Top Chef Masters

Season 1 Episode 4

Magic Chefs

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 08, 2009 on Bravo

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  • Fun With Magic

    This week:
    Anita Lo (Annisa in NY) charity: SHAPE
    Douglas Rodriguez (Alma de Cuba in PHI): Ayuda for the Arts
    John Besh (August in N.O.): Make It Right
    Mark Peel (Campanile in LA): Doctors Without Borders

    Quickfire Challenge:
    Cook an egg with one hand

    Anita: scrambled eggs stuffed back into shell 5 stars

    Douglas: arepa - open faced corn cake with ham 3 stars

    John: Dish did not cook 1/2 star

    Mark: duck egg pasta with light olive oil cream sauce 2 1/2 stars

    Elimination Challenge: Make a dish pertaining to a word associated with magic

    Mark - mystery
    John - surprise
    Douglas - spectacle
    Anita - illusion

    Mark made snapper en papillote

    John made three dishes. One was topped with a creme fraiche and horseradish sorbet that was frozen table side with the help of guest Neil Patrick Harris

    Douglas made duck four ways, with a coconut whose outside was set afire

    Anita made a braised daikon that was stuffed with steak tartare that looked like a scallop with caviar.

    Mark 2 1/2 + 4 + 12 = 18 1/2 stars
    John 1/2 + 2 1/2 + 9 = 12 stars
    Douglas 3 + 3 + 7 = 13 stars
    Anita 2 1/2 + 4 1/2 + 13 = 18 1/2 stars

    All in all, it was a very fun show. Again, I would love to sit for dinner at any of these restaurants.