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Top Chef: Seattle “Wolfgang Clucks” Recap

Today’s episode of Top Chef: Seattle started out with a bit of retrospection on the part of the Josie, who finally apparently feels as if she should have gone home.

But, first, don’t forget to vote for your favorite chef to keep them from elimination. To vote for Chef Kuniko, tweet #savechefkuniko and to save Chef CJ, tweet #savechefcj or vote here.

Today’s Quickfire Challenge involves sushi, and Stefan showed off his ignorance regarding sushi as Josh went the route of using eggs for the creation of his sushi. There are a number of sushi recipes that call for eggs. Sushi is not all that difficult, though it is time consuming. In truth, sushi is the ‘pickled’ and prepared rice. Sashimi is the raw fish. Josie gets praise for using a small amount of bacon in her dish. Josh used bacon as well, and egg and salmon belly to make his dish.

It should be noted that there is no immunity with this particular challenge.

Chef Katsuya was not impressed by Liz and Josh’s dishes. He liked Brooke’s and Stefan’s dishes. Josh’s bacon was too greasy. Stefan won the challenge.


Sushi is very versatile. By and large, most Americans are use to the idea of a sushi roll involving rice, fish or shellfish, and nori seaweed. Sushi can be made with any meat or even meatless using tofu or avocado.

The elimination challenge involves fried chicken served to David Chang, Michelle Bernstein, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo as well as our usual run of judges Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, head judge Tom Colicchio, and our gorgeous host Padma Lakshmi.

One change from the normal run is that they had to cook that night.

Each of them had issues with their chicken. Brooke had trouble with time and couldn’t fry her chicken skins. Josie had to cut out the wings because one of her fryers wasn’t working. Lizzy did hers outside the norm for fried chickens. Josie’s chicken was apparently a bit bland and a little greasy. Brooke had to cook hers a bit twice, and her chicken ended up dry. Josh, though, got pretty good praise for his smoked fried chicken.

Lizzy, Josh and Sheldon were the three at the top. Lizzy got praise for her chicken despite the oddity of her dish. Josh’s smoked fried chicken went over well. Sheldon was praised for his two different kinds of fried chicken. Josh was the one who won.

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Brooke had a huge problem with her dish. The judges felt that she over thought her dish. Josie was on the bottom again, and her constant wasting of time was a problem. Stefan got his because he made Chicken Cordon Bleu which ended up being a disaster. Padme made it clear that Stefan’s attempts to make it things alright with excuses was little more than bull.

Padme’s explanation regarding Stefan’s b/sing over fried chicken pretty much sums things up. Stefan tried to excuse his dish by claiming that Europeans do not do fried chicken, which Wolfgang Puck pretty much shot down. In the back room, he tried to say that he didn’t really want to learn to make fried chicken. Fried chicken is pretty easy. In fact, it’s not far off from Chicken Cordon Bleu, and if he had gone a different direction, he could have tried making it very differently by, say, putting slivers of cheese and ham under the skin before breading it. It may not have worked, but it would have been worth a try.

This time, it was Josie who got cut, but last time, a lot of fans were ready for this as they felt that Kristen was unnecessarily cut. This means that Kristen and Josie faced off in Last Chance Kitchen.




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One Response to Top Chef: Seattle “Wolfgang Clucks” Recap

  1. a. truitt

    January 24, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I must say that Josh’s smoked fried chicken was pretty much a plagiarized dish. He borrowed the smoked-fried chicken idea from a local, well known, Oklahoma food truck called Bobo’s. I’m disappointed that he did not shout them out in his win.