Top Chef

Season 1 Episode 3

Nasty Delights

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 22, 2006 on Bravo
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Episode Summary

Making a visually repellent food look enticing is the theme for the round. Up first is octopus, and then the chefs are challenged to make the monstrous appearing monkfish appetizing to children. Guest Judge: Laurent Manrique. QuickFire Challenge: Take Disgusting to Delicious. Elimination Challenge: Fish for Fussy Eaters. Round Threemoreless

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Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio

Co-Host/Head Judge

Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons


Andrea Beaman

Andrea Beaman

Season 1 Contestant

Brian Hill (III)

Brian Hill (III)

Season 1 Contestant

Candice Kumai

Candice Kumai

Season 1 Contestant

Cynthia Sestito

Cynthia Sestito

Season 1 Contestant

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • QuickFire Challenge Winner: Tiffany

    • During the QuickFire Challenge we learn that soaking octopus in water with a cork is the Sicilian way of tenderizing it.

    • Brian was a member of The Boys' and Girls' Club when he was growing up. Apparently this didn't help him during the Elimination Challenge.

    • Cynthia left the show in order to be with her ailing father. Cynthia was replaced by the recently eliminated Andrea. Cynthia participated in the QuickFire, but not the Elimination Challenge, and Andrea missed the QuickFire but was part of the Elimination Challenge.

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      Blue Team

      Monkfish Nuggets
      Cheesy Tater Tots
      Strawberry Applesauce
      Maple Carrots

      Red Team

      Monkfish Corn Dogs
      Potato Chips
      Fruit Skewers
      Yogurt Dipping Sauce

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes Shown:

      • Tiffani - Tomato Succo with Octopus Frit, Red Wine Braised Angel Hair Pasta with Cold Octopus.
      • Stephen - Octopus Tentacle Duet.
      • Lisa - Braised Octopus.
      • Cynthia - Octopus with Tarragon Whiskey Sauce.
      • Dave - Chinese Five Spice Octopus.
      • Harold - Poached and Grilled Octopus with Lentils.
      • Lee Anne - Citrus Poached Octopus.
      • Brian - Creamy Stew with Octopus Garnish.
      • Candice - Spicy and Sweet Octopus Curry.
      • Miguel - Red Wine and Citrus Braised Octopus.

    • Brian Hill is eliminated.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Lisa: (frustrated by some of the more elitist chefs' ideas) You don't get complicated and sophisticated when you're cooking food for kids!

    • Stephen: (referring to his Teammate in the Elimination Challenge) Candice I find to be the weakest in the whole competition. It's a bit hard for me to come down to her level. I mean, I'd love to bring her up to my level but that's just not really possible.

    • Stephen: (referring to Candice) If you can't stand the heat in the kitchen, you know, it's probably best to remove yourself.

    • Tom: (as he is checking on the Red Team) Do kids like yogurt?
      Lisa: They like blue yogurt.

    • Tiffani: You know I wasn't going to go like, do the monkfish nugget interpretive dance for the kids.

    • Tom: (referring to Tiffani's attitude) There is one thing that we do in the restaurant business, and that is make people happy. And I don't care how you do that, that's what you do.

    • Brian: (telling the chefs he has been sent home) Elvis has left the building.

    • Candice: (to Stephen) Obviously you're a tool and a douche bag!

  • NOTES (2)

    • In Greece they tenderize octopus by slamming it onto a rock forty times for each pound it weighs. Alternately, they throw it into their laundry machine and let it tumble it's way to tenderness.

    • Laurent Manrique, guest Judge for this episode, is the famed Corporate Executive Chef of Aqua in San Francisco. He was awarded Bon Appétit's Rising Star Chef in 1998, and has worked in some of the most prestigious restaurants both here and in his native France.