The dealers seem to lean towards the dishes with heat, and so Chris and Patricia win with their "surf and turf" of steak and catfish. Each of their charities win $5K!
For the Eliintaion Challenge, the chefs split up into two fairly arbitrary teams, Red and Blue, and they start to plan their menus for this week's challenge… creating world-class buffets!
We see Chris and Art start to go at it a bit about what kind of food they should serve. I'm never for dumbing down one's food, but Art's point about making something that will appeal to a large group of people isn't a bad one. Ultimately, this is Top Chef Masters, and if we've learned anything it's that at the end of the day you're cooking for the judges (they are the ones making the decisions after all) and people's palates are more sophisticated than one might think. Good food is good food.
Finally, the chefs head to the supermarket. Watching the Masters shop is always so amusing to me, and i don't know why. I love the camaraderie between Thierry and Takashi -- yes, they're competing but they're friends. Love Thierry's joke about eating at Jaleo because they are $800 under budget. While Thierry and Takashi are joking, Art is is being slow (something that will come up again later.)
Is there a reason why these judges have to be so arrogant, rude and condescending? There is a way to tell someone there dishes aren't great without sounding like they are the slime on the bottom of your shoe. Just what are the qualifications of the judges - gee - they write about food. That tells me nothing - other than they are academics that look down on other people and like to lord their knowledge over us lower beings and maybe, just maybe they might take pity and spare us a glance or a nod.
I would like to know who considers Pork and Beans Mexican food, I am of Mexican heritage and its a disgrace to say that you or anyone of your chefs consider that Mexican food, by that definition the French food should consider the french fry a french cuisine. I am really disappointed that you as food critics or judges consider that Mexican food I know I have never seen it in any of my grandmother's recipes or any Mexican cook book.