Top Chef

Season 2 Episode 5

Social Service

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2006 on Bravo
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Episode Summary

This round is all about leftovers and the ability to be creative with difficult ingredients. The chefs must make fine cuisine from truly disgusting fare, and then create a multi-course menu from only a restaurant's refrigerated leavings from the night before.

Guest Judge: Michelle Bernstein.

QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish using "Offal," the Leftover Parts of Animals.

Elimination Challenge: Create a Luncheon for Sixty Using the Leftovers from the Social Menu.

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  • A six course meal

    How gross was this quick fire challange. I would have been sick to my stomach trying to prepare a dish from the leftover parts of animals. The final challange was to cook and prepare an six course meal working in pairs of two. I did think Mia and Betty had started to work on the duck a little to early. I think Cliff and his partner Sam's dish looked great. i was really shocked that they decides to send both Jose and her parnter home. But when it came down to trying to determine who was ultimatly responsible for the dish, they couldn't decide so i guess it was fair to send them both home.moreless
  • Ok wasn't the idea to "cook" something????

    Wow both Josie and Marsia got the knife last week. I for one am glad both got sent home. One they didn't do anything at all worth cooking for the challenge so it was their loss. And yes Marsia should have gone home long ago, I am sorry but all you hear is about her deserts and I haven't seen a good one yet. Josie I liked in the beginning but the last two weeks she really has gotten on my nerves. She talked like she has something to cook and to win but she never showed it. And she got way to...what is the word...cockie kind of. They didn't even cook anything at all for their part of the meal. And that was suppose to be a refersher, yah more like dulled the actually ok dinner that had already come out. Three hours on a salad, must be world record, call someone and write it down.

    I can't wait until next week, I am glad that Tom is right on their "butts" even though I kind of feel bad that he had to eat the dinner from behind the scenes instead of sitting enjoying out front. But go Tom, they need a reality check.

    Look at Betty, she is getting to caught up in the blah blah fighting rather than cooking. How disappointing!

    Ha and everyone thought Marcel would be first or second to go and look he is still there and actually doing something. Of course the previews show him and Frank (dork) fighting next week.

    And it is about time that Mike got his knife out of his butt, that was nice for a change that he was not a big a** to bad this episode.

    Ok now for goodness sack start cooking something....moreless
  • 2 down 10 to go, and Tom is Grumpy!

    I believe that playtime is over. The judges delivered the definitive message \"strighen up and fly right or you are out\". In his blog, Tom talks about his dislike of style over substance. We saw alot of that from Steven in season one, and for some reason it seems like many of the chefs this season are going that route.

    I was suprised to see Betty going that way. This does not appear to be her style and I am not sure why she has deviated from the stye that had her winning.

    I was glad to see Mike buckle down and come up a winner. I think he was more suprised then anyone!

    Next week should be facinating. I look forward to seeing if the chef\'s learned a lesson from this week.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The parts of animals which were considered leftovers in the challenges are not leftovers in some Asian countries like China, Korea and Vietnam.

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      Course # 1: Duo of Salmon - Marcel & Frank
      Duo of salmon, tartare & mousse, with red & gold beets.

      Course # 2: Scallops & Foie Gras - Cliff & Sam
      Seared diver scallops & seared foie gras with a fig gastrique.

      Course # 3: Seafood Paella - Michael & Ilan
      Lobster, shrimp & mushroom paella, fried softshell crab.

      Course # 4: Seared Duck Napoleon - Mia & Betty
      Seared duck with sweet potatoes & green beans.

      Course # 5: "The Awakening Trio" - Josie & Marisa
      Prickly pear & coconut soup, fennel & apple salad, sauteed pineapple salad.

      Course # 6: Dessert Trio - Carlos & Elia
      Chilled pomegranate & orange juice with basil, phyllo & mascarpone Napoleon, apple or pineapple sorbet with pistachio.

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes Shown:

    • Frank - Veal sweetbread & arugula tart, cream of catfish head & basil soup.
    • Marisa - Homemade pappardelle, Greek style beef cheek Bolognese.
    • Elia - Seared kidneys with sweetbreads & fingerling potatoes.
    • Sam - Sweetbread & scallion beignets, Chinese five spice & sweet soy broth.
    • Marcel - Veal sweetbread schnitzel, pork blood & kidney sauce, capellini & pistou.
    • Cliff - Sautéed sweetbreads, shallots, olives & a sweet sandwich of braised oxtail.
    • Michael - Veal tail & tongue stew, sunny side up egg on toast.
    • Mia - Braised pig's feet with sautéed arugula & homemade cornbread.
    • Josie - Braised oxtail with carrot broth, potato purée & tripe cracklings.
    • Betty - Fish head & beef cheek en Brodo, black pepper fettuccini.
    • Carlos - Sautéed sweetbreads, cilantro lime sauce, almond & ginger rice.
    • Ilan - Almond crusted sweetbreads, fingerling potatoes & scallions.
  • QUOTES (5)

    • Marcel: Frank asked me, 'Do you want to be my partner?' It was kind of like being asked to go on prom with somebody that you're not totally interested in, but for fear of not having anybody else to go to prom with, you're like, 'Okay.'

    • Tom Colicchio: These are about choices. Someone's gotta say, 'Hey, that looks like Pepto-Bismol we can't serve that. Let's fix it. Let's fix the problem.'

    • Elia: (after being told her kidneys taste too much of kidney) Is this woman for real? I'm supposed to make kidney taste like olives, with a sauce?

    • Betty: Marcel went for that pig's blood. Kinda looks like a vampire, don't you think? (thunder sound)

    • Chef Joseph Ojeda: (about the basil in the pomegranate drink) It's not very sexy to be plucking out greens out of your mouth while you're in a dinner date.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Chef Joseph Ojeda, Executive Chef at Social Hollywood, is present and gives his opinions during the luncheon.

    • Guest Judge - Michelle Bernstein. Chef Bernstein is the chef and owner of Michy's in Miami, and consulting chef for the Social restaurants in Los Angeles and Miami.