'Top Chef: DC' - 'Room Service' Recap Season 7, Episode 4


Bummer for him, because that's exactly what was in store. As host Padma Lakshmi explains, both she and co-host Tom Colicchio have babies at home (a 2-month-old daughter and 8-month-old son, respectively), and the challenge is to "Create a dish that satisfies Tom and I ... and also, our little ones." (We'll let her bad grammar slide since she's probably not getting much sleep these days.)


"What goes through my head is 'Oh crap, I've never had a baby, I don't know what babies like,'" says Lynne, the 51-year-old Culinary Institute of America instructor when she hears that they'll have 45 minutes to create a dish -- and a pureed version of it -- for $10,000 from each judge.


Though immunity is off the table for the winner, the cash prize has polarizing effects. "If I win the money, I'd use it for two orphanages I work with in Thailand that work with children infected with HIV and AIDS," says last week's Immunity Challenge winner Arnold, while Alex says, "I'd buy myself something nice. A hooker and an 8-ball please."


The party in Alex's room will have to wait for a while since he, along with Tim, Kevin and Kelly failed to woo the new parents with their creations. In the end, Colicchio picked Tamesha's grilled salmon with licorice oil, and Lakshmi favored Kenny's semi-spicy bulgur wheat dish. (And, yes, Angelo was less than thrilled to lose to his nemesis Kenny -- again.)


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