'Top Chef' recap: Snow White, Blood Red

top-chef-texas.jpgQuickfire Challenge: Create a sophisticated dish by choosing three ingredients from a conveyer belt. Guest judge is Eric Ripert. They can wait as long as they want to choose their ingredients, but it means they will have less time to cook. Some people grab ingredients right off, while others just start cooking something basic and wait for ingredients to incorporate. Turns out the ingredients don't really matter since Chris gets lobster and foie gras and still ends up in the bottom. Bev screws up and one of her ingredients doesn't make it on the plate, so she can't win, but Padma and Eric tell her that she would have won if it had. So the second place dish but also the winner belongs to Lindsay, who made a bouillabaisse.

Elimination Challenge: Create a seven course Gothic feast fit for an evil queen, portrayed by Charlize Theron, who will be the guest judge because she's playing the evil queen in a new Snow White movie. Here are the dishes:

Ed: tuna tartare with black garlic ponzu and Asian pear vinaigrette. He plates it with the darker sauce on one side and the lighter sauce on the other to signify good and evil. The judges love everything about his dish, including the fried fish scales he put on top.

Paul: foie gras with bacon, pumpernickel, pickled cherries, and beets. He puts all of the food along the edge of the plate to make an "enchanted forest" and then puts a big bloody handprint in the middle of the plate. Emeril is shocked that the elements came together, because it could have gone horribly wrong, and everyone loves the dish. This is a lovefest so far.

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