Top Chef: New Orleans
Season 11
Hosted byPadma Lakshmi
JudgesTom Colicchio
Gail Simmons
Emeril Lagasse
Hugh Acheson
No. of contestants19
WinnerNicholas Elmi
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes17
Release
Original networkBravo
Original releaseOctober 2, 2013 (2013-10-02) –
February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)
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Top Chef: New Orleans is the eleventh season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was announced on May 10, 2013.[1] Filming took place from early May through late July, beginning in New Orleans, Louisiana and concluding in Maui.[2][3] The season premiered on October 2, 2013.[4] State and local tourism offices in Louisiana sponsored the season, paying a total of $375,000. The state contribution came from a recovery fund established by BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.[5] In addition to the return of the Last Chance Kitchen, Bravo launched a new web series called Padma's Picks. Debuting on August 14, 2013, the competition, presided over by host Padma Lakshmi, featured ten New Orleans chefs competing for the chance to join the official lineup of contestants and represent the city.[6]

The final episode of the season generated controversy after head judge Tom Colicchio appeared to successfully sway the other judges into awarding the title of Top Chef to Nicholas Elmi, a contestant who had been nearly eliminated in several episodes and had temper control issues.[7] Fan outrage led Colicchio to release the judges' scores on Twitter to justify their decision to give Elmi the victory over eventual runner-up Nina Compton, who was considered a front runner in the competition.[7] Compton was later voted Fan Favorite.[8]

Contestants

The cast of Top Chef: New Orleans originally consisted of 17 chefs.[9][10][11] At the conclusion of Padma's Picks, Lakshmi selected Justin Devillier and Michael Sichel to join the regular lineup of contestants.[12] Benedetto Bartolotta had previously competed in the fifth season of Top Chef Masters as the sous-chef of Odette Fada. Stephanie Cmar was also a previous contestant, briefly appearing in Top Chef: Seattle during the qualifying rounds.

Name Hometown Current Residence[a] Age
Benedetto "Bene" Bartolotta Astoria, New York New York, New York 27
Ramon Bojorquez Rio Rico, Arizona San Diego, California 31
Janine Booth Perth, Australia New York, New York 25
Shirley Chung Beijing, China Las Vegas, Nevada 36
Jason Cichonski Bucks County, Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 27
Stephanie Cmar Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts 28
Nina Compton Saint Lucia New Orleans, Louisiana 34
Aaron Cuschieri Livonia, Michigan Chicago, Illinois 29
Justin Devillier Dana Point, California New Orleans, Louisiana 32
Nicholas Elmi West Newbury, Massachusetts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 32
Carlos Gaytan Huitzuco, Guerrero, Mexico Chicago, Illinois 42
Brian Huskey Pasadena, California Los Angeles, California 32
Sara Johannes Milwaukee, Wisconsin Minneapolis, Minnesota 36
Louis Maldonado Ukiah, California Healdsburg, California 32
Travis Masar La Junta, Colorado Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 27
Carrie Mashaney Carpenter, Iowa Seattle, Washington 35
Bret Pelaggi Norwood, Massachusetts Miami, Florida 34
Michael Sichel Valhalla, New York New Orleans, Louisiana 46
Patricia "Patty" Vega Gurabo, Puerto Rico New York, New York 29

Shirley Chung competed in Top Chef Duels, and later returned to compete in Top Chef: Charleston.[13][14] Stephanie Cmar returned for Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.[15]

