Top Chef - Let the Bons Mots Roll!

Quickfire Challenge. Guest judge is Jean-Christophe Novelli who is there to plug his new Bravo show. The challenge is to create "the ultimate sweet treat" without using any sugar. The least successful are Carla, who had to ditch her frozen bananas at the last minute because they didn't freeze, Ariane, who made a whole-wheat crepe that Jean-Christophe found boring and simple, and Jamie, who used too much ricotta and mascarpone cheese in her fruit and phyllo dessert. The top three are Radhika, who made a bread pudding with berries and honeyed nuts, Leah, who made a mini-stack of pancakes with berries and balsamic reduction, and Jeff, who made frozen yogurt with a baklava spring roll. The winner is Radhika, and she wins immunity from elimination.

Padma announces that Toby Young will be joining them as a judge to take over for Gail, while she's getting married. The next morning, Tom tells them that the Elimination Challenge will be to cook a family style meal for a blind tasting, meaning that the judges won't know who made which dish. Other than cost and time, there are no limitations on the food. They will be eliminating two chefs this week, to make up for last week's non-elimination. They pull knives to determine which group they will cook with, and then Radhika gets to choose which one she'll join.

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