'Top Chef' recap: My country, 'tis of thee...

From 17 cheftestants, we dwindled down to nine at the beginning of last night's episode, but still, the only thing on my mind was who stole the friggin pea puree last week? Ed was still scratching his head, and Alex continued to spout out deceitful lies, but seriously, Andy Cohen, bring us some answers in the reunion episode.

Alas, there's no use in crying over stolen pea mush, but there's also no use in crying over heavy-handed salt use, Kelly. Me thinks her household salt shaker will forever haunt her.

When it was time to regroup, the gang met up with Padma and star chef Marcus Samuelsson for the Quickfire. They were going to prepare dishes inspired by his Ethiopian heritage, which made sense because D.C. is as overrun with Ethiopian joints as it is with seedy politicians (ha!). At the same time, though, it's strange because Marcus's shtick is Swedish cuisine. But I suppose there aren't too many prominent Ethiopian chefs to choose from, not to mention the fact that Marcus is the most recent winner of Top Chef Masters. So really, they're just keeping it in the family.

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