While I am not a huge fan of fondue dishes, I understand the need for chefs to know how to create a fondue dish. In this episode, the remaining eight chefs were tasked with creating a fondue dish.

In this quickfire challenge, the dishes were judged by not only the series judges but also the other contestants. Naturally, none of the chefs could vote on their own dish.

After the chefs rated their favourite three dishes and their three least favourite dishes, the winning chef received a three-day trip to Napa Valley. How cool was that?

Because the series was coming down to the wire, from this point forward, the winners of the quickfire no longer received immunity from elimination.

After creating a pho with beef, bread, charred ginger, lime, and sriracha & broth, Dale T. won the quickfire.

After Dale won the first quickfire challenge of the series that did not afford him immunity, the chefs moved on to the elimination challenge.

For the elimination challenge, the eight remaining chefs travelled to NBC Studios at the Rockefeller Center. When there, the chefs participated in the Cell Phone Shootout on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

In the shootout, they selected the dishes they had to prepare for the challenge. With it being Fallon’s birthday, enjoying the day at Tom Colicchio’s restaurant Colicchio and Sons, the chefs prepared a lunch for the late night television host.

The winner, Carla (chicken pot pie with carrots, celery, pea salt and herbs), received a cooking segment on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a trip to Tokyo.

Unfortunately for Fabio (Hamburger, Melted Cheddar Cheese Sauce & Fries), his dish did not shine as brightly as the other chefs. He was subsequently eliminated from the competition.

 

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Shain E. Thomas, recently graduated with an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas, is currently working on an M.Sc. in Library Science. Shain, the senior editor of "Harsh Light," is also the U.S. Correspondent for "The Welshman" and a regular contributor to the "North Texas Daily."