On last night’s episode of Top Chef: New Orleans, the cheftestants took a break from all things Cajun and Creole and explored the city’s vibrant Vietnamese culture and cuisine.
For the Quickfire challenge, Emeril Lagasse and Baohaus chef Eddie Huang took the chefs on a tour of New Orleans’s shrimping industry and its best Vietnamese restaurants. The Elimination Challenge: Cook a Vietnamese feast featuring a shrimp dish. Some chefs (a few had never eaten a Vietnamese dish in their lives) tried in vain to recreate Southeast Asian flavors, while others triumphed. 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 for her spot-on shrimp dish and brilliant use of butter. +1 for winning the plank-off with her abs of steel. Total points: 40.