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Top Chef Episode 5: Countrified competition

September 17th, 2009

The chefs had to think outside the kitchen on the fifth episode of Top Chef: Las Vegas.

  • Tackling French flavors in front of “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon is enough to make just about any chef want to piss his checkered pants, but for the most part, the chef'testants pulled through without getting soaked.

  • Wazuzu Chef Jet Tila re-imagines Ron's "retarded fish empanda" and sends a message to the haters in "Top Chef" Episode 3.

  • It was sink or swim on the third episode of Top Chef as the chefs made meals for the masses at Nellis Air Force Base.

  • Gambling and Top Chef pair as well as guacamole macaroons and tequila.

  • From badass chefs to just plain bad ideas, and thoughts on what I'd do if I'd rolled a 2.

  • Philadelphia may sport the moniker “City of Brotherly Love,” but last night on Top Chef Las Vegas was the town getting warm and fuzzy over a pair of sibling chefs.

  • The executive chef of pan-Asian restaurant Wazuzu at Encore, Jet Tila knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a top chef. That's why he'll be blogging about this season of culinary competition Top Chef.

  • After a strong showing on the first episode of Top Chef: Las Vegas the odds have been seriously scrambled for week two.

  • On Top Chef: Las Vegas's season premiere the judges got to know the chefs through their vices, interpreted in culinary form for (mostly) delicious results.

  • The contestants don’t appear to have been chosen for their ability to party and frolic in a hot tub; collectively they seem like the most talented collection in the show’s history. And the first two challenges had nothing to do with buffets or steak & eggs.

  • We’re betting folks in a betting town, so we turned to the Wynn's Johnny Avello for the odds of each white-coated chef winning the cash.

  • The straitjacket and electrocution bits aside, the show's true rewards were its unexpected moments.

  • Festival's 2015 edition set for May 23-25 in Downtown Las Vegas.

  • They could've been Danny B & The Douche Missiles.

  • Zappa seemed to relish the notion of flipping off Sin City at every opportunity.

  • How far would you go to be extraordinary?

  • Face-melting Turkey Day meals, carols with Liberace and a drive to the North Pole (Experience)—it's time to shake your holiday season up!

  • Opulence, decadence, excessive ornamentation and extreme wealth.

  • The most common mistake they make is thinking bigger equals better.

  • The program places local youth from single-parent and low-income homes on skate teams, pairing them with adult skate mentors.

  • "That seemed to be the right thing to do. Let’s do an album dedicated to all of our drunk, dead friends."

  • Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band handed out pizza. #MetaMoment

  • Plus David Sedaris at Smith Center and secret pot stickers.

  • Black celebrates his first EP with a release party on November 21.

  • And there's still time to donate! But seriously, check out her donation reminder videos. You won't be disappointed.

  • The stars align and just when you think it’s never going to happen, it happens ... to someone else.

  • The gaming machines of the future are built by teams of video-game caliber animators and artists—and they’re hitting casino floors today.

  • From Pleasantville to I Love You Phillip Morris, a look back at the strongest work from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.