On tonight's episode of Top Chef Masters, the chefs were charged with preparing a dinner party for Zooey Deschanel and her friends. Just a few limitations: Zooey is vegan, gluten-intolerant and can't have soy. Talk about Gobsmacked!!!! After the chefs picked their chins off the ground, they quickly regrouped and planned their menus.
Here's what the Top Chefs made:
Sweet Corn Tamales
Chili-braised Black Beans
Braised Greens & Glazed Mushrooms
White Gazpacho (in shot glasses!)
Timbale of Avocado & Asparagus
Roasted Beet Salad
Spicy Grilled Eggplant
Lentil Salad with Cashew Sauce
Art Smith (who went home tonight)
Strawberry & Champagne soup
Strawberry Rice Ice Cream
Michael Chiarello won with a Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde and Pine Nut Gremolata that made Zooey's blue eyes sparkle.
Check out www.bravotv.com/top-chef-masters for highlights of this season, along with some great recipes.
photo of Zooey by msnbc.com, photo of Michael by bravotv.com