'Top Chef' recap: I Know You Are, But What Am I?

top-chef-texas.jpgQuickfire Challenge: Make pancakes for guest judge Pee-wee Herman. They don't bother revealing the top three or bottom three, but Ed wins for making a play on the crispy edges of pancakes with some berries. It was definitely the most creative take of the bunch, although Paul's champagne Dippin' Dots were interesting as well.

Elimination Challenge: Make a family-style lunch for Pee-wee Herman and the judges. But they get a bike, a hundred dollars, and a map to the Alamo. They have to figure out where to buy food and where to cook it. This leads to a bizarre segment where the cheftestants have to ride bikes around and beg local restaurateurs to be allowed to cook in their kitchens. It's so weird and pointless. Like if I got eliminated because I was the last one to find a kitchen, I would be hella pissed because this is Top Chef, not Top Amazing Race. Anyway, this is what they served:

Sarah: summer vegetable egg salad with chicken skin vinaigrette. Gail thinks the eggs are cooked perfectly and she loves the vinaigrette, but Tom notes that the eggs have no seasoning.

Grayson: egg, spinach, and gorgonzola stuffed chicken with butternut roasted squash. The judges like the egg in the chicken as well as the butternut squash, but Tom's not sure why she included fresh salad ingredients, because they didn't fit the overall dish.