As Top Chef All Stars LA nears the finish line, this episode has the chefs tackle some colossal challenges. Who will race to earn the gold medal?
Sometimes the best laid plans may not be perfect. In some ways, this Top Chef All Stars LA episode will remind people of what could have been this year. Still, two epic cooking challenges await the six remaining chefs. Who will sprint to the head of the pack?
According to Bravo, this week’s Top Chef All Stars LA episode, “Colossal Coliseum Kaiseki” features the following:
"With only six chefs remaining, the challenges get even more difficult, when pastry super-chef Sherry Yard awaits the All Stars for a dreaded dessert Quickfire, made even more impossible when chefs must endure a blindfolded taste test to pick their ingredients. Then Michelin-starred Chefs/Restaurateurs Niki and Carole Lidi-Nakayama demonstrate a traditional Japanese Kaiseki meal, the ultimate in simplicity, restraint and precision. The chefs must make this formidable dinner for not just these Kaiseki masters, but in celebration of the Tokyo games with Olympic medalists Diana Taurasi, Rai Benjamin, Nastia Liukin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Christian Coleman, Kerri Walsh Jennings and NBC Olympic Primetime Host Mike Tirico. The gold medal meal takes place at the iconic Los Angeles Coliseum with Padma, Tom, Nilou Motamed and Niki & Carole Lidi-Nakayama at the judges table."
Thinking about the Quickfire Challenge, all the chefs might wish that they were in Last Chance Kitchen for this challenge. While every savory chef should be able to make at least one dessert (that isn’t bread pudding), many chefs would prefer to avoid those butter, sugar, flour recipes.
Additionally, blindfolded taste tests are notoriously hard. When one of the senses is taken away, it can influence how a person tastes food. Even the best chefs can struggle in this challenge. Although, everyone will hopefully have a good laugh during the challenge.
For the Elimination Challenge, the task is daunting. A perfect Kaiseki meal takes skill and time to master. While these chefs are talented, the attention to detail in this meal needs to be respected.
Although this challenge would have been quite fitting when it was filmed, the current environment makes it a little somber. With the Olympics being postponed another year, the celebratory moment seems a little anti-climactic.
With only a few more challenges remaining, it is hard to pick a favorite. Could Brian Malarkey sneak his way into the finale or will an unlikely favorite emerge in these final challenges? Then again, Last Chance Kitchen could bring a chef back who could win it all.
Ready to watch this week’s Top Chef All Star LA episode? Here’s how.
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Start Time: 10 p.m. ET
Episode: “Colossal Coliseum Kaiseki”
TV Channel: Bravo
Top Chef All Stars LA will air on Bravo on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.