Oh hey, a two part Top Chef premiere is worth of two posts! The 16 remaining chefs are tasked with opening 4 Pop Ups across Los Angeles… on the very day Padma tells them this.
They are split into four teams and go to four different places, each highlighting a different cuisine:
- The Orange team consists of Frances, Grayson, Phillip, and Renee. They are to make vegan food.
- The Grey team is Amar, Angelina, Isaac, and Marjorie. They’re making Persian food.
- The Purple team is Carl, Giselle, Jason, and Karen. They’re to make Korean food.
- The Blue team consists of Chad, Jeremy, Kwame, and Wesley. They’re making Mexican food.
Ludo Lefebvre appropriately guest judges– I’ll never forget LudoBites for the name alone! Each team goes to a restaurant to reflect their cuisine and can pick the brain of the chef there to ensure success… some teams do this better than others.
Here is what they make:
Persian and Korean go well, Mexican is saved by Kwame (who was the least confident about Mexican cuisine) and vegan… well, they’re the losing team.
The winning team is Persian! Only one chef can win and it’s Marjorie for her killer dessert which the Taste of Tehran’s chef decides to add to her menu.
From the losing team, Renee is eliminated.
My two Bostonians were safely on the Korean team. I’m looking forward to seeing what else they make! Who do you have your eye on?