Top Chef

Give Me Your Huddled Masses

Season 8, Ep 12, Aired 3/2/11
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  • Episode Description
  • A ferry ride brings a junk food Quickfire, and then the chefs must dip into their pasts to create a dish worthy of Ellis Island which introduces some surprise advocates for dinner. Guest Judge: Dan Barber Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Only What You Can Find on the Ferry Snack Bar Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Based on Your Ancestry Round 12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Padma Lakshmi

    Host/Judge

  • Tom Colicchio

    Head Judge

  • Gail Simmons

    Judge

  • Antonia Lofaso

    Season 8 All-Star

  • Carla Hall

    Season 8 All-Star

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • (Padma has asked everyone to meet her on the roof of the Top Chef apartment early one morning.) Antionia: I think that we're having a Quickfire on the roof. We're gonna, like, base jump off our roof, and she's gonna be, like, "Scramble an egg and fry an egg before you hit the ground."

    Notes (4)

    • This episode was nominated for three 2011 Creative Arts Emmys:

      Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming – Paul Starkman, Directed by

      Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming – Tim Spellman, Director of Photography

      Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming – Kevin Kearney, Co-Lead Editor; LaRonda Morris, Co-Lead Editor; Bri Dellinger, Edited by; Michael Lynn Deis, Edited by; Chris Colombel, Editor; Tom Danon, Editor; Jeff Nemetz, Editor

    • Also Featured: > Jazmin Blais – Richard's Wife > Louisa Austin – Tiffany's Mom > Matthew Lyons – Carla's Husband > Joanne Isabella – Mike's Mom > Josette Lofaso – Antonia's Mom

    • The Judges were particularly impressed with the culinary astuteness of Richard Blais' wife. It was suggested that she was worthy of being included at the Judges' Table's deliberations, and though they couldn't allow that for obvious reasons, the Judges agreed that her input would have been have been genuinely useful.

    • They hadn't intended bringing all five to the finals, but when they tasted everyone's food, everyone thought it was all too good for someone to lose. Antonia's mom first suggested they bring all five to the Bahamas, and after some consultation, the Judges all pleaded with the Producers not to make them cut anyone from the show.

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