Good Morning, Swiss Chard

One chef is deemed too meek for the Top Chef kitchen

Manuel Trevino, a.k.a. Memo, explains how resources are divvied out in the Top Chef kitchen: Parsley is at a premium. Plus, he weighs in on the high-end Mexican food controversy. In the elimination challenge, which requires that the chefs cook up dishes themed to a film, he’s paired with Spike, who has never heard of Like Water for Chocolate—and goes instead for Good Morning, Vietnam. But Swiss chard doesn’t strike the judges as a particularly good pairing with Vietnamese spring rolls, and the Chilean sea bass is deemed cheap: Manuel takes the fall.

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