maple syrup, olive oil, and caviar to determine which of two is high end and which is less expensive. After the jump, we reveal the winners (and loser) — plus confirm our belief that bacon makes everything better.
Antonia won the Quickfire, but her team lost the elimination challenge, in which each group created a first course based on one of four elements: Earth, Water, Fire, or Air. Zoi was sent home for making bland, under-seasoned mushrooms to go along with Earth's beef carpaccio. And Lisa won for team Fire's spicy, grilled shrimp with pickled chili salad and miso-glazed bacon. Her contribution? The bacon! She overlapped the pieces on a sheet pan and weighed them down so they'd stay flat while cooking. Then she brushed on a glaze made with miso and maple syrup. Simple, but all of the judges agreed that the bacon made the dish.
They also seemed wowed by the unique presentation. Well, we've been dipping our bacon in syrup ever since we can remember, and we've also seen Ina Garten glaze bacon. So here, a little high-low comparison of our own...
- Top Chef's Grilled Shrimp with Pickled Chili Salad and Miso Smoked Bacon
- Ina Garten's Maple-Roasted Bacon