Top Chef Seattle: Pike Place Market Challenge

The Losing Dish

I love watching cooking shows, mainly because I am jealous of all of these amazing ideas and dishes the chefs come up with.  Needless to say, I am extremely excited that Top Chef is back for another season!

Last night the chefs had to compete in pairs which can go really well, or not so great and last night was a not so great night. The contestants were shocked when they were all scolded by Tom for horrible dishes. Then in an added twist, there was no winner and a double elimination.

You can watch last night’s episode here.

So were the ingredients the chefs were given too hard to work with or did everyone simply fail on execution?  Tom said on his blog, “Every single one of the ingredients could have been worked into the dishes better. The problem was that no one this week was creative.”

He also offered a solution for our losing team’s ingredient. Tom thought it would have been creative if CJ and Tyler had used the spicy pickles in a sauce gribiche.


1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. wine vinegar

2 tbsp. Kelapo Coconut Oil, liquid

2 spicy dill pickles, finely chopped

1 hard-boiled egg, finely chopped

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Ground pepper, to taste


1.  In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.

2. Serve and enjoy.

How would you have used last night’s ingredients?

– Leslee

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2 Comments Post a comment

  1. wemblysimple098
    December 7, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I’m not sure how I would have used last night’s ingredients since they are something most people do not carry in their kitchen. I wish Tyler would have been more aggressive during the elimination challenge instead of letting CJ bully him into making the burger. Next week looks like it’s going to be another fun episode and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Unfortunately, I just started a new work schedule at DISH, so I’m going to miss the next episode. I’m bad with setting weekly timers on my DISH Hopper, so instead I’m going to record the entire season; I have over 400 hours of HD DVR room and with that I won’t miss a single episode, and I can still record my other favorite HD programs the same night without using up much space. I think I will try your recipe over the weekend it looks pretty easy to make.

    • December 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      I’m sure next week’s episode will be just as entertaining! Be sure to let us know how it turns out after you try it!

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