Sooooo, a Top Chef Master must be able to cook really, REALLY quickly, and also do so on a… moving tour bus. Come on, Guys. Couldn’t have made it a food truck or something else mildly relevant? Of course not!
The Quickfire is reminiscent of the SpeedFire of last season’s in which Colicchio prepared something delicious in under seven minutes. All the chefs are given a minute time limit, and THEN they’re asked to judge and rate each other’s dishes. I have a feeling the producers thought Naomi would make this season way more dramatic than she has, so in an effort to compensate for her relatively tame behavior lately, they tossed in this little twist. But I don’t dwell on that too much, because it’s chElf for the win with some beef carpaccio! Huzzah!
Aside from immunity, chElf gets to pick her team for the Elimination Challenge. Maroon 5 is returning to LA, their hometown, and they’d like the chefs to create a welcome home dinner based on their favorite foods. Said foods include Japanese fare and steak, Greek food, and… Thanksgiving. Nobody has too much time to dwell on the fact that their end results is going to have the cohesion of a bunch of repellent magnets, because as soon as they’re done rushing around Whole Foods, everyone hops in an RV with a three burner stove and considerably less counter space than anyone is used to.
In the end, chElf takes it all for an episode sweep! Fist pump! Her team wins, too, which means Mary Sue is safe, along with Hughnibrow and NaUGHmi. As for the losing team, Alex Stratta takes on way too much in the production of two-thirds of his teams entire menu. Celina the Staid is once again incredibly mediocre, but it’s actually Alex who goes home. I’m on the WTF?! boat with this one. One of Alex’s dishes was very well liked, while Celina’s singular dish was panned across the board.
Check back Monday for the full recap and feel free to comment below on this season’s continued confounding eliminations. Extra points for alliteration.