Top Chef Seattle: Pike Place Market Challenge

The Losing Dish

I love watching cooking shows, mainly because I am jealous of all of these amazing ideas and dishes the chefs come up with.  Needless to say, I am extremely excited that Top Chef is back for another season!

Last night the chefs had to compete in pairs which can go really well, or not so great and last night was a not so great night. The contestants were shocked when they were all scolded by Tom for horrible dishes. Then in an added twist, there was no winner and a double elimination.

You can watch last night’s episode here.

So were the ingredients the chefs were given too hard to work with or did everyone simply fail on execution?  Tom said on his blog, “Every single one of the ingredients could have been worked into the dishes better. The problem was that no one this week was creative.”

He also offered a solution for our losing team’s ingredient. Tom thought it would have been creative if CJ and Tyler had used the spicy pickles in a sauce gribiche.


1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. wine vinegar

2 tbsp. Kelapo Coconut Oil, liquid

2 spicy dill pickles, finely chopped

1 hard-boiled egg, finely chopped

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Ground pepper, to taste


1.  In a bowl, mix all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.

2. Serve and enjoy.

How would you have used last night’s ingredients?

– Leslee

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