Recap: 'Top Chef' - 'Higher Steaks'

We're down to thirteen chefs, and the boys are noticing they're being picked off a little faster than the girls (okay, we've only had guys getting the boot for a while) and suddenly it's the boys vs. the girls. Of course, Heather thinks this is a great opportunity to gloat. Sigh. It's an individual challenge, people. Stop being ten years old for a minute and just cook. I had been feeling that this group of chefs was a little more mature and sophisticated than some we've gotten in past seasons, but I may have to reassess if they keep acting like they're in a fourth grade kickball tournament. 

Dean Fearing of Fearing's Restaurant in Dallas is our guest judge for the Quickfire Challenge. For the challenge, the chefs draw knives, each bearing the name of a mother sauce. They have to create a dish featuring a sauce based on the mother sauce they've chosen, and they have an hour and a half. I think this is going to be a bear of a challenge, though I know it seems simple (hey, sauce, that stuff you pour out of a jar, how hard is that? Kidding). Sauces are easy to burn, easy to overseason (or oversalt) and this is so much about nuance a pinch too much of anything could ruin everything. Read More...


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