S.F. Chef Falkner Takes on 'Top Chef Masters' with Boar, Beef Jerky, and Extra-Credit Cookies
The episode's first Quickfire Challenge, taken from an early season of Top Chef, had the chefs hitting up vending machines to find ingredients to make an amuse-bouche. Falkner's creation: Braised beef jerky with orange juice-horseradish ice cream. Meanwhile, the Elimination Challenge required the contestants to cook for the writers of Lost from a list of stranded island eats.
Falkner emerged with boar cooked two ways (loin with an ancho and garlic rub and sous-vide tenderloin with an instant coffee rub, both served with a papaya and yam pudding). Unfortunately, the boar was subject to critiques of "boring," while the pudding was likened to baby food by critic Gael Greene and Saveur ed-in-chief James Oseland.
One of the sweetest moments of the episode, though, was when Falkner eased the tension amongst the contestants waiting to learn their fates by whipping up a five-minute batch of chocolate chip cookie dough. The chefs toasted each other with cookies fresh out of the oven.
Check out Falkner's exit interview after the jump.