Top Chef

Blind Confusion

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 4/5/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Fusion is the theme of this round. First the contestants learn the importance of vision to the sense of taste, and then they are paired to create and sell street food that fuses Latin flavors with other cultural cuisines from the Bay Area. Guest Judge: Mike Yakura. QuickFire Challenge: Blindfold Taste Test. Elimination Challenge: Create Fusion Street Food. Round Five

  • Cast & Crew
  • Katie Lee Joel


  • Tom Colicchio

    Co-Host/Head Judge

  • Gail Simmons


  • Andrea Beaman

    Season 1 Contestant

  • Dave Martin (II)

    Season 1 Contestant

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Miguel: If we can find canned beans at the market, I don't want to play games with beans. Andrea: Canned beans? What in the Tarnation?! Miguel: Okay, okay, never mind.

    • Harold: (of being paired with Lisa) I feel so confident working with her, and so comfortable, I'm predicting victory tomorrow.

    • Lee Anne: Stephen, you gotta sell it! Stephen: I'm trying. I don't think this is our target market!

    • Lisa: Somewhere in the recesses of my mind it's occurring to me that perhaps we didn't think this through; serving seared tuna in the Mission District.

    • Miguel: (Referring to Andrea before the Judges' Table convenes) My friend has immunity here, and I'm up on the chopping block but I feel great and I know she saved me today, so I'm feeling really confident.

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    Notes (1)

    • Mike Yakura, Executive Chef at Le Colonial, is this round's guest judge. Yakura was named one of 2006's Rising Stars by the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Trivia (7)

    • There were 20 different ingredients for the QuickFire Taste Test Challenge, but only 13 were shown to the viewers. They were: longan, tamarind, hibiscus, agave, konnyaku, chili paste, durian, nopal, kampyo, curry paste, nato, umeboshi plum, and ghee.

    • Lisa: You got the jicama? Harold: (not hearing what she said) What's that? Back at the Top Chef kitchen, Lisa asked Harold in passing if he packed the jicama, but he didn't hear her and she didn't repeat the question, at least in the broadcast version of this scene.

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes: Latin / Chinese – Lee Anne & Stephen Corn Sope with Char Siu Pork: Avocado Cream, Sope Tart Shell / Char Siu Pork, Pickled Asian Slaw Latin / Indian – Andrea & Miguel Curried Chicken and Lentil Burrito: Flour Tortilla, Spanish Rice / Masala Chicken, Spiced Lentils Latin / Moroccan – Tiffani & Dave Moroccan Cubano Pork Sandwich: Flour Gorditas, Pickled Carrots and Red Onion / Curry Pork, Stone Fruit Chutney. Latin / Japanese – Lisa & Harold Seared Tuna Avocado Salad: Jicama (forgotten) and Avocado Salad / Seared Tuna, Daikon Sprouts

    • The competitors unwind after a difficult day by holding their own taste test contest, "The Fatass Snackmaster Challenge". Dave and Miguel were given 5 minutes to identify 20 common snacks, from Whoppers to Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. It was a close competition, but in the end Miguel was crowned "The Snackmaster".

    • QuickFire Challenge Winner: Andrea.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Harold: Let the games begin. The magistrates running gladiatorial games used to say this to start the contest.

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