Top Chef

Season 2 Episode 6

Thanksgiving

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 22, 2006 on Bravo
9.0
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Thanksgiving
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Taking the traditional and turning it on its ear is tonight's theme. The chefs are asked to make canned food pretty, and then a smaller group must make a "cutting edge" Thanksgiving dinner. Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain QuickFire Challenge: Create a Tasty Dish Using at Least Three Canned Ingredients. Elimination Challenge: Create a Thanksgiving Meal with a Twist. Round Six.moreless

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  • Thankgiving dinner

    7.7
    This episode's quick fire dish was a pretty good one but I dont think it was that hard. They had to prepare a dish out of can foods. There were five winners in this challange and none of the five were able to be eliminated. The other five remaning were the only one participating in the elimination challange. Their challange was to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for the winning five. I dont think Marcel was wrong for putting Franks bag on the floor because thats was nasty and he should have cleaned up after himself. Carlos went home for the salad he made.moreless
  • Ok it is a holiday but they sure didn't have much seasonal spirit.

    8.5
    So ok I am not sure how fair it was that half got the day/episode off but it is a contest and so it does make sense was good idea...was it fair ahhh I guess I am stuck on more of who was on the winning half.

    And wooo Betty has shown her real face now and it isn't pretty! What a witch, and that smile drives me nuts because we plainly see it is not real! Reality check she is a back stabbing, whining, blaming everyone else freak. Does she not know what team work is???? Dah! She is as bad as her desert.

    That said I thought it was cute about the chocolate thing but it wasn't Betty's idea so that is why it was great.

    And what up with Sam and Frank. First wow I didn't exprect Sam to start stuff between people but as contests go we expect it and in this group we know they are doing anyting but good cooking. Not to them drama doesn't make your plate better.

    Frank is a freak for one, and too he is a slob. The whole yelling out at Marcel is just dumb and stupid. He needs to go home!

    Go Marcel for being the only one to go all out, way to go. He might not be the most like able person but at least he is honest about being a dork and up front with everyone.

    Over all the dinner was very diappointing, expecially compared to last season when it came to big dinner. I thought the geust judge was awesome! Sweet! And for once Mike was not too much of a jerk and what a team player. him and Marcel did great.moreless
  • Disappointed by number of passes given out!

    7.5
    I was very distressed with this episode. I do not understand why they gave out so many "get out of jail free" cards. Immunity should only be for the best of the bunch period! By giving it five contestants you diminish it and make it almost a joke.



    I can understand Elias anger. The rules changed in the middle of the game. Wether her quickfire dish was good or bad, the rules should not have changed. I am disappointed in Betty, she seems to have completely lost her focus since winning the T.G.I.F. challange. I'm not sure if she got cocky or just can't handle the pressure. Marcel drives me crazy, I think he is even less likeable then Stephen from season one. And what can you say about Mike! Ya love him and can't wait for him to go all at the same time!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Sam, Cliff, Mia, Ilan, and Frank all won immunity at the QuickFire Challenge. This is the first time there were multiple winners for the QuickFire Challenge. (See Production Notes for Tom Colicchio's comments on this.)

    • There is bonus footage at Bravo's website (Episode 6 Bonus - Chocolate Attack) showing Betty, Elia, and Carlos taking the chocolate food fight to the other Chefs relaxing in the loft.

    • During the first run of this episode Bravo ran a fan poll to see who was the most annoying. The choices were Elia, for whining, Sam, for instigating a fight, Marcel, for arrogance, and Betty, for her obnoxious cheerfulness. The top vote getter was Marcel at 51%.

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      Amuse-Bouche
      Michael - Turkey & Egg Toast Canape.

      First Course
      Carlos - Salad with Chipotle Peppers, Queso Fresco, Pumpkin Seeds, Butternut Squash Dressing.

      Second Course
      Elia - Portobello & Button Mushroom Creme with Walnuts.

      Third Course
      Marcel - Turkey Roulade with Stuffing, Cranberry Gelee with Cranberry Foam.

      Fourth Course
      Michael - Twice Baked Potato with Shrimp, Parsnip Mashed Potatoes & Corn with Parmesan.

      Fifth Course
      Betty - Chai Pumpkin Creme Brulee, Chocolate Hazelnut Creme Brulee & a Shot of Coffee.

      Sixth Course
      Michael - Cheese Plate: Applewood Cheddar, Gouda, Port-Salut, Parmesan & Brie.

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes:

    • Cliff - Potato salad, anchovies & mandarin oranges.
    • Betty - Lemon hummus with beets, artichokes, green apples & sage vinaigrette.
    • Sam - Garbanzo & beet salad, crunchy anchovies with lemon Dijon vinaigrette.
    • Marcel - Hearts of palm with clams, coconut milk & mandarin oranges.
    • Mia - 15 minute salad with garbanzo beans, green beans, artichoke hearts & mint.
    • Ilan - Spinach & cannellini bean salad, roasted potatoes & Vienna sausages.
    • Elia - Fruit salad & beef hash with celery, red pepper, kidney beans & mint.
    • Carlos - Pasta puttanesca with capers, peas & deviled ham.
    • Frank - Fruit & coconut salad with blueberry yogurt cream.
    • Michael - Bacon wrapped corn & mashed potatoes, chili & chives.
    • Carlos packs his knives.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • Chef Tom said later in his blog that the producers had requested the judges to select a certain number of winners, though the judges had total control over which chefs were chosen. He gave this as an example of the kind of input the producers have, explaining that contrary to popular belief, the producers never tell them whom they should keep or send home.

    • Anthony Bourdain is a professional chef and best-selling author of cookbooks as well as being the star of the Travel Channel show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which takes him to well known restaurants as well as those off the beaten path.

    • Chef Lee Anne Wong from season one joins the production team with the Thanksgiving episode as Supervising Culinary Producer. Her role is to help the contestants understand the rules for each challenge and help develop the parameters of future challenges. Like Tom, she is not there to be a friend or a mentor, and she is not going to be a judge, but she has gotten to know the remaining chefs quite well and helps them with her insight as appropriate.

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