Top Chef

Season 5 Episode 8

Down On the Farm

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 14, 2009 on Bravo
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The chefs take another road trip, this time to Massachusetts and Blue Hill Farm where they must gather their own ingredients, and then serve dinner to the farmers as they explore the flavors of regional produce and sustainable agriculture. Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Owner of Blue Hill Farm and restaurants, guest judges.moreless

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  • Really, the wrong chef, went home!

    9.5
    I thought, that the wrong chef, went home. She was doing all of the work. And the others, inclduing, two of her partners. When she teamed up with them, she knew, that she was in trouble. When she said, that they were, very close, and had an alliance.

    Really, that new British judge, Toby Young, is getting on my nerves. Wished that, Gail, who is tought, but fair, and friendly. Toby is anything, but that. Arianne, really shouldn't had gone home. She did all the work. And was hung out to dry. By new "lovebirds" Leah, and Hosea. Next week, shows them, being lovey dovey. This is Top Chef, not the Real World, for crying out, loud!moreless
Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio

Co-Host/Head Judge

Toby Young

Toby Young

Judge

Ariane Duarte

Ariane Duarte

Season 5 Contestant

Carla Hall (II)

Carla Hall (II)

Season 5 Contestant

Fabio Viviani

Fabio Viviani

Season 5 Contestant

Hosea Rosenberg

Hosea Rosenberg

Season 5 Contestant

Dan Barber (I)

Dan Barber (I)

Guest Judge

Guest Star

Hung Hyunh

Hung Hyunh

Guest Judge, QuickFire

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Toby: (on Fabio's ravioli) The pesto is the Big Bad Wolf which has blown this pig's house down.

    • Jeff: (introducing his team's dishes) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. We're the three little pigs!

    • Dan: (referring to the Head Farmers of Stone Barns) Today you're going to shop with these guys, and this gal. Each team is gonna get the chance to see what these guys grow here- different kind of whole food!

  • NOTES (5)

    • In his blog, Toby says that he feels bad about saying that Ariane can't cook because of her poor butchering skills, but he felt that the way she had treated the lamb was almost sacrilegious.

    • The farm at Stone Barns includes a three-acre greenhouse, gardens, sheep, and pigs, and chickens. Every piece of every vegetable, animal, and mineral is used and then recycled. All the product is either used by Blue Hill, or sold to local markets. The farm itself can be toured, and they have a docent program in which local high school kids work as guides.

    • Gail found it amusing that for the can food QuickFire Challenge, Hung was the Guest Judge, because she says that he would have been the contestant complaining the loudest about the terrible quality of the ingredients.

    • Tom liked Jeff's fried green tomatoes, as did all of the rest of the Judges. But he points out in his blog that this is a dish usually made at the beginning of tomato season, not the height, which is when this episode was filmed. He thinks that he executed it well, but that his choice to do it was questionable, since the point of the Challenge was to take the freshest and best ingredients and make them shine, not take the remnants, like these fallen tomatoes.

    • Also Featured:

      Jack Algiere - Head Framer, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
      Craig Haney - Head Framer, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
      Shannon Algiere - Head Framer, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

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