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Top Chef Masters Season 3, Episode 6 (SPOILERS)

QF had the 7 remaining chefs cooking with (thank god) top-notch ingredients in a piddly 7 minutes. When Colicchio posed this challenge, one of the stipulations was no crudos or ceviches, but i guess with over a minute less time they couldn't ask that of the chefs in this challenge. Still, I thought Naomi's dish looked the most impressive since she actually cooked something.

Why does Traci always look so sour? Even when she's winning she can barely crack a smile. And was it her that was really bitchy during prep time, snapping at Mary Sue? The wear and tear is starting to show on these formerly civil chefs. Floyd, i thought was pretty arrogant tonight. But surprise surprise - a great quote from Hugh: "I've got youth, and panache, and one eyebrow on my side." Showing his sense of humor and eyebrow self-awareness to boot! He actually had a couple of funny lines tonight.

What was the point of the chefs having to publicly unveil their scoring of their fellow chefs' dishes other than to try to create animosity/drama?

EC: cooking for "rock-stars" Maroon 5 (never heard of them). Another silly challenge (prepping & cooking in an RV.) It was interesting tho to see how the two teams came up with such similar dishes. None of that food looked great tho, to me. When you think about Hubert Keller cooking in a dorm room and the deliciousness he put out there, these chefs really seem to be at a much lower tier. Good thing Traci's team boozed the judges up.

Why would you ever pair couscous with spanokopita? dry dry dry. boring salad, overcooked pasta.... i thought for sure Celina would go home. Alex stretched himself thin and got sent home. Traci takes it all tonight.

Next week: THE BEHATTED ONE - GAEL GREEN - IS BACK! Mary Sue loses the top of her thumb. And someone makes out with someone.

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  1. I agree that Celina should have gone home. I am liking Hugh a lot more than after the first two episodes - he's growing on me now that he's turned off the hostility. He was funny in his interviews, made me laugh more than once.

    Tracy, Naomi and Mary Sue seem to be the ones to beat. Tracy and Naomi seem to be rising to the challenges with innovative, delicious food, and Mary Sue seems to have the best coping skills for all of these challenges. I'd like to see a little less Mexican influence in her cooking, but boy, does it adapt well to these challenges, doesn't it? Floyd kinda got on my nerves. Some of his comments rubbed me the wrong way. I feel like Celina is just barely hanging on, wonder if next week is her last? I was sorry to see Alex go, he really carried the red team to that challenge, the others didn't contribute nearly as much.

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      1. re: jeanmarieok

        After watching this episode I'm trying to imagine how Hugh would be as a guest judge on the regular Top Chef. His quirkiness could make for some good TV.

      2. I was surprised it was Alex they tossed since he did so much more, even tho it wasn't all great. Didn't he make the corn soup? The band loved that. (Side note: Maroon 5 have been around for at least 7 years and are pretty big. That dude Adam is now one of the judges on that new singing show. I remember seeing a video in 2004 and absolutely hating them but then again, they're too light for my taste. But he was fairly quick and amusing at dinner.) And since the other dishes weren't well received, I thought Alex's over achieving would keep him there. What did Floyd say that pissed people off? I missed it.

        I agree, Traci always seems kind of pissed and Hugh has been amusing. I think I'm a Naomi fan now that Alex is gone.

        BTW, I had dessert at City Grocery in Oxford MS last week and wished I'd stayed next door at Waltz.

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        1. re: Joanie

          I REALLY liked it when Adam Levine said he was going to stab James Oseland's hand with his fork for their differing opinions. ;-)

            1. re: C. Hamster

              :::snort::: Now THAT would have made for Must-See TV! :-D

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Yes, he said what I'm usually thinking about Oseland.

            2. When they did the QF on Top Chef, didn't. Tom warm them against uncooked food? Most of the masters didn't cook anything. IIRC, Tracy is always plating uncooked foods during QF.

              1. Didn't like the required "show your scores" during the Quickfire. Loved Hugh's eyebrow comment - I broke out laughing at that one.

                Both teams essentially cooked exactly what the members of M5 said they missed. Granted, they were under bizarro constraints with the tour bus "kitchen", but found it interesting how they were both so similar. The 2nd team's spanokopita looked better than the first. Wasn't thrilled with the cutlets for the turkey dinner, however.

                Celina has had WAY too many "scraping by" moments - I thought for sure she's go home. Didn't they praise at least one of Alex's dishes? Celina has consistently been on the bottom - and yes, I know they judge the individual dish, but she's just not at the same caliber.

                Whereas Naomi is kicking ass - even Traci noted that.

                I'm wondering if they'll attempt a TCM4 - the chefs seem pretty lackluster this go-round.

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I thought they actually liked Alex's enchilada (chum) - Curtis said he was impressed he could make it without using real cheese.

                2. I was shocked they sent Alex packing rather than Celina. She only made that one dish, and they all acknowledged it was awful, whereas Alex made a whole meal.

                  This was the first episode that I really enjoyed, although I wish the elves would get over all these gimmicky ECs and just let the chefs cook, for Pete's sake!

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                  1. re: ChefJune

                    i thought they all actually liked her corn soup, whereas they hated Hugh's....

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      Yeah, but Hugh was on the winning team.

                      1. re: ChefJune

                        i know. they both skated by on this one.

                    2. re: ChefJune

                      I think Celina got to stay because of her corn soup. Which of course they didn't mention at all at judges table (at least what we saw). It seemed so odd that after the mostly terrible comments at table, the winning team comes in and all we get is raves about their food (no mention of "candle scented soup". Then the losing team comes in and all we get is how terrible it was. I

                      1. re: DGresh

                        That bothers me, too. I'm guessing there's a lot of editing done for that but I'd rather see the good and the bad. There have been times in TC where they say it's so close but when they show JT's, they critique the bad, praise the good.

                    3. mc2, what a great re-cap. I especially love the end. Haven't watched it yet because I went to bed early, but I don't mind spoiling it for myself.
                      Re: Maroon 5: you might not know the name, but Guaranteed you'd know at least two of their songs - you literally couldn't get away from them on the local airwaves about 5 years ago. The remarkable thing about them is that all their hits sound identical, IMO. Like ABBA; different words, same song. W/ very insincere apologies in advance to all Abba-lovin' CH's.

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                      1. re: mamachef

                        I don't think their songs all sound alike at all! It's interesting to hear you say that. Maroon 5 was fun to watch - they came off smart and funny.

                        1. re: jeanmarieok

                          Like I said: I haven't seen it yet. I do like the band, and the lead, whatever his name is. What I said, though was that their HITS sounded alike to me, not all their songs. I'm not conversant with their entire repertoire. Maybe I'll have to give it a listen.

                        2. re: mamachef

                          We googled them last night, and i didn't know their big hits (not a local airwaves listener) but i wasn't impressed at all. And i do like Abba! regardless of if their songs sound alike.

                          By the way, MC, don't call my post a recap - it's NOTHING like Linda Whit's recaps - I just want to start the conversation so i can see what everyone else thinks, but mine don't even try to hold a candle to Ms. Whit's excellent summaries!

                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            We can still be friends, mc2. I can't hang with Abba, but Swedish Rock? I listened to "Cotton Eyed Joe" forever and loved it and laughed everytime. : ) And yes yes on LW's wonderful recaps and observations, but you do a pret' good job yourself, sistah.

                            1. re: mariacarmen

                              You're making me blush, mc. But thanks. :-)

                              ::::Googling laptop prices so I can recap in front of the TV for TC9::::: ;-)

                          2. You have no idea the tears of joy I cried when I saw the trailer for next week featuring my beloved little imp and her oversized hat and teeth!

                            1. I love Hugh's deadpan humor, that comment about one eyebrow was hilarious. What was his comment about one of the band wanting an entire holiday meal as a single course? And, I like that he thinks so highly of his female competitors. Of all the complaints in the last season of TC and sexism, that doesn't seem to be in play here, at all, and the women seem to be running the show. I like Traci--I think she's just reserved and wants to work but she's been good about giving credit to her fellow competitors, even as she wins everything.

                              The editing seems way to obvious this time around. Traci's team running around, discombobulated. We knew they were going home. Alex talking about helping out because he had time and doing a lot of dishes--I knew he was going home. How did Floyd stay, doing a salad and steak that was mediocre when Alex did so much? Celine deserved to stay because she made the only thing, the corn soup, that everyone raved about.

                              Thanks for starting these, mariacarmen. Big shoes to fill and you're stepping up to it.

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                              1. re: chowser

                                oh goodness, thanks chowser! please, i'm certainly not even near filling those glorious pumps Linda wears! and really not trying - just selfishly trying to have the conversation with others!

                                Didn't Hugh also make some crack about having herpes, and cutting off the sleeves of his t-shirt, to join the band? Ala Spinal Tap? Yes, he's definitely grown on me. And you're right about Traci, she does seem fair and even handed, and work-focused.

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  "- just selfishly trying to have the conversation with others! "

                                  Thanks for stepping up!

                                2. re: chowser

                                  My favorite comment from Hugh this week:
                                  "Mary Sue has got the bed covered with tostadas - that's no fetish I've ever heard of."

                                  1. re: cowboyardee

                                    He has certainly become the comedic relief as the show moves along. :-)

                                      1. re: chicgail

                                        ahahaha! (by the way, love your avatar!)

                                3. I have to think editing is manipulating us again, because last night I thought Hugh was hilarious and likeable, after practically despising him up to this point. Why are they trying to revamp his image at this point? Because they can? Or has he really suddenly changed?