Top Chef

Season 9 Episode 2

The Heat Is On

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 2011 on Bravo
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Episode Summary


Night two of heats for the coveted contestant slots begins with 10 competitors, 10 ingredients, and only five chef coats left. Once again, those who excel in the challenge get a chef coat immediately, and those who bomb are sent home. The remaining hopefuls on the "bubble" participate in a cook-off for the last coats with last week's four who are still waiting in the Stew Room for their second chance.

Group 3 Qualifying Challenge: Choose One of the 10 Ingredients and Then Create a Dish in the Amount of Time on Your Clock

Qualifying Challenge Final Cook Off: Prepare a Dish Using Any Ingredients in the Kitchen


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Edward Lee: (Sitting in the "Stew Room" with everyone else who is on the bubble.)
      If they leave me here in the Stew Room long enough, I'm gonna kill the other five people to get that jacket.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Immediately following this episode, at 11:00 pm ET on, Janine Falvo and Andrew Curran were the first two chefs sent to Last Chance Kitchen in "Janine vs. Andrew" (originally titled "A Slice of Redemption").

    • Also featured were the 10 remaining contestant-hopefuls:
      > Andrew Curren – Austin, Texas, 24 Diner
      > Ashley Villaluz – Seattle, Washington, Sous Chef
      > Berenice DeAraujo – Miami, Florida, Sra. Martinez
      > Beverly Kim – Chicago, Illinois, Aria Restaurant
      > Chaz Brown – New York, New York, Fatty Crab
      > Jonathan Baltazar – Long Beach, California, Heights Cuisine
      > Kimberly Calichio – New York, New York, Fishtail by David Burke
      > Laurent Quenioux – Los Angeles, California, Vertical Wine Bistro
      > Lindsay Autry – West Palm Beach, Florida, Omphoy Ocean Resort and Michelle Bernstein
      > Paul Qui – Austin, Texas, Uchiko Restaurant

      And Four Bubble Challengers from Last Week:
      > Edward Lee – Louisville, Kentucky, 610 Magnolia
      > Grayson Schmitz – New York, New York, Executive Chef
      > Janine Falvo – Atlanta, Georgia, Briza Restaurant
      > Molly Brandt – Hollywood, Florida, Allure of the Seas for Royal Caribbean