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Top Chef NOLA Episode 8: Piggin’ Out

Episode 7

Episodes 9 & 10


Previews for this episode showed a whole pig being wheeled into the kitchen.  Now, we’re talking!  Any casual readers of this blog could tell you that I love me some pig.

Lechon roasting

But I can’t help it, hog is my genes – Mastering The Art of Filipino.

See what I did there?  Genes/jeans?  Get it?  Here are a couple more pork recipes for you.

Scallops & Pork Belly

North Carolina-style Pulled Pork


Quickfire Challenge

Dr. John who claims he’s still breathing is in the kitchen and is guest judge for a hot sauce challenge.  YES!!!  They have 45 minutes and the winner gets immunity.

Brian – jalapeno & serrano hot sauce with lime & yuzu juices

Shirley – habanero, serrano, ginger & pineapple

Carrie – Trinidadian-inspired with habaneros & green mango

Nicholas – sweet & sour with smoked apricots, vinegar, & coffee

Louis – Fresno chili, distilled vinegar, maple syrup & chili powder

Stephanie – Peach vinegar & habanero

Carlos – Yucatan-style with mango, passion fruit, & habanero

Nina – Caribbean with habaneros, ginger, & apple cider vinegar

Justin – Pepper sauce with fermented anchovies

 Least Favorites – Nicholas, Carrie, Nina

Favorites – Brian, Justin, Carlos

Winner – Brian.  Second week in a row of immunity for him.


Elimination Challenge –Boucherie

A boucherie is a Louisiana ritual where a village comes together, butchers a pig and then feasts on every bit of it.  The chefs were to butcher a 300 pound hog and then each create a dish for 250 people.  Chefs Toby Rodriguez and Donald Link were present with Link joining Tom and Hugh at the Judges’ Table.

Brian – Porchetta with oyster mushrooms

Sarah – pork dim sum with crab & shrimp har gow

Justin – wood-roasted pork breast taco with pork liver salsa verde

Carlos – Pozole verde with fried chorizo tacos

Shirley – Jiaozi dumpling with pork, grilled kidney & crispy pork fat salad

Louis – slow-grilled pork leg with spring onions, shiitake mushrooms, melted corn & popcorn

Stephanie – pork brodo with braised pork belly & summer vegetable pickle

Travis – Cajun-style pork ramen with pork bone broth & collard greens

Carrie – crispy trotters with snap peas and pickled onions

Nicholas – tete de cohon with summer beans, lemongrass vinaigrette & wheat berries

Nina – Braised pig’s head ragu, roasted corn & mustard greens

Nina – Pig head ragu, roasted corn, & mustard greens

Top 3 – Nina, Shirley, Carlos

Winner – Carlos

Bottom 3 – Justin, Louis, Stephanie

Gone – Louis


Random Thoughts

– I disagree.  The challenge was to make pork and his pork was good.  Of course it could be because I mentioned just last week that Louis may surprise us.

– Paul (winner of TC Texas) and Sheldon (top 3 of TC Seattle) would have wiped these guys up and down the Bayou.  Yes, mainly because they’re Filipinos.

– Damn, I want what Dr. John was smoking – “If it has flavornosity of the highest order and it has tangnosity. It mixies in killer sauce.  I hit it, can’t quit it.”

– Nicholas gets a pass on not usually making hot sauce because of his ulcer issues.  But Stephanie not making it before?  That’s unacceptable.

– She was also the one that noticed the alligator and was worried that “the thing could jump up and eat my face at any time.”  I personally can’t speak for the alligator, but I wouldn’t bite that face.

TC Stephanie

– Dr John is one of my favorite artists with his distinctive voice and singing style.  The guy is truly a national treasure.



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7 comments on “Top Chef NOLA Episode 8: Piggin’ Out

  1. PinotNinja
    November 21, 2013

    Despite that fact that she is clearly a ninja in the kitchen and from my city, I’m kind of over Nina at the moment. Enough with the bad attitude already, lady. Carlos, on the other hand, I would hang out with all day every day and not just because I love me a taco.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      November 22, 2013

      Yeah starting to get a little man-crush on him – killer cook, easy on the eyes, velvety accent.

  2. Foodoofus
    November 25, 2013

    Entertaining TC: NOLA recap/commentary good sir. Dr. John was indeed smoking some NOLA Kush, all that “hip tang” went straight to his head. BTW, can I add you to my blogroll? Long overdue, but just wanted to make sure. Anyway, cheers!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      November 25, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by. Of course u can add. Great reminder for me to update mine

      • Foodoofus
        November 25, 2013

        Awesome hope to be on yours in the near future. I got a lot of writing on the back burner to catch up to.

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