Top Chef

Season 5 Episode 3

Foo Fighters Thanksgiving

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 26, 2008 on Bravo



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Alex: Every chef wants to be a rock star, and we're actually cooking for rock stars right now, so that's cool.

    • Padma: Everybody stop what you're doing! Stop, right now! We've changed our minds.
      Grant: We're in the mood for some soup.

  • Notes

    • Carla calls herself a McGyver for her creativity, but Gail Simmons says as she tries the food that Eugene is the MacGyver of the group for his resourcefulness of making his own grill to cook his pork.

    • For the QuickFire, Lee Anne made trays with the specific ingredients for each recipe for the contestants to use, as well as making available a multitude of other ingredients so they could put their own spin on it.

    • It was a seven hour drive from NYC, where the QuickFire took place, to Rochester, where the band was to perform.

    • Picking the winner was entirely up to the band. Tom actually tried to convince them to pick Team Cougar, since they had done best with the proteins, but though the Foo Fighters said it was pretty much a toss-up, they chose Team Sexy Pants. But Tom said he was reconciled to their choice because it allowed them to send home the chef who had made the worst dish, Richard.

    • Richard also made a couple of other dishes which were not seen in the episode. He made a caprese, which is a tomato and mozzarella salad tossed in basil pesto. According to Lee Anne it was fine, but was agreed by all to have been an odd choice for Thanksgiving. He also made Spicy Sweet Ginger Sweet Potatoes, which the Judges did like.

    • The band had been on the road for almost ten months when they taped the episode, and were nearing the end of the tour.

    • Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters is a big Top Chef, and after the band's appearance on last year's Grammy's , the band celebrated by dining at Tom's Craft LA restaurant. Lee Anne also made bacon gift boxes for the band members which included her famous "Billionaire's Bacon" and Bacon Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, which they loved.

  • Allusions

    • Carla: I feel like I'm a MacGyver when it comes to those sorts of things.

      The 1985-92 TV show MacGyver, which starred Richard Dean Anderson, was about an agent of the Department of External Services/Phoenix Foundation who always saved the day by jury rigging devices out of unlikely components.

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