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Top Chef Masters: "What Would Brian Boitano Eat" (8/8/12) [***SPOILERS***]

ipsedixit Aug 8, 2012 08:14 PM

A teppanyaki challenge for our contestants, but not before we see them cook sans stove and fire.

Chris lays into Art. Awesome! Did Art have it coming? Or do we hate on Chris now?

Mark Gaier goes home because the butler did it! Er, I mean, the BUTTER did it, or didn't do it.

Carry on.

  1. chefhound Aug 15, 2012 09:06 AM

    What is the matter with Art? Is he proving that you become bitchy when you get thinner? Suddenly he's a diva?

    I really liked him and his "honey bear" Southern charm persona on his first appearance on Top Chef Masters. He was really likeable and his banter with Jonathan Waxman was sweet. He got me interested in Southern food and I actually purchased his cookbooks.

    This season, he's just name-dropping and acting flaky and doing the diva act. I want Honey Bear Art to come back!

    5 Replies
    1. re: chefhound
      Dee S Aug 15, 2012 12:13 PM

      Not to completely turn this into Art bashing but he's *always* been a name dropper. Always. And the diva thing isn't new either. Just different editing.

      I don't care who you cooked for; just because they're a celebrity doesn't mean they have good taste!!! Granted, he can put out some good food but let your food do the talking.

      1. re: Dee S
        Joanie Aug 16, 2012 10:16 AM

        I agree with chefhound, I didn't notice the obnoxious traits before. Ii thought he was really fun and was sad when he left. Maybe if a marathon ever runs, I'll see if he was name dropping first time around but I didn't notice it, certainly not the over the top way he does now.

        1. re: Joanie
          debbiel Aug 16, 2012 12:56 PM

          A bit of earlier CH discussion about the name dropping:


          I particularly enjoyed the <fake> quote in the second link. This is not to say that y'all should have been annoyed by him last time around, just that some folks were.

          1. re: debbiel
            LindaWhit Aug 16, 2012 01:24 PM

            Looks like I didn't like the name-dropping by Art back in 2009 either. ;-)

            1. re: LindaWhit
              debbiel Aug 16, 2012 03:29 PM

              Ain't nothing wrong with being reliable. :) Also, he apparently was into the "food is love" schtick back in 2009.

    2. Joanie Aug 10, 2012 06:07 AM

      I was surprised Chris/Art/Thierry weren't the bottom team when they got called out first. There seemed to be a fair amount of criticism and Thierry's crepes looked burnt. I can see Chris getting mad at Art for forgetting the mandolin or whatever it was but he was a douche. Art's namedropping is ridiculous but I don't hate him the way everyone else here does.

      Hugh's blog: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-maste...

      I agree with this: "Rick was vibrating with excitement at Chris’ dish. That’s a line he would officially like to retract."

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      1. re: Joanie
        DGresh Aug 10, 2012 06:39 AM

        I also agree with his point that a dessert crepe made on a griddle that just did fish and meat sounds a bit unappealing.

        1. re: DGresh
          huiray Aug 10, 2012 07:12 AM

          Didn't they (at least the latter two teams) scrub down/clean the griddle in-between in general? I'll have to watch again but I think they cleaned the flat top before the crepes were made?

          In fact, of the three teams it struck me how the first one did NOT do so especially at the end when Lorena Garcia left the remnants of her fried rice scattered all over the messy teppanyaki and no-one made a move to clean up (so far as was seen on TV). The other two teams scrubbed the flat top down at the end of their cooking time.

      2. j
        jujuthomas Aug 9, 2012 06:46 PM

        I had no idea Brian Boitano was such a foodie - I thought he was a good judge.
        Couldn't believe Art won - but shrimp and grits did sound soooo tasty to me as I watched. :)

        1. chicgail Aug 9, 2012 06:21 PM

          I really like Brian Boitano. It turns out he is a very nice guy and pretty knowledgable about food. He had a food show on for a while that I watched as a joke, but it turned out that I actually liked it.. Nice to see him doing well.

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          1. re: chicgail
            debbiel Aug 9, 2012 08:49 PM

            I kind of liked that show! Would like to see more of it.

            1. re: debbiel
              Shrinkrap Aug 10, 2012 12:04 AM

              I still see reruns from time to time. I like it too..


            2. re: chicgail
              LindaWhit Aug 10, 2012 05:52 AM

              I remember that show. I also remember gagging at the thought of the show, but it ended up being way better than I expected it to be. Even one of the TCMs said they were surprised at his knowledge of food.

            3. d
              dagrassroots Aug 9, 2012 05:18 PM

              Thierry and Takashi are awesome.

              1. e
                ennuisans Aug 9, 2012 01:26 PM

                Ok the only two things I know about ceviche is 1) it's a raw fish dish and 2) every chef on every competition show ever makes one whenever possible. Until now! Or did I just miss it?

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                1. re: ennuisans
                  DGresh Aug 9, 2012 03:02 PM

                  I thought Patricia made ceviche last week

                  1. re: DGresh
                    ennuisans Aug 9, 2012 03:27 PM

                    I meant just for the raw fish challenge.

