“Top Chef” Recaps: Episode 4.1 “Anything You Can Cook I Can Cook Better”


Welcome to AfterEllen.com’s Top Chef: Chicago recaps!

Did everyone remember to bring a fork? Better yet, did you bring your sharpened


In a first for the hit Bravo reality series, three lesbian

chefs (or, as Dara so cleverly coined,

chefbians) are competing for the coveted title: New Yorker Lisa Fernandes and

San Franciscans Jennifer Biesty and Zoi Antonitsas. Since whenever there are

three lesbians in a room, two of them are dating/have dated/are thinking about

dating, chefbians Jennifer and Zoi are also the show’s first couple.

But before I jump from the frying pan of introductions into

the fire of recapping, a little disclaimer from your humble maître d’: I am no

chef, and I’m not even really a foodie. I do, however, love food and, for that

matter, lesbians. Please pardon me if I break a few eggs or burn the toast, so

to speak, along the way. With that, let’s dig in.


Quickfire: Uh,

anyone have the number for Domino’s?

Putting the ick in


“I found it incredibly salty.”


deep dish
— Another season, another intro by the devilishly delectable

Padma Lakshmi. I don’t care how hard she is schilling for the Glad family of

products; I’ll buy anything she’s selling. Also, how hard is she rocking that

scar? Next, a montage of all 16 cheftestants. Oh, who are we kidding, here are

the three you care about:

In a gayer-than-gay-off, I think Jennifer wins for the tie

and the lady-hawk.

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