Team Top Chef

Not all fried chicken is created equal.

on Jan 23, 2013

On to the Elimination Challenge, presented by Tom Colicchio and one of his former employees, David Chang. "Everybody loves fried chicken," David says matter-of-factly. And you know what? I honestly can't think of anyone who doesn't (besides vegetarians, obviously.)

Thanks for the segue, David! Speaking of fried chicken, have you checked THIS out yet?

The challenge is to create a fried chicken dish for a dinner party at Tom's house. Sheldon declares that he's going to wear his deep pants, so he doesn't shit himself. Stefan makes Stefan-y jokes about thighs and legs. Come on, you guys! Get serious! Well, Josh is serious. This is the challenge he's been waiting for, so that either means he'll win or go home. Josie says she's got this one in the bag, so she'll either win or go home. Before we get into the dishes, let's discuss the things we learn in this episode.

1. Padma called tom Tommy. Awww.

2. Wolfgang is a true gentleman and pushed in Emeril's chair for him.

3. The guys from Son of a Gun -- a restaurant I hope to visit at the end of February -- once interviewed to work for Brooke, and didn't get hired. After eating her chicken, they express happiness over this turn of events. Ouch! (Sidenote: I have eaten at their other eatery, Animal, and it's effing amazing. Get the oxtail gravy poutine!)

4. Josie admits time management is her achilles heel. Finally.

Back at the house…

5. Sheldon plays the ukelele, like, really, really well. As if he couldn't be more lovable than he already was. (Also, who caught him say, "Pouring one for my homies," as he cooked his dish? It was so Eliza of him!)

6. Stefan's mother has been struggling with Parkinsons for 18 years. We see a side of Stefan I don't think many of us have witnessed before. I can't even imagine how proud of Stefan his mother is. 

Anyway, back at the picturesque dining table...

All the chefs are bonding, and it's a lot of fun to watch. I had a smile on my face the whole time.

So, let's get to the chicken!