Contestant progress

Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Quickfire Challenge
Winner(s)
Carrie Shirley Team
L.14
Nina Brian Brian Shirley Carrie Shirley Nicholas Shirley Carlos1 Nicholas1
Contestant Elimination Challenge Results
1 Nicholas IN LOW IN IN HIGH HIGH LOW IN WIN WIN IN LOW LOW LOW LOW WIN WINNER
2 Nina WIN IN HIGH HIGH LOW WIN HIGH HIGH IN IN LOW HIGH WIN HIGH HIGH IN RUNNER-UP
3 Shirley IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN HIGH IN IN WIN IN LOW WIN WIN OUT
4 Louis IN IN LOW IN IN IN IN OUT OUT5
5 Carlos IN HIGH LOW IN WIN IN HIGH WIN IN HIGH HIGH LOW HIGH HIGH OUT
6 Brian IN HIGH IN IN LOW IN LOW IN IN LOW HIGH HIGH HIGH OUT
7 Stephanie IN IN HIGH LOW IN IN WIN LOW HIGH HIGH LOW WIN OUT
8 Carrie HIGH WIN IN HIGH IN IN HIGH IN HIGH IN IN OUT
9 Justin IN2 IN WIN HIGH IN HIGH IN LOW LOW LOW OUT
10 Travis IN HIGH IN LOW WIN LOW LOW IN HIGH OUT
11 Sara HIGH IN IN LOW IN LOW IN IN OUT
12 Patty LOW LOW IN HIGH HIGH IN OUT
13 Bene IN IN IN LOW LOW OUT
14 Michael IN2 IN IN IN OUT
15 Janine IN IN IN OUT
16 Bret IN LOW OUT
17 Aaron LOW HIGH OUT3
18 Jason IN OUT
19 Ramon OUT

^Note 1 : The chef(s) did not receive immunity for winning the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2 : As the winners of Padma's Picks, Justin and Michael were given immunity for the first Elimination Challenge.
^Note 3 : Aaron was eliminated by placing last in the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 4 : Team Lakshmi consisted of Bene, Brian, Carlos, Nicholas, Nina, Patty, and Travis.
^Note 5 : Louis won Last Chance Kitchen and returned to the competition.

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned "Top Chef".
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef won the Elimination Challenge.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
  (IN) The chef was not selected as one of the top or bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge and was safe.
  (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
  (OUT) The chef lost the Elimination Challenge.

Episodes

Main article: List of Top Chef episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
1571"Soiree in the Swamp"October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs were sent to a swamp and asked to create a dish highlighting a Louisiana delicacy: alligator, turtle, or frog. The contestants were randomly assigned proteins by Lakshmi and Colicchio. The guests at the party voted for their favorite meals by presenting a string of Mardi Gras beads to the chefs whose dishes they liked the most. The three chefs who collected the most beads were eligible to win, while the three chefs with the least amount were put up for elimination. The guest judge was chef Curtis Stone.

  • Winner: Nina (Curried Turtle Meatball, Chayote Slaw & Chutney with Raisins)
  • Eliminated: Ramon (Braised Turtle with Thai Dashi)
1582"Rebuilding New Orleans"October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were given an entire night to prepare a gumbo inspired by their heritage. The guest judge was chef Leah Chase.

  • Winner: Carrie (Iowan-Trinidadian Gumbo with Coconut, Green Mango, and Corn Crumble)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs were separated into four teams and worked in food trucks to serve lunch for Habitat for Humanity volunteers. The guest judge was chef Susan Spicer.

  • Red Team: Bene, Janine, Justin, Michael, Nina
  • Green Team: Louis, Sara, Shirley, Stephanie
  • Blue Team: Bret, Jason, Nicholas, Patty
  • Yellow Team: Aaron, Brian, Carlos, Carrie, Travis
    • Winner: Carrie (Beef & Pork Curry Empanadas with Watercress & Mango)
    • Eliminated: Jason (Salmon Hand Roll with Quinoa, Honey Mustard Miso & Cucumber)
1593"Commander's Palace"October 16, 2013 (2013-10-16)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were challenged to create a dish that reinvents one of four popular food trends: "eggs over everything", kale, bacon, or smoked foods. The contestants drew knives to select their trends. Revealed to be an Elimination Quickfire, the chef with the judges' least favorite dish would be sent home. The guest judge was Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin.

  • Winner: Shirley (Rice Congee with Shirred Egg, Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil)
  • Eliminated: Aaron (Fried Kale Dredged in Soy, Mirin, Rice Vinegar & Yuzu Sauce)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs had to replicate classic dishes from the Commander's Palace menu.

  • Winner: Justin (Strawberry Trio)
  • Eliminated: Bret (Veal Chop Tchoupitoulas)
1604"Captain Vietnam"October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs were separated into three teams to create a menu inspired by the Vietnamese influence on the shrimping industry in New Orleans. At least one dish on the menu had to feature shrimp.

