February 16, 2011 09:33 PM by Shayla Perry
Tonight on an all new episode of Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars, the stars of Sesame Street head to the Top Chef kitchen to test the cheftestants skills in making, what else, but cookies! Then, for the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are off to Target to prepare their best dishes for over 100 employees.
This week on Top Chef: All-Stars, after Fabio’s elimination, there are 7 chefs remaining in the competition (3 women for those of you keeping track), and things won’t be getting easier any time soon.
For the Quickfire Challenge, Padma Lakshmi informs the chefs that they’re on their way, and “everything’s a-okay,” because the guest judges are none other than Telly, Cookie Monster, and Elmo from Sesame Street! Their task? To make their version of the world’s best COOOO-KIE!
With 45 minutes to whip up their creations, the chefs get busy!
To Elmo’s delight, Richard Blais is making a cookie with zucchini, and yes, there is smoke involved (Jimmy Fallon would be so proud).
Dale is going a decidedly different route, using everything from potato chips to pretzels–interesting.
Carla, having a baking background, is a little more comfortable with the challenge than some of the other chefs, like Angelo, who claims to have never made a cookie before (seriously?!).
At the end of their 45 minutes, it’s time for the cheftestants to present their cookies to the Sesame Street gang, and to the delight of Richard Blais, his daughter gets a special shout out from Elmo!
[Note to the Top Chef Producers: Can we please have Telly, Cookie Monster, and Elmo judge every Quickfire?! The show could use a little more love now that Fabio's gone.]
Though Richard’s ice cream cookies are good, they aren’t technically cookies, which lands him in the bottom of the bunch along with Angelo. (Hey, you can’t argue with the Cookie Monster about cookies!)
Surprisingly, Dale’s potato chip and pretzel shortbread cookies are among one of the favorites, as well as Antonia’s–despite the fact that according to Elmo, they looked like “cow chips.”
The chef behind the best cookie, and the winner of the Quickfire Challenge and $5,000 is Dale.
For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs will be competing for $25,000 (yes, another Top Chef history-making moment). They will have three hours to roam the aisles of Target to gather everything they’ll need to prepare a dish for 100 Target employees. And when Padma Lakshmi says everything–she means everything! The chefs will have to find all of their utensils and cookware, along with every ingredient in the store.
Without having many plans about what they’re going to cook, the chefs rip through Target grabbing all that they can. Angelo and Mike Isabella decide to team up and help one another get the items they’ll need, but will their strategy backfire in the end?
There’s less than 2 hours remaining, and most of the chefs have already started cooking their dishes. Carla, on the other hand, is still roaming around the store, and has yet to get the ingredients for her meal!
With such a limited amount of time for cooking, many of the contestants have opted to make soup. Antonia, on the other hand, wants to avoid “playing it safe.”
At 3a.m., the Target employees arrive and it’s time to dine!
The employees and the Top Chef judges are not impressed with the performance of the chefs, nor are they happy with the abundance of soup.
Most of the dishes are either too bland or too salty–like Angelo’s baked potato soup.
In the Stew Room, Carla is not feeling good about her performance and has a feeling that she’s going home.
Padma Lakshmi calls for Richard, Antonia, and Dale and lets them know that they had the three best dishes of the night, and they’re all thoroughly impressed with Dale’s idea to use an iron to grill his sandwiches.
In the end, those ironed sandwiches won Dale the challenge and $25,000 (a total of $30,000 if you count the Quickfire that he also won)!
But the celebration doesn’t last long, as always. Carla, Tiffany, and Angelo are called before the judges to explain where their dishes went wrong.
Anthony Bourdain agreed with Carla’s earlier notion that her soup desperately needed a protein, and felt that Tiffany’s decision to use a prepared spice mix was disastrous.
When Padma announces that it’s time for the judges to deliberate, Tiffany breaks into tears and tells everyone that regardless of the decision, she’s honored to have come as far as she has.
So who goes home? Angelo, for his salty potato soup? Carla, for her lifeless dish? Or Tiffany, for her over-seasoned jambalaya?
After a long, strong run, Angelo is sent home to the surprise of all of the chefs–especially Mike Isabella.
What do you think about tonight’s elimination? Did the judges get it right?
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