chef Bourdian, Spike raises a good point. Spike's team is doing an Asian fusion restaurant and Bourdain has traveled the world eating some of the best Asian food

in the world

. Dale must be shaking in his boots.

The chefs are given a little bit of slack for this challenge and Bourdain brings in the last four chefs who were booted off. The teams are given the choice to pick one chef as an extra pair of hands. Mai Buddha chooses


and Warehouse Kitchen chooses


(specifically for her to help them roll out pasta).

Once the doors open, the chefs start seating the hungry public. Padma introduces another guest judge for this challenge,

Jose Andres

, the host of "Made In Spain" on PBS.

In the kitchen, the Warehouse Kitchen team is calm and collected, pushing out dishes which are extremely well liked by the judges. The Mai Buddha team is well... completely the opposite. Lisa and Dale butt heads and send out sub par food. The desserts especially did not go over well. I think I remember hearing, "Looks like baby food covered in wood chips." Well that sounds yummy.

Judges' Table

At judges' table, Warehouse Kitchen are the clear winners. Bourdain was very impressed (which is impressive in itself). All the dishes did well, but Stephanie's clam and sausage linguine gave her the win and a culinary trip to Spain. Lucky...


At Mai Buddha, Dale's butterscotch scallops (just sounds disgusting) was not well received. Bourdain disliked the laksa very much because it was too smoky, all thanks to Lisa.  After the teammates start blaming each other in front of the judges, they quickly realize there was little to no teamwork in this challenge. Luckily Spike stayed out of the kitchen and out of the line of fire.

In the end, Dale was sent home for taking the executive chef role. Like it always goes, the leader go down in Restaurant Wars.

Until next time, Happy Eating!


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