Chefs get a lesson in cooking off the cuff.

PREMIERE: Apr 22, 2008, 12:00 AM

This episode was all about improvising. But first, the chefs had to deal with the Top Chef curse that is creating a dessert. While most of the chefs were prepared with recipes, others winged it. This strategy seemed to pay off for Richard, whose innovative dessert even impressed guest judge Johnny Iuzzini. The chefs were then taken to a Chicago staple -- The Second City. They were not only treated to a show, but became part of the show! Audience members threw out color, emotion, and ingredient names, which were to become the inspiration for the chefs' dishes. It wasn't too long after the chefs formed pairs that they were thrown another curveball -- no electrical mixers! So, the chefs improvised. Dale and Richard's dish prevailed, while, yet again, an unnecessary piece of bread was responsible for sending a Top Chef contestant home -- this time, it was Jennifer.