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Top Chef: Texas - Episode 8 Recap

Posted on 12/21/2011 by Gina in Top Chef

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Top Chef: Texas


by Gina Scarpa


Following last week's Elimination Challenge on Top Chef: Texas, Padma lets the cheftestants know that they can't go to sleep just yet. It's time to pack up and move things to Austin!


Once they arrive and settle in, it's time for a Quickfire judged by Padma and Tom. Their dish will be based on instructions from Tweets, in real time, by fans of the show. How cool is that? The directions are: use bacon, make a hash, and chefs must take an ingredient from the pantry and hand it off to someone else to use in their dish.


Grayson, Chris J, and Ed fall to the bottom this week. Sarah was a favorite, along with Beverly, who could use a little boost in confidence following last week's verbal beating by Heather. It's Paul, though, who takes home the win and what better time to do it than in his own city?!


Afterwards, R&B legend and (who knew?) cookbook author Patti LaBelle surprises the chefs and, along with Padma, delivers this week's Elimination Challenge: cook a tribute dinner to someone or something that matters. Everyone choose their parents and grandparents and because of that, there's a lot riding on each dish that goes out to the judges.


After the tasting, Grayson, Heather, and Chris C are called in front of the panel (including guest judge Emeril Lagasse) and find out that they're in the bottom. Before a decision is handed down, Beverly, Sarah, and Ed are called in as the favorites with Sarah taking home the win.


So it comes down to Heather's gristly ribeye, Chris's underwhelming salmon, and Grayson's lack of imagination in her dish. It's Heather who is told to pack her knives and head to Last Chance Kitchen to face Nyesha. You know Beverly can't help but smile a little...


Top Chef: Texas airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Bravo.


(Image courtesy of Bravo)


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