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Top Chef Canada, Season 2, Episode 8 (spoilers)

chefhound | Apr 30, 201210:53 PM

It's the catering challenge. But first we start with the Chef Skills Quickfire.

The challenges consists of 4 parts. The first round: the chefs must finely dice shallots. They must be done precisely and the 6 chefs who can chop the most shallots (by weight) move on to the next round. Carl, Xavier, David, Ryan, Jimmy and Trevor move on to the next round.
The next challenge is to French a rack of lamb. Mark McEwan is expecting a very precise level of butchering and rejects Carl's first attempt. Xavier, David, Carl and Trevor move on.
The third round finds the chefs peeling grapes. They all groan at this old school skill challenge. Only two can move on. And the two are Carl and Xavier.
The final round: Cook a dish with the prepped ingredients. Xavier goes Mediterranean: roasted rack of lamb with fig and grape couscous. Carl prepares grilled lamb chops with Madeira grape lamb jus, rosti, sauteed spinach with summer truffles on a shallot puree. And the winner is Carl. No immunity but he wins a Wustof knife set.

The Elimination challenge: Cater lunch for the cast and crew of Lost Girl. Guest judge is Chef Michael Blackie from Ottawa. Jimmy makes green minestrone soup with porcini and truffle oil and a green salad. Trevor makes a quinoa salad with walnuts, hazelnuts, cranberries and raisins as well as a tomato Caprese salad with garlic parmesan chips. Trista makes a seafood salad with artichoke and avocado as well as a yogurt rosewater panna cotta with pomegranate. David makes grilled polenta with red onion jam and mint-marinated cucumber, Moroccan roasted carrots, and grilled zucchini. Jonathan makes pulled pork lettuce wraps with a vegan option of tofu. Carl makes roasted chicken with ratatouille. Xavier makes chocolate mousse and also raspberry poached peaches. Ryan makes saffron glazed Arctic char with green goddess sauce.
The bottom: Ryan, Xavier, Trista and Jimmy.
The top: Carl, David, Jonathan and Trevor.
The winner is Jonathan. And Jimmy is out.

The divide is becoming clearer. I think this episode validates my personal picks to win, place or show. The guys who are consistently on the top are starting to really show their stuff. The in-between guys are showing their weaknesses.
Carl and Trevor have mostly been on top and have been consistently producing really great stuff. Jonathan and David have mostly either been on top or in the middle. I think they both have a good chance but are not as consistent.
On the bottom, Jimmy's immaturity showed. This challenge and the last one as well, Jimmy has shown that is he not ready. Why would you make a green salad? And after McEwan warned them to make Top Chef worthy dishes. And Ryan, why would you glaze the fish and also have a sauce? Seems redundant and there's a greater chance of having conflicting flavours between the glaze and the sauce.
And Trista and Xavier both split their focus by doing two dishes. I believe that not focusing on one thing has been the downfall of many a cheftestant.

Is it just me or is David totally adorable? This episode in particular, I thought he was just delightful - crazy but really likeable. If he keeps going the way he's been going, he might just be the dark horse in this race. For now, my money is on either Carl or Trevor.

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