March 16, 2011 08:19 PM by Shayla Perry
Tonight on an all new episode of Top Chef: All-Stars, we’re finally down to a final four — Richard Blais, Tiffany Derry, Mike Isabella, and Antonia Lofaso. Which three will make it to the next phase of the competition? Find out here!
This week on Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars, the final four cheftestants are still in the beautiful Bahamas, but after last week’s Judges’ Table, it’s clear that the judges are expecting more out of the remaining chefs. It’s time to give it their all!
The contestants head to the Bohemian Club and are greeted by Padma Lakshmi and one of the hosts of America’s Next Great Restaurant, Lorena Garcia.
For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must pair up to feed the restaurants patrons, plating 100 identical dishes that are all consistent.
The winning team will receive $5,000.
Fearing the curse of The Black Hammer (Antonia), Mike Isabella decides to team up with Richard Blais, making it men vs. women.
Mike and Richard are going for gusto and making their own pasta and sauce, which they feel is far better than Antonia and Tiffany’s seared beef and salad.
When time is up, Padma and Lorena begin randomly selecting plate numbers to judge.
Both teams manage to create consistent dishes, but the winners of the Quickfire are Antonia Lofaso and Tiffany Derry, due to the difficulty of their dish (which had four different components to plate), and the flavor!
Obviously, Mike and Richard are not happy!
For the Elimination Challenge, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Nassau Yacht Club, the chefs will cater lunch on a deserted island! BUT, each dish that the chefs create must contain conch.
The next morning, the chefs (greeted by Padma in a bikini to Mike Isabella’s delight) board a small boat and head toward the island. Once they arrive, they jump into the water and storm the beach to find crates full of ingredients. EXCEPT, in the crate marked “Conch,” there’s snorkeling gear!
The chefs each put on their gear and dive into the water, but for Richard Blais, it’s not going as well as he’d like.
Back on land, the contestants only have a table and wood fire grill to cook with…and lots of sand getting in the way. Another problem? Getting the conch out of the shell. Luckily, Mike Isabella, knowing that conch is common in the Bahamas, decided to practice working with the shellfish during their long break, so he’s able to easily get the meat out.
As time passes by, the grills begin to lose heat, and with only 10 minutes to go, the guests begin to arrive!
Richard Blais is first to present to the guests and judges, and as usual, he hates what he’s prepared. They are all impressed by his sweet potato pasta, but Lorena’s lobster is served undercooked.
Antonia Lofaso’s seared snapper is up next, and although the spice of the dish is a big hit, the conch is barely noticeable, and the fish is not cooked evenly.
Though Tiffany’s soup is cold by the time it’s served, some of the guests enjoy it.
Last is Mike Isabella’s fish cooked in a banana leaf, which Gail Simmons, in particular, loves.
At Judges’ Table, the judges tell the chefs that they were very impressed with everyone’s dishes, given the circumstances, and that there was not a grain of sand among them!
There are clear pros and cons of each chef’s dish, so which of them will be going home tonight?
The winner of the challenge, with the most unique dish is Mike Isabella! Mike, feeling more and more confident in his chances of beating who he perceives as his competition, Richard Blais, goes back to the hotel suite to have a celebratory beer…by himself.
And the chef leaving the competition tonight is Tiffany Derry, for her cold soup, which was way too sweet for Tom Colicchio’s liking. (Okay, we’re sayin’ it… THE CURSE OF THE BLACK HAMMER!!!!)
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