#TopChef Episode 9 Recap: Past Suppers

written by Jessica Chiasson Wood on January 4, 2013 in #TopChef A-Listers with no comments


First I apologize for my very late Top Chef Episode Recap – I have been sick since Christmas.

So I will do a quick recap of Episode 8: Jalapeno Business

It was oysters on the half shell for Emeril. In Episode 8: Jalapeno Business Quickfire, the cheftestants must harvest oysters and serve them up for judge Emeril Lagasse.

In the Elimination Challenge, the cheftestants cook for one of the hottest sports teams in Seattle. Padma makes her first appearance on roller skates, and one chef pushes everyone to their limits. Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson join head judge Tom Colicchio and host Padma Lakshmi.

Next on Top Chef Episode 9 Recap: Past Suppers: It is all about celebrating the past tonight on Top Chef Seattle as the chefs take on some of the most memorable dishes from the past ten seasons on Top Chef. There will be some familiar faces that return to the mix tonight as judges, so it should be an interesting episode. The chefs will be testing this knife skills in the Quickfire Challenge.

The contestants cook some recipes from seasons past, and big-time chefs like Jonathan Waxman, Chris Cosentino and Wiley Dufresne come to town. And hopefully we can answer pressing questions like:  Why does Josie’s very existence sadden my soul? Who will Stefan ogle next? Does John-the-most-hated-chef-in-Dallas borrow Josh’s mustache wax to help affix his glasses to his forehead?

Quickfire Challenge: When Blades are drawn in this week’s Quickfire Challenge, and we’ll find out which cheftestants’ knife skills are truly on the cutting edge.

The remaining nine chefs are ready for their next Quickfire challenge on Top Chef: Seattle and meet up with Padma in the kitchen. There, they find master bladesmith Bob Kramer, who makes custom knives that sell at $500 an INCH! In a three round relay race, teams of three must sharpen knives, peel potatoes, and break down two rabbits.

They get started on the sharpening on Top Chef Seattle and Green Team thinks they are ready and Bob and Padma come over for the test. Stefan and Lizzie pass the test, but Brooke fails and she must sharpen it more. John calls check for Red Team. Amazingly, both Josie and Kristen cut through the paper, but John fails. He sharpens again and  passes this time. Red Team moves on. Blue Team passed the test and the Green Team is out of the Quickfire Challenge.

Round 2: tourne those potatoes. John said he grew up in a French restaurant and tourned potatoes every day, but he says with a paring knife NOT a chef’s knife, yet again another excuse from him. Josie, cuts herself and is disqualified and Red Team must go on without her. John goes on to get the 50 done, but Blue Team calls check first. They pass and the Red Team loses by 2 potatoes.

For the final round on Top Chef Season 10, the chefs start cutting the rabbit. Sheldon has no idea how, but Josh thinks he’s got it. Micah gets done first and wins immunity and the Bob Kramer knife.

Elimination Challenge: Tribute is paid to the most memorable moments in Top Chef history, and sabotage is on when2 chefs cook to save their lives. The winning dish will help inspire a new Healthy Choice Top Chef Cafe Steamer, so it needs to be a healthier version. The chef that makes the best dish wins $15,000.

Each chef grabs a Kindle Fire, watches their memorable moment, and then must create a dish inspired by it. The chefs head out for some shopping. Lizzie gets a scallop dish, which are  naturally healthy.

The next day. John makes risotto. Kristen makes chicken potpie. Josh is working with pork again, and is hoping to prove himself. Josie says she teaches people to eat healthier at home, so this is right up her alley. Lizzie gets her scallops and they do not smell fresh, and is worried!

Josie had Season 1 and made Herb-Roasted Chicken with Parsnip Puree and Steamed Root Vegetables.

Stefan had Season 2 and made Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Bacon and Grilled Mimolette Cheese Sandwich.

John had Season 3 and made Umami Risotto with Chicken, Salmon Roe, Burdock Root and Carrot Emulsion.

Sheldon had Season 4 and made Beef Carpaccio with Poi Aioli, Mizuna and Mushroom Salad and Silken Tofu Foam.

Lizzie had Season 5 and made Seared Scallops with Roasted Fennel, Garlic Puree, Orange and Olive Salad.

Josh had Season 6 and made Soy-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Smoked Cashew Puree and Heirloom Peaches.

Brooke had Season 7 and made Smoked Salmon, Forbidden Black Rice with English Pea and Parsnip Puree.

Kristen had Season 8 and made Poached Chicken Breast, Carrot Puree with Garlic and Tofu Emulsion.

Micah had Season 9 and made Five-Spiced Duck Breast with Miso Polenta and Pickled Cherries.

Judges’ Table Padma comes in and asks to see Josh, John, Kristen. Lizzie and Brooke. These five served the best and worst dishes. Josh, Brooke and Kristen served the best dishes, so either John or Lizzie will go home, but in the end Kristen wins the challenge and the $15,000!

Now it is down to John and Lizzie: John had improperly cooked rice. Lizzie did not have fresh scallops, so she couldn’t sear them.

That tenth Kindle Fire that Padma had has the memorable moment from Season 10 and they will cook-off right now to stay in the competition! The dish is CJ’s burger he made with the Spicy Dill Pickle. They have 45 minutes to make a healthier version of the dish.

Time for the judges decision. They all think that Lizzie made a better patty and she is staying, so John is going home! He thinks he got the shaft today.

In every episode, one or more of the contestants eliminated. But you can help Save a Chef by voting in the Save a Chef  Competition by using the Chefs unique #hashtags – #SaveChef (insert chef’s name)

Chefs up for elimination this week for the Save A Chef competition. So make sure you vote to save your favorite Chef

1. #savechefjohn

2. #savechefkuniko

Preview Clip: Episode 6

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