George Wendt returns to his old stomping grounds to help Padma judge this Quickfire. Just don't call him "Norm."
The gang begins another unpredictable day, heading into the famed Cheers bar.
These two look like they're having a great time -- but don't get too carried away, there is a challenge to be judged!
Melissa meets George and presents her take on a bar snack.
Katie serves her beer-battered fried cheese curds.
Adam questions James on his Michigan-style bar food, "You're serving Norm from Cheers crudité?" -- and that he does.
George seems to be having a moving experience thanks to all of these reinvented bar snacks.
Adam serves his latin-inspired dish -- black bean chilaquiles with a fried egg on top.
Mei puts her own twist on the most traditional of bar foods, serving chicken wings in a lime-chili vinaigrette.
Michael Schlow has arrived, and he is no stranger to Top Chef. Welcome back!
For this elimination challenge, the chefs are split into teams once again -- and somehow Katsuji and Aaron end up on the same team...we hope these two can keep their tempers in check. And we bet Gregory is hoping the same thing.
Keriann, James and Melissa make up a much more cooperative team -- but James puts team morale before his gut instinct to make lamb, agreeing to do an all-fish menu. Will this decision bite him in the end?
Mei and Doug scope out branzino at the fish counter.
Stacy heads to the meat counter to grab some juicy rib eyes.
Adam knows very well that being time-conscious is one of the most important skills a cheftestant can have. Check that watch sir!
Mei grabs a whole lot of a mysterious green ingredient.
Katie's hair blows in the wind as she traverses across the kitchen. Is she rushed and running? Or just trying to show off her luscious locks?
Aaron may be the messiest in the kitchen, but right now he has an impressively clean station...time will definitely change that.
The Orange team harmoniously works together on their three-course Italian meal.
Tonight is a double-elimination, meaning the stakes are even higher than usual. We didn't think it was possible!
Stacy artfully cuts into her rib-eye. That is a beautiful piece of meat...
Tonight the cheftestants are serving their food at one of Michael's restaurants, Via Matta.
Did we mention that Michael is expediting tonight? No pressure...
Michael and Tom seem almost as nervous as the contestants are -- it's difficult to deny that this is an important night.
Emmy Rossum arrives in the form of a chef's worst nightmare -- a gluten-free diner!
The team's menu that receives the most orders tonight will be the winner -- but obviously the judges will be eating all four menus. Hope you didn't spoil your appetite, Padma and Tom!
We wonder if Richard has caught an episode or two of Shameless?
Is it safe to say that these two are professionals at dressing for dinner? They know how to bring panache to a the party.
Emmy is a big fan of Top Chef herself, and we're honored to have her guest judging.
Richard can appreciate anyone who is just as enthusiastic about food as he is, and based off of Emmy's big smile, we can tell she's having a blast.
Tom and Emmy visit with the diners to get a sense of what they found delicious -- and less than delicious.
Looks like these dinners were thrilled to talk to Tom -- or maybe they just asked him an embarrassing question.
Padma and Richard take a dinnertime poll as well. We wonder what returns they heard.
These guys are sporting some serious faces, but not for long...
The purple team wins!
Now comes the hard part -- which two contestants will be going home tonight?
Unfortunately for James and Rebecca, their dishes weren't executed to the best of their abilities tonight, and they are sent home.
Rebecca says goodbye to her team.
James will be missed...we're certain Patrick Swayze would be proud of him.
Although they're in competition, these chefs have become their own little family. The rest of the contestants are sad to see their friends go.
James and Rebecca share one last hug before leaving the Top Chef kitchen. Will they be able to return through Last Chance Kitchen?