Top Chef Recap

Quickfire Challenge

We start this week off with a familiar face. The chefs are introduced to everyone's favorite (especially the girls) chef from season two - Sam Talbot! We all know he should have won.

The chefs are given the task to make a "sexy salad" in 45 minutes, a rather long amount of time to make a salad if you ask me. This, of course, only means that the chefs better create some amazing salad, or they're in for it!

Sam was not a fan of Richard's salad, Stephanie's unfinished fall flavored salad or Lisa's grilled squid salad, despite the high end ingredients. It's interesting how some of the best chefs this season were all in the bottom three. Dale and Antonia both did well with their unique salads, but Spike took the win with his beef and pineapple salad.

Elimination Challenge

After the chefs chow down on healthy salads, they are brought a big tray of unhealthy, greasy burgers and fries. The chefs are told these represent the usual lunch orders of the Chicago police department. They are asked to make a healthy gourmet box lunch using whole grains, lean meat, fruits and veggies. The Quickfire winner, Spike, gets an advantage. He is given ten extra minutes to shop and gets to choose one ingredient from each group that no one else can use.

At Whole Foods, Spike chooses chicken, tomatoes, bread and lettuce as his four ingredients, which pretty much screws up all the other chefs. This ought to force some creativity out of them.

Most chefs complain about Spike's choices, but Andrew is not worried. He has a slight advantage studying nutrition for two years. This better pay off.

The chefs are told to make their dish - they are given two hours - and bring them boxed up to the police. Once they get there they give the police basic instructions on how to microwave it.

While cooking, about 30 minutes until time is up, Lisa discovers her brown rice is on high and not on a lower heat like she wanted. Her rice is basically burnt on the outside, but not fully cooked on the inside. Lisa blames everyone else for the mishap (sabotage!) while everyone thinks it was just a mistake on her part.

Judges' Table

After some well received food at the police academy, the chefs headed to judges' table for judgment. Dale and Stephanie are called in as the winners for their dishes. Both dishes are praised, however Dale took the win with his a bison lettuce wrap which the judges thought was very flavorful.

After a well deserved congratulations, Dale sent in Andrew, Lisa and Spike as the losers. The judges did not think Andrew's maki roll was very filling or a good choice for police officers. The judges also did not like Spike's chicken salad and did not approve of his choice to screw up the other chefs. The judges did not think any of Lisa's food was cooked - obviously she whined about her rice; however her shrimp was undercooked as well.

Before the chefs were let go, Lisa made a point to mention that Andrew's dish did not include a grain. Andrew was a little more than upset at her and told her there is no honor in throwing people under the bus.

All honor aside however, Andrew was sent home for his botched box lunch.

Until next time, Happy Eating!

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