Top Chef - Uncooked Egg and Spicy Shrimp

Quickfire Challenge. Create a breakfast amuse-bouche, a small mouthful instead of a big Denny's platter or something. A number of the chefs have a problem with the one-bite concept of the amuse-bouche. The bottom dwellers include Daniel, whose cornflake-crusted stuffed zucchini flower is deemed too sweet and Fabio, whose brioche and espresso cream shot is not savory enough for guest judge Rocco DiSpirito. The top three are Stefan, who creates a huevos rancheros inside a whole egg shell, Leah, who makes a perfect one-bite meal of layered grilled bed, bacon, quail egg, and fried sage, and Jamie, who makes a BLT breakfast sandwich that's a little bigger than one bite. Rocco really liked both Jamie and Leah, but he goes with Leah as the winner. She wins a copy of Rocco's new book. Yay?

Elimination Challenge. The cheftestants must create a dish for a two-and-a-half minute live television presentation. They will do their presentations for the judges in the kitchen, and will be judged on that as well as the quality of their dish. Rocco cautions them to pick something simple so that the home chef can follow along and so that they eliminate the possibility of mistakes. Gale, Padma, Tom, and Rocco stand around and bug the cheftestants while they try to demonstrate, and a bunch of them run out of time. Jamie makes a duck egg salad, and doesn't have time to fully cook the egg, which is bad times. Alex makes a poor choice in creating crème brulee, which takes way too long to cook. Melissa's shrimp is way too spicy, and Colicchio even spits it out. Some did well though. Fabio charms the pants off the judges, Jeff's confidence and easy manner wins them over, and Ariane's Jersey beefsteak tomato salad with watermelon and feta cheese is seen as a real winner. After announcing the top three and bottom three, Padma tells them they'll have Judges' Table the next day.

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