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] [MUSIC]
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