Top Chef: Seattle Episode 5 Recap: The Ginger Curse Is Real

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Some chefs who aren't Tesar, Valentine or McPherson win the QuickFire, and Guest Judge, Daisley Gordon, wins Best Name Ever. Then, the teams are told that they'll have to stick together with the same partner for the Elimination Challenge. Every chef and every viewer was annoyed by this. Can we stop with the team challenges and let these emeffers chef alone already?!

The Elimination Challenge started immediately and teams only had two hours to make lunch for some Pike Place Market artisans. Each chef drew a knife for the ingredient they'd have to feature in their dishes. McPherson's team drew chocolate coconut curry, and Valentesar drew truffle popcorn.

Valentine and Tesar proceed to pussyfoot around each other. Valentine makes obvious and major efforts not to stab Tesar in the eye, and Tesar makes huge efforts not to be the kind of guy who's stabbable. They were civil with each other. Not one profanity was uttered. Nobody was called a prick or a monkey or anything.

Result: They made ungood food and ended up in the bottom of the group, facing double-elimination.

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