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'Top Chef: D.C.' - 'Capitol Grill' Recap Season 7, Episode 3

"A lot of people are starting to throw each other under the bus already," said Arnold at the outset of this episode, and, with the yelling and jockeying for position this week, there's no doubt that we're in store for a vicious, super-competitive season. The day kicked off with the contestants walking into the kitchen to find host Padma Lakshmi and judge Gail Simmons lying in wait with pastry legend Johnny Iuzzini by their sides. (Simmons and Iuzzini, Executive Pastry Chef at Jean Georges, are the hosts of Bravo's upcoming 'Top Chef: Just Desserts.') Although the groans weren't quite audible, several chefs squirmed as it dawned on them that the Quick Fire Challenge would involve making a dessert. And, sure enough, they were charged with creating a good old American pie -- something that the majority (even resident know-it-all Angelo) had never attempted before. Ultimately, after sampling sweet and savory offerings as varied as curried apple, whiskey and date pie (Stephen) and a white chocolate, tapioca and chèvre pie (Alex), the judges gave immunity to Kenny for his Bananas Foster with currants and Chinese five-spice. "I feel like I'm starting to get into a groove where I can really shine," said Kenny as if his nemesis, Angelo, was within earshot. "And, once I get into a groove, it's over." To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Top Chef DC: Food Porn From the Grill

Last night the cheftestants grilled on Mount Vernon and made some really disgusting-sounding pies. Let's take a look at some of the plates that succeeded aesthetically (and one that really didn't). Mind you, I can't taste these dishes (and sometimes can't even imagine what they would taste like) so I'm going strictly on plating appeal. Overall, this season has been heavy on drama and light on plating technique, but at least Kenny tried to stack some stuff on top of other stuff here. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

'Top Chef' recap: Life's not always a picnic Season 7, Episode 3

Top Chef contestants have been through some pretty tough challenges like, say, cooking for Joel Roubuchon a.k.a. “Chef of the Century.” Yet somehow when Padma announced this week’s quickfire, the expression on their faces looked as though she had said something atrocious, something in the vein of, “Toby Young is back.” Thankfully, it was less frightening; they had to make pies for Padma and “pastry god” and Cry-Baby extra Johnny Iuzzini, the head pastry chef at Jean Georges. But, you see, making a dessert is a fast way to end up like the dreadlocks on Jon-we-hardly-knew-ye: dead and kind of smelly. And the excitement in the room was palpable: To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now