The three remaining chefs face their final challenge, to create a meal celebrating each one's journey as a chef in three courses. Then they must serve dinner not just to the critics, but also to last season's finalists—a tough crowd indeed.
Tonight is all about thinking on your feet as the remaining chefs deal with a Top Chef New York Quickfire that turns an entrée into a soup and then, taking inspiration from Top Chef Chicago, the chefs must use unusual pairings from Los Angeles' The Groundlings' audience to create dishes that will be served at a dinner for the theatre troupe.moreless
The blind taste test returns with the "Name the Sauce Ingredients" Quickfire (à la season five's Top Chef episode "Gail's Bridal Shower"), and then the chefs look to Greece and the ancient gods as inspiration for their Elimination Challenge dishes.
It's a Quickfire with a very specific focus: the leg. Once the chefs have butchered and prepared their dishes, they must then turn their skills to an even bigger challenge, preparing a tailgate feast for college football fans.
The chefs are asked to create Quickfire dishes inspired by the iconic characters of The Simpsons, which are then judged by members of the show's cast and crew. Then they must turn their skills toward making exotic surf & turf delectable for extreme cuisine diners that include Andrew Zimmern.
Top Chef's brutal tag team cook-off relay (ala TopChef's season six episode "Restaurant Wars") begins the first champions round Quickfire, followed by the dreaded wedding elimination challenge -- the first time the master chefs have seen this particular trial -- and this time there's no cheats: the person with the lowest score packs their knives, so everyone must put his or her best dish forward... even if it is a wedding cake.moreless
The chefs dabble in craft service as they prepare meals for the cast and crew of ABC's Modern Family. But first, they must create the perfect fruit plate, ala Top Chef's first season episode "Food Of Love".
Convincing high-brow clients of pub grub's merits is tonight's seemingly impossible challenge for the chefs as they try to show that flair and flavor can be found in other than haute cuisine. But first, they get into the spirit of the competition by creating a Quickfire dish to be paired with a cocktail, ala Top Chef's season 3 episode "Cooking By Numbers".moreless
In the Quickfire, the chefs are paired up to create a tasy dish using the ingredients purchased at a gas station, ala Top Chef's first season episode "Food on the Fly". Then the chefs are tasked with using ingredients with stimulating aphrodisiac qualities to create a duo dinner plate served to couples on a first date.moreless
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