Top Chef

Season 2 Episode 1

Into the Fire

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 2006 on Bravo



  • Trivia

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      Carlos - Artichoke potato cake & escargot, coconut sambal peanut sauce.
      Frank - Escargot & American cheese ravioli, potato bell pepper peanut sauce.
      Marisa - Pate brisee tart with snail garnish.
      Michael - Shoestring potatoes with artichoke cheese sauce & peanut pesto snails.
      Elia - Buttery escargot with artichoke & American cheese.
      Ilan - Baked escargot in the shell.
      Suyai - Braised potatoes & artichokes, garlic escargot with cheese sauce.
      Marcel - Frog leg lollipop, chicken liver puree, garlic & parsley sauces.
      Betty - Frog leg & chicken liver cake, salad & peanut vinaigrette.
      Sam - Turmeric & cereal crusted frog leg with eggplant & caper saute & duo of sauces.
      Josie - Frog leg nugget with chicken liver peanut butter & eggplant jelly.
      Cliff - Braised frog leg, eggplant chip & cornflake chicken liver.
      Emily - Cornflake & peanut butter crusted frog leg with grilled eggplant.
      Otto - Frog leg & chicken liver, rice, vegetable sauté & peanut sauce.
      Mia - Chicken fried frog leg with garlic mashed eggplant & wilted arugula.

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes Shown:

      >Marcel - Banana & avocado tart with corn chips, ice cream, & rum cocktail.
      >Elia - Strawberries with red wine & chocolate flambe sauce.
      >Betty - Spicy coconut curry, steamed mussels & mango couscous.
      >Suyai - Spicy tequila lime shrimp with chunky mango & avocado salsa.
      >Sam - Espresso shrimp flambeed with sambuca, roasted hazelnut & peanut paste.
      >Carlos - Creole shrimp flambeed with Spanish brandy.
      >Emily - Sliced pork chops in apple sauce, red plums, Granny Smith apples.

    • Padma says in her blog for the episode "Seven" that while she has no input in the Judging for the QuickFire Challenge, she does taste all of the food. Then she takes everything she experiences to the final Judges' Table, where each Judge's opinion has equal weight, and tells the other Judges what she thought about the chefs' performances in the earlier Challenge. Tom does the same thing with what he sees during his walk through.

    • Suyai's out.

    • When Ilan wins the elimination challenge, Chef Tom points out that Harold won the first challenge in season one, and then went on to win the Top Chef title.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Season two Executive Producers for Bravo:

      Frances Berwick
      Andrew Cohen
      Dave Serwatka

    • Season Two Promotional Consideration:

      Charlie's Fixtures
      New Chef Fashions, Inc.
      Restaurant Depot
      Sointu USA, Inc. and Global Knives
      Toyota Motor Sales, USA

    • In season two, Tom Colicchio's title varies from "Head Chef/Judge" to "Head Judge/Chef," depending on what part of the episode the graphic is shown.

  • Allusions