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Top Chef Masters Recap: Culinary Cook Off That Packs A Punch

September 05, 2012 08:36 PM by Veronica Dudo

Boxing legend, Sugar Ray Leonard is the special guest on tonight’s episode of Top Chefs Masters. The chefs must “fight” by cooking meals inside a boxing ring. With only five chefs remaining on the Bravo reality TV competition, things are getting intense. Which chef has to pack up their knives?Keep reading to find out!

Along with bragging rights, the chefs are competing for prizes and money that will be donated to their charities. The show is based in Las Vegas and all of the chefs put their luck to the test. The five competing chefs are Patricia Yeo, Takashi Yagihashi, Kerry Heffernan, Lorena Garcia and Chris Cosentino.

The rotating judges include Krista Simmons, Francis Lam, Ruth Reichl and James Oseland.

For the Quickfire challenge, the chefs must cut, slice and prepare meals at certain weights and call “check” when they think they’ve hit the right numbers. First, Chris calls check but after Curtis Stone inspects his food Chris is disqualified for incorrect numbers. Next Patricia calls check and she too is disqualified. Takashi calls check and makes it. Later, Kerry calls check and he is cleared. Takashi and Kerry are in the cookout to see who will get immunity for the next challenge. Kerry wins $5,000 for his charity and immunity for the next challenge. He also doesn’t have to cook in this week’s challenge–he gets to sit back, relax and enjoy the food!

During the preliminary round Chris and Takashi have 20 minutes to cook a dish using…bacon! The dueling chefs play it up for the crowd as they cook. Chris asks Takashi to borrow an egg then later with one minute left, Takashi realizes he needs one more piece of bacon for his dish. Chris has an extra and gives it to Takashi much to the delight of the audience. The judges select Chris as the winner and he advances to the next round.

Next, Patricia and Lorena face-off while cooking a dish out of bacon. The judges select Lorena as the winner.

For the final bout, Chris and Lorena battle to win $10,000 for their charities. Chris and Lorena make desserts with their secret ingredient: sugar. The judges pick Lorena as the challenge winner who receives $10,000 for her charity.

With elimination on the line, Takashi and Patricia fight for a spot moving forward. Their secret ingredient is chicken livers and they have 20 minutes to create their dishes. The judges choose to eliminate Takashi Yagihashi who must pack up his knives and head home.

The final four chefs advancing on in the competition are Patricia Yeo, Kerry Heffernan, Lorena Garcia and Chris Cosentino.

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