Rotterdam native Steven DeCarlo wowed the “Top Chef Amateurs” judges, but Seattle’s Danie Walker stole their tastebuds, and the win, in the show’s episode that aired Thursday night.
DeCarlo, a hairstylist by trade, whirled around the kitchen set up in the Portland (Oregon) Expo Center getting back to his Italian roots creating a Chicken Piccatta with Orecchiette Pasta topped by Parmesan-Reggiano, toasted pine nuts, and lemon zest. Walker made sweet potato soup with chimichurri topped with candied bacon and radicchio, inspired by her grandmother’s sweet potato pie.
Walker was sent home with $5,000 courtesy of Wells Fargo Active Cash Card.
DeCarlo said during his “talking head” interview that he was disappointed but grateful for all the wisdom his sous-chef, “Top Chef Colorado” champion Joe Famm, shared with him during the hour they cooked together. He was absolutely going to take that with him.