I always forget how many cheftestants there are at the beginning of Top Chef. 17! Sheesh! And not to be a sour puss but I don't get the attraction of Vegas. Probably because I don't gamble.
For the Quickfire, the cheftestants are split into 4 groups of 4. Instead of the Knife Block o' Doom, the cheftestants picked poker chips. Really ramming it down our throats that this season is in Vegas. Anyways, Robin the "old lady" chef ended up w/ the gold chip and lucky her gets to sit out on the Quickfire & has immunity from elimination.
So the teams are to take part in a mise-en-place relay. Bit recycled but at least we get to see the cheftestants prep different ingredients from the last 2 times we saw this. They must pick a person on the team to do each task: shuck 15 clams, peel 30 prawns (that's prawns, not shrimp, people!), clean 5 lobsters and butcher 2 chops from a prime rib. And it was neck and neck for the blue team and the black team. I was rooting for blue and wouldn't ya know it? They won! Huzzah!
But wait there's more! Now the blue team has to cook their mise-en-place. Robin is asked if she wants to compete in the 2nd leg of the Quickfire for $15,000. But she wants to keep her immunity. Playing it safe? maybe. But personally I think, if yr on a cooking show, then you should cook.
And sucking on the bottom of the Quickfire were the 2 boys! Mattin (very cute, I'm a sucker for an accent)who made mediocre lobster and Bryan made a crap celery puree for his rib eye. And winning the money and Quickfire was Jen who kept mispronouncing ceviche. Man that is such a pet peeve! I can't believe she's gone her entire life pronouncing that word incorrectly.
For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs had to conceptualize their number one vise. Personally I like the more esoteric challenges. My vices are many, I'm stubborn, lazy, hyper-critical, eat too much. That's the charm of me! And the winning the 1st challenge was Kevin (i like his beard a whole bunch) w/ his procrastinating slow cooked Artic Char and fast cooked turnip salsa verde. Anybody ever have Artic Char? The name sounds awesome but as I'm not a fish eater I have no idea what it tastes like. And first off the island is Jen V because she made clunky shit bricks of chile rellenos stuffed w/ seitan. I've got nuttin' against seitan but that is one protein you need to have the cooking technique down.
Game on, bitches!