Top Chef

Season 1 Episode 5

Blind Confusion

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 05, 2006 on Bravo



  • Trivia

    • There were 20 different ingredients for the QuickFire Taste Test Challenge, but only 13 were shown to the viewers. They were: longan, tamarind, hibiscus, agave, konnyaku, chili paste, durian, nopal, kampyo, curry paste, nato, umeboshi plum, and ghee.

    • Lisa: You got the jicama?
      Harold: (not hearing what she said) What's that?

      Back at the Top Chef kitchen, Lisa asked Harold in passing if he packed the jicama, but he didn't hear her and she didn't repeat the question, at least in the broadcast version of this scene.

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      Latin / Chinese – Lee Anne & Stephen

      Corn Sope with Char Siu Pork: Avocado Cream, Sope Tart Shell / Char Siu Pork, Pickled Asian Slaw

      Latin / Indian – Andrea & Miguel

      Curried Chicken and Lentil Burrito: Flour Tortilla, Spanish Rice / Masala Chicken, Spiced Lentils

      Latin / Moroccan – Tiffani & Dave

      Moroccan Cubano Pork Sandwich: Flour Gorditas, Pickled Carrots and Red Onion / Curry Pork, Stone Fruit Chutney.

      Latin / Japanese – Lisa & Harold

      Seared Tuna Avocado Salad: Jicama (forgotten) and Avocado Salad / Seared Tuna, Daikon Sprouts

    • The competitors unwind after a difficult day by holding their own taste test contest, "The Fatass Snackmaster Challenge". Dave and Miguel were given 5 minutes to identify 20 common snacks, from Whoppers to Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. It was a close competition, but in the end Miguel was crowned "The Snackmaster".

    • QuickFire Challenge Winner: Andrea.

    • The back of Chef Yakura's shirt reads, "Council Bluffs Jaycees".

    • Dave and Tiffani won the Elimination Challenge. Lisa lost and was asked to leave.

  • Quotes

    • Miguel: If we can find canned beans at the market, I don't want to play games with beans.
      Andrea: Canned beans? What in the Tarnation?!
      Miguel: Okay, okay, never mind.

    • Harold: (of being paired with Lisa) I feel so confident working with her, and so comfortable, I'm predicting victory tomorrow.

    • Lee Anne: Stephen, you gotta sell it!
      Stephen: I'm trying. I don't think this is our target market!

    • Lisa: Somewhere in the recesses of my mind it's occurring to me that perhaps we didn't think this through; serving seared tuna in the Mission District.

    • Miguel: (Referring to Andrea before the Judges' Table convenes) My friend has immunity here, and I'm up on the chopping block but I feel great and I know she saved me today, so I'm feeling really confident.

    • Harold: (Going to the Judges' Table with the second group) I knew we were in trouble at this point cause, I mean, first group that goes in gets handshakes, kisses, and champagne and the second group goes in and it's usually a bloodbath.

    • Andrea: (to protect her teammate Miguel) If I did something to destroy his chances of staying, um, then I would like to give him my immunity.

    • Mike Yakura: (of Miguel to the judges) If you have the skill, and you wanna win this, just go like, 'Hell no, I'm doing this, I'm taking this cart over, I'm gonna drive.' If I'm gonna go down in a burning plane, I'm gonna be at the wheel.

  • Notes

    • Mike Yakura, Executive Chef at Le Colonial, is this round's guest judge. Yakura was named one of 2006's Rising Stars by the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Allusions

    • Harold: Let the games begin.

      The magistrates running gladiatorial games used to say this to start the contest.