Katie says it's all about surviving the next day. And of course, Aaron feels the need to contradict her by coming back with, "I think it's more about competing and doing your best dish every day." (This coming from the guy whose team won last week not by cooking, but by coming up with the catchiest menu description.)
Remember Chris Rock's show "Everybody Hates Chris?" If this season's "Top Chef" had another title, it'd be "Everybody Hates Aaron." Sure Katsuji is also annoying and is probably still yapping away this very second, but at least he can be funny. Aaron is about as pleasant as Donald Trump on a bad hair day.
This week's guest judge is chef Jamie Bissonnette. Normally there's an aside of a cheftestants' reaction to who the judge is, but not this week. I'm going to guess that some of these out-of-town guys might not know who he is.
Unless you're from Boston or super into the food scene, you have no idea who Jamie Bissonnette is either. Let me fill you in. He's a bad-ass chef who recently won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast, owner of the hit restaurant Toro (two locations, Boston and New York) and just published his cookbook on charcuterie.
Remember the name. I'm just sayin'.
This week's QuickFire is a straightforward head-to-head battle. One chef can challenge whomever he or she wants, but the one being challenged gets to pick the dish/technique. No elimination or immunity, but this is a Reynolds Products-sponsored challenge, so the winner get $10,000. Not bad for 30 minutes of work.
The two notable match-ups are Katsuji vs. his nemesis, Aaron, and the two chefs nobody dared to pick, Gregory and Mei.
You know the saying, "Never fight a land war in Asia?" Apparently no one taught Gregory that because dude chose to engage Mei in a battle of steamed dumplings. Talk about a bold move.
Mei says she's been making dumplings since she was 7-years-old. If she doesn't win, her parents will be "very, very disappointed."
Aaron picks smoked salmon. He's from the Pacific Northwest, so I guess that makes him an expert. He says, "Me and my younger brother growing up, we always liked to cook. Every time him and I get together it's like, 'You bring the smoker dude?' and he's like, 'You know it."