Hey, welcome back to Top Chef! New season, new recapper (who bows at the altar of Keckler and Chuck), new cheftestants, new judges, go!
The new batch of cheftestants arrives on Governor's Island for their first Quickfire Challenge, where the loser will be eliminated before even getting a white coat. The challenge has three rounds. First round is peeling fifteen apples with a knife, and the top nine will be safe. Stefan, from Finland, finishes first and wins immunity. Richard cuts the shit out of his thumb but still manages to make it into the top nine. The remaining eight move on to the second round, where they have to brunoise (finely dice) two cups of their now-peeled apples. The top four are safe, and the bottom four go on to round three, where they have twenty minutes to use their apples to cook something to impress Colicchio. Patrick and Lauren, buddies from cooking school, are the bottom two with their apple salads. Patrick's was a little better, so Lauren goes home immediately. Via ferry! So at least she got some interesting transportation.
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