Welcome to Cosentino Watch, where we recap the moves of San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino as he competes in Top Chef Masters. Warning: Spoilers ahead.
|Chris Cosentino feels his meat.|
Episode 7 is called "Culinary Knock Out," and that could have been the name of last week's show, which featured burlesque star Dita Von Teese. Instead, we learned from preview commercials that boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard would be in the house.
But first, the Quickfire Challenge: Separate 18 eggs, grate two pounds of parmesan cheese down to the rind, and portion five 7.5-8.5 ounce cuts of meat from a beef loin (without benefit of a scale), with no time limit. Cosentino looks stoked.
"At the restaurant, I butcher whole animals on a regular basis so I'm totally cool," he says in an interview. "I love it."
Cosentino works like a whirling dervish and finishes first, but when host Curtis Stone checks his work and weighs the meat, it turns out that Cosentino has made his cuts too light so he's disqualified. Chef Kerry Heffernan, who has lurked in the background for the past six weeks, wins the challenge as well as immunity, which means he's got a guaranteed slot in the Final Four.
Everyone's jaws drop as Sugar Ray Leonard appears in the kitchen to present the Elimination Challenge. The chefs will be engaging in one-on-one battles in a culinary "arena." Leonard tells them that a good chef is very similar to a good fighter; both must think on their feet.
Knives are drawn to determine who will fight each other. Cosentino will face off against Takashi Yagihashi, who has quietly been one of his toughest competitors thus far in the game.More »