'Top Chef: Texas' episode 8 recap

In which we award points for Big Foot steaks and proper Twitter vocabulary

  • Beverly Kim and Sarah Grueneberg on "Top Chef: Texas"
Beverly Kim and Sarah Grueneberg on "Top Chef: Texas" (Courtesy of Vivian Zink/Bravo )
December 21, 2011|By Lisa Arnett | RedEye

The cast hits the road to Austin--with Heather and Beverly in separate cars, of course--and we learn some interesting things about the remaining chefs (Tylor had a Japanese nanny?).

Quickfire challenge: Since Twitter grew in popularity at SXSW in Austin in 2007, the chefs must cook in accordance with "Top Chef" fans' real-time tweets announced by Padma and Tom during the challenge.
Elimination challenge: Patti LaBelle guest judges and tasks the chefs with making a "tribute dinner" dish to honor their personal cooking inspiration. Cue fond memories of the cheftestants learning to cook from their mom/uncle/grandma/grandpa.

CHRIS
-Chris says he and his fellow chefs "twitter back and forth" with guests during service at Moto. The correct verb is "tweet," Chris. Tweet! -1 point.
-During the quickfire challenge, he finds a way to mention that "bacon should be a food group, because it's damn delicious." +1 point.
-For the quickfire, he makes a scallop with corn puree and bacon hash, which sounds good but Tom thinks its "really, really salty." His dish is named one of three of the judges' least favorite. -1 point.
-He calls his grandma Mommy Two. Or is it Mommy Too? Now isn't that cute. +1 point.
-His steak-inspired dish didn't land him in the top three, but it was impressive enough to save him from the bottom three. +1 point.
-"Chris, crack kills," says Chris Crary to Chris Jones as he accidentally flashes a little too much to the camera thanks to his falling-down pants. Did you really want Mommy Two to see that? -1 point.
TOTAL: 0 points

SARAH
-At the start of the Twitter-inspired quickfire, she said, “I'm just crossing my fingers that a tweet doesn't come through that says make your rendition of baby food.” Now that's proper use of Twitter-related vocabulary. +1 point.
-In the quickfire, her burrata-stuffed squash blossom with bacon and zucchini hash is chosen as one of three favorites by the judges, but she loses to Austin chef Paul, who's cooking on his home turf. +1 point.
-The camera catches Sarah rocking out several times while Patti LaBelle sings “Lady Marmalade." Go, girl! +1 point.
-A fleeting getting-ready-in-the-morning action sequence seems to equate her hair-styling routine to that of Chris Crary's. +1 point.
-Sarah's homage to her grandparents, homemade sausage-stuffed cabbage, impresses the group and secures the win. “Whoever taught her how to do this ought to get a nice big hug and kiss,” said Tom. +1 point.
-Her joyful reaction even made Patti LaBelle tear up. Aww. +1 point.
-She seems just as happy about honoring her grandparents as she is about winning. “I'm just happy that now my grandparents have bragging rights for all their friends for a long time.”+1 point.
TOTAL: 7 points

HEATHER
-Seriously, how many crayon-colored faux flower hair pins do you have, Heather? -1 point.
- Ed poses the question, "You have one night with John Besh, or you win $5000 and immunity in the next round," Heather says she'd take some Besh lovin'. +1 point.
-For the elimination challenge, she cooks her take on a beef stroganoff inspired by her mom, “the queen of one-pot meals.” She isn't happy with the texture of her meat, but doesn't want to use a pressure cooker because last time she used it to cook duck, the judges didn't like it. +1 point for learning from past experiences …
… except that the dish does not go over well. Patti LaBelle calls the unidentifiable cut of meat “Big Foot” and Emeril Lagasse likens it to hotel banquet food. Yikezola. -2 points.
-When she's in the bottom three at judges' table, Tom takes the opportunity to reference the success of her mortal enemy on the show, who she dragged through the mud in front of the judges last week. “Beverly used the pressure cooker and she's not here,” he said. Ouch. Her tough steak and dry spaetzle were deemed a worse offense than Chris Crary's failed salmon and Grayson's mammoth meat-and-potatoes dish and she's sent home. -2 points.
-Padma calls Heather the “Queen of Mean” in the teaser for the Last Chance Kitchen webisode, and in the ultimate show of irony, she loses to Nyesha with her dish of fried – wait for it – shrimp. -1 point.
TOTAL: -4 points

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