Top Chef D.C. Podcast, Ep. 10: The spy who fed me

[image-1]The prize for the Quickfire was $10k and Angelo revealed that he has a "girlfriend" who is in Russia and needs money for a visa. I don't think there was one viewer last night whose mind didn't automatically think "mail order bride" (or groom). (See the photo of my favorite tweet from last night at right.)

For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs were sent to the CIA headquarters and were charged with taking classic dishes -- Cobb salad, gyro,  French onion soup, and Kung Pao shrimp, etc. -- and disguising them, yet keeping the flavors true to the original dishes. I think it would have been more interesting to give them dishes like Baked Alaska, corn dogs or that Krispy Kreme burger (just sayin').

We saw Angelo make a huge mistake by using store bought, frozen puff pastry for his beef Wellington dish. Um, hello? Isn't that what Rasta Lurch (John) got booted for in the first episode?! And, since his revamped take on it was less than stellar, he was on the chopping block -- big surprise there.

The bottom three for the challenge just so happened to be the three people that many of us fans would most like to see eliminated (in this order, actually): Mr. Burns, Leah 2, and Angelo. So it was basically a win-win-win situation for all viewers last night.

Podcast highlights: "Banana hammocks foster", James Bond theme songs, and Mr. Burns' real work as a "videographer".

Want to know what happened? Well then, you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out.

[image-2]Whether you watch the show or not, our review of it is top notch snark and an all-around good time. Listen to us (attempt to) recap this episode and the hilarity that ensues.

Tune in to Bravo every Wednesday at 10 pm EST/8 pm C, check out our own live Tweets during the show (Jeff: @JeffHouck, Katie: @culinarypirate), and listen to our podcast here every week! (You can even download us on iTunes!)

Check out our fellow Top Chef fanatics' blogs: Please Pack Your Knives And Go's hilarious notes from last night's episode, and All Top Chef gives us their uninhibited reactions.

Download the podcast here.

For this episode of Top Chef: D.C., the themes throughout the show were spies, deception and mystery — leaving many of us viewers just plain mystified as to what was going on.

The Quickfire started out with a challenge we've seen before, the mystery box of ingredients, but then took a crazy turn when a guy dressed as a secret service agent came out and kept delivering box after box of new ingredients for the chefs to incorporate into their dishes. My head was spinning as much as the contestants' were (but mine was probably due to the mixing cold medicine and alcohol). In the end, guest judge, Wylie Dufresne, picked the best of the worst from the hominy/black garlic/squid/passion fruit/etc. monstrosities, and thankfully he chose someone other than Angelo, Mr. Burns (Alex) or Leah 2 (Amanda) as the winner.

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