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Top Chef Masters Ep. #5 - 07/15/09 (spoilers)

I just saw on TV Guide's website that one of the judges for tonight's episode is Jeff Lewis from Bravo's "Flipping Out". Lordy, *please* make him less anal-retentive than he is on his own show!

Chef's competing tonight are: Michael Chiarello, Rick Moonen, Nils Noren and Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson. Of those, the only name that is familiar to me is Chiarello.

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  1. Linda - I think I remember the Flipping Out guy was a guest judge on Top chef before...
    Am I crazy?

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    1. re: NellyNel

      If he was, I didn't see that episode, Nelly!

    2. Oh, Hell, I'd rather see him as a contestant on a cooking show, "Extreme OCD Cooking".

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      1. re: ChinoWayne

        See, now THAT might be interesting! LOL Although none of them would finish their dishes in time - the clock would run out. ;-)

      2. Wasn't Nils Noren a judge on TC Season 3 French Culinary Institute episode? I believe he was the guy who said Sara Mair's dish wasn't too Jamaican as he goes to Jamaica frequently because he's in a reggae band. If it is indeed him, that's kind of scary as I'm starting to sound like those Star Trek nerds who remember every damn detail.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          Miss Needle, if I *EVER* see you with a fauxhawk, I'm disowning you as an honorary TC nerd. <vbg>

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Now now, there is nothing wrong with a properly coiffed fauxhawk.

            WTF am I saying! Have....the .....urge......to......make scallop dish.....a la .....sou vide!

          2. re: Miss Needle

            If they ever decided to have a Top Chef-style reality series in the Star Trek universe it would be called Top Replicator.

          3. VERY surprised that Moonen didn't plate any of his QF...but he seemed to have redeemed himself a lot in the Elimination Challenge.

            Very smart of Chiarello to enlist the guests' help in plating his dessert! What a flirt. :-) Laughed at Gael Greene's "lawn cuttings" remark about the basil gelato.

            LOVED the presentation on all of the elimination challenge dishes.

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              I totally agree re: Moonen. He probably would have won if he just got SOMETHING onto a plate in the QF...

            2. So Chiarello wins. Has any of the winners of the QF *not* moved on to the finale? Except for Ep. 3, where Wilo Benet won the QF but Bayless won the overall, whoever won QF gets enough stars to move on.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Chef...

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              1. re: LindaWhit

                Hmmm.... I thought Bayless won the QF, but don't fully remember.

                Looks like Bravo is pushing their new season line up onto TC Masters... I won't be surprised if the next guest judges are "The Real Housewives of ???" It will be a catfight!

                1. re: dave_c

                  The Real Housewives made an appearance on Shear Genius (or whatever the hair stylist show was called) -- Bravo definitely likes maximizing their people.

                  1. re: momjamin

                    I'm sure I saw the flipping out guy as a guest judge on another Bravo show too - was it Project Runway??
                    I swore it was TC
                    But Linda would have remembered that - or someone else!

                    1. re: NellyNel

                      He was a judge on season 2 of Top Design. Which makes sense since a lot of his business is interior design.

                      1. re: 512window

                        thanks for that - I thought I was going mad!

                    2. re: momjamin

                      And one of the TC losing chefs prepared a meal for the Real Housewives last season. Poor guy.

                        1. re: newhavener07

                          Wasn't that Malarkey! who had to prepare the meal for the OC Real Housewives? I do remember an interview with whoever it was and the chef saying they were a real PITA. No surprise there.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Yes, it was Malarkey! on an episode when a housewife and a son deliberately got another housewife drunk...I didn't see it, but that's what I gathered from Malarkey's blog.

                          2. re: newhavener07

                            Richard Blais somehow was roped into blogging about the RHofAtlantaSuburbs.