Top Chef

Season 2 Episode 7

The Raw and the Cooked

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 06, 2006 on Bravo



  • Trivia

    • First Run Fan Poll:

      Who has overstayed their welcome?

      A. Betty 25%
      B. Frank 27%
      C. Michael 48%

      (all percentages as of the end of the episode.)

    • Despite having to cook on the beach, only one chef's food had sand in it- the hash made by Cliff.

    • The surfers' favorite was Mia's crab cake. Their least favorite was Sam's "Toad in the Hole Bagel".

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      >Mia - Mama Mia's crab cakes Benedict with mango cream sauce.
      >Elia - "Organic Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Waffle with ham, cheese & fried eggs.
      >Ilan - Spanish tortilla on "pan con tomate" with chipotle aioli.
      >Betty - Black Forest ham & egg bundle, corn & leek ragout on rustic toast.
      >Frank - Zucchhini & salmon scramble, cannoli cream with strawberries & Holland waffle.
      >Cliff - Chicken apple sausage with sweet potato hash & chive scrambled eggs.
      >Sam - Scrambled eggs with basil-almond pesto served "Toad in the Hole" style.
      >Michael - Chicken & egg tacos.
      >Marcel - Poached eggs, hash browns, gravlax & cream cheese with bacon lardons.

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes:

      *Betty - Fresh halibut ceviche, Kyoho grape guacamole.
      *Mia - Fresh corn salad with tomatoes, chili, avocado & creamy lime dressing.
      *Ilan - Summer squash with tomato sauce, walnut & almond pesto.
      *Cliff - A salad of radishes, french beans & bronze fennel with tomato butter puree.
      *Elia - Tuna with spinach, onions, sesame, lime, ginger & garlic.
      *Frank - Scallop carpaccio with radish salad, smoked salmon & honey vinaigrette.
      *Sam - Crudo of summer squash, zucchini with a quick pickle of peaches, plums & grapes.
      *Mike - Watermelon Napoleon with avocado, cilantro & salmon jerky.
      *Marcel - Watermelon & Tomato Trio: Watermelon steak, tomato carpaccio, nasturtiums & opal basil.

    • Frank is sent home.

  • Quotes

    • Michael: (of the QuickFire Challenge) I don't eat raw food, so I'm like, 'What the hell am I gonna do?'

    • Frank: I am the sacrificial lamb.

    • Cliff: (at the Judges' Table) There's no way I'm going home.

    • Marcel: I'm stoked; it's my first win. Not to mention the fact that I was totally proud of my dish today. My performance could not have been any more soigné.

    • Frank: Mike is definitely a hack. I don't think Mike could cook his way out of a paper bag, unless it had french fries with it.

    • Michael:I'm getting to the end, where like I'm plating up, and Frank's working next to me, and he's humping some gorilla on his prep table or something, you know. Shaking everything, It's like a freaking 7.0 earthquake. I Hope Frank goes home.

    • Frank: I've been on a roll lately. I've been in the top three the last four shots. For the past eight, ten years, I've been the best at my field, and I'm fully relying on my abilities to take me over the top.

    • Sam: I feel like I have a great chance at the title. People know that I'm a force. And um, and a team leader, ya know, and I think I have a great shot.

  • Notes

    • Lee Anne and the production team had a difficult time ironing out the rules for the QuickFire Challenge, since there is more than one way to cook food. Aside from applying heat, a common way to cook food is to marinate it in an acid, such as lime juice. They decided to make things clearcut for the contestants by limiting the rules to no heating, no flames.

    • Special Thanks: Redondo Beach Farmer's Market and Leo Carrillo Beach.

    • Raphael Lunetta, the guest judge, is a former Food & Wine magazine "Best New Chef," and now is the chef and owner of JiRaffe, a restaurant/bistro in Santa Monica, California.

  • Allusions

    • Sam: So my idea behind this challenge was to call the dish Green Eggs and Ham, 'Sam I am', you know.

      Green Eggs and Ham is a children's book by Dr. Seuss.

      The title is a sort of pun. In the United States, "green eggs and ham" is a breakfast menu item in which normal eggs are cooked with spinach or some other green vegetable, and served with normal ham. The plot revolves around Sam-I-am's efforts to get his friend to try "green eggs and ham" meaning literal green eggs and green ham.