#TopChef Episode 10 Recap: Battle Before the War

written by Jessica Chiasson Wood on January 10, 2013 in #TopChef A-Listers with no comments


Battle Before the War

It’s down to eight cheftestants in this pre-Restaurant Wars episode and the pressure is on in this Quickfire as the cheftestants must impress culinary icon Wolfgang Puck with one of his favorite ingredients.

Quickfire Challenge

Wolfgang and Padma introduce the secret ingredient for the day: ginger. Oh, boy. The chefs have to create a dish using ginger in under 15 minutes.

Brooke nabs immunity with  a ginger caramel squid, but Sheldon didn’t think big enough. Given the absurdly short amount of time, he thought stir-fry was mostly a shortcut.

Elimination Challenge

In the Elimination Challenge, Restaurant Wars begins! They are mixing it up a bit this year. It will be a 2-part war.

The chefs will be cooking up new concepts for more than 200 people at the city’s premier food event, Bite of Seattle. Legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer joins as guest judge alongside Gail Simmons, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi.

Each chef-testant had to come up with a complete restaurant concept and present a dish that embodies the proposed restaurant at Bite of Seattle, a big food convention. The two winners would each receive $10,000, and they’d get to decide the menu and direction for Restaurant Wars. Guest judge and restaurateur Danny Meyer — a huge figure in the food world — would taste their dishes. He advised the chefs to cook from the heart because “you can’t fake soul.”

Josie is lagging behind again. Her “homey” food concept is good, but the pork is like leather.

Brooke presents an un-kosher Jewish inspired concept with a soup , but it gets a mixed review, but fairs well.

Stefan’s German creation is lobster bisque and a Bavarian lollipop. The bisque is good, but the lollipop fails.

Micah, on the other hand, decides to plate sashimi for his raw restaurant idea.

Lizzie’s concept comes from a part of Italy that isn’t your typical rustic dishes. It’s heavy and no one is really pleased.

Sheldon makes a sour tamarind soup that he learned from his grandfather, Urbano, and Kristen wows the judges again with her modern French formal fare. The onsen egg was cooked perfectly and it came with a side of buttered radishes. Kristen and Sheldon both with this challenge. “Padma gave me 10 Gs for my birthday,” says Sheldon, beaming.

The two winners pick their Restaurant Wars teams without knowing who gets eliminated. It just so happens that the next episode will be a battle between the ladies and the guys.

Lizzie, Micah and Josie are in the bottom again. It’s Micah’s turn to pack his knives and go. His raw plate just didn’t cut it.

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. #savechefmicah

2. #savechefkuniko

Preview Clip: Episode 6

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