Top Chef Suomi

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Top Chef Suomi
Starring Pipsa Hurmerinta
Pia Kämppi
Hans Välimäki
Country of origin Finland
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s) TBA
Running time 45 min (excluding commercials)
Release
Original network Sub
Original release January 26, 2011 – present
External links
Website
Hans Välimäki was the head judge of Top Chef Suomi

Top Chef Suomi is a Finnish cooking reality show on Sub based on the American television series Top Chef. Auditions for the series were held in autumn 2010 and 12 contestants were chosen. The programme is hosted by model and restaurant chef Pipsa Hurmerinta [1] The head judge for the competition is Finland's most renowned chef Hans Välimäki.[2] The other judge is business group manager of Royal Ravintolat Pia Kämppi.[1] Top Chef season 5 runner up Stefan Richter has made an appearance as a special guest judge for the first four episodes.[1] The show is produced by Solar Television Oy. The show is renewed for a second season, which is expected to premiere in either fall 2011 or in spring 2012.

The winner of Top Chef Suomi Akseli Herlevi received a culinary travel grant to top restaurants worldwide worth €10,000, a contract for a cookbook with the publishing company Tammi, a Samsung flatscreen TV and home entertainment system worth €8,000.

Contestants[edit]

12 chefs competed in the first season. Names, ages, and hometowns below are from the Sub website. In elimination order, the contestants were:

Contestant progress[edit]

Episode 1 2 3 1 4 5 6 7 2 8 9 10
Quickfire
Winner
Arto Akseli Maija Samu Mika Markus
Mika
Samu
NONE Annina Mika NONE
Akseli IN IN IN (+) WIN HIGH HIGH LOW WIN HIGH WINNER
Samu HIGH WIN IN (-) IN HIGH WIN LOW IN WIN RUNNER UP
Mika IN HIGH IN (-) LOW IN IN WIN 3 LOW OUT
Annina WIN IN IN (+) IN LOW LOW WIN 3 HIGH OUT
Maija HIGH LOW IN (-) LOW IN HIGH WIN 3 OUT
Markus IN LOW WIN IN WIN LOW OUT
Arto IN IN IN (-) HIGH LOW OUT
Jani LOW HIGH IN (+) HIGH OUT
Ulla IN IN IN (+) OUT
Jussi LOW IN OUT
Bianca IN OUT
Mic OUT
     (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned Top Chef.
     (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
     (WIN) The chef won that episode's Elimination Challenge.
     (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
     (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was out of the competition.
     (IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.
     IN (+) The chef won a pair or team challenge but was not chosen as one of the judges' favorites.
     IN (-) The chef lost a pair or team challenge but was not selected as one of the judges' least favorites.

^Note 1 : Each entire team was called in for judging, thus there were no top or bottom individual team members.
^Note 2 : There was no Quickfire Challenge in this episode.
^Note 3 : Team Ravintola M.M.M. won the challenge, thus there was no one individual winner.

Episodes[edit]

Each episode includes two challenges. The Tulikoe or Quickfire Challenge is a short, simple challenge with a varying reward each week; in the initial episodes of the season, it usually guarantees the winner immunity from being sent home that week. The Pudotushaaste or Elimination Challenge is a more complex challenge that determines who goes home. One or more guest judges join the show each week to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination is announced in a segment called "Judges' Table."

Episode 1: Who's Who? (Kuka on kuka?)[edit]

  • Quickfire Challenge: The contestants are asked to make an amuse bouche using only the food items and utensils at the buffet table for their welcome party
  • Elimination Challenge: The contestants were asked in advance to say what their favourite ingredient to work with is and they must now show why.
    • At Judges' Table, Annina, Samu and Maija were selected as the judges' favorites
    • At Judges' Table, Mic, Jussi and Jani were selected as the judges' least favorites
  • Guest Judges: Stefan Richter
  • First aired 26 January 2011

Episode 2: Storm in the Aquarium (Myrsky akvaariossa)[edit]

  • Quickfire Challenge: Each chef receives a whole pike and must fillet it and prepare a dish in 45min.
    • Top: Akseli, Mika, Jussi
    • Bottom: Bianca, Samu, Maija
      • WINNER: Akseli (Butter Poached Pike, Potato Purée with Fish Roe Smetana)
  • Elimination Challenge: In the Top Chef kitchen, the chefs must prepare a seafood dish in 1 hour.
  • Guest Judges: Stefan Richter
  • First aired 2 February 2011

Episode 3: Making Headlines (Etusivu uusiksi)[edit]

  • Quickfire Challenge: The chefs are given 45 minutes to prepare a dessert using chocolate as the main ingredient.
    • Top: Akseli, Samu, Maija
    • Bottom: Annina, Markus, Jani
      • WINNER: Maija (Chocolate Marquise and Pistachio Creme)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs in a team challenge must prepare a buffet table for a Sub press conference with 200 guests taking ecology and ethics into account. Each team receives €900 and 2 hours prep time. As quickfire winner, Maija gets to choose her team members.
  • At Judges' Table, the Red Team was selected as the judges' favorite team
  • At Judges' Table, the Blue Team was selected as the judges' least favorite team
      • WINNER: Markus
      • ELIMINATED: Jussi
  • Guest Judges: Stefan Richter
  • First aired 9 February 2011

Episode 4: Shake, Cattle and Roll (Rockia ja rotukarjaa)[edit]

  • Quickfire Challenge: Each chef must prepare a fast food dish in 45min.
    • Top: Mika, Akseli, Samu
    • Bottom: Ulla, Arto, Annina
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs must prepare a dish from Finnish domestic livestock. As Quickfire winner, Samu chooses lamb neck. The rest of the chefs draw knives to assign meats.
    • Annina: Rack of Pork
    • Maija: Beef Flank
    • Jani: Pork Flank
    • Ulla: Sirloin of Beef
    • Akseli: Rack of Lamb
    • Markus: Lamb Shank
    • Arto: Pork Shank
    • Mika: Lamb Shoulder
  • At Judges' Table, Jani, Akseli, Arto were selected as the judges' favorites
  • At Judges' Table, Ulla, Maija, Mika were selected as the judges' least favorites
    • WINNER: Akseli (Rack of Lamb with Paprika Bulgur, Garlic Purée and Coffee Sauce)
    • ELIMINATED: Ulla (Roasted Sirloin, Mushroom and Potato Croquette with Red Wine Sauce)
  • Guest Judges: Maija Vilkkumaa, Mikko Koskonen, Stefan Richter
  • Original Airdate: 16 February 2011

Episode 5: Hungry Athletes (Nälkäiset urheilijat)[edit]

Episode 6: Classic Drama (Klassista draamaa)[edit]

  • Quickfire Challenge: The chefs draw knives and are split into teams for a "broken telephone" challenge. Arto draws a blank knife which entitles him to be a judge. Each team member only gets 10 minutes of cooking time. The challenge starts with one chef starting a dish and after 10 minutes a whistle is blown and the next chef must continue cooking the dish. The chefs that is waiting to cook is blindfolded. The teams and in the order in which the chefs cook are:
    • Blue Team
      • Markus
      • Samu
      • Mika
    • Red Team
      • Maija
      • Annina
      • Akseli
    • WINNING TEAM: Blue Team (Beef Hereford and Warm Salad)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs draw knives for a classic dish to present to food writer Juha Virkki, restaurant critic and author Tuomas Vimma and Anna magazine editor-in-chief Hanna Jensen. The chefs must recreate the classic while preserving its food culture history. The chefs are given 2 hours cooking time to complete the challenge.
  • At Judges' Table, Maija, Samu and Akseli were selected as the judges' favorites
  • At Judges' Table, Arto, Annina and Markus were selected as the judges' least favorites
    • WINNER: Samu
    • ELIMINATED: Arto
  • Guest Judges: Juha Virkki
  • Original Airdate: 2 March 2011

Episode 7: Restaurant Wars (Ravintolasota)[edit]

  • Quickfire Challenge: None
  • Elimination Challenge: For Restaurant Wars, the chefs draw knives and Maija and Samu get to be team leaders and select their team members. Each team gets €2,000 to shop at K-citymarket.
    • Lemström: (Samu, Akseli, Markus)
      • First Course: Smoked and Braised Salmon or Roasted Beetroot, Poached Egg and Heidi Cheese
      • Second Course: Elk Topside, Beef Shoulder and Bean Ragout or Vaasa Wild Whitefish, Miso Vegetables in Ginger Butter Sauce
      • Third Course: Chocolate Ganache, Lemongrass and Salted Peanut Ice Cream or Lime Posset
    • Ravintola M.M.M.: (Maija, Mika, Annina)
      • Amuse Bouche: Freshwater Whitefish Roe, Smetana and Potato Crêpe
      • First Course: Poached Pike-Perch, Pea Purée and Malt Bread
      • Second Course: Reindeer Fillet, Brown Mushroom Sauce, Potato Fondant, Parsnip Purée and Roasted Root Vegetables
      • Third Course: Cloudberry Parfait, Sabayon Sauce and Blueberry Sorbet
  • At Judges' Table, Team Ravintola M.M.M. was selected as the judges' favorites
  • At Judges' Table, Team Lemström was selected as the judges' least favourites
    • WINNER: Team Ravintola M.M.M.
    • ELIMINATED: Markus
  • Guest Judges: Olli Vuori
  • Original Airdate: 9 March 2011

Episode 8: Champagne and Small Surprises (Sampanjaa ja pikku yllätyksiä)[edit]

  • Quickfire Challenge: The chefs are given 20 minutes to create a cocktail.
    • WINNER: Annina ("Blueberry Dream": Vanila Blueberry Cocktail with Champagne Foam)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs must prepare two savoury dishes and one sweet dish for a fashion show cocktail party for about 50 guests. The dishes must also match Lanson Champagne Brut Black Label.
  • At Judges' Table, Annina and Akseli were selected as the judges' favorites
  • At Judges' Table, Mika and Maija were selected as the judges' least favorites
    • WINNER: Akseli (Hereford Carpaccio; Salmon Sashimi; Strawberry Mascarpone Macaroon)
    • ELIMINATED: Maija (Salmon in Filo; Marinated Ox Tartare; Sesame "Lehikäinen")
  • Guest Judges: Niko Autti, Essi Avellan
  • Original Airdate: 16 March 2011

Episode 9: The Steel Hardens in the Fire (Tulessa teräskin karaistuu)[edit]

  • Quickfire Challenge: The chefs go to Porvoo to Kannonnokka and must prepare lunch for the hunters in 1-1/2 hours. The chef draw knives to see which game meat goes to whom:
  • Elimination Challenge: Back in the Top Chef Kitchen, The chefs must prepare a meal in two hours from the hunters' catch. Mika, as Elimination Challenge winner, gets to choose first. The others choose in the order from best to worst in the Elimination Challenge.
    • Mika: Elk Fillet
    • Samu: Wild Boar Fillet
    • Akseli: Wild Boar Kassler
    • Annina: Elk Topside
      • At Judges' Table, Akseli and Samu were selected as the judges' favorites
      • At Judges' Table, Annina and Mika were selected as the judges' least favorites
    • WINNER: Samu (Wild Boar Fillet, Pea Purée in Cherry Plum Sauce)
    • ELIMINATED: Annina (Elk Topside, Puikula Potato Purée, Shallots and Star Anise Jus) and Mika (Elk Fillet, Apple and Wine Sauce, Potato and Celery Dauphines, Garlic Rosemary Purée)
  • Guest Judge: Pekka Terävä
  • Original Airdate: 23 March 2011

Episode 10: Finale (Suomen Top Chef -finaali)[edit]

  • Final Challenge: The finalists must prepare a three course meal for six. Akseli is assisted by former competitor Jussi and Samu is assisted by former competitor Markus. After serving the third course, the finalists are given an extra 15 minutes to prepare a petifour. The final menus for each chef are:
Akseli:
  • 1st Course: Seared Scallops with Fennel Risotto and Fennel Sauce
  • 2nd Course: Lamb Two Ways, Lentil Ragout, Dark Garlic Sauce and Potato Gnocche
  • 3rd Course: Apple Lehikäinen and Oven Baked Apple Ice Cream
  • Petifour: Tramisu
Samu:
  • 1st Course: Juniper Berry Roasted Arctic Char, Smoked Beetroot Purée and FIsh Roe
  • 2nd Course: Reindeer Fillet, Buckwheat and Root Vegetable Ragout, Cep Brick and Dark Fig Sauce
  • 3rd Course: Caramalised Peanut Cake, Poppy Seen Ice Cream, Mangos and Raspberries
  • Petifour: Dark Choccolate Covered White Chocolate and Almond Crocant and Mango
  • TOP CHEF: Akseli
  • RUNNER-UP: Samu
  • Original Airdate: 30 March 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sub". Mtv.fi. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sub". Mtv.fi. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 

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