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Top Chef Texas - Ep. #12 - 01/25/12 (Spoilers)

LindaWhit | Jan 25, 201207:29 PM

It's time to PAHHHHH-TAYYYY! Block party, that is! We'll get to that in a little bit. First, they're back in the Stew Room, and Grayson said she would miss Beverly, but others wouldn't. Lindsay is STILL saying that Beverly should have taken care of her dish when she entrusted her halibut dish to Beverly. And Edward was being a jerk about it as well. Charlize shows up in the Stew Room to say thanks and tell them all how much of a nerdy food fan she is.

They show up in the TC Kitchen, and Padma, Emeril, and Cat Cora are there to greet them. Cat Cora is cohost of a new TV show - Around the World in 80 Plates.

Three teams of two are formed by Padma:

Grayson and Chris (Green)
Lindsay and Sarah (Red)
Paul & Edward (White)

It's a speed challenge for the Quickfire. In 40 minutes, they are to peel, de-vein and butterfly 2 lbs. of shrimp, shuck a crate of corn, and make a lb. of perfect fettuccine. When they're done, whatever time they have left after prep, they have to cook a dish using those ingredients. But only AFTER the judges have checked their prep. If approved, they'll get to then cook. There is no more immunity, but the winning team will win $10,000.

Lindsay is first to finish de-veining the shrimp. Paul asks them to check the corn prep, but he's left a lot on the cobs. Chris finishes his corn first. Grayson's pasta is overworked, whereas Sarah's pasta is good to go. Edward asks for a pasta check, and he's good to go. Paul's corn is then approved, and Sarah then gets their final check on the corn. So Sarah and Lindsay are first done with their mise and can cook. Paul finishes the shrimp, so the White Team is ready to cook. FINALLY Grayson finishes her pasta and there are 8 minutes to cook.

All three teams seem to finish their plates, EXCEPT Paul doesn't get their shrimp on the plates while he and Edward were concentrating on the garnish.

The judges try the Green Team first: they make Fettuccine with Toasted Corn, Poached Shrimp, Chili, Bacon & Rosemary. Emeril asks about how the bacon is cooked and Chris admits he deep-fried it, as they had no time.

They then move on to the Red Team's dish: Fettuccine with Corn Milk, Shrimp, Tarragon & Parsley. Sounds like maybe a bit too much tarragon on the dish?

Then it's over to the White Team - and Paul admits he forgot the shrimp. Padma lets out a "WHAT?" Sarah and Lindsay both look beyond pleased. Padma notes that the flavors were very good in their dish and that it's too bad that the shrimp were left off the plate.

So who wins the Quickfire? Paul and Edward are disqualified, obviously. Cat notes that she wouldn't have used tarragon as it's an overpowering herb, but the flavors were good. Both Cat and Emeril were worried about timing on the Green Team's dish, but were impressed that they got it done. The winning team is the GREEN TEAM! Chris and Grayson win one! Of course, Sarah thinks their pasta was better. :-/

For the Elimination Challenge, each person's partner in the QF is now their opponent. Healthy Choice, in conjunction with its initiative, Child Hunger Ends Here, is sponsoring a food drive to support the San Antonio Food Bank. They will serve 200 people at a block party. They will each be required to make a version of the same dish, and the block party attendees will choose their favorite from each pair. Whoever has the least amount of votes within each pair will be up for elimination. They have to decide right then and there what to make as a main dish and a side dish.

Grayson and Chris: Chicken Salad Sandwich and Watermelon Salad
Edward and Paul: Asian Beef BBQ and Pickled Vegetables
Lindsay and Sarah: Meatballs and a Vegetable Salad

Of course, Padma throws a twist - Healthy Choice and their Cafe Steamers line are all about healthier meals and low in fat content. So each chef has to make a healthier version of the dishes they've decided to make. The winner will get $15,000.

They have 40 minutes and $600 to shop. Sarah gets ground turkey; Lindsay's going with ground lamb and veal. Grayson enlist someone in the store to help push her watermelons around the store.

They head out to the CIA kitchen prepping in 2.5 hours for 200 people. Chris makes his own "mayo" using a tofu emulsion, so it's virtually fat-free. Chris is *pre-making* all of his sandwiches, while Grayson is still mixing all of her ingredients and she's running out of time, but Chris helps her out.

They head over to where the block party is, but they're dealing with tons of bees around their dishes. Grayson's doing everything to order, which could prove difficult. Everyone shows up for the party with food donations and then over to each of the chef's set-ups for their dishes. Edward's set-up is a "build your own", but he has to watch the diners and make sure the don't take too much of everything so everyone gets fed. Grayson's got about 20 people in her line because she's hand-building her sandwiches to order. Sarah's also got a long line as well, and Chris is battling those bees. He's allergic so he's trying to avoid them and apologizing to the block party attendees.

The judges show up with their donations, and say hello to Bryan Scott, a TC4 season cheftestant and now a Healthy Choice Flavor Ambassador. They then go over to the tables. Dana Cowin, Food & Wine editor, joins them as a judge.

PAUL: Turkey Kalbi, Eggplant with White Peach Kimchi
EDWARD: Open Faced Kalbi, Kimchi Chipotle Puree, Pickled Cucumber & Daikon on a homemade steamed bun with his pickled veggies on the side

The judges liked Paul's dish in building flavor. Edward's dish has too much bun to meat, and the beef seemed to be hard and dry.

GRAYSON: Chicken Salad Sandwich (on a whole wheat bun) with Arugula, Pickled Red Onion, Feta Watermelon Salad with Pumpkin Seeds (she uses an olive oil mayo)
CHRIS: Chicken Salad Sandwich with Tofu "Mayo", Red Letuce, Watermelon Fruit Salad with Pineapple Ice

Grayson's Watermelon Salad needed a bit of additional flavor. Dana Cowin didn't think that her chicken salad had all that much flavor; and yet the next shot was a block party attendee saying he liked her chicken salad. Chris's sandwich bread was a bit more dried out as they weren't made to order, but Tom liked the curry in it. His watermelon salad was more flavorful.

SARAH: Calabrese-Style Turkey Meatball and Vegetable Salad
LINDSAY: Mediterranean Meatball with Lemon Yogurt, Blacked-Eyed Peas and Quinoa Greek Salad

Sarah's meatball is well received, but Dana's salad only had 2 ingredients. Lindsay's meatball was VERY well received by the judges, lots of flavor, original.

They're in the Stew Room talking about the long lines and whose dishes were healthier. Padma comes in and asks to see Grayson, Paul and Lindsay. And they're in the TOP group! (Already given away in a preview of Tom saying something to Grayson about having to win with a chicken salad sandwich.)

Paul's dish is noted as very flavorful, Tom tells him to bottle his hot sauce. Grayson was noted as making sandwiches to order. Tom asks her had she thought that she could win this making a chicken salad sandwich? He said you have to win this against potential dishes that are more exciting. She replied back "Like a meatball?" He said "Right." She said "Right." She *really* stood up to Tom when she got called out! Lindsay's meatball was liked with the lemon and sumac. And it's PAUL that wins again! He gets $15,000 with his Turkey Kalbi.

Edward, Chris, and Sarah all head into the Judges Table while Grayson says in the Stew Room that she feels she was brutalized. "They wanted me to do more. Duly noted." And she almost feels like she should be in the bottom group.

Edward's bread on his dish was called out as empty calories, and by removing the fat from the short ribs, he's removed the good part out of it. Tom said it was no surprise that Paul's dish beat his out.

Chris building his sandwich ahead of time was what did him in. He did a great job in making a healthy dish, as Tom said, using tofu to make a mayonnaise. But his frozen pineapple ice on top of his watermelon salad was also too icy.

Sarah's meatball with apricot was too mild, and consistency on the salad were what she was called out on.

They go back into the Stew Room. Chris said he hates to go home because he didn't wrap his sandwiches and didn't blend his smoothie. Edward says "Every time you make like your'e going home, someone else goes home!" Chris replies "Whelp...." pats Edward on the knee as in farewell, and gets up and walks away. FUNNY!

Back at JT, Padma says she felt for the cheftestants with 200 people in 105 degree heat. Sarah's meatball was good; Lindsay's was better. Tom said he doesn't get Chris - time and again it's idea, idea, idea, and every time, he can't execute. Cat notes that Edward's dish was chewy and tough, a tiny dried piece of bread, and pickles, and then Tom adds "and a BS story!"

I think it's Chris or Edward going home.

They're back in front of the judges, and Tom reviews each dish. It's all about details, and they have to deliver. Someone didn't - and that someone is Chris - it is his turn to PYKAG. He said he had no doubt he was going home because of his mistakes. Grayson said it's her fault, as the chicken salad was her decision. (No Grayson - Chris could have said NO, he didn't want to make that!) Chris's farewell was great and gracious, and he said as he pointed at Paul "Somebody take him DOWN so he doesn't win the most money on Top Chef! But if you don't, I love you all." :-)

previews - it's PEE WEE HERMAN! YAY! I can't wait! LOL


For LCK, he heads over to the TCK when he gets the note from Tom. But not before he goes to the cast house kitchen for TEN MINUTES thinking that's where Tom is. DUH! LOL He sees Beverly with Tom. He said that Beverly doesn't intimidate him in the kitchen. So it'll be interesting to see how this goes! The rest of the eliminated chefs come in. Awwww, he misses Richie! Nyesha tells Tom that Beverly's strong and could take this one.

And the winner of next week's LCK will go back to TCK and compete to win the entire shebang! They have a mystery box at their station with which to make a dish. During the LCK competition, there will be additional mystery boxes introduced, and they MUST use all ingredients. Each of them have items that are very diverse - lamb chops, buttermilk, cinnamon, pine nuts, parsley, parsnips, marshmallows. Other items added later are radicchio, and then white anchovies. Blech! LOL

Tom comes in and tastes Beverly's dish, and then Chris's dish. He reviews, and decides. Interesting.

And we're done!

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