Tonight on Top Chef, it's time for Restaurant Wars, but since we're in Vegas, it's Restaurant Wars Sin City style. For this season, the eight remaining chefs take over Top Chef Masters alum Rick Moonen's restaurant to focus on the food, service, and front of house. Of course, Moonen will there to oversee the proceedings and act as guest judge.
On last week's Top Chef, it was all about pork and pinot, as the chefs were tasked to create a dish that will work well with a selected type of Pinot using the cut of pork that they picked (of course everyone was after the belly). The winner of the challenge was Kevin (and not a lot of people, including him, were surprised), with his pork leg pate with mushroom salad and pickled cherries, paired with a 2006 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.
Eliminated from Top Chef was Ash (but not because of his sword-falling, Michael-praising antic two weeks ago), with his chilled pork tenderloin with cherry and corn salad, which he paired with 2007 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
All the while I thought it was either him or Robin who was going home, because they were given ample screen time, but more memorably Robin, whose time on Top Chef some of the chefs think is long over due. She also had a mini-scuffle with Eli, because she's not his mom, and she doesn't aspire to be.
All in all, though, there was still no breaking the supremacy of the brothers, Jennifer, and Kevin. Oh wait, Laurine and Robin are still there, and Eli won a challenge, so maybe there's hope to a little heterogeneity this season yet.