Top Chef


Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 1/3/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Tonight's theme focuses on the chefs' creativity in using food as an expression of art. They first must create a dish using one color randomly drawn - a hard task for one color-blind chef - and then the contestants are "given" their inspiration for the theme to a star-studded dinner. Guest Judge: Ted Allen - QuickFire & Elimination Guest Judge: Roberto Ivan - Elimination Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using One Color. Elimination Challenge: Create a Seven Course Dinner Inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins. Round Nine.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Padma Lakshmi


  • Tom Colicchio

    Head Chef/Judge

  • Debi Mazar

    Guest Client

  • Ted Allen

    Guest Judge

  • Betty Fraser

    Season 2 Contestant

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Seven deadky sins

    By lsburton, Mar 29, 2008

  • Cute, telling episode! Shows a lot about each of the chefs.

    By ravenslight, Jan 08, 2007

  • Not my favorite! Doing the Quickfire based on color and the Elimination based on the 7 sins was cute but silly.

    By tiredoldguy, Jan 04, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Marcel: (In response to Ilan's attack on his "flavorless" gelee) And have you ever tried, like, that brand of juice, R.W. Knudsen's? It's 100% fruit juice, which is what I made my gelee from, which has, like, so much flavor! I mean, check your palettes, get 'em tested.

    • Ilan: You know what's really funny Marcel, the first day I got here I've been wanting to smack you across the face. Why don't you !#$&ing go to a new school, learn some sh!%, go to France, go to Spain, go travel, go relax, go learn how to use some !#$&ing salt, paprika, come back to me, you know, come to New York, maybe I'll show you how to cook a little bit. I'll show you how to grill something. But until then shut the !#$& up, keep making your foams and go cry in a corner!

    • Betty: (referring to Marcel's QuickFire dish) Why does he have a foam on every !#@&ing thing he makes?!

    • Ted Allen: (referring to Betty's QuickFire dish) I also felt that your presentation was really, uh kind of a mess. It looked like something you raked up– not to be unkind, but… Betty: Well you are!

    • Marcel: Mike switches Envy for Lust with me, and I thought, 'He just, like, gave away a gold mine.'

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    Notes (8)

    • In the third season reunion show "Watch What Happens" each of the Judges was asked which was their favorite dish throughout the entire run of the show. Ted had two, one of which being Sam's ceviche from this episode.

    • In his blog, Harold pointed out that he did ceviche with popcorn in the first season, just as Sam did in this episode.

    • Initial press releases had this episode titled "The Magnificent Seven".

    • R.W. Knudsen, the brand of juice used by Marcel in his gelee, uses 100% natural, organic ingredients.

    • During the filming of the episode Marcel was injured. Between the dinner party and the Judges' Table, the contestants went swimming in the pool. When Marcel dove in he got a cut on his head; Tom and the producers thought he would need stitches, but the medic said, "no" and the filming continued as scheduled.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Cliff has a handicap during the QuickFire Challenge since he is color blind. Purple looks like black to him, but someone once told him that eggplant is purple, so he matched his colors to it. Marcel did offer to check his colors for him, but Cliff declined.

    • When Cliff lists the Seven Deadly Sins, he does not mention Gluttony, instead mentioning both Envy and Jealousy, which are the same thing.

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes: First Course Wrath Sam - Spicy Shrimp Ceviche with Chili Pepper Popcorn. Second Course Sloth Betty - Trio of Vegetable Soups: Carrot Fennel, Sweet White Onion, Beet & Red Pepper. Third Course Envy Michael - Trout & Salmon with Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc, Asparagus & Mushrooms. Fourth Course Greed Cliff - Bouillabaisse with a Green Thai Curry Broth. Fifth Course Pride Elia - Roasted Chicken with Vegetables. Sixth Course Lust Marcel - Cherry Tart with Cherry Gelee & Chocolate Sauce. Seventh Course Gluttony Ilan - Rich Chocolate Cake with Funnel Cake, Macadamia Nut Brittle & Creme Anglaise.

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes: Red – Ilan Steak Tartare with Red Taro Chips. Green – Betty Green Zucchini Tamale. Brown – Marcel Steak & Eggs. White – Elia White Dover Sole Filet with a Poached Egg. Purple – Cliff Red Snapper with Grilled Eggplant & Blackberry Compote. Yellow – Sam Duo of Muffins & a Breakfast Crudo Salad. Orange – Mike Sushi Rice with Salmon & Carrot Chips.

    Allusions (1)

    • Ceviche Ceviche is a type of marinated seafood salad that originated in Peru. It is a fusion of Native, spicy cuisine and the aromatic and acidic technique used by a wave of Moorish immigrants. Classically, the marinade uses citrus juice (usually lemon or lime) mixed with chili, onion, and garlic.

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