  • Green Team: Bene, Janine, Sara, Stephanie, Travis
  • Orange Team: Brian, Carlos, Louis, Michael, Nicholas
  • Red Team: Carrie, Justin, Nina, Patty, Shirley
    • Winner: Shirley (Vietnamese Barbecue Shrimp with Creole Spice Butter)
    • Eliminated: Janine (Fresh Gulf Shrimp with Ginger Vietnamese Tomato Sauce)
1615"Lea Michele's Halloween Bash"October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)

Quickfire Challenge: In a throwback to the Top Chef: Seattle Reynolds Wrap challenge, all ingredients and cooking utensils were completely wrapped in aluminum foil. The mothers of Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons, Vijaya Lakshmi and Renée Simmons, shopped for the chefs' ingredients and equipment. The contestants, split into two teams, had to create three dishes incorporating every ingredient. The winning team split $10,000.

  • Team Lakshmi: Bene, Brian, Carlos, Nicholas, Nina, Patty, Travis
  • Team Simmons: Carrie, Justin, Louis, Michael, Sara, Shirley, Stephanie
    • Winner: Team Lakshmi

Elimination Challenge: The chefs, separated into pairs, catered a Halloween costume party. The guest judge was actress Lea Michele.

  • Winners: Carlos, Travis (Dia de los Muertos: Goat Cheese Fondue with Fried Zucchini; Vegetable Ceviche)
  • Eliminated: Michael (Bloody Eye: Yellow Arancini with Saffron & Tomato Jam)
1626"Campfires, Cream Cheese and Countryside"November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs created dishes that highlighted the creole tomato. The guest judge was chef John Besh.

  • Winner: Nina (Chilled Watermelon Tomato Soup with Jalapeño, Fresh Basil & Shaved Zucchini)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs had to make a dish using farm-fresh ingredients and featuring Philadelphia cream cheese. The contestants drew knives to determine their portion of the meal: appetizer, entrée, or dessert. The Quickfire winner was allowed to choose their course. The winner of the challenge received $10,000.

  • Winner: Nina (Crispy Zucchini Blossoms with Eggplant & Cream Cheese Purée)
  • Eliminated: Bene (Roasted Chicken Breast Filled with Caramelized Onion & Tarragon Cream Cheese)
1637"Jazz Hands"November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs rotated around prep stations in the kitchen in a version of musical chairs, continuing and completing the dishes that they ended up at. The guest judge was jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.

  • Winner: Brian (Duck & Mussels with Flavors of Asia)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs worked in teams to prepare potluck meals for a party hosted by Kermit Ruffins for a group of musicians.

  • Blue Team: Justin, Louis, Sara, Shirley
  • Gray Team: Brian, Nicholas, Patty, Travis
  • Green Team: Carlos, Carrie, Nina, Stephanie
    • Winner: Stephanie (Fried Baby Artichoke, Preserved Lemon & Anchovy Aioli)
    • Eliminated: Patty (Tomato Watermelon Salad, Szechuan Pepper & Goat Cheese Espuma)
1648"Piggin' Out"November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs prepared their own hot sauce. The guest judge was singer Dr. John.

  • Winner: Brian (Jalapeño & Serrano Hot Sauce with Lime & Yuzu Juices)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs each prepared a dish from their portion of a whole hog, in the spirit of a Cajun boucherie, or communal slaughtering. The guest judges were chefs Toby Rodriguez and Donald Link.

  • Winner: Carlos (Pozole Verde with Fried Chorizo Tacos)
  • Eliminated: Louis (Slow-Grilled Pork Leg with Spring Onions, Shiitake Mushrooms, Melted Corn & Popcorn)
1659"Restaurant Wars"December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs had 24 hours to create a pop-up restaurant. They set up both the dining area and the kitchen area, and executed a multi-course dinner service. One member from the losing team was eligible for elimination. The guest judge was restaurateur David Chang.

