It's all about beer, pretzels, and sausage as Top Chef celebrates Oktoberfest – AV Club

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Oof. So much for that unprecedented act of bringing two chefs back from Last Chance Kitchen. Still, it was a delight watching Lee Anne kick ass through five LCK challenges and land on top of her only elimination challenge, but that altitude wasn’t doing any favors for the future cheftestant in her belly. Safety first. Nor, it seems, is it doing any for Chicago Joe. I can empathize; us flatlanders weren’t made for the mountains. I hear you, brother. (Screenshot: Bravo) Quickfire Challenge: Something unprecedented! The producers dug through the chef’s menus to find their most laborious dishes, then tasked them with making them in under 30 minutes. I truly can’t think of another instance where the chefs’ IRL menus played a factor in a challenge. I loved it, too, as it offers a deeper, more personal glimpse into the kinds of dishes they serve in their own restaurants, as well as the style of cuisine they feel most comfortable cooking. It also makes the concept of simplicity an integral part of a challenge in a way that’s both organic and challenging. Very challenging. How does one boil down two days worth of prep work into a half hour? That’s like asking me to turn a 10-page essay into a 2-page one, or the kinds of Top Chef recaps I do into a “discussion post.” The prize, however, is a juicy one: Your own Insta-friendly, quick-cut

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