Top Chef

Season 2 Episode 11

Sense and Sensuality

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 2007 on Bravo



  • Trivia

    • This is the first time in the show someone is eliminated before visiting the judges' table.

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      First Course – Sam

      Organic Beets and Seared Scallops, Lobster-Umeboshi Plum Sauce, Baby Asian Greens; Chappellet Chenin Blanc 2003, Napa Valley.

      Second Course – Ilan

      Fideos with Clams and Saffron; Naveran Brut Reserva Blanc de Blancs NV, Cava, Spain.

      Third Course – Marcel

      Alaskan King Troll Caught Salmon, Beets, Celeriac and Herb Salad; Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005, Marlborough, NZ.

      Fourth Course – Cliff

      Seared Grass-fed Sirloin, Lentil Puree, Garlic Confit, Pearl Onions, Plum Jam; Blackbilly Shiraz 2004, McLaren Vale, Australia.

      Fifth Course – Elia

      "The Kiss" – Chocolate Mint Cremeaux over a Puff Pastry Heart, Chocolate Heart, Berries in Coulis; Santa Barbara Winery Zinfandel Essence 2001, Santa Ynez Valley.

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes:

      * Elia - Poached Chicken Topped with a Chile Chocolate Sauce & Carmelized Pecans; Cremeaux Mousse of Ginger & Chocolate with Strawberry & Mint on a Crumble.
      * Sam - Shrimp & Banana with Chocolate Chipotle, Black Bean & Cilantro Pesto Sauces.
      * Cliff - Braised Chicken with Piquillo Pepper, Rosemary & Chocolate Sauce with Potatoes.
      * Ilan - Chicken Liver Chocolate Ganache with Fried Ginger & Sherry Sauce.
      * Marcel - Potato Cannelloni Filled with Coffee Whip Cream & Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Powder.

  • Quotes

    • Padma: (at the Judges' Table after hearing about Cliff's "prank" and subsequent dismissal) I'd like to talk about something a little less depressing now.
      Marcel: Talk about the food, or something…
      Padma: Yeah, let's talk about the food because actually, you idiots, the food yesterday was really, really good!

  • Notes

    • In the third season reunion episode "Watch What Happens" the Judges are each asked what their favorite dish was throughout the run of the show. Padma's favorite was Ilan's Fideos from this episode.

    • According to Tom Colicchio's blog on the Bravo site, he wanted to eliminate all but Marcel after finding out about the incident with Cliff. The show's producers vetoed his decision but agreed to eliminate Cliff.

    • The producers were furious with Elia and Ilan for shaving their heads, since they felt such a "juvenile prank" brought down the level of the show. Then they found out about the debacle with Cliff and Marcel...

    • The Elimination Challenge is held at Epiphany, a restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. Specializing in New American Cuisine, the Gayot Guide has given it a 13/20 for its food.

    • In her blog, Lee Anne tells us the last piece of advice she gave to the competitors before their final challenge, "This is it guys. You've got plenty of budget, and plenty of time. Bring your best. Trust me, you don't want to be me." Almost everyone on production thought this was hilarious.

    • Eric Ripert is chef and owner of Le Bernadin in New York City.

    • Initial press releases had this episode titled, "Seduction in Santa Barbara."

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