Top Chef Canada - episode 2 recap

The 15 remaining chefs get handy with a whole new set of kitchen tools when special guest judge and HGTV star Mike Holmes issues a Quickfire Challenge where the chefs create a refined dish using construction tools.

Ryan, Elizabeth and Trevor – the bottom three chefs – fail to appease Mike’s meat-loving tastebuds. The top chefs in this challenge include Carl, Trista and Gabriell. But it is Gabriell Cruz who really nails it to win immunity in the Elimination Challenge with his grilled chorizo with spiced onion veloute and mussels.

In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs take what they learned from the Quickfire to a working construction site where they must cook for 100 hungry construction workers. These workers are volunteers building a home for Habitat for Humanity.

The chefs must work as a team and hammer out a BBQ lunch. The Green Team – Elizabeth, David, Jonathan, Carl and Gabriell – come out on top and Elizabeth Rivasplata is crowned winner for her chipotle BBQ grilled chicken with apple slaw and honey lavender lemonade.

Team Yellow – Joel, Kunal, Xavier, Ryan and Trevor – disappoints the judges with a lunch that lacks focus. In the end, Kunal Ghose is sent home for his bland pork tacos.

If you missed last night’s episode, check back at www.foodnetwork.ca/topchefcanada/video/index.html later today to watch the full episode.

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