As the 15 remaining Top Chef competitors who made the trip to Seattle basked in their glory, they learned their first challenge would be judged by three contestants from past seasons. Not winners, mind you, but contestants with axes to grind and marks to make: Josie from season 2, CJ from season 3 and Stefan from season 5, a notorious sore loser.
Quickfire, Quick Extinquish
The contestants broke down into teams of three and had 20 minutes to make a winning dish highlighting local shellfish. Despite having some of the world's best crabs and mussels at their disposal, two of the teams chose geoduck and one picked razor clams as their main ingredients. Bad choice for the bland loser, razor clam and corn chowder, concocted by Eliza, Danyele and Josh but good news for Sheldon, Kuniko and John who claimed victory with geoduck sashimi, ponzu, apple and cucumber. Yum.