Team Top Chef

The chefs leave the drama in Dallas behind to cook for those that have inspired them in Austin.

Dec 21, 2011

After the Twitter Quickfire Challenge, the chefs are told they can relax and enjoy a drink at the hotel bar. Riiight. After a few moments of merriment, the chefs enjoy a serenade by none other than Ms. Patti LaBelle! Padma mentions that Ms. Patti is a cookbook author. Her cookbooks are actually for light living as Ms. Patti lives with Diabetes -- something she didn't bring up this time and wasn't part of the challenge. Although Patti LaBelle is obviously most well-known for her legendary singing career, she will always be Mrs. Wayne to me, Dwayne Wayne's mother on A Differe World. Calling Kadeem Hardison "chipmunk." Making prune cobbler. Mmm such a classic show. YouTube "Patti LaBelle, A Different World" -- you won't be sorry.

Anyway! This challenge has nothing to do with prune cobbler -- it has to do with those that inspired our chefs to cook. After hearing the chefs' stories about their grandmothers, parents, etc. and seeing adorable photos of them all growing up, they get to cooking. The kitchen was fairly drama-free this time around (Thank God.) The only mention of last week's Beverly/Heather debacle is really Beverly talking about karma, and how it will come back to bite Heather in the tush. Methinks it's starting to be true, since Heather knows her meat is bad, and says she's in rescue mode. Unfortuantely, in the end, she can't save it, and goes home. Karma's a bitch apparently. Heather's off to Last Chance Kitchen to compete against Nyesha, who is determined to beat Heather at her own game.

Sarah pulls out a win with an amaaaazing pork sausage stuffed cabbage. Not gonna lie though -- this dish could've ended disastrously, but it didn't! Way to go, Sarah!! Also, special mention to Edward Lee for taking what he considered a chance on a vegetarian dish. That's another thing we get tweeted about a lot, so I'm happy you all have another winning vegetarian recipe to add to your repertoire (sorry, Vegans!)

What did you think of this week's challenge? Do you believe in karma? Top Chef is off for the holidays, but let me know and let me know what you've been eating and what you're preparing for the holidays. Until 2012, Have a Nosh and Happy New Year!