First of all, I want to say that the views expressed in this podcast are not the opinions of all of us on the panel and definitely not those of Creative Loafing. That being said, if you're a vegan, we're apologizing beforehand for this one.
For the quickfire challenge, the cheftestants had quite a juicy challenge: burgers! They each had to create a burger with an accompanying side dish. All of the dishes seemed to reflect their creator - well, maybe not Anita Lo who made "burger soup", which was runny cheese with chunks of burger. Really, that's all you've got this week, Anita? Girl looked like she was sorely in need of some Ambien, that's all I'm sayin'. Oh, and I must diss on Bayless (my hot white Mexican chocolate) for serving up guacamole as a side dish. No wait, three different kinds of guac as a side and without chips to dip in them! C'mon, Ricky, guacamole is a condiment.
For the elimination challenge, the cheftestants had to each cater a different course for a luncheon for actress/wannabe singer Zooey Deschanel and her tragic hipster pals. The twist (or "the rat", as Art put it): Zooey is a VEGAN (read: no meat, fish or dairy) who can't have anything with gluten or soy either. No meat, no cheese, no wheat, no soy faux meat products, and sorry Art- no fried chicken.
Highlights: Art Smith's cheat rice milk ice cream (cop out) mixed with strawberries that looked like menses, Chiarello's chemo ('quinoa') pasta, Zooey's tragic hipster party guests, Bayless' perfectionist tendencies, Anita's "sad plate", and general vegan bashing. Bonus: Next week, we get to welcome back past Top Chef contestants Spike, Dale, and Richard Blais (and his fab faux hawk)!
Hear the hi-larious podcast after the jump: