Top Chef Season 18 episode 9 preview: Cookbook worthy recipes

TOP CHEF -- "Portland-ia" Episode 1809 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dawn Burrell, Shota Nakajima, Byron Gomez, Jamie Tran, Maria Mazon -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo)
TOP CHEF -- "Portland-ia" Episode 1809 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dawn Burrell, Shota Nakajima, Byron Gomez, Jamie Tran, Maria Mazon -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo) /

Ready to turn the page on a new food challenge? On Top Chef Season 18 episode 9, the cheftestants need to be a teacher in this food adventure. Is there a way to blend old and new to create a new food trend?

According to Bravo, Top Chef Season 18 episode 9, “Portland-ia” features the following:

"For this week’s Quickfire Challenge, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein from the hit comedy series “Portlandia” task the chefs with creating a dish using hipster ingredients using only old vintage appliances and equipment. For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs must develop and create a recipe fit for the home cook, and are surprised when unexpected guests show up to test their recipes. All-Star alumni and cookbook authors Dale Talde and Richard Blais join the judges’ table to help decide which chef must pack their knives."

Looking at the Quickfire Challenge, this concept is something that home cooks should appreciate. Just because the hottest, trendiest gadget is on the shelf doesn’t mean that the old school tool that grandma used is totally out of date. Sometimes the classics need their moment in the sun. Remember Paul Kahan has his original All-Clad pans that are decades old.

With the Elimination Challenge, this concept is much harder than it looks. Chefs are often quite creative in the kitchen, but recreating that dish is not always simple. Add into the mix, an amateur cook that needs to follow specific steps, that dish could be a recipe for disaster.

The key to this challenge will be keeping the dish’s concept simple. It doesn’t mean that the dish will be bland and boring. Instead, the recipe needs to easy to follow and easy to execute. The chef who can master those two concepts will move onto the next challenge.

After Sarah was eliminated during Restaurant Wars, the chefs might feel a little on edge. Although she had done well during the beginning of Top Chef Season 18, it will be interesting to see the momentum is changing, again. Could another favorite pack their knives in Portland-ia?

Here’s how to watch Top Chef Season 18 episode 9.

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET

Episode: “Portland-ia”

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’s website or app.

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