Just as kids are going on Christmas break, Top Chef cheftestants were sent back to school. But first: a Quickfire challenge judged by The Roots drummer and drumstick aficionado, Questlove. The chefs were presented with a tableful of drumsticks from a variety of birds, ranging from the standard chicken to the minuscule quail to the massive turkey. There was a mad scramble for the best legs, then the chefs got to cooking. The prize: immunity and a Toyota Rav4.
The Elimination Challenge found the chef at Louisiana State University, the only college to house a live tiger, Mike. After spending a night in the dorms, the chefs had to cook for 500 incoming freshman using the school’s impressive cafeteria. Some took to being a lunch lady like a crawfish to water, others failed out of school. For those playing F&W’s Fantasy Top Chef, here are the points earned and lost by chefs last night.
Shirley Chung: +10 for winning the Elimination Challenge with her roast beef and fire-roasted tomatoes. Total points: 56