Last episode of Top Chef Canada had Sarah going home and reduced the number of female competitors to two. As Elizabeth said, “it is a male dominated industry.” Unfortunately the remaining women disappointed in the quick fire this week.
The quick fire challenge was unique. The test was a blindfolded taste challenge to identify meat proteins. The chefs generally guessed obscure animals when the real answers were simple chicken or beef. There were more difficult choices however, with boar and quail.
Trista and Elizabeth both had the worst results with only two correct. There was a four way tie for first place with Jonathan, Gabriell, Sergio, and Ryan guessing five correct. As there can only be one winner, a sudden death taste off was arranged. There was a series of non-meat ingredients that chefs had to taste and mark down. The first item was bee pollen, which Sergio and Jonathan got correct. The second item was avocado oil and Jonathan won a “significant advantage”, not immunity in the next round.
The elevation challenge was a 13 course tasting menu using offal. Offal is the organs of an animal, such as the brains, spine and stomach. Chef Chris Cosentino was the guest judge. Jonathans advantage was to trade his lamb liver for sweetbreads (brains). He also had the opportunity to trade two other contestants’ items with each other.
Sergio surprised with a beef tongue poutine but failed to impress. Gabriell cooked tripe for the first time, but the judges missed finding a lot of the protein in his dish. David nailed his dish of duck liver ice cream with cherries.
At the judge’s table, David was the winner for his interesting and delicious use of the liver. Sergio was sent home for a dish that the judges called “amateur” and did not want to eat.
Do you think Sergio deserved to be eliminated?