Top Chef ‘Cheftestants’ Unfazed by Foil

Kristen Kish triumphs in bizarre ‘Quick Fire Challenge’

I’m now officially hooked on “Top Chef” Season 10. The challenges have gotten so strange as to be compelling. Take this evening’s telecast, for instance. The latest Quick Fire Challenge, the portion in which Cheftestants try to gain immunity from elimination, looked like one major product placement segment for Reynolds Wrap.

I’ve done my share of cooking with foil wrap — but always either garlic bread or some sort of packet of fish atop julienned vegetables, but nothing like Cheftestants’ foil challenge times two. First, they had to select ingredients wrapped in foil, both refrigerated and not, and cook dishes in foil too — no pots, no pans, and naturally, no microwave. Some of them evn created cooking vessels from foil.

Kristen grabbing her foil-wrapped ingredients.

Everything they cooked was astonishing, given the necessity to think on their feet and the constraints of what amounted to secret ingredients and the restrictions of the cooking process itself. The winner was Kristen Kish, who somehow managed to make an Almond & Chocolate Sponge Cake in foil. The judges praised the texture and moistness of the cake, but I still have no idea how she did it.  Kristen won $10,000, which she planned to use for a trip to Korea where she was born. And Reynolds Wrap got an impressive amount of exposure.