  • Fin: Brian, Carrie, Nicholas, Stephanie, Travis
    • First Course: Scallop Crudo, Corn & Squash Relish with Purple Corn Gel (Brian)
    • Second Course: Sautéed Gulf Shrimp, Chickpea Purée, Oregano & Lemon (Carrie); Linguini with Caviar, Oyster Cream & Fennel (Stephanie); Roasted Black Drum, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Oxtail, Kale & Hibiscus Reduction (Nicholas)
    • Third Course: Olive Oil Cake with Greek Yogurt, Cherries & Pistachios (Travis)
  • Found: Carlos, Justin, Nina, Sara, Shirley
    • First Course: Red Snapper Crudo, Avocado Mousse, Pickled Baby Carrots & Fried Platano (Carlos); Roasted Parsnip Agnolotti, Mississippi Rabbit & Collard Greens Broth (Justin)
    • Second Course: Olive Oil Poached Cobia, Blanched Ong Choy & Salsa Verde (Shirley); Pork Tenderloin with Sunchokes & Trumpet Royale Mushrooms (Nina)
    • Third Course: Summer Nectarine Brown Butter Cake with Moscato Nectarine Salsa (Sara)
      • Winner: Nicholas
      • Eliminated: Sara
16610"Like Mama Made"December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs created dishes featuring Dunkin' Donuts coffee. The winner received $10,000.

  • Winner: Shirley (Coffee Crusted Tenderloin with Garlic Purée & Coffee Brown Butter Sauce)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs created dishes that reminded them of home.

  • Winner: Nicholas (Ricotta Gnudi with Pancetta, Peas, Lemon & Parmesan)
  • Eliminated: Travis (Biscuits with Maple Sage Sausage Gravy & Sour Plum Jam)
16711"Giving It the College Try"December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs created dishes using drumsticks.

  • Winner: Carrie (Squab Legs Marinated in Thyme, Juniper & Cocoa Powder with Fig Mostarda)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs served lunch to 500 freshman students at Louisiana State University. The winner received a brand new Toyota RAV4.

  • Winner: Shirley (Roast Beef with Potato Puree & Fire Roasted Tomato Relish)
  • Eliminated: Justin (Marinated Gulf Shrimp, Cauliflower, Asparagus & Garlic Puree)
16812"Mississippi Mud Bugs"January 1, 2014 (2014-01-01)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs prepared their own version of a crawfish étouffée.

  • Winner: Shirley (Singapore Chili Crab Étouffée with Crawfish Stock, Cucumber & Egg)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs had to create a dish highlighting two different types of seafood.

  • Winner: Stephanie (Fried Louisiana Oysters with Tuna & Pickled Beech Mushrooms)
  • Eliminated: Carrie (Flounder Croquettes with Oyster Emulsion & Pickled Cucumbers)
16913"Oui Si a Challenge"January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs replicated a dish prepared by Jacques Pépin (Dover Sole with Artichokes and Asparagus).

  • Winner: Nicholas (Poached Dover Sole with Mushroom Duxelle Stuffed Artichoke & Sautéed Asparagus)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs were divided into two teams to prepare five-course tasting menus influenced by French and Spanish cuisine, respectively. The menus both featured olives, almonds, mussels, chicken, and chocolate. The French team was advised by Dominique Crenn, and the Spanish team by Julián Serrano.

  • French Team: Nicholas, Shirley, Stephanie
  • Spanish Team: Brian, Carlos, Nina
    • Winner: Nina (Ensaladilla Rusa with Green Olives, Gulf Shrimp & Potatoes; Ajo Blanco with Almonds, Crabs & Cherries)
    • Eliminated: Stephanie (Pickled & Poached Mussels, Crustacean Jus & Tomate; Chicken Liver Mousse with Roasted Chicken Consomme)
17014"Po' Boy Smackdown"January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs made gourmet po'boys. The guest judge was chef Roy Choi.

  • Winner: Shirley (Sauteed Catfish Po'Boy with Mirin, Ginger, Garlic Glaze & Cabbage Slaw)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs made dishes that represented a turning point in their career when they found their own culinary voice. The guest judge was filmmaker Jon Favreau.

