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Top Chef Texas - Ep. #5 - 11/30/11 (Spoilers)

LindaWhit | Nov 30, 201107:34 PM

(Just a reminder - no reveals or spoilers about Last Chance Kitchen that will be online after tonight's episode. Thanks!)


Padma shows up at the end of last week's episode to tell them to sleep well - everyone is hitting the road and heading to Dallas. They get up and pack themselves into the Toyota Siennas and head out! Chuy takes Cute Chris in his car, so Ugly Chris has to go into another car. :-) Edward tells his car that he's been married for just one year, and Ty-Lor's in a relationship.

All of a sudden - they come up to the TX Highway Patrol closing off their "highway" (a.k.a. NOT-Highway) and they're required to stop. He asks them to all pull into the nearby field, and Padma's there with John Besh. (Chris Crary did NOT talk about Padma in her shorts; he liked Besh's teeth! LOL)

The Quickfire is about being resourceful and inventive. They pop the Sienna trunks and see survival kits - they have to make a tasty meal in 30 minutes for $5,000 and immunity.

Canned fruit,garbanzo beans, chocolate, peas, sardines, canned meat, chipotle, green chilies in a can, canned chicken, and other packaged dried foods with no cutting boards or can openers to use. The burners are not heating as well as the should because the wind is very strong. Edward pulls his back out, and Lindsay's father used to eat Vienna sausages out of the can, which grossed her out. Edward also noticed that everyone seems to be making "mess food', and he won't do that.

Ty-Lor's dish of Black Pepper Chicken Stew with garbanzo beans with plain rice on the side looked pretty good - and Padma said the rice was pretty good. Edward's Thai Peanut Soup with Salmon, Tofu and Hominy with Nori-also looked very good, as did Paul's Pork and Beans with Coffee & Basmati Rice.

The bottom group? Whitney, Dakota, and Chris Crary
The Top group? Edward, Lindsay, and Chuy

The Quickfire Winner is Lindsay! Wow - Edward's ticked off - said that Lindsay's dish looked as dry as the Texas farmland they were standing on. I think so too. :-)

The Elim Challenge is a Progressive Dinner in Highland Park neighborhood of Dallas. Ty-Lor said he knows the expectations of the guests, cooking for Bill Gates, rock and movie stars.

Appetizers, Entree, and Dessert are the three courses. The challenge is an individual challenge. Meaning they can't blame their crappy dish on someone else!

Apps = Chris Jones, Paul, Whitney, Lindsay, & Sarah
Entree = Beverly, Chuy, Heather, Nyesha, and Ty-Lor
Dessert = Dakota, Grayson, Chris Crary, and Edward (And Dakota's ticked off)

They head to the hotel to check out their suite and then head to the clients' home. They have 15 minutes to plan the menu. The App house wife is a lifestyle planner who has written books about it. She's also picky about food - no bell peppers, or cilantro. Nothing that would make the diners' breath smell, or get stuck in their teeth.

The Entree house wife doesn't like cilantro or raspberries. The guy likes spicy food, she doesn't - and while he loves beef, she doesn't eat meat at all.

The Dessert house wants something that is worth every calorie. The guy wants his inner fat kid to cry - but he had a giant Gummy Bear for a wedding cake? REALLY?

They go shopping, and the next day, head over to their respective houses to start cooking. Sarah's going Italian with her apps. Chris Jones is going to make something that looks like a cigar...Paul said it's ballsy to not try and impress the lady of the house.

In the Entree house begins to get set up. Beverly starts to take over the house, taking extra pots, extra colanders, moving someone else's blanching water.

Dessert house, Chris is going cupcakes, while Edward is going more elegant.

The judges arrive at the app house - John Besh, Gail Simmons, Padma and Tom Colicchio.

