Top Chef Masters

Season 1 Episode 3

Offal Tasty

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 24, 2009 on Bravo
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Episode Summary

Tonight's quickfire challenge for the next group of four chefs comes from season two's "Seven", asking them to make a dish using color. Then they must do a twist on season one's "Blind Confusion", selling upmarket street food to amusement park visitors using offal as the base ingredients.moreless

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  • Good episode overall!

    Rick Bayliss is one of my favorite chefs as he's like Eric Ripert. Polite and friendly as well as very helpful as evident in this episode. When things were getting rough with the others, he politely and being cool, calm, and collectively, help others with their own stuff. Wouldn't want to eat stuff like tongue or rabbit ears. As they look disgusting and you have to have a really good palate in order to taste stuff like this. In the end, Rick won. As glad that he did. That chef with the tattoos, really was brash and loud. He really got on the nerves of mine really quickly.moreless
  • An Offal Challenge

    This week, the participants were:

    Wilo Benet from Pikayo in San Juan Puerto Rico (charity: San Jorge Children's Foundation), Cindy Pawlcyn from Mustard Grill in Napa (Clinic Ole), Ludo Lefebvre from Ludo Bites in LA (CHASE for Life) and Rick Bayless from the Frontera Grill in Chicago (Frontera Farmer).

    The Quickfire Challenge had a familiar look - the contestants drew knives. They were different colors. Wilo got orange, Cindy yellow, Ludo red and Rick green. They were charged with creating a dish in that one color.

    Wilo made a smoked salmon tartare with raw carrots. Cindy had quick grits and sweet corn with a vegetable curry of yellow tomatoes, peppers and a corn tortilla garnish. Ludo concocted a red beet gazpacho with steak tartare with watermelon and red onion. Rick had green roasted vegetables on a banana leaf with a mole verde with tomatillos and pumpkin seeds.

    Judges were three women who work photographing food. They want food to look good and taste good. Ludo's gazpacho was not taken to the table. I felt that was the waiter's fault and was unfair. The judges liked the flavors and textures in Cindy's dish. They liked Rick's dish but wanted to lick the plate with Wilo's. However, he did not take the ring off the tartare and it looked odd.

    The scores:

    Wilo 4 1/2 stars

    Rick 4 stars

    Cindy 3 1/2 stars

    Ludo 3 stars

    For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs would prepare street food to be served at Universal Studios Hollywood. The meat? Offal. Again, a choice of knives. Each number corresponded to silver domed plate.

    Wilo - beef hearts

    Rick - tongue

    Cindy - tripe

    Ludo - pig's ears

    I had to laugh. If anyone could make a dish out of offal, it was the Frenchman Ludo. He had to have worked in a charcuterie when he was training in France. I am sure if you gave him a day, he could have turned all four items into a gourmet meal. I would be first in line.

    The trip to Whole Foods was in addition to 3 hours of prep. OMG, I thought, I hope there were pressure cookers. All the offal could only be made with long slow cooking. Thankfully, there were. Rick was helpful to everyone, aiding Ludo in finding a cheese for his quesadillas, instructing Cindy how to use the pressure cookers. Ludo calmly boiled his ears like he would have in France in water with vegetables. Wilo chopped the hearts small to make a tripleta on pita bread. Rick grilled the tongue for tacos. Cindy stewed menuedo and Ludo had his pig ear quesadillas. Ludo had problems getting the food done with no help and had lines of people waiting.

    Back at the studios, the judges gave Ludo credit for having the toughest of the meats. They seemed unimpressed with Cindy and her safe, under spiced menuedo. The scores were:

    Rick 18 1/2 stars

    Wilo 15 stars

    Ludo 13 1/2 stars

    Cindy 12 stars

    Added to the Quickfire, Rick won the day. We are now half way through the preliminary rounds. The finals are going to be awesome.moreless
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Tom Colicchio

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • First Run Fan Poll:

      Which of these offal choices is the most awful?

      1. Ears 35%
      2. Heart 25%
      3. Stomach 32%
      4. Tongue 08%

      (all percentages are as of the end of the initial broadcast.)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Male Customer: Come on, Rick, slip me some tongue!
      Rick: (making him a tongue taco) Yeah, once Rick Bayless has slipped you some tongue, you never forget it.

    • Cindy: (using a pressure cooker, something she doesn't usually use, for her tripe) I don't want to blow up, you know, that would be really embarrassing. How do these tops go on? (in an interview) Rick, bless his heart, saved my sorry little ass. You know, I only work with pots 20 hours a day for 40 years! But I was so nervous, I couldn't get the tops on. I mean, how stupid is that?

    • Wilo: (when he forgets to remove the ring shaping his salmon tartare) They loved the flavors, but that ring is not supposed to be there. It's like, you know, do your tuxedo with the laundry sticker in the flap, just no!

    • Cindy: (over at the burners) Can I use this corner?
      Ludo: Because it's you. Normally I don't share– I'm French.
      Cindy: (laughing) I know, I know.

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