Top Chef

Season 1 Episode 9

Napa's Finest

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 03, 2006 on Bravo

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  • Final 'challange' episode. Next its the final in Vegas.

    In the quickfire challenge, Harold won the day putting him in good shape for the elimination challenge. Dave was Dave and lost the quickfire challenge completely! This put Tiffany and Lea Ann in the position of controlling their own destiny.

    This battle was partially decided at the market place when three of the contestants went for lamb. This turned out to be a strategic mistake of huge proportion.

    When the cooking started, it was interesting to see how the personality of the individual chef manifested itself in their dishes. Harold in his element (high quality ingredients, meat), Tiffany finally had her audience of choice, Lea Ann free to show her skills, and Dave who was able to stay true to himself.

    In the end, Dave’s simple meal went the furthest to highlight the key ingredients (truffles and Schaefer Reserve wine). His Mac and cheese was the star. By doing beef, he had separated himself from the pack and allowed his food to be judged for what it was, really, really, good food!

    Harold and Dave won outright, sadly Lea Ann lost because she just tried to meld to many flavors and textures, and she used lamb. By the time she delivered her plates, the judges had already tasted two other lamb presentations. Had she gone first, the results may have been different.

    Las Vegas should be interesting, Dave, Harold, and Tiffany. I think early odds put Harold 1st, Tiffany 2nd, and Dave as the dark horse. But as the saying goes, on any given day, anyone can win!