Chris Jones - Roasted Chicken Cigar with Sweet Corn, Collard Greens and Cumin Ash
Sarah - Grilled Roman-Style Artichoke with Date Purée
Lindsay - Roasted and Raw Beet Salad with Chickpeas and Greek Vinaigrette
Whitney - Seared Scallop over Sweet Corn Purée and a Succotash of Zucchini
Paul - Fried Brussels Sprouts with Grilled Prosciutto

The TX people talked about the # of people at their wedding - Gail jokes by saying "700?" and someone replies "actually, 800." The hostess said "We had 1200!" Gail looked beyond astonished.

The cigar dish didn't go over that well, nor did the scallop dish, but Sarah's artichoke dish was liked.

They head over to the Entree house. Ty-Lor's not hapy with his presentation. All dishes are served family style.

Heather - Garlic & Rosemary Griled Lamb Chops with Garbanzo Beans and Mint Chimichurri
Chuy - Sockeye Salmon Fillet stuffed with Goat Cheese and Avocado Relish
Beverly - Pan-Seared Diver Scallops with Creamy Polenta and XO Sauce
Ty-Lor - Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Summer Slaw
Nyesha -Roasted Filet of Beef with Vegetable Mélange with Red Wine Sauce

Beverly's scallops were well received, but Heather's lamb chops and Ty-Lor's pork tenderloin weren't liked.

Over to the Dessert House - Gail hopes for ice cream! LOL She'll get it from Chris and at least one other.

Dakota - Warm Banana Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bread Pudding,Roasted Banana Mousse and Banana Date Milkshake
Chis C - Strawberry Cupcake with Banana Custard and Chocolate Icing
Edward - Cardamom Panna Cotta, Cataloupe Consommé and Raspberries Stuffed with Basil Pudding
Grayson - Chocolate Sponge Cake with Caramelized Bananas and Semifreddo

Grayson's dish was "too rich" for some, but Tom said he didn't think it was possible to be too rich in Dallas,Texas. :-) Edward's dish was "jiggly" and looked like a little Elmo, but tasted fancier than it looked. One liked Chris C's cupcake, but Tom C. said his mother said if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. OUCH! Finally, Dakota's brad pudding was *very* well received.

In the in-between, Chuy's dad stories were relayed - he made all the furniture in their house, among other stories told by Chuy. Chuy's dad is superman - he can do anything!

Padma comes out asking to see Sarah, Grayson, Paul and Dakota - they're the top group! The winner is Paul with his Fried Brussels Sprouts & Grilled Prosciutto! He then goes back to the outside Stew Room to tell Chris Jones, Chris Crary, Ty-Lor and Chuy that the judges want to see them. They are the least favorite.

Chris Crary's cupcake - Tom skewers his dessert - the dish was just a mess. John Besh said take what they tell you and work with it - don't caved in to their every whim. Ty-Lor's pork tenderloin dish was not plated well, nor was there any finesse in the cooking, and Chuy's salmon dish with cheese was overcooked just so the cheese would melt. Chris Jones cigar app was called a gimmick by John Besh and was hard to eat.

They're back in front of the judges, and Tom tells them that thinking through their respective dishes could have corrected a lot of the mistakes they each made. Who's going to head to Last Chance Kitchen? OMG, it's Chuy! OMG, OMG OMG. I had hoped to see him go through so much further. Let's see how he does in LCK against Keith! The rest of the cheftestants are all shocked.


Off to LCK online! It's Chuy vs. Keith. They head to Bolner's Meat Market to choose their protein. The butcher cuts up a Prime forequarter for them into one ribrack for each of them and they head back. Tom tells them what they have to do: they have to butcher five bone-in Ribeyes and perfectly cook one Medium Rare steak. Chuy said having Tom tell them what he wants is like having the Puff Daddy of steak tell them. :-) They have 45 minutes to butcher, cook and rest and serve the meat and he gives them a visual as to how the ribeye should look after butchering. Interesting upside-down cast iron cooking method that Keith uses! And I thought the winner would be who it was.

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