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Top Chef Masters Finale 08/19/09 (spoilers)

OK, first show of TC6-Vegas is done - that's gonna be a GREAT season with some top-notch chefs!

But on to the Masters Finale - go Hubert! LOL

And what a great finale theme! Their "chef autobiography:"

1st dish - first food memory
2nd dish - dish that inspired them to be a chef
3rd dish - opening of first restaurant
4th dish - where the chef will be heading in the future

OK, how cool is it that they bring in the actual sous chefs of Keller, Bayless, and Chiarello?

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  1. ok, i'm *drooling* - i don't know how the judges can make a decision like this!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Seriously - almost ALL of the dishes throughout this "autobiography" looked absolutely heavenly!

    2. I'd bet on Rick Bayliss. But Keller's stuff looks great, too. These guys are all such class acts. You know they want to win,and are bringing their A games.

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      1. re: jeanmarieok

        you know, there were some not-so-rave reviews of a couple of Keller's dishes...and Chiarello made a strong showing!

        like i said, i don't know how they'll decide. what i *do* know is that i want some of Bayless' mole and pibil, and Chiarello's heirloom polents/rabbit dish and short ribs!

      2. Interesting - the texting voting had Bayless winning with 43% of the votes, and Keller with 42%. Poor Chiarello came in last. ;-)

        DAMN. I cannot believe that Keller came in third to Chiarello! Bayless definitely wins - and yup, he's the winner!

        I guess whoever posted the spoiler at the beginning of the season was right (and I really hated knowing that throughout the entire season!). That person had BETTER not do that again if they find out who wins for TC6-Vegas!

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          am i the only one who thinks James Oseland was really gunning for Chiarello? he commented that the short ribs were the "best rendition of that dish" he's ever had, yet only gave him 3.5 stars...

          anyway, hooray for Bayless! he rocks.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            It is quite possible - even Chiarello seemed to think that and teased Oseland with the charred doilies of Saveur Magazine. ;-)

            I'm glad for Bayless - I would have been happy with Bayless or Keller. I'm still just ticked that I knew it was Bayless winning because of that spoiler I read, as I noted above.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              right, i forgot that you mentioned that in an earlier thread. where did you read it?

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                It was here on CH - IIRC, Ruth Lafler responded to the thread, and maybe one or two others. The subject line was written in such a way to make you think it was about last season's TC5, NOT about the upcoming Masters season.

                Obviously someone reported it (I can't recall if I did) because the Mods removed it in its entirety. I can't recall who did it either - but I think they've posted spoilers here before re: other seasons of TC.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I saw that spoiler also, but not on CH. Also, the editors deserve a kick for inadvertently revealing the winner. In the promo for the finale Kelly Choi announces, "you are the top chef" while looking directly at the finalist located on the far right. Of course, during judges table and the final announcement, Rick Bayless was standing on the far right.

          2. re: LindaWhit

            Chiarello, pronounce my name, chop the carrots, bit him in the ass with the texters, as it wasn't just the chowhound folks who quickly tired of him last week. I was pulling for Keller first, then Bayless, but to be honest, it appeared that anyone could have won, as they all put out brilliant food. I

            1. re: chris2269

              I agree, Keller should have at least beaten out Chiarello. His execution was flawless. When he described his fourth course of braised beef cheeks and the sweetbreads, I was drooling, two of my very favorite dishes. The next time I'm in SF, I am trying to get a table at Fleur de Lys. What a show!

              1. re: araknd

                Keller had me with his first dish - that stew sounded SO good!

                1. re: araknd

                  How do you get Wago beef cheeks at Whole Foods?

                  1. re: chicgail

                    There were quite a few things on the menu that you couldn't get at my local WF, including black truffles, suckling pig and Chiarello's fish (name escapes me right now).

                    1. re: chowser

                      I think that's part of what Rick said in his blog was their negotiation with producers for items they couldn't get at WF.

                      Blog link below in DiningDiva's post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6460...

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          ... which we can, occasionally, get at WF in New York. ;)

                        2. re: chowser

                          If I heard correctly. Keller had had the truffles flown in directly from France, and did not purchase them from WF.

                          1. re: cmvan

                            Thanks, I've just been reading the blogs and it seems quite a few items weren't bought at WF. It would have been slim pickings if they had shopped at my local WF.

                            1. re: cmvan

                              Flown in? I thought his sous chef brought them? IIRC, the tin on the truffles said D'Artagnan? I'm not sure what the "season" is for truffles - their website said their summer truffles are available April - September, so depending on when the finale was filmed, perhaps that's where he got them from?

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                It sounded like, from Bayless' blog, rickwon.com, that they were allowed to order special items WF didn't have by way of distributors. It's unclear, though, where the truffles came from specifically. HK had already shown them, as I recall, before the sous chefs showed up. It was hard to hear, but it sounded like HK said something about how they'd just arrived from being flown in. Perhaps we'll get all that clarified at some point.

                                1. re: cmvan

                                  Hubert Kellers Sous Chef did not bring the truffles. On DVR when the SC's arrive they have nothing but their knives. They actually had a shot of Hubert pulling them out of the bag and saying they were flown in from France. They did not come in a tin. They were HUGE! However they were setting on a D'Artagnan bag so I'm assuming that Ariane got them for Hubert.
                                  The all had special order items. Even Chiarello had truffles as well as Duck and Rabbit liver.

                                  1. re: Fritter

                                    OK, so I'm not crazy having seen a D'Artagnan logo somewhere. :-)

                            2. re: chowser

                              And, of course, Chiarello didn't buy his cabernet vines at WF :)

                              1. re: Reignking

                                He brought those with him. Or so he said. From his vineyards.

                      1. Hooray for Rick! Just made reservations at Topo for our anniversary dinner. Can't wait.