  • Winner: Shirley (Seared Snapper with Crustacean Broth, Silken Tofu & Napa Cabbage)
  • Eliminated: Brian (Chicken Anticucho with Twice Cooked Potatoes & Feta Walnut Pesto)
17115"Leaving New Orleans"January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)

Quickfire Challenge: The challenge occurred in two stages. In the first, the chefs made a one-bite dish that featured a combination of sweet, savory, sour, and spicy flavors. The chefs with the two best dishes advanced to the second stage, where they created a dish highlighting either bell pepper or eggplant. Instead of immunity, the winner received a brand new Toyota Corolla.

  • Winner: Carlos (Grilled Mango with Shrimp & Chili Glaze; Fried Red Bell Pepper Soup with Fennel, Basil & Onion)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs created dishes inspired by their time in New Orleans.

  • Winner: Shirle' (Black Drum with Zhenjiang Vinegar Butter Sauce, Braised Celery & Mushrooms)
  • Eliminated: Carlos (Steamed Seafood Tamale with Saffron Cream Sauce & Pickled Okra)
17216"Maui Wowie"January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs made dishes using Spam. Instead of immunity, the winner received $10,000.

  • Winner: Nicholas (Spam Broth, Pancetta, Seaweed, Dried Shrimp, Clam Juice & Quail Egg)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs made dishes featuring canoe plants. Two chefs were eliminated.

  • Winner: Nicholas (Opakapaka with Jalapeño & Crispy Chicken Skin)
  • Eliminated: Louis (Grilled Opah with Sweet Potato & Coconut Sauce); Shirley (Honey-Glazed Pork with Sweet Potato & Turmeric Puree)
17317"Finale"February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)

Elimination Challenge: The finalists, with the assistance of three sous chefs of their choosing (Jason, Louis, and Brian for Nicholas, and Shirley, Stephanie, and Travis for Nina)had to cook the best four-course meal of their lives.

  • Nina:
    • Amuse-bouche: Breadfruit with Whipped Foie Gras Butter
    • First Course: Tuna & Escolar Tartar with Tomato Water & Jalapeño
    • Second Course: Roasted Goat Sugo with Orecchiette, Cherry Tomato Confit & Goat Cheese
    • Third Course: Swordfish with Squash Purée, Braised Kale & Smoked Onion Jus
    • Intermezzo: Compressed Dragon Fruit & Frozen Papaya Skewer
    • Dessert: Chocolate Zeppole with Macadamia Nuts & Passion Fruit Anglaise
  • Nicholas:
    • First Course: Hamachi & Tuna with Green Apple Wasabi, Celery & Maui-Meyer Lemon
    • Second Course: Sweet Shrimp Bisque, Scallop & Daikon Noodles with Thai Basil
    • Third Course: Kombu Cured Duck Breast with Kabocha Squash, Hijiki & Ginger
    • Dessert: Caramelized White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Almond Cocoa Crumble & Tropical Fruit
      • Winner: Nicholas
      • Runner-up: Nina

Last Chance Kitchen

Main article: Top Chef § Last Chance Kitchen

Episodes

No. Title Original air date
1"Ramon vs. Jason vs. Aaron vs. Bret vs. Janine"October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)

Challenge: The chefs were allowed to cook any dish.

  • Aaron: Balsamic Marinated Rabbit Leg with Corn Fricasee & Creole Tomatoes
  • Bret: Seared Bass with Ratatouille & Mascarpone Polenta
  • Janine: Fried Oysters with Southern Vegetables & Creole Mustard Aioli
  • Jason: Suzuki Crudo with Corn, White Chocolate & Yuzu Nectarine
  • Ramon: Grilled Lemongrass Prawns with Kale, Nori & Peach Salad
    • Winner: Janine
    • Eliminated: Aaron, Bret, Jason, Ramon
2"Janine vs. Michael"October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)

Challenge: The chefs were challenged to make risotto.

  • Janine: Mushroom Risotto with Mascarpone & Rosemary
  • Michael: Pine Nut & Thyme Risotto with Parmesan Crisp
    • Winner: Janine
    • Eliminated: Michael
3"Janine vs. Bene"November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)

Challenge: The chefs made dishes using frozen and canned vegetables.

