Wednesday night's judgment table on "Top Chef" was a long time coming. The loud-mouthed, obnoxious ball of annoyance, otherwise known as Josie Smith-Malave, was finally given the boot. When Padma Lakshmi told her to pack her knives, I did a fist pump.
For the quickfire challenge, master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi challenged the chefs to make a sushi dish. Stefan Richter won with his yellowtail and grilled shiitake mushroom dish, but instead of immunity, he took home $5,000.
Tom Colicchio was in the mood for fried chicken, so he asked the chefs to make the fried bird for the elimination challenge. The chefs took over the kitchen at Colicchio's rented home in Seattle and cooked for John Shook and Vinny Dotolo from Animal, Michelle Bernstein, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse and Momofuku's David Chang. Talk about an intimidating table!
I wasn't surprised that Josh "The Stache" Valentine and Sheldon Simeon made the best dishes. "The Stache" smoked his chicken before he fried it and Simeon did a umami-style chicken and a Momofuku-style. Being absolutely insane for fried chicken, I wanted to lunge at the TV screen. "The Stache's" smoked, fried chicken gave him the win and a year's supply of Terlato wine.