Top Chef - Looks Like Dog Food, Tastes Like Glue

We open with the Quickfire Challenge, featuring guest judge Donatella Arpaia. To introduce it, Angelina D'Angelo wheels in one of her signature New York hotdog carts to compete against the cheftestants. They each have forty-five minutes to create their own signature hotdog, and the top chef wins immunity in the Elimination Challenge. Jill gets dinged because she's the only one that doesn't make her own hot dog/sausage. Stefan's "World Dog" (French bread, Italian sausage, Vermont cheddar) served with German beer also gets low marks. On the high end, Radhika gets point for her Indian-themed dish (shocker!), Fabio earns praise for his Mediterranean dog and the judges like Hosea's smoky bacon dog. The winner is Radhika.

The Elimination Challenge is also introduced right away. The cheftestants are going to open their own Top Chef restaurant, and they have to create a New American three-course lunch menu. They'll each be responsible for one dish, and they'll have an hour to prep before 50 New Yorkers show up for lunch. They divide up into three groups -- Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts -- and complete their shopping. Colicchio shows up to announce that they'll be serving their food at Craft, his flagship restaurant, and they'll be serving New York chefs who tried out for the show and didn't make it. Damn.

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