  • Janine: Seared Scallop with Pancetta, Minted Pea & Corn Purées
  • Bene: Duo of Swordfish with Sweet Pea Asparagus Purée, Pine Nuts & Raisins
    • Winner: Janine
    • Eliminated: Bene
4"Janine vs. Patty"November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13)

Challenge: The chefs created dishes highlighting onions. They were required to chop up a tub of onions before they could start on the challenge itself. In addition, they could not do any additional prep work once they started cooking.

  • Janine: Pork Loin with Apple Rolls, Goat Cheese, Bacon & Caramelized Onion
  • Patty: Grilled Pork Loin with Confit Potatoes, Andouille Sausage & Onions
    • Winner: Janine
    • Eliminated: Patty
5"Janine vs. Louis"November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)

Challenge: The chefs were given $25 to spend at a farmers' market. They were allowed to keep only three of their purchased ingredients, and given only 20 minutes to prepare a dish.

  • Janine: Catfish with Potato, Asparagus & Saffron Sauce
  • Louis: Olive Oil Poached Prawns with Tomato & Fennel Bisque
    • Winner: Louis
    • Eliminated: Janine
6"Louis vs. Sara"December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)

Challenge: The chefs made savory dishes featuring mascarpone. They were blindfolded for 10 minutes in the middle of the challenge and had to instruct a sous-chef (Jason for Louis, Janine for Sara) on how to continue preparing their dishes.

  • Louis: Mascarpone Poached Snapper with Beech Mushrooms, Snap Peas & Potato
  • Sara: Mascarpone Polenta with Agrodolce Mushrooms & Swiss Chard
    • Winner: Louis
    • Eliminated: Sara
7"Louis vs. Travis"December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)

Challenge: The chefs made dishes highlighting Asian ingredients, including three out of the following: tripe, sea cucumber, Humboldt squid, chicken feet, duck feet, pork tongue, dried shrimp, and Chinese sausage. They were given 45 minutes for the challenge.

  • Louis: Braised Tripe, Dried Shrimp & Chinese Sausage with Bamboo Shoots & Bok Choy
  • Travis: Bitter Melon Soup with Squid Cakes
    • Winner: Louis
    • Eliminated: Travis
8"Louis vs. Justin"December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)

Challenge: The chefs made dishes highlighting ingredients from their opponent's home region; Louis used ingredients from Louisiana, while Justin used ingredients from Northern California.

  • Louis: Redfish Almondine with Corn Puree & Crawfish Sauce
  • Justin: Grilled Sardine with Roasted Corn & Sherry Vinaigrette
    • Winner: Louis
    • Eliminated: Justin
9"Louis vs. Carrie"January 1, 2014 (2014-01-01)

Challenge: The chefs prepared dishes using broccoli.

  • Louis: Scottish Salmon, Anchovy Vierge with Broccoli Three Ways
  • Carrie: Roasted Broccoli Raviolini with Bagna Cauda
    • Winner: Louis
    • Eliminated: Carrie
10"Louis vs. Stephanie"January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)

Challenge: The chefs each prepared a savory and a sweet beignet.

  • Louis: Crab & Black Garlic Beignet; Persimmon & Pine Nut Beignet
  • Stephanie: Andouille & Corn Beignet; White Chocolate & Cherry Beignet
    • Winner: Louis
    • Eliminated: Stephanie
11"Louis vs. Brian"January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15)

Challenge: The chefs made dishes using the skin and bones from various animals. They had 45 minutes to prepare their dishes.

  • Louis: Bouillon, Crispy Chicken Skin, Roasted Vegetables & Olive Oil Poached Egg Yolk
  • Brian: Seared Eggplant with Chicken Broth, Oyster Mushrooms & Chicken Skin
    • Winner: Louis
    • Eliminated: Brian
12"Louis vs. Carlos"January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)

Challenge: The chefs made dishes showcasing a fresh Hawaiian fish. They had an hour to prepare their dishes, which were tasted blind by Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, and the three finalists (Nicholas, Nina, Shirley).

  • Louis: Braised Yellowfin Tuna with Mushrooms, Kale & Cabbage
  • Carlos: Mahi Mahi with Mole Manchamanteles & Taro Root
    • Winner: Louis
    • Eliminated: Carlos

References

Notes
  1. ^ The contestants' city and state of residence during time of filming.
Footnotes
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