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Top Chef Texas - Ep. #6 - 12/07/11 (Spoilers)

LindaWhit | | Dec 7, 2011 07:29 PM

The Queen of Mean and the King of Pain are going to featured on tonight's episode! At least, that's what the preview showed. Who are they? Well, you'll just have to watch/read to see, won't you? :-)

The episode starts off back at the TC House, everyone missing Chuy. Only 5 guys left vs. 8 women.

The next day, they show up at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas, where Padma and Chef Dean Fearing are there to greet them. Paul went to school there, so everything is very familiar to him.

The Quickfire tests their skills as a saucier, the most prestigious position on the line in a kitchen, according to Chef Fearing. They draw knives that each have one of the five mother sauces: Veloute, Tomate, Espagnole, Hollandaise, and Bechamel. Their challenge is to make a dish that uses the sauce they drew, but one that is personalized. They have 1-1/2 hours to cook. Some of the dishes looked amazing!

The dishes that were in the bottom? Dakota, Nyesha, and Beverly.
The dishes in the top group? Grayson, Chris C., and Paul.

And the winner is? Grayson wins! She gets immunity in the Elimination Challenge.

The EC is all about steak - they'll work as one team creating a 4-course dinner for 200 guests at the Cattle Baron's Ball. Steaks need to be medium-rare when they hit the table, and steak must be included in at least two of the dishes. The Ball will be held at Southfork Ranch - the home of the the TV show, "Dallas". The winner will get a 2011 Toyota Venza - they get to drive them on the way to Whole Foods. But first, they have 30 minutes to plan their menu.

First course - Soup - Dakota, Beverly, Sarah
Second course - Appetizer - Edward, Chris J., and Paul
Third course - Entrée - Nyesha, Ty-Lor, Whitney & Chris C.
Fourth course - Dessert - Lindsay, Heather, and Grayson

Edward takes on the role of "Secretary" to keep everyone on track - but he's ticked off that Heather's taking * his* cake recipe and doing the same thing that she did at the Quinceañera.

They make a mess in Whole Foods, breaking bottles. They're back at the kitchen and have 3 hours to prep.

The first course soup will be a Tomato-Watermelon Gazpacho. The second course app will be seared NY Strip Steak Carpaccio. The third course entrée will be steak with greens and a potato gratin. Then, the cake for dessert.

Heather notes that Beverly is in charge of one thing - shrimp. Three hours should be plenty of time to prep, but as a team, they're looking for her to do more. Whitney said she won't get her potato gratin in to cook tonight, and Edward is concerned. Meanwhile, Ty-Lor is digging out marrow with an oyster knife, and he cuts himself. The medic tells him he'll need stitches, but he said just to wrap the hand as he's not going to stop cooking. Time is up, and they all head back to the house except Ty-Lor, who heads to the hospital. Ty-Lor is in charge of the steak the next day - this could be a problem. He doesn't show back up until the next morning - the emergency room was very busy.

They all head off to the Southfork Ranch. It's going to a scorcher outside. Heather is doing a lot of organization, getting plates ready to be used for plating each course's dish. Whitney's had to remove the top layer of her potato gratin, as they were discolored. But Heather's also snarking about Beverly taking two full days to prepare the shrimp for poaching.

Tom Colicchio does his walk-through, and notes who's doing what for each course. The steaks that Ty-Lor is responsible for will be marked on the grill, and then finished in the oven. Somehow, Beverly gets all of the shrimp done as well. Ty-Lor's dealing with a buttload of charcoal Weber grills outside in the heat.

Hugh Acheson joins the judges, along with two women who head up the charity side of the Cattle Baron's Ball and the American Cancer Society. Hugh asks who was taking a leadership role in the kitchen, and Tom replies that yesterday Ed got the ball rolling, but Lindsay and Heather took the lead on the day of service.

The first course is a Tomato-Watermelon Gazpacho, with Poached Shrimp and Avocado Mousse. Tom thinks they played it a bit safe, but other diners seem to like it.

The second course is a NY Strip Carpaccio with Heirloom Tomato and Asparagus Salad, a Candied Pistachio Vinaigrette, and Mushroom "bacon". Tom wasn't happy with it, but Dean Fearing liked the degree of doneness on the steak.

Meanwhile, when the 2nd course was being plated, Lindsay was nervous that the steaks needed to be started. Timing to serve this course is key - Edward flashed the steaks a bit too early, WAY too soon since the diners were still on the 2nd course. The course was served - a Grilled Rib Eye with Creamy Potato Gratin, Braised Greens and a Compound Butter. BIG problem - Dean Fearing did NOT get a medium rare steak. The potato gratin was undercooked, but they liked the compound butter and the sauce, both of which Nyesha made.

The last course of dessert is a "Right Side Up" Texas Peach Cake, Peach Salad, with a Candied Pecan Streusel. The judges mostly seem to like the dessert, the diners are split.

Service is over, and Ty-Lor feels he's done. Whitney wasn't happy with her potato gratin, and it seems both feel that they'll be at Judges Table.

In the Stew Room, Heather asks what went wrong with the steaks. Ty-Lor said he was responsible for the steak, but had only had 1 hour of sleep. In addition, Heather also called out Beverly about the fact that she only worked on just the shrimp.

Padma comes in and asks to see Nyesha, Heather, and Chris Jones. They're in the Top Group! Chris's steak carpaccio was perfectly done. Heather's dessert (the cake) was well done - light as a feather and very moist. Nyesha's butter saved the entrée. And the winner is Heather with her cake - she gets the 2011 Toyota Venza!

They head back into the Stew Room, and Heather said they want to see Ty-Lor, Whitney and Beverly. You also saw that Edward was visibly ticked that Heather won using his recipe.

Ty-Lor knows the steaks were overcooked when they went out. The Judges's plates were all over the map on the doneness of the steaks they received - everything from rare to medium-well done. Whitney's potato gratin was raw for many of the diners. Edward's salad that was under the Steak Carpaccio was just underwhelming. Edward said that no one wanted to step on anyone else's toes, but Hugh said that someone had to rise up and say that they've got a vision for that plate and it's going to be awesome....and no one did.

Back at JT, *none* of the Bottom Three were well liked. Hard to say who's going home based on what we heard from the judges, but I'm thinking it might be Whitney. Tom's overview highlights all of the faults of each dish, and then said that it wasn't hard to choose who was going home this time. Sure enough, it's Whitney.

Next week preview shows it's a double elimination, and the cheftestants have to judge the three dishes on the bottom!

Now it's on to LCK! Whitney heads back to the TC house, and finds Tom's letter to meet him in the TC ktichen. This is when she finds out about her chance to stay in the competition. So it's Whitney vs Chuy...and their challenge is to create the Classic American Burger. Andrew, Keith and Richie are there to cheer them both on. Tom has them draw knives - Chuy gets ostrich, and Whitney gets elk. Both proteins are lean, so they'll have to make sure to keep it moist. Interesting questions and comments coming from the Peanut Gallery of A, K and R, almost as if they were judging! Sure enough, they get to try the burgers after Tom does, and he *does* ask their opinion. I know which burger *looked* better to me.