Episode 2: The Toughest Audience

After tackling a staple "New York" dish in the quickfire challenge: the hot dog, the chef'testants find themselves working at another "New York" staple: Tom Colicchio's Craft Restaurant.

(Air date: November 19, 2008) After tackling a staple "New York" dish in the quickfire challenge: the hot dog, the chef'testants find themselves working at another "New York" staple: Tom Colicchio's Craft Restaurant. Will the chefs be able to please their biggest critics yet—local NYC customers? Successful New York restaurateur Donatella Arpaia serves as guest judge.

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Previously on Top Chefs. Welcome to New York. We're gonna cut right to the chase. With your first [UNKNOWN] challenge. [UNKNOWN] You finished first. Congratulations. [CROSSTALK] We are the lesbians of the chefs. This [UNKNOWN] okay. It's okay Corner corner corner. I already get the center control chaos. What was I thinking. I prepared today a yoghurt crusted rack of lamb and a whole wheat risotto. Sarah's Risotto really undercooked. I did a tree of smoked fish. I think you did a great job with it. Chef. Thank you. If this is the kind of food that we're gonna get all season long, we're in for a nice ride. The winner is Stefan. Thank you. I want to be the first European Top Chef. Ariane, is a question of basic cooking skills. Patrick, the inspiration wasn't there. Patrick, please pack your knives and go. That [INAUDIBLE] winner a teacher in Food and Wine magazine. A show case of the annual Food and Wine classic in Aspen. $100,000 to help turn their culinary dreams in to reality. Furnished by the makers of Glad family products. And the title of top chef. [MUSIC] Was it storming earlier? [UNKNOWN] Like hell it did. [MUSIC] [SOUND] So far two chefs have been eliminated. We started out with 17, we're down to 15 and it's only the second elimination challenge. As a fellow member of team rainbow, I was hoping that Pat was gonna come through. From talking to Arianne, who was on the chopping block already it's nerve wracking. [INAUDIBLE] I don't know if my nerves are getting the best of me or what. But, Im one of the oldest people here and these people that I'm competing against are very knowledgable. But I feel like I deserve to stay. [CROSSTALK] First. The first two challenges, I had both bring them home, and that feels good. I like the competition, though, especially Fabio. He is my biggest competition. I'm fine with Stefan being picked the winner. He made a good dish. In Italian they say, it doesn't matter how many dragon you kil. It's Is who take home the princess? So, I'll go for the princess. You guys ready? To go? Okay, we got to go. [CROSSTALK]
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