Top Chef

Season 1 Episode 9

Napa's Finest

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



  • Trivia

    • Lee Anne, Harold, and Tiffani, chose lamb for their protein selection. This turns out to be a huge tactical error, all but assuring Dave a trip to Las Vegas.

    • The winner of the Quickfire challenge was Harold.

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes:

      Harold – Popcorn Cakes with Ecuadoran Ceviche.
      Tiffani – Chorizo Duck Sausage Corn Dog with Camembert Cream Sauce.
      Lee Anne – Japanese Seafood Hot Dog with Spicy Mustard and Lotus Chips.
      Dave – Seafood Nachos with Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa and Avocado Crema

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      Tiffani - Seared lamb loin, cauliflower puree, truffle & foie gras stuffed gnocchi.
      Harold - Roasted lamb loin, sunchoke creamed spinach, sautéed chanterelles & truffles.
      Lee Anne - Butternut squash & truffle risotto, braised Treviso & mushrooms, crusted lamb loin.
      Dave - Truffle & cognac cream macaroni & cheese, filet of beef, collard greens & radicchio.

    • Lee Anne was eliminated.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The guest judges are all well-respected chefs with their own restaurants:

      Douglas Keane - "Cyrus"
      Cindy Pawlcyn - "Mustards Grill"
      Philippe Jeanty - "Bistro Jeanty"
      Hiro Sone - "Terra"
      Greg Cole - "Celadon"
      James McDevitt - "Restaurant Budo"
      Keith Luce - "Press Restaurant"
      Lissa Doumani - "Terra"
      Victor Scargle - Exec. Chef, "Julia's Kitchen", Copia
      and John Shafer - Shafer Vineyards (provided wine)

    • In this round and the next there is no immunity and no "prize" for the Quickfire Challenge; the Quickfire Challenge results are included when the judges determine the winner.

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