Top Chef Season 18 episode 5 preview: Ready for some movie nostalgia?

TOP CHEF -- "Meet You at the Drive-In" Episode 1805 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gabe Erales, Tom Colicchio, Richard Blais -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo)
TOP CHEF -- "Meet You at the Drive-In" Episode 1805 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gabe Erales, Tom Colicchio, Richard Blais -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo) /

After plucking some flavorful dishes in the previous fruit filled episode, Top Chef Season 18 episode 5 is ready to go to the movies. Although drive-ins theaters might have had a revitalization last year, it doesn’t seem likely that the local concession stand would have this level of food choices. Which chefs earn the ultimate foodie statute and which chef gets yanked off stage left?

According to Bravo, Top Chef Season 18 episode 5, “Meet You At the Drive-In” features the following:

"The chefs are tasked to create a dish featuring roses or rose products inspired by the mother figure in their lives; the chefs will go head-to-head at the first ever Top Chef Drive-In, where each team must create dishes based on popular movie genres."

Looking at the first challenge, this Quickfire could be a disaster. Anyone who watches baking competitions appreciates that rose flavors can quickly turn from subtle to potpourri. While a floral aroma can be pleasant, no one wants to eat a floral bouquet.

Given that the dish is meant to be inspired by a mother figure, the bottom dishes might want to re-think their Mother’s Day plans. Even though chefs often have good intentions, flavors can go wrong in this challenge.

In some ways, this Quickfire could be another example of the unpredictable nature of this season. If anyone had said that the judges would be served raw chicken in a challenge, no one would have earned that box on their bingo card.

For the Elimination challenge, the chefs have another difficult task. In addition to working as a team, interpreting a theme can be difficult. Sure, that idea of a rom-com or even a mystery can be transformed into a dish. But, the person who get horror or historical drama might want to get back in the car and drive off. Sometimes there is a touch of luck in these challenges.

In addition, the chefs needs to consider where the guests are eating the food. Although many people eat in their car, the reality is that some food is not car friendly.

Will the big screen reveal a sequel with a repeat winning chef or will this movie end before the opening credits? Here’s how to watch Top Chef Season 18 episode 5.

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET

Episode: “Meet You At the Drive-In”

TV Channel: Bravo

Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. You can also watch on Bravo’ss website or app.

Top Chef Season 18 airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT.