Top Chef Season 12 Recap: In Memory of Julia Child
The legendary Julia Child is remembered in the new episode of “Top Chef” Season 12 Episode 10 “For Julia & Jacques,” which aired last Jan. 7, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on Bravo. Read on for further details.
Padma introduces guest judge Andy Cohen, host of “Watch What Happens: Live,” with his roommate Dave Ansel back in his college days at Boston University. Reminiscing the fun college days, ramen is considered to be the top food for university students. The quickfire challenge is to make their own version of ramen.
The real challenge is that the chefs will not use the pantry. Students from Emerson College enter the room with bags in hand. The chefs must choose one college student. The contents in the bag he or she brings will be used. The students were the ones who chose the ingredients fresh from their dormitories.
The chefs have 30 minutes to finish the dish. No immunity will be given, but the reward is $5,000.
Doug makes ramen with coconut pineapple water broth, ham, egg and grilled tofu. Gregory creates ramen with bacon and pizza broth, string cheese, edamame and Dorito crunch. George cooks ramen chili with hotdog, chicken wing and crispy spam. Melissa makes mac and cheese carbonara with roast chicken and Frito crumb topping. Lastly, Mei’s dish is ramen with spicy tomato miso sauce, sushi shrimp and nori.
It is time for the judges to taste the dishes. After tasting, the guest judges announce their favorite dishes. George, Melissa and Gregory are the top three. Melissa wins the challenge because Andy really loves cheese.
For the elimination challenge, the chefs enter a room and see a remote controller on the table. When they pressed play, Julia Child’s cooking show is shown. Jacques Pepin is with her. The chefs are surprised when Jacques enters the room with a bottle of wine.
The chefs’ challenge is to create a dish that will capture Julia’s spirit, technique and French roots. They will have three hours to prep and cook. By tomorrow, another hour will be given for final preparations.
Before proceeding to the challenge, the chefs enjoy a conversation with Jacques over wine. They are also free to ask questions to help them make a challenge-worthy dish.
All of the chefs have fond memories with Julia. Melissa has the most special one because she helped in making a cake for Julia’s birthday in the past.
Aside from Jacques and Padma, the judges are Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of Food and Wine magazine, Alex Prud’homme, Julia’s great nephew, Joanne Chang, Mary Dumont and Barbara Lynch.
Gregory makes Coq au Vin with glazed carrots, fava beans and snap peas. Mei cooks duck à l’orange with turnip purée and glazed vegetables. George’s dish is braised veal with pomme purée, morels and glazed carrots and asparagus. Melissa makes red wine-braised short rib with brown butter polenta and jardinière. Lastly, Doug’s dish is roasted foie gras with roasted peaches, sweet and sour onions and hazelnuts.
After tasting, the judges’ favorites are Gregory and Mei. Gregory’s dish was executed perfectly. Mei gives a delightful modern twist on a classic dish. Mei wins the challenge.
The bottom three is Doug, Melissa and George. All of their proteins were undercooked. In the end, the consistent winning chef in the past challenges, Doug, is eliminated. It is not the end of the road for him because he can still make it in the Last Chance Kitchen.
The finale is getting closer! Catch the next episode on Jan. 14, 2015.
There you have it for recap on “Top Chef” Season 12 Episode 10 “For Julia & Jacques,” which aired last Jan. 7, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on Bravo. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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