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Mar 3, 2011

Top Chef All-Stars: Final Five

Last night’s episode of Top Chef All-Star was by far an emotional one for all of the “cheftestants.” I think I teared up once or twice :) In the elimination challenge, all five chefs were brought to Ellis Island and were surprisingly greeted by a member of their family. The challenge was to create a dish based on their heritage. This episode in particular certainly allowed viewers to see a different side to all the chefs, a side that gets lost when competition gets in the way. I absolutely loved this episode, it was hysterical, loving and warm. And the best part? Finding out Chef Mike Isabella and Chef Antonia Lofaso are cousins!! Haha!

Well, if you didn’t get a chance to catch last night’s episode, here are all dishes each chef created. I found that the underlying theme in all of the dishes seems to be braised meat! I’m totally going to try that technique next week since I do have braised short ribs in the freezer.

So, the question is: what dish would you create if this challenge was given to you?

Chef Mike Isabella: Potato Gnocchi with Braised Pork Shank Ragu and Burrata Cheese

Chef Antonia Lofaso: Braised Veal, Rapini Leaf, and Fava Bean Risotto

Chef Richard Blais: Short Ribs, Potatoes, Fried Bone Marrow, Corn Purée, and Pickled Glass Wart

Chef Tiffany Derry: Braised Short Rib with Mustard Greens, Stewed Okra, and Oxtail Marmalade

Chef Carla Hall: Braised Pork Shoulder, Fried Grits, Corn and Sweet Potato Hash and Cheddar Biscuits

[Photo credits: BravoTV]

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