|Quickfire – The chefs file into Ripert’s legendary La Bernadin and are given a lesson in fish butchering by Justo Thomas. A man who before you and I are eating lunch has already butchered up to 1000 pounds of fish each day. He slices away and brings Fabio to tears with his knife poetry. The chefs are asked by Tony Bourdain to portion out one cod and one fluke in 10 minutes. Justo did it in eight. Marcel has an allergic reaction but plugs along. Fabio slices his thumbnail, takes a shot at Jamie in the process, and plugs along.
Dale, Blais, Mike and Marcel do the best job at cutting up the fish. Fabio and the ladies all fail to impress – Antonia apologizes for destroying the fish, and Tiffany is embarrassed because she does this for a living. Tre and Angelo fall in the middle.
The top four are then required to cook a dish from the discards – the heads, tails, spines, etc. Nice challenge. Seriously, Top Chef has brought their A Game this year with challenges. Marcel denies Mike use of some pots, with Mike explaining, “That’s just Marcel being Marcel, he’s a dick sometimes.” Dale is at home because he and his family used to eat pig heads. Blais tosses lemongrass across the kitchen, before regaling us with his first fish story – he made Filet o Fish for Mickey D’s and left off the top bun. Avant garde from the start.
Blais – Schnitzel of Cod Belly, Ragout of Braised Collar and Fried Skin
Perhaps you should stop mocking Angelo’s spoon plating now, Marcel.