after a night of firsts, a near perfect score and one of the best
quotes from the show ever. Check out that and more here:
chefs-including one of NYC's best make the cut.
for all the lip-smacking good food.
And what a surprise at the judge's table, talk about a comeback.
(CBS) The Contestants: Goyvind Armstrong; Susan Feniger; Ana Sortun;
Jerry Traunfeld; Jimmy Bradley and Tony Mantuano.
Quick Fire Challenge: The contestants divide into three teams and are
told they are going to Chinatown. The chefs drive to an establishment
that hostess Kelly Choi describes as "serves thousands of people each
They end up at a gas station in Los Angeles' Chinatown, where they
find out they will have to shop for ingredients to prepare a meal for
the pop band The Bravery.
The chefs spent 15 minutes shopping in the gas station convenience
store, and then 45 minutes of prep-time in the Top Chef Masters
kitchen. Chef Tony Mantuano calls this challenge, "Smoke and mirrors
Watching via closed circuit TV, the chefs find out what The Bravery
thinks of their gas station creations: Armstrong and Bradley make a
spicy mac and cheese with sautéed Slim Jims-"mac and cheese is an
exploration in bland, I am impressed with how much flavor they got."
Sortun and Traunfeld make a rice cake-"very original," "this is
something to me that I can get at a gourmet restaurant." Feniger and
Mantuano make a bread pudding-"a lot of flavor," "I wonder if all
these fruits and nuts come from one snack pack."
Feniger and Matuano win the Quickfire (and $5000 for their charities)
for their maple bread pudding.