After telling the ‘cheftestants’ to pack an overnight bag, New Orleans empire builder John Besh led them to an idyllic farm and kicked off a 20-minute Quickfire Challenge centred on the Creole tomato. The outdoor challenge proved to be the sweatiest event so far.
For the elimination round, the players had to prepare a family-style course for Besh’s network of incredibly talented chefs. The catch: each dish had to feature cream cheese. Many of the competitors became star-struck and nerve-racked by Besh’s mere presence.
Some triumphed under the pressure while others crumbled and forgot basic cooking skills. Such is the power of Besh’s magnificent head of hair. For those playing F&W’s Fantasy Top Chef, here are the points earned and lost by chefs last night:
Nina Compton: +3 for winning the Quickfire Challenge with her perfectly chilled tomato-watermelon soup. +10 for winning the Elimination Challenge (and $10,000) for her crispy stuffed zucchini blossoms. Total points: 47
Carrie Mashaney: -1 for her vinegar braised chicken that Gail Simmons deemed “gloopy and soupy”. Total points: 40
Justin Devillier: +3 for coming out on top in the Elimination Challenge with his duck breast and chanterelles. Total points: 35