We’re only a few weeks away from the finals for Top Chef and the competition is getting more tense. It’s to the point where the contestants are either on the top or the bottom with no in between. For the quickfire, the chefs tested their ability to identify ingredients by taste alone as they sampled them blindfolded. For each correct guess, they could use that ingredient to create a dessert.
The elimination challenge was a tie in to the now postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The contestants were to create a six-course progressive kaiseki meal honoring the ingredients and made with precision. Invited guests included former and hopeful Olympians. Some found it challenging because it required both technical and restrained cooking.
Though Stephanie took home the win, Bryan grabbed the top spot in the Power Rankings by being the other top finisher. Karen had some technical issues with inconsistent cuts on her duck and was sent to Last Chance Kitchen. She couldn’t summon the magic from earlier in the season and lost out to Kevin. Kevin later ran a gauntlet of three of the remaining chefs and earned his spot back onto the show by taking two out of three head to head match ups.