brunch

Top Chef: Just Don’t Suck

Fresh off a win, Sylva is feeling “a little unstoppable,” which he thinks is a bad thing.  The six remaining chefs are met in the stew room by Tom Colicchio himself!  He promises a treat for them since they’ve been working hard.  They meet him at a marina the next day and they’re going out shrimping!  Even Brooke with her boat-phobia has a great time.

Padma is waiting for them when they dock.  It’s Quickfire time!  They’re obviously making a shrimp dish, which is not news to them, but the fact that it’s a Sudden Death Quickfire is!  The chefs struggle a little bit being outside their kitchen.  Sylva complains about opening a can with his $400 knife and Shirley is a little loopy from the motion sickness medication she took to brave the boat.

The three chefs with Tom & Padma’s least favorite dishes are facing off for elimination.  Sheldon is definitely safe, producing the best dish.  Casey, Shirley, and Sylva are going to have to fight to stay in the competition.  For the cookoff, the three are to use the other things they caught during their shrimping trip– squid, skate, and the like.  It’s a close fight, but Casey is eliminated for chewy calamari.

Phew, all that before the episode’s main challenge!  Padma says it’s time to have fun with your food.  The creator of the cronut, Chef Domanique Ansel, comes out to talk about brunch.  The chefs are to put on a brunch– the judges aren’t looking for anything traditional, but for unique mash-ups.  Man, this sounds hard!  (Slash, I really want to try Tom fois grasffle.)

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