Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Top Chef" 8/18

Quickfire #10: A 40-minute mystery box challenge with $10,000 up for grabs.

Guest Judge: Wylie Dufresne (former "Top Chef Masters" participant)


Alex Reznik: Rockfish with Fava bean puree, Ramp Fondue & sauteed squid
Tiffany Derry: Fish stew w/ hominy, Fava beans, saffron & black garlic
Kelly Liken: Yucatecan Seafood Stew w/ black garlic, Fava beans & grilled ramps
Amanda Baumgarten: Crispy skin striped bass w/ squid fricassee, leek & mushroom fondue
Kevin Sbraga: Pan-seared Rockfish w/ hominy puree jicama & passion fruit salad
Ed Cotton: Rockfish Sashimi w/ hominy-basil puree & grilled squid marinade
Angelo Sosa: Smoky Hominy Pot-Au-Feu w/ squid, Rockfish Tataki & passion fruit gel

BOTTOM TWO: Alex & Amanda
TOP TWO: Kevin & Tiffany

The bonus money was awarded to...


ELIMINATION CHALLENGE #10: Create a new identity for a classic dish and serve it at the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. The winner won a trip to Paris, including a stay at a Hilton hotel.

At Whole Foods Market this week, the shopping budet was $200 within half an hour.

Guest Judge: Leon Panetta (CIA director)


Amanda: French Onion Soup
Ed: Chicken Cordon Bleu
Angelo: Beef Wellington
Kelly: Kung Pao Shrimp
Tiffany: Gyro
Kevin: Cobb Salad
Alex: Veal Parmesan


Angelo: Tartlet topped w/ slivers of beef
Kelly: Spicy shrimp broth w/ rice & Szechuan Shrimp Tempura
Tiffany: Roasted leg of lamb w/ smoky eggplant, tomatoes & pickled onions
Kevin: Romaine lettuce, tomato, bacon, Roquefort, avocado, tomato & turkey
Amanda: Consomme w/ Oxtail Marmalade, caramelized onions & shaved Gruyere
Alex: Veal & Parmigiano Cheese Tortelloni w/ tomato sauce & Tempura Cheese
Ed: Roasted chicken breast w/ ham & cheese croquette & Spring Onion Soubise

TOP THREE: Ed (third time), Kelly (also her third time and second in three weeks) & Tiffany (fifth time in a row & sixth overall)

The latest instant prize was won by...


BOTTOM THREE: Alex (second time in three weeks), Amanda (back-to-back times; fourth overall) & Angelo (whose nervousness all throughout this episode put him here for the very first time)

The cook's name starting with A that was asked to leave the competition was...


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