January 30, 2013 10:51 PM by Veronica Dudo
Anchors aweigh! The remaining Top Chef: Seattle contestants sail to Alaska on a Celebrity cruise ship where they must put their own unique touches on surf-and-turf dishes. Things get a little crowded in the kitchen as the chef’s work to create their own masterpieces on the Bravo reality TV series. Curtis Stone is the guest judge for the nautical adventure.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series that has dished out lots of drama this season! The winning chef will receive $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of “Top Chef.”
The contestants are Lizzie Binder from Napa; Joshua Valentine from Oklahoma City; Brooke Williamson from Los Angeles; Sheldon Simeon from Hawaii; and Stefan Richter from Finland.
It’s been an interesting season so far with some fan favorites going home! However, thanks to Top Chef Last Kitchen the eliminated chefs get another chance to return to the reality TV show for the finale.
The cheftestants are tasked this week with putting their own unique spin on the classic surf-and-turf dish. The top five are nervous heading into the Elimination Challenge since they don’t know their ingredients. One by one they get to go into the kitchen and pick something for the surf portion of the dish and something for the turf portion.
Brooke really thinks out-of-the-box by making frog legs with Marsala and mussels; Stefan cooks eel ravioli’s and pork; Sheldon plays is safe with filet and lobster; Lizzie makes cabbage stuffed pork; and Josh prepares scrambled scallops with pork.
After tasting the dishes, the judges deliberate and must pick a winner and send someone packing. Since the task was to think out of the box and re-imagine surf-and-turf, the judges select Brooke Williamson as the winner with her frog legs with Marsala and mussels. The judges also select Stefan Richter and Sheldon Simeon as the two chefs in the bottom. In the end, the judges decide to eliminate Stefan Richter. But, he’s not completely out of the competition just yet. He will get a second chance when he face’s off against Kristen in Top Chef’s Last Chance Kitchen!
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