BABY FOOD! Yup, the Quickfire is all about making homemade baby food for Padma's new infant and Tom's little one. Colicchio is the "guest judge" for the Quickfire, as at the time of filming, he has an 8 mo. old at home, and Padma's baby is 2 mo. old. It's also a high stakes QF - the winner(s) gets $10K each (two will be picked)...but NO immunity.
So they're to make a dish that can be baby food AND something for the parents - the pureed food gets put into a baby food jar, while the parent's dish is plated as usual.
On the bottom? Timothy, Alex, Kevin, and Kelly
Tops? Lynne, Tamesha, and Angelo, and Kenny
Both Lynne and Tamesha haven't really been in the picture these past 3 episodes, so it was nice to see someone different in the favored group.
The winners? Tamesha and Kenny.
And for the Elimination Challenge? The Hilton wants a new signature dish for their menu. The cheftestants form into teams of two to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, capable of being served in both the Hilton's restaurant(s) and as room service meals. All teams compete in the breakfast round; the two team winners are safe from elimination and don't have to cook again. The rest of the teams will move on to the lunch round - two winning teams picked there are also safe from elimination. Every other team moves onto the dinner round where one team will be eliminated - so two cheftestants are outta here tonight!
Looks like Stephen and Amanda are odd chefs out - no one wants to pair up with them, so they pair up together.
Former TC cheftestants Bryan Voltaggio, Michael Isabella, and Spike Mendelsohn are seated there in the Top Chef Kitchen, as that's where the judges will be served, along with guest judges are "restaurant-concepts maven" Beth Scott (of the Hilton Hotels) and organic foods chef Nora Pouillon. And Eric Ripert is back. :-) So the judges get to see what's going on in the kitchen! No, correct that - looks like they leave the kitchen when they're cooking (having seen the judges leave during the lunch preparation and only come back right at the last minute before Padma calls "Time, utensils down!").
Best breakfasts? Amanda/Stephen and Timothy/Tiffany - they're all safe from elimination during the lunch round - funny how Amanda and Stephen weren't picked as a partner by anyone, but they ended up doing SO well together in the breakfast round. :-)
Best lunches? Angelo/Tamesha and Alex/Ed - the latter two squeaked it out after a horrible breakfast service!
Lynne and Arnold are definitely *not* working well together during dinner prep. And Kenny/Kevin's short rib dish doesn't have a whole lot of braising liquid, whereas Andrea/Kelly's short rib dish looks much better. And Lynne and Arnold's pasta now doesn't seem to have been cooked per the judges.
All three teams are called up to Judges Table.
Best dinner? Andrea and Kelly's short rib dish won and their dish will be on the Hilton's menu! Six-day Venice and Barcelona vacations are also part of the winnings...Andrea gets Spain, Kelly gets Italy. :-)
Wow - both of the dishes by Lynne/Arnold and Kevin/Kenny could send the respective team home. I'm not really sure who's going home. Undercooked pasta and a dish that probably would be a hard sell (but was very imaginative) on a hotel menu vs. a seemingly bland and underglazed short rib dish.
Worst dinner? Wow - Lynne and Arnold are out. I really thought that they might squeak through.
And next week the entire group has to work as a team? Seems that way from previews. And what a surprise - Angelo and Kenny are butting heads again.
So...a question - who thinks that the team elimination was fair or not fair? I kind of think that as a team, you're supposed to be able to work together and the team elimination was fair.