This week on Top Chef Masters, the masters were take out of their element. And who knew that was even possible with master chefs.
The contestants were challenged to cook on a teppanyaki grill for former Top Chef Masters chefs, including mg favorite chef Susan Feniger (If you’re ever in Los Angeles, you must try her place Street). But before we get to the main challenge, let’s back up and start at the top.
The show started with the chefs meeting host Curtis Stone in the Top Chef Masters Kitchen for their Quickfire Challenge. And they’re going to be cooking seafood protein with NO fire. And the judge? Olympic medalist Brian Boitano, who also happens to be a food expert in addition to a famous figure skater.
The chefs have 20 minutes to prepare dishes using proteins like shrimp and sea urchin. Brian tries all the food and makes his judgements.
The Bottom 2: Kerry’s Hemachi and Thierry’s Geoduck, Cucumber and Seaweed.
The Top 3 (Olympic medal style): Bronze — Mark’s Geoduck, Cucumber and Seaweed with Sea Urchin Dressing. Silver — Chris’ Mackeral. Gold — Takashi’s Sauteed Calamari with Savory Okonomiyaki Pancakes. That means he gets $5,000 for his charity.
After the Quickfire, Curtis delivers the Elimination Challenge. Most of the chefs are a little nervous cooking on a teppanyaki, but they’re masters. They can handle it. They divide into three teams and this is how that plays out:
Mark, Lorena and Kerry team up. Clark, Takashi and Patricia join forces and so do Art, Chris and Thierry.
It’s time to take off to Whole Foods for the weekly frantic shopping montage. That’s followed by the frantic kitchen prep montage. And then it’s time to cook.
Each group will cook at the grill, with their diners and judges watching their every move. Each person has 10 minutes to cook their dish, giving the team 30 minutes total. So if one chef goes over, another has less time to cook.
The meals all look amazing and I wish I was telling you how they tasted, but alas, that’s the worst thing about watching any version of Top Chef. You can only see the food and not taste it. What’s the point in that? I’ll never understand why we watch food shows, but we do and we love them.
After the meals are eaten, the judges deliberate and call out the first group. Art, Thierry and Chris are called first and told they’re the winning team. Art’s fancy take on shrimp and grits is the overall winner, making Art happy he bounced back after last week’s wedding cake disaster.
The losing team was Mark, Kerry and Lorena. Mark’s scallop dish was their least favorite and he was sent packing.