With only five contestants chefs still in the competition, which aspiring chef failed to impress the judges this week on Season 15 of Bravo’s “Top Chef”? In Thursday’s 10th episode, the chefs used Stephen King‘s “The Shining” hotel as inspiration to prepare desserts in the form of their scariest nightmares. The chefs then met with the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, before the night’s big elimination.
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Top Chef” recap of Season 15, Episode 10, titled “Red Rum and Then Some,” to find out what happened Thursday night. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite chefs, which dishes from the episode looked the tastiest and who you think can go the distance to join the “Top Chef” winners list.
8:59 p.m. – In last week’s ninth episode Carrie Baird won the Quickfire challenge, her second of the season. Then, in a shocking double elimination, both Fatima Ali and Joseph Flamm were told to turn in their knives. With only five chefs still in the running, it’s time to see how this spooky episode plays out.
9:05 p.m. – For the last Quickfire Challenge of the season, the chefs were asked to use horror novels/films as inspiration to make a dessert that is a visualization of what their own worst nightmare is.
9:10 p.m. – Carrie’s plan is to recreate the ballroom scene from “The Shining” with a panna cotta, Adrienne Cheatham is inspired by blood seeping up from the forest ground and is making ice cream, Joe Sasto is scared of cracking an egg open to find an unborn chicken so he’ll be making an egg dish, and Christopher Scott is recreating the scene of someone who has fallen on to rocks by making a dough stick figure on a cake.
9:17 p.m. – Of the four desserts, Carrie’s was the biggest disappointment because she managed to plate only one element of her dish, but Bruce’s melted dish was also in the bottom. With Adrienne, Joe and Christopher on top, the decision came down to Christopher’s beautiful and imaginative plate which belonged to Christopher!
9:25 p.m. – For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs were asked to tell the story of how Colorado has changed them as a chef. The dish is set to be served at the Governor’s Mansion to the Governor and other esteemed chefs from Colorado. That being said, it is the last challenge to be set in Denver because the afterward the finalists will head to Telluride!
9:37 p.m. – The chefs arrived at the Governor’s Mansion to find a kitchen much smaller than the Top Chef studio’s. Despite that little hiccup in their plans, the final five managed to put together their dishes as intended. Joe was the first to present his lamb agnolotti that everyone thought was fabulous because of how restrained it was.
9:40 p.m. – Adrienne proudly served her roasted monkfish, feeling like she had finally honed in her skills and flavors to perfection. And the judges agreed! A star all season, Carrie’s Colorado elk dish was a display of her skills in seasoning and timing and the judges think it’s the most intensely flavored dish she’s put forth this season.
9:43 p.m. – Bruce was the first chef to plate his dish with a bit of worry on his face, unsure that the barley cooked the way he wanted it to. Padma had a lot of questions for him about the barley and he readily admitted that he had undercooked it. Unfortunately, the judges agreed that it wasn’t his best.
9:48 p.m. – Luckily for Bruce, Christopher’s lamb ravioli dish included a sauce that overwhelmed the skin of his trout and the ravioli filling wasn’t a texture that any of the judges really liked.
9:50 p.m. – At Judges’ Table, Carrie, Adrienne and Joe were all singled out at the best dishes of the evening. Joe cooked his best dish of the season, Adrienne finally showed a point of view in her cuisine and Carrie plated a perfect dish, but the chef that displayed the technique and passion deserving of a win was Joe!
9:53 p.m. – Left in the bottom, Bruce and Christopher both had technical flaws in their dishes. Bruce didn’t execute his cooking as well as he could have while Christopher failed on a more conceptual level, having strayed too far from his own point of view in the spirit of paying homage to the other chefs.
9:58 p.m. – In the end, Bruce’s errors outweighed Christopher’s and he was asked to pack his knives and head to “Last Chance Kitchen” where he’ll fight to rejoin the finalists in Telluride!
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “Top Chef” Season 15, Episode 10:
Who will be eliminated? Bruce Kalman
Who will be in bottom 2, but safe? Christopher Scott
Who will win the main challenge? Joe Sasto
Who will win the Quickfire challenge? Christopher Scott
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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