In a rare Top Chef occurrence, the food was so bad that the judges decided to take the $10,000 weekly reward off the table and name no one a winner. Instead, they decided to send a whole team home. Yeah, it was apparently that bad.
I must say, watching the judges and guests taste the food and hate every single thing they ate was freaking hilarious. It was probably the best episode of Top Chef ever. “I don’t even have a favorite! They were all so bad,” said head judge Tom Colicciho. “Not a good day for Top Chef.”
Top Chef Episode 5 Scorecard
Quickfire Challenge: Make breakfast on a stick for the workers of Seattle’s world-famous Pike Place Market.
Quickfire Challenge Winners: Bart and Sheldon for their Green Forest Breakfast Sandwich: Eggs, Cheese, Pancetta, Bacon & Spinach (shown above).
The Elimination Challenge: Use an artisanal ingredient from Pike Place Market (things like candied salmon and cheese curds).
Winning Dish: NONE
Bottom Teams: CJ and Tyler, John and Josh, Stefan and Brooke
Eliminated Chefs: CJ and Tyler for their soggy burger that was intended to showcase spicy pickles.
And CJ becomes the first returning vet to have to pack his knives and go.