Top Chef Las Vegas: All Things French

Top Chef Las Vegas: All Things French

Joanna Miller
Sep 10, 2009

This week's episode was all about French food and notable French chefs. There were some impressive mouths to feed, but not everyone was up to the challenge.

Note: We reveal the winner and losers below ...

Daniel Boulud was the guest judge for this "Vivre Las Vegas" episode. We'll jump right in with a few thoughts.

  1. Gone in one bite. This week's "high-stakes quickfire" took on a whole new meaning. Instead of the winner walking away with a pile of cash, the loser was sent to pack her knives. Worse, the challenge was to make a dish with snails, which didn't excite many of the chefs. Ashley, Jesse and Robin were the bottom three and were forced to have an amuse bouche cookoff. Jesse, who struggled to find her stride in the competition, was done in by her fried quail egg and tuna tartar bite.
  2. A French childhood is filled with ... snails. Mattin seemed excited by the quickfire, saying, "Escargot is like my whole youth." But his snails didn't shine, and he ended up in the bottom group of the elimination challenge. Now that we're beginning to see past the accent and the red scarf, we're wondering if he really has what it takes.
  3. Joël Robuchon is not a unicorn. The chefs were pretty awestruck by their illustrious host for the elimination challenge, which had them teaming up to combine classic French sauces and proteins. Eli was surprised to learn that he actually exists and is, in fact, a human.
  4. Recipe super trend alert: Bacon Jam. Recipes for bacon jam have been floating around the blogosphere for a while, but Kevin's quickfire win may have just taken it to a whole new level. He was worried that his cooking wasn't refined enough, but he soon found himself with immunity and sitting with some of the world's best chefs at judges table. Never change, our bearded Southern friend.
  5. Jam aside, not everything is better with bacon. Ashley and Mattin's Poussin and Ravioli with Sauce Veloute landed them in the bottom four due to an overabundance of bacon flavor.
  6. Do not mess with Gail's steak. We repeat: Do NOT mess with Gail's steak. Ms. Simmons declared that Hector's poorly cooked filet looked like it had been "hacked with an ax," and that he had messed with the wrong lady. He did indeed. Nice knowing you, Hector.

Next week: Cooking in the desert

What did you think of this week's episode?

Previous Top Chef Las Vegas Roundups
Week 3: The Best of Plates, The Worst of Plates
Week 2: A Shot At Love With Tequila

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