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Top Chef Canada, Season 3, Episode 9


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Top Chef Canada, Season 3, Episode 9

chefhound | May 13, 2013 10:20 PM

Before announcing the challenge, Lisa tells the chefs that the finale will be in Calgary.

Quickfire: The chefs have to create a dish inspired by a classic cocktail. Guest judge is Frankie Solarik of BarChef.
Jonathan gets the Cosmopolitan, Nicole gets the Caesar, Dennis gets the Black Russian, Caity gets the Negroni, Matthew gets the Whisky Sour, Geoff gets the Old-Fashioned and Danny gets the Mojito. The prize is $5,000.

On the top: Dennis and Jonathan.
On the bottom: Danny and Nicole.
And the winner is Dennis.

Elimination: The chefs must prepare a 7-course tasting menu based on the diets of animals from the Toronto Zoo and the cuisine of the region the animal is from.
Dennis chooses Indomalaya/Lion-tailed Macaque. Jonathan chooses Canadian Domain/Wood Bison. Caity picks Australasia/Komodo Dragon. Geoff chooses Tundra Trek/Polar Bear. Matthew picks The Americas/Blue and Yellow Macaw. Danny gets Eurasia/Snow Leopard. Nicole gets African Rainforest/Western Lowland Gorilla.
Dennis is also responsible for setting the progression of the meal.

The guest judge is Michael Voltaggio. (Yay!)

The courses:
Jon - Angus tartare w/Parmesan crisp
Dennis - quail and tamarind consommé
Nicole - herbivore tortellini
Danny - Asian-spiced chicken
Geoff - Arctic char with crab hollandaise
Caity - foie gras and veal liver
Matthew - banana and coconut tapioca

On the top: Jonathan, Matthew, Danny and Dennis
On the bottom: Caity, Nicole and Geoff

The judges torment the top four by pretending that they were on the bottom and then telling them that they were on top. The top four receive autographed cookbooks from Michael Voltaggio.
There are two winners this week: Jonathan and Matthew.
And Caity is sent home.

I was surprised that Caity got sent home. I'm not a Caity fan but Geoff has been mediocre throughout the whole show so I thought it would be his time. Although I have to admit that Caity's dish was a strange idea. Liver on top of liver? Strange.

I didn't really understand why the other chefs were so tough on Danny for helping Caity. I agree that she should have cooked her own dish but Danny was just a nice guy. He probably didn't even realize that he was doing anything wrong because it's his nature to be helpful. In any case, his help was not enough to prevent Caity from being eliminated.

I do have to give points to Caity for accepting her elimination with grace. She knew that she did not do a good job and admitted it. I wasn't crazy about Caity but I did grow to respect her more because she was always willing to take criticism and admit when she wasn't good. She wasn't like Becky - denying any mistakes all the way.

At the beginning of the show, the guys were teasing Danny about the leek ash. Which reminds me of a question I have about the last episode. It wasn't clear to me whether the chefs created their own dishes or if they were directed by the team leaders.
Did Danny come up with the leek ash or did Becky tell him to make it? Did she dictate the entire menu for the restaurant because she was the team leader? Or did everyone come up with their own dish, guided by the leader's restaurant theme? Just curious how much of Danny's dishes were his fault (execution) or Becky's fault (concept ?)

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