‘Top Chef All-Stars,’ Episode 5 Recap: ‘Dim Sum Lose Some’

Every now and then, we learn things from "Top Chef." This week’s lesson: Chicken feet are sold with nails still attached, which someone, in this case, Casey, has to cut off one by one before cooking. Lovely.

But we get ahead of ourselves: The year’s first "Top Chef All-Stars" opens with a rush of adrenaline and only ramps up.

The week’s quick fire is about speed, Padma says in a little intro as the chefs wait to see who they’re competing against. In comes Tom, who proceeds to make a dish as fast as he can, and set a time for them to beat. People’s mouths fall open as Tom slices, dices, and sears and yet remains super-organized. He’s searing a fish within six minutes, taking it off the flame by seven and a half minutes, and has plated a sea bass with tomato, clams and zucchini just sixty seconds later. The time to beat: 8:37.

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