Episode 3: New York's FinestEdit


In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs cook in four of New York's finest restaurants. Premiere: December 15, 2010

  • Quickfire Challenge: Teams of four compete in a mis en place relay to butcher lamb ribs, chop garlic, and clean artichokes. When the first team finishes, it starts a fifteen minute clock. All teams must prepare a dish within that time limit, using all three prepared ingredients. The other teams must complete their mise-en-place before starting to cook. The members of the winning team do not earn immunity; each member wins $5,000.
    • Top: Blue Team (Richard, Spike, Stephen, and Tre), White Team (Carla, Dale T., Marcel, and Tiffani)
    • Bottom: Red Team (Antonia, Casey, Dale L., and Jamie), Green Team (Angelo, Fabio, Mike, and Tiffany)
      • WINNER: Blue Team (Crispy Lamb Chop with Artichoke Three Ways)
  • Elimination Challenge: The Quickfire teams must now compete among themselves in a double elimination to each prepare a dish in the style of four notable New York City restaurants. Dishes are tasted by the celebrity chefs who run those restaurants; each chef's favorite is eligible to win, each chef's least favorite is eligible for elimination.
    • The Green Team is sent to David Chang's Má Pēche (French-Vietnamese Fusion).
      • Angelo: Turmeric Marinated Fish, Dill, Cilantro, Salmon Roe, Chorizo, and White Chocolate
      • Fabio: Roasted Lamb, Hoisin Plum BBQ Sauce, Corn Tomato Salad, Lemongrass Chèvre Ricotta
      • Mike: Warm Sockeye Salmon, Eggplant, Marinated Tomatoes, and Pickled Peach
      • Tiffany: Crudo of Summer Flounder, Pickled Radish, and Peach Purée
    • The Red Team is sent to David Burke's Townhouse (New American).
      • Antonia: "Peas and Carrots" (Pea Purée, Carrot Purée, Seared Scallop, and Pickled Carrot)
      • Casey: Coconut Halibut "Scallop", Tapioca "Caviar", and Ginger-Carrot Emulsion
      • Dale L.: Roasted Veal Loin, Peanuts, Popcorn, French Toast, Corn and Thyme Caramel
      • Jamie: Smoked Tomato and Bacon Soup with Heirloom Tomato Salad
    • The White Team is sent to Wylie Dufresne's wd~50 (molecular gastronomy).
      • Carla: Poached Shrimp, Grits, Okra Chips
      • Dale T.: Sunny Side Up Egg Dumpling, Braised Pork Belly, Milk Ramen with Bacon, Beef, and Pork
      • Marcel: Vadouvan Lamb, Tzatziki, Pickled Red Onion, and Anti Flatbread
      • Tiffani: Broken Summer Heirloom Melons with Powdered Ham and Taleggio
    • The Blue Team is sent to Michael White's Marea (Mediterranean seafood).
      • Richard: Crudo of Spanish Mackerel, Braised Veal Shank, Fennel Mostarda
      • Spike: Seared Branzino with Caponata and Spicy Prosciutto Vinaigrette
      • Stephen: Coho Salmon, Black Mission Figs, Broccoli Rapini, Fennel Pollen
      • Tre: Grilled Swordfish, Braised Artichoke, Mushroom Panna Cotta, Basil Oil
      • Top: Angelo, Antonia, Dale T. and Tre
      • Bottom: Fabio, Dale L., Tiffani and Stephen
  • WINNER: Dale T. He wins a trip to New Zealand
  • ELIMINATED: Dale L., Stephen
    • Guest Judges: David Chang (Quickfire Challenge), Kate Krader, David Burke, Wylie Dufresne, Michael White (Elimination Challenge)