Episode 6: One Pot Wonder
It's Christmas in the Top Chef kitchen as television host, author and magazine publisher Martha Stewart guest judges a holiday-themed quickfire challenge
(Air date: December 17, 2008)
It's Christmas in the Top Chef kitchen as television host, author and magazine publisher Martha Stewart guest judges a holiday-themed quickfire challenge. Then, in the spirit of the holidays, the chefs use their skills to give back to the community by catering a seasonal cocktail party hosted by special guest judge, actress and foodie Natasha Richardson, for AmFar, the foundation for AIDS research. Will the chefs pull off a "Merry Christmas" or will they be wishing they took Christmas vacation?
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[MUSIC] We walk into the Top Chef kitchen this morning
and wow! Somebody did some decorating. There's a big tree.
It looks beautiful. There's It's a big spread of food.
Obviously it's time to do some Christmas food. Hello, chefs.
Happy holidays. Happy holidays. Now this time of year in
kitchens across the country, home cooks are burying themselves under
mountains of pots and pans Pans trying to create a
traditional holiday feast with all its various components and side
dishes. So for your quick fire challenge today, we want
you to take some of the pressure off the stressed
out home cook by using your skill and ingenuity to
create a delicious holiday meal That can be made using
only one pot. Usually as a chef, in my restaurant,
I use probably ten cooking vessels to make on dish
so my head is spinning, this is going to be
pretty challenging. To judge this quick fire challenge we brought
someone who knows a thing or two about home cooking.
[MUSIC] [LAUGH] Your time starts now. [NOISE] You either cook
everything in one pan Pot once. Or cook something, dump
it out, save it for later. Cook something else, dump
it out, save it for later. So a lot of
people did that. I'm going to step outside the box
and do a potato risotto. Because I know I can
get it done in 45 minutes. Oh this is going
to be good. [MUSIC] When I was six I was
evil. I was a bad boy, so my grandma, in
order to to make me don't destroy the house, she
was make me stir the polenta on the fire, for
hour. So I'm I say you know I'm gonna make
polenta, so I'm gonna slice really thin the mushroom and
Austen to get the polenta mushroom flavor. Polenta. [BLANK_AUDIO] [FOREIGN]