After last week’s nail-biting Restaurant Wars, Top Chef kept emotions high with a tearjerker of an episode last night. First, the great chef Hubert Keller showed up to judge a coffee-centric Quickfire with $10,000 at stake. Then, Hurt Locker star and New Orleans–native Anthony Mackie arrived to introduce the Elimination Challenge: Prepare a dish that reminds you of home. The challenge—which took place at Dooky Chase’s, Leah Chase’s legendary restaurant—brought tears to more than one cheftestant’s eyes and even had some of the judges showing their softer side. For those playing F&W’s Fantasy Top Chef, here are the points earned and lost by chefs last night.
Nicholas Elmi: +1 for Nina predicting that he’ll make it to the finale. +3 for crying three times—including once while serving his dish to the judges. +10 for winning the Elimination Challenge with his melt-in-your-mouth gnudi (his daughter’s favorite). Total points: 52
Carlos Gaytan: +1 for his story about first meeting his wife. He told her in Spanish, “You are going to be my wife.” And now she is. Awww. +3 for being on top of the Elimination Challenge with his cochinita pibil. Total points: 47