“Top Chef” Recaps: Episode 4.12 “High Steaks”


Stephanie gets grilled next, but it’s more like a gentle

sauté. Tom says that while, obviously, the chefs are under a lot of pressure,

at no time does she show it while working. Gail chimes in, “Except right now.”

Stephanie: You

guys are freaking me out.

Seriously, she could not get any cuter.

Tramonto says her sweetbreads were cooked “beautifully.”

Padma assumes her entrée is a dish she has made lots of times before. But

Stephanie says it’s her first time.

Then it’s Lisa’s turn under the microscope. Gail says she

loved the lemon in the appetizer but wishes the shrimp were warm. Tramonto says

he struggled with the dish. Wait — I thought he thought the lemon was great?

Padma asks if she has made the entrée before. She says she has, many times.

Tramonto: You

know when I read the dish I wanted to hate it. And when I ate it, it was

interesting and if the technician work had been done a little better, I think

it would have really exploded the dish.

Antonia’s dishes are next. She says she made dishes that she

would like to eat at a steakhouse. They agree with her entrée and say both the

steak and the gratin was a perfect fit for the restaurant.

Blame it on the rain —

And, finally, it’s time for butcher boy Spike. He repeats his tale of love

with the tomahawk steak, and Gail concurs that her steak was cooked and rested

well and tasted good. But the others have a cleaver to grind with his choice of


Tom: I guess you

get this far with five people left, you are in a restaurant and the scallops

come in there frozen — send them back. Choose something else. I was really

surprised that you stuck with those scallops. They were really terrible.

Being a chef is all about choices … I mean a vendor brings in

something like that in your restaurant in the back door, you’ve got to be able

to say, “You know what? Change in plan, change in direction.”

At this point, you can practically see Spike’s wheels

turning. Who can he blame? Who can he blame? Who can he … ?

Spike: Well, with

all due respect, they were in your walk-in, and it should never made it in the

walk-in if it’s not high quality.

At this point, please enjoy a montage of people’s reactions.

I believe that’s the visual equivalent of an “Oh no he

di’int!” Oh, dude, you just realize you blamed the guest judge for your own mistake, right? God, I have to

rewind that.

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