Top Chef Recap: Episode 11 – Padma Lushmi
This episode of Top Chef was down to a mere six cheftestants, and you know what that means: less stupid cooking, more Padma Lakshmi.
The chefs were rudely awakened by a cheerful Padma for their 6am quickfire challenge – a perfect fantasy morning making breakfast for Padma. Without any pesky guest judges around, pleasant Padma was free to like everything. The best part was the not-so-surprising revelation that Padma is a total boozer, and all the chefs found it hilarious that Hung took the easy road to victory by spiking Padma’s breakfast smoothie with Grand Marnier. Brilliant idea – I’m drinking one right now as I type this – hey, I’m a blogger.
So Padma breaks the news that the remaining chefs all get to fly to NYC for the next challenge. They arrive at Newark airport, and in a shocker, are not allowed to go to New York until they complete a challenge right there by the airport, which clearly was just an excuse for flight jacket Padma to emerge.
The chefs have to make first-class airplane food, with flight attendants serving as the tasters (total blown opportunity for a stewardess Padma). Casey steals the show again with her veal medallions– is she emerging as a frontrunner? But Anthony Bourdain was a guest judge, so of course this episode was all about how much he thought everyone screwed up.
Brian’s lobster hash put him on the bottom, even though he followed gansie’s advice and stirred in some purple Peruvian potatoes (trend alert!) But the real shocker was CJ, who served up some brocollini that Mr. Bourdain described as looking like it was just found in Bob Marley’s closet. Padma, pushed to the edge of tears as she usually is when an attractive male is kicked off, sadly announces that CJ is gone.
Not that his brocollini didn’t look disgusting, but come on, Top Chef, how is Sara still on this show??
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