So it's the Top Chef Alumni episode. Marcus Samuelsson (Top Chef Master) and Dale MacKay (Top Chef Canada) both appear in this episode.
Quickfire: Make a dish with kid-unfriendly ingredients for Dale MacKay's son Ayden. The chefs draw knives. Carl gets liver and asparagus. Trevor gets squid and brussel sprouts. Trista has rabbit and mushrooms. Jonathan gets lamb and artichoke. Xavier has mackerel and eggplant and David draws mussels and radish.
Carl makes liver parfait and jelly sandwich with tempura asparagus. Trevor makes fried calamari and brussel sprout slaw. Trista makes rabbit fingers with sauteed mushrooms and corn. Jonathan makes artichoke dip with chips and grilled lamb with honey mustard. David makes mussel and potato galette with tomato radish salad. Xavier make potato string wrapped mackerel with honey confit eggplant.
Xavier and Jonathan are on the bottom. Trevor and Carl are on the top. And the winner is Trevor, who wins Le Cruset cookware.
Elimination: The chefs have to cook a 6-course soul food dinner for Marcus Samuelsson, soul food being more about personal stories and life experiences, not Harlem soul food. The chefs all faint and pee their pants a little. Jonathan faints again. When resuscitated, he follows Marcus around muttering "We're not worthy" and "I love you" under his breath. Ok, none of that happened, I'm exaggerating a little bit.
Xavier does the first course which is Mediterranean vegetable terrine with beet reduction and olive sour cream, which represents his appreciation of Canada. Jonathan has the next course which is scampi consomme with scampi pierogi in memory of his grandmother's pierogies. Carl's dish is bacon-wrapped salmon with sunchokes, favas and beurre blanc but doesn't really relate to anything except that he's from salmon country, BC. Trista makes dumplings in chicken broth, poached chicken with curried carrot puree and fried chicken to represent the neighbourhood she grew up in. Marcus finds plastic in his dish. David serves grilled flank steak, cabbage roll with creme fraiche croquette and beet, apple, horseradish roulade from his Ukrainian roots. Trevor makes a peanut butter molten lava cake with banana ice cream and strawberry jam, inspired by his childhood meals of peanut butter banana sandwiches.
On the top: David, Jonathan and Xavier.
On the bottom: Trista, Carl and Trevor.
David is the winner of $5,000 and the ultimate compliment of Marcus wanting his recipe for the beet, horseradish, apple roulade.
Trista goes home, partially for leaving plastic on her chicken.
Ayden MacKay was kind of cute - a serious little man with freshly combed hair. I wonder if he actually got to choose or if Dale actually chose the dishes to win. Nice to see Dale again. I'm kind of enjoying the commercials in between, featuring former Top Chef Canada finalists. Interesting to find out that Lisa Ray is part Polish and grew up eating pierogies.
Good job David - finally getting it together when it counts. Weird to see Trevor and Carl on the bottom. The writing was on the wall for Trista when Marcus pulled out that strip of plastic wrap, although I think her food didn't do her any favours either. When I hear Indian and Caribbean, I expect rich, long-cooked flavours. I hate it when someone just makes a curry sauce and pours it over a piece of chicken, it's disappointing.
The preview for next week's episode is freaking me out a little. It might just be the editing but the announcement of a high-stakes quickfire and then two chefs conspicuously missing from the clips of the elimination challenge, one of whom I've been rooting for. Keeping my fingers crossed until next week.
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