#TopChef Episode 16 Recap: Finale Part 1 @BravoTopChef

written by Jessica Chiasson Wood on February 22, 2013 in #TopChef A-Listers with no comments

In the Season 10 Top Chef Seattle Finale. Tom puts his restaurant’s reputation on the line as he opens his doors and gives the final three free rein of his kitchen.

But First things First…..The announcement of Last Chance Kitchen is….

Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio

Tom looks pretty psyched to reveal the Last Chance Kitchen winner.

Congrats Kristen!

Brooke Williamson, Kriten Kish, Sheldon Simeon

The three finalists!

Season 10 came full circle as the chefs returned to Craft in Los Angeles for Part 1 of the season finale. A Last Chance Kitchen winner is crowned and immediately joins the two remaining chefs. Tom puts his restaurant’s reputation on the line as he opened his doors and gives the final three free rein of his kitchen to create their own menus for dinner service. The pressure is on, the stakes have never been higher, and as if the challenge wasn’t hard enough, Tom dons his apron to play expeditor in the kitchen. The two chefs left standing will go head to head in next week’s season finale to determine who will be Top Chef. John Besh and Martin Yan join judges Emeril LagasseHugh Acheson, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi.

The three remaining chefs had six months off to plan or to play? Brooke feels slightly unprepared. She didn’t spend much time in the kitchen during her six months off.

The Challenge: Create a three course meal consisting of an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert at Craft, Tom Colicchio’s restaurant.

Sheldon quotes: “We’re in Chef Tom’s house… We’ve gotta make sure his customers are happy. It’s a lot of pressure. Hopefully, I don’t set this place on fire.”

Brooke Williamson, Kristen Kish, Sheldon Simeon

Kristen, Brooke, and Sheldon work out their respective menus.

Brooke begins with Crispy Veal Sweetbread Salad with Kumquat, Beets & Mustard.

On to the entree she made Braised Short Ribs, Parmesan Sauce, Nettle Puree & Squash Dumplings

And fr dessert she made Brown Butter Cake, Whipped Goat Cheese & Blackberry Sauce

The judges loved the flavor and Brooke again makes a homerun with the judges.

Kristen begins with a simple dish of Chestnut Veloute, Duck Rillette & Brussels Sprouts

For Kristens entree she made Seared Ahi Tuna with Veal Mustard Jus & Meyer Lemon Puree

And for dessert Curry Chocolate with Cashews

Unfortunately, her chestnut veloute didn’t wow the judges, and neither did the seared ahi tuna.

Sheldon begins with Sashimi Spot Prawns, Court Bouillon, Radish & Asian Herbs.

For Sheldon’s entree he presents Roasted Quail, Pine Nut Puree, Garam Masala & Tangerine

And for dessert White Chocolate Mousse with Apple & Fennel

While Sheldon’s appetizer dish wasn’t Filipino, he wanted to show the judges how he’s grown and developed as a chef throughout this competition.

Brooke Williamson

Brooke is all smiles, even in the weeds and quotes: “Bad day to have a bad day.”

Brooke Williamson, Tom Colicchio

Tom expedites.

Kristen quotes: “Tom expediting is scary,”  “I peed in my pants a little.”

Out in the dining room are guest judges

John Besh, Martin Yan

Chefs Besh and Yan!

The Esteemed Judges Table

Emeril Lagasse, Hugh Acheson, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio

The Final Decision: While the decision was hard Sheldon was asked to pack his knives and go home. And I finally get my wish that there will be two ladies going head to head in the Top Chef Finale!

Brooke Williamson, Kristen Kish

“High-five!” Congrats ladies you made it to the final two!

In the Season Finale: The ladies will cook the best five dishes in their culinary arsenal live in front of a studio audience that includes their friends, families and all previous nine Top Chef winners. In the end only one will be crowned the 10th Top Chef…. Will it be Kristen orBrookeHugh AchesonEmeril Lagasse, and Gail Simmons join head judge Tom Colicchio and host Padma Lakshmi.

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