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  • Season 2 Episode 5: Social Service

  • 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.
  • Season 2 Episode 6: Thanksgiving

  • 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.

  • Season 2 Episode 7: The Raw and the Cooked

  • 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.

  • Season 2 Episode 8: Holiday Spirit

  • First Run Fan Poll:

    Who is the sexiest chef?

    A. Betty 5%
    B. Elia 20%
    C. Ilan 26%
    D. Sam 49%

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

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    Black Team (Elia, Mia, Cliff, Michael)
    1. Strawberries with rosemary mascarpone & pancetta brunoise.
    2. Seared scallops with Belgian endive & ginger-grapefruit marmalade.
    3. "Surf & Turf Canape" Lobster medallion with filet mignon & herb salad.
    4. Smoked salmon with avocado mousse (not shown).

    Orange Team (Sam, Marcel, Ilan, Betty)
    1. Cinnamon croissant bread pudding with two chocolates & almond cream.
    2. Pickled mussels with apple molasses mignonette.
    3. Sesame shrimp skewers.
    4. Vegetable terrine.
    5. Confit of pork shoulder with tomato marmalade.
    6. Chorizo and egg tostada.
    7. Beef tenderloin with blue cheese.
    8. Crab cake with spicy fire roasted corn & pasilla relish.
    9. Calamari with dip (not shown).
    10. Cauliflower a la Plancha (not shown).
    11. Croquetas (not shown).
    12. Salmon mousse (not shown).
    13. Mushroom tart (not shown).

  • QuickFire Dishes:

    •Mike – "Tasty Lacy" Caramel Baileys, Bushmills, Guinness foam & candied rim; accompanied by a cherry ice cream sandwich.

    •Cliff – Original Baileys, rum, vodka & vanilla bean; accompanied by grilled beef crème fraîche fondue, nutmeg & chocolate.

    •Sam – Baileys hot chocolate with Godiva liqueur & heavy cream; accompanied by egg nog French toast topped with apple, rosemary & onions.

    •Marcel – "Smoke & Fire" Scotch coffee with Baileys & milk foam; accompanied by tapa of pancetta, potato & coffee grinds with vanilla vapor.

    •Ilan – Baileys & egg whites foamed with Guinness & topped with scotch; accompanied by horseradish & beets on matzo with a pan fried egg yolk.

    •Mia – "Chocolate Mama" Mint Chocolate Baileys, Crown Royal & orange juice; accompanied by grilled mango & Brie on a Danish apple crisp.

    •Elia – Cappuccino with Caramel Baileys & ginger; accompanied by a classic petit four of chocolate & nuts.

    •Betty – Parrot Bay coconut rum with heavy cream, Caramel Baileys & cinnamon; accompanied by scallops marinated with Parrot Bay rum, mint, parsley & cilantro.

  • Season 2 Episode 9: Seven

  • Cliff has a handicap during the QuickFire Challenge since he is color blind. Purple looks like black to him, but someone once told him that eggplant is purple, so he matched his colors to it. Marcel did offer to check his colors for him, but Cliff declined.

  • When Cliff lists the Seven Deadly Sins, he does not mention Gluttony, instead mentioning both Envy and Jealousy, which are the same thing.

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    First Course Wrath
    Sam - Spicy Shrimp Ceviche with Chili Pepper Popcorn.

    Second Course Sloth
    Betty - Trio of Vegetable Soups: Carrot Fennel, Sweet White Onion, Beet & Red Pepper.

    Third Course Envy
    Michael - Trout & Salmon with Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc, Asparagus & Mushrooms.

    Fourth Course Greed
    Cliff - Bouillabaisse with a Green Thai Curry Broth.

    Fifth Course Pride
    Elia - Roasted Chicken with Vegetables.

    Sixth Course Lust
    Marcel - Cherry Tart with Cherry Gelee & Chocolate Sauce.

    Seventh Course Gluttony
    Ilan - Rich Chocolate Cake with Funnel Cake, Macadamia Nut Brittle & Creme Anglaise.

  • QuickFire Challenge Dishes:

    Red – Ilan
    Steak Tartare with Red Taro Chips.

    Green – Betty
    Green Zucchini Tamale.

    Brown – Marcel
    Steak & Eggs.

    White – Elia
    White Dover Sole Filet with a Poached Egg.

    Purple – Cliff
    Red Snapper with Grilled Eggplant & Blackberry Compote.

    Yellow – Sam
    Duo of Muffins & a Breakfast Crudo Salad.

    Orange – Mike
    Sushi Rice with Salmon & Carrot Chips.

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