The simplest things are generally the hardest to make well. The challenge in Top Chef Episode 12 was straightforward – make great fried chicken. Josh was the clear winner, brining the meat like his grandpa taught him and making this smoked fried chicken with hot sauce and blue cheese. I love it!

This would be a great dish for a summer weekend dinner with some friends, my favorite dijon potato salad, and a bottle of pinot grigio. Michael Voltaggio shows us how it’s done: