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Jun 15, 2011 11:38 PM

Top Chef Masters, Finale spoiler?

So....I'm first? Really? I really thought it was going to be Many Sue...

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  1. well, that Saveur editor with the pinched face always talks as if he has the supreme authority, so perhaps he gave us some satisfaction after ruining many episodes, by pushing his 'personal chef' to the top. Floyd took the most risks in his dishes (the disparaging comments on his upma sounded pretty clueless or utterly jaded) with the least time to prep, stuck with poorly dressed fish for his middle course. He was consistently impressive each week and had little prize $$ to show for it. Mary Sue's dessert course did get the most raves from the hyper-critical diners. The chef who got saddled cooking for Greene was going to have the toughest time. Her food memory sounded pretty fuzzy, and perhaps her brain's endorphin triggers have been overheated too far, too often over the years of hedonism. des Jardins knew the pitfalls of re-creation and saw problems right away with the type and quality of the birds she ended up utilizing. [fried duck in itself isn't unusual at all, in Chinese cooking anyway, where there are a few regional variations on it].

    No complaints here with the result. Floyd maintained a marvelous attitude through the whole competition, perhaps best portrayed in the meal he cooked for the army officer's home coming, executing a seemingly simple meal flawlessly in a huge quantity, totally committed to serving the famiies.

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    1. re: moto

      I too felt the comments about the upma were clueless...I think someone described it as "simple and homey" as if that were a bad thing. Well, duh....its comfort food! And it was supposed to be a childhood memory; choosing a comfort food from teatime just made sense! Then he managed to add his own twist, and it looked delicious to me. Come to think of it, do they publish the recipes anywhere? I think DH would like some of that upma :-)

    2. I was happy with the results. I knew Traci was not in the running, and I figured it would be between Mary Sue and Floyd. I ate at Tabla once, and it was a fantastic meal. Too bad the restaurant closed, so I wonder where Floyd is now...

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      1. re: roxlet

        Floyd has been named as chef for Danny Meyer's North Cove restaurant opening (hopefully) this year near the World Financial Center (where I work so I am very excited about it). I would have been pleased with either Floyd or Mary Sue as the winner based on what we saw last night. - so yes indeed good result!

        1. re: Bloombee

          Can you say where, exactly? By the Applebees? Movie thatre? Up by the H.S?

          1. re: Bloombee

            I just googled it, and it will be called The North End Grill and will supposedly be in the style of Union Square. It will be in the Embassy Suites in Tribeca on North End and Murray Streets.

            1. re: roxlet

              Right by Chevy's or maybe it's replacing Chevy's. Thanks

        2. I'm happy. I predicted it last week. I posted this: From the start of this lackluster season I've pegged Floyd Cardoz as the best chef of them all. That's because I ate at Tabla, his NYC restaurant, quite a few times, and loved it. But don't rely on me. Check out what Top Chef judge Ruch Reichl had to say about this restaurant when she reviewed it in 1999.

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          1. re: Brian S

            I also predicted a "come-from-behind" victory for Floyd, on the basis of his great cooking abilities (not tomention teaching ability, as well).

            However, I was rather cheering for Traci.

            1. re: ChefJune

              Well, I was cheering for the Bruins last night - and it WORKED! ;-)

              Didn't watch the finale either as I lost interest in the TCMs this season, but I guess I'm glad for Floyd, although he barely registers in my brain. I remember Mary Sue and Traci; wish Naomi had been in the finale.

              Interesting - all three TCMasters have been guys.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                And with only one guy in the final four...

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I was too and drinking too much beer. I totally forgot about TCM but when I got home somehow I flipped to it and watched for like 5 minutes and then woke up at 5 am.

                  Ill watch it on demand.

              2. re: Brian S

                Unless you ate at all the other chef's restaurants you have no basis for saying he was better than they are. You loved his restaurant -- you might have loved theirs as well.

              3. I am very happy for Floyd and I screamed with joy when they called his name. I , too enjoyed his food at Tabla and he seems like such a nice and caring guy.

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                1. re: mrsjoujou

                  Agree with you 100%. I miss Tabla, but look forward to trying his new restaurant. Does anyone know when it will open?

                2. They way they've been editing the show in the last few episodes, I was pretty sure Floyd was going to win. But I would have been happy with any of them.

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                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    Definitely--their showing Floyd saying, "I always come in second behind Mary Sue" was a dead giveaway.