January 05, 2011 09:30 PM by Shayla Perry
This week, for the first time in Top Chef history, the cheftestants are up against judge Tom Colicchio in their Quickfire Challenge! PLUS, the chefs are tasked with preparing authentic dishes for some very discriminate diners. Which contestant went home? Keep reading for everything you missed on tonight’s all new episode of Top Chef: All-Stars on Bravo.
On this week’s all new episode of Top Chef: All-Stars on Bravo, after the last challenge, some of the chefs are a little wary of Angelo’s decision to “help out” his competitors at the U.S. Open, while others are still stewing over the fact that Jamie has yet to really cook anything during an Elimination Challenge.
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi informs the remaining All-Star cheftestants that for tonight’s Quickfire Challenge they must quickly prepare a winning dish, beating the time of a surprise master chef.
The chefs are shocked to find that the master chef they’re up against will be none other than Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio!
Racing against the clock with speed and precision, Tom shows the chefs how it’s done, managing to complete his dish in just 8 minutes and 37 seconds, making it the quickest Quickfire Challenge ever!
The winner of the challenge will not only gain Immunity, but they’ll also go home with a brand new Toyota Prius.
When the challenge begins, everyone runs in one direction, but Marcel bypasses the fridge altogether and instead heads to Tom Colicchio’s station to grab his leftover fish.
At the end of time, many of the chefs aren’t happy with their dishes–especially Dale, and Jamie, who only manages to prepare ONE clam.
The three best dishes were Mike, Richard, and Marcel’s, but the winner is Mike Isabella’s Pan-roasted Branzino with Black Olives and Capers.
For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs’ speed will come in handy as they head to Chinatown to take over one of the most popular dim sum restaurants, Grand Harmony, working together to make an assortment of dim sum options for patrons during the busy lunchtime rush.
Dale, who works in a dim sum house, is hoping to redeem himself during the challenge, but Fabio is not so thrilled.
Back at the house, the cheftestants start planning their individual dim sum dishes. Mike, who has Immunity, decides to take a leadership role in the challenge, and Casey and Carla volunteer to stay on the floor of the restaurant and help get the diners served.
Angelo and Dale, decidedly the frontrunners in this particular challenge, suggest that some chefs prepare two dishes instead of one, and surprisingly, Jamie volunteers.
With 45 minutes to shop, the chefs struggle to navigate the Chinese market and then arrive at Grand Harmony with 3 and a half hours to prepare, but things are off to a bad start when there’s no grill and the oven doesn’t heat above 350 degrees!
2 hours left to make all 280 dim sum dishes, and Casey, who’s boldly decided to prepare chicken feet, has a LOT of toes to cut!
As the restaurant begins to fill up, Casey has to hand her dish off to Antonia so she can start getting ready to serve the 250+ people.
Fabio, who was worried about not being able to prepare his short-ribs the way he wanted, is thrilled that they’re cooked to perfection, claiming that it’s the first Top Chef “maracle.” Gotta love Fabio’s accent.
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and guest judge Sursur Lee are seated amongst the diners and presented with the first dishes by Casey and Carla, but for everyone else in the restaurant, there’s no food!
The people in the dining room are getting increasingly angry, and those who managed to get food aren’t happy with what they’re being served.
Tom Colicchio finally goes to the kitchen to tell the chefs they’d better hurry up or they’re in danger of losing customers.
At the end of service, the contestants finally start to pick up steam, but it’s way too late to make a difference.
In the Stew Room, Padma Lakshmi calls for Casey, Antonia, Carla, Jaime, and Tre to come before the judges, letting them know that they had the worst dishes of the challenge.
When asked about her role in Casey’s chicken feet, which the judges felt were nearly inedible, Antonia got teary, saying that the entire challenge was just too overwhelming for her–especially since she ended up preparing more than two dishes.
Tiffany D., Angelo, Dale, and Fabio are then called to Judges’ Table with the three best dishes of the challenge and the winner is Dale–though Dale doesn’t exactly agree.
After their deliberation, the judges call Casey, Antonia, Carla, Jamie, and Tre back to Judges’ Panel. In the end, Casey was asked to pack her knives and go.
Will Jamie last yet another week in the competition?
Tune in next time to find out.
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