                  2. re: ennuisans
                    2roadsdiverge Aug 9, 2012 03:40 PM

                    That was my thought too, ennuisans. When they said fish and "no heat", my first thought was: "Oh great, 10 different ceviches"

                  3. LindaWhit Aug 9, 2012 12:25 PM

                    In the Quickfire, I thought everyone was supposed to have raw seafood to work with - that lobster looked cooked! I can't recall who had it - either Mark or Clark from Arrows.

                    As for Chris and Art - Chris went a bit over the top in the EC, but Art's been a PITA throughout, and often acts like a pissy little child. If you act that way, you get treated that way.

                    And Art gets the win by pouring alcohol on the flattop and setting it aflame? And talking a lot? :-/

                    I liked the look of Cosetino's dish and preparation. I'm getting a kick out of Patricia Yeo, and not because she's now a local Boston chef. Her Stew Room story about how to keep her kitchen staff "up" by tossing candy at them so they get a bit of a sugar rush to finish service had me laughing. I really like her and hope she takes it.

                    When I saw Mark's scallop teppanyaki dish, I figured it would be him going home. There wasn't a lot there there.

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                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      DGresh Aug 9, 2012 03:02 PM

                      You're right, the lobster was obviously cooked. Maybe it was presented that way (on ice) and they weren't allowed to do anything else to it (I think it was a "no heat" challenge, not a "raw" challenge).

                      1. re: DGresh
                        LindaWhit Aug 9, 2012 03:13 PM

                        Ahh, good point on the "no heat" vs. raw challenge.

                        1. re: DGresh
                          Dee S Aug 10, 2012 09:32 AM

                          I do believe the crawfish were cooked as well. Unless there's a new variety that are bright red from the water.

                          It was a "no heat" challenge. Not all the proteins were raw.

                          1. re: Dee S
                            ennuisans Aug 10, 2012 10:16 AM

                            Raw crayfish carry deadly parasites, so I hope they were cooked or otherwise made edible!

                            1. re: ennuisans
                              acgold7 Aug 10, 2012 12:47 PM

                              12 cases in three years, all in Missouri, and only six other cases in all of recorded history, and all easily treated and not deadly. But thanks for trying to spread panic.

                              1. re: acgold7
                                ennuisans Aug 10, 2012 04:24 PM

                                Well I was trying to do no such thing, as I'm sure you know. I'll just let the last line of this article be my last word on the subject:


                        2. re: LindaWhit
                          debbiel Aug 9, 2012 08:49 PM

                          "And Art gets the win by pouring alcohol on the flattop and setting it aflame? " --Thank you. Still don't get the appeal/applause/"extra credit"

                          Also enjoying Patricia Yeo.

                        3. l
                          linus Aug 9, 2012 08:22 AM

                          thanks so much for another great and invaluable recap from our beloved ipse.

                          1. d
                            debbiel Aug 9, 2012 06:17 AM

                            I am not yet prepared to hate on Cosentino. And Art still drives me nuts.

                            Also, applause for flambe? Really? That gets applause? (Ooh...fire. He set alcohol on fire! Genius!) I have nothing against flambe and perhaps the dish was wonderful. I just don't get the applause.

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                            1. re: debbiel
                              huiray Aug 9, 2012 07:04 AM

                              Maybe because he was the only one who did something that theatrical at the teppanyaki. Art's "flambé" was quite a large fire, a couple feet from the diners/judges, not that very modest small flambé one gets with a Crêpes Suzette at table-side, for example, unless the waiter really over-doused it with a vast amount of alcohol and he was leaning over the dish and set his hair on fire as well. :-)

                              Lorena Garcia's fried rice and Patricia Yeo's dancing probably came close. The "teppanyaki experience" is *supposed* to involve flying knives, slicing stuff in mid-air, juggling tricks, flying food, that sort of thing.

                              1. re: huiray
                                debbiel Aug 9, 2012 07:28 AM

                                Eh, I get that he did something "theatrical." I just don't think it was applause worthy. Flying knives, slicing stuff in mid-air, that takes talent. But even I have done flambe, so it can't be all that impressive. :)

                                1. re: debbiel
                                  Sandwich_Sister Aug 9, 2012 10:05 AM

                                  I agree, I thought that was a bit gimmicky but it may have been one of the reasons he won.

                                  Chris is a bit of a hot head but I can't blame him, Art is so annoying at times. I really enjoy Chris and his processes.

                                  Their personalities clash.

                                2. re: huiray
                                  DGresh Aug 9, 2012 03:00 PM

                                  I am not knowledgeable about that kind of restaurant, but I thought "fried rice" just seemed really pedestrian for this level of chef. A bowl of rice?

                                  1. re: DGresh
                                    twyst Aug 9, 2012 03:35 PM

                                    You'd be shocked what a great chef can do with something very simple. I had some brussel sprouts at paul qui's restaurant last week that changed my whole outlook on what vegetables could be!

                                    1. re: DGresh
                                      Moon Cake Aug 9, 2012 09:34 PM

                                      The thing that irritated me about the fried rice is the fact that it is an American imitation of an Asian dish. It is not Asian at all and I got the feeling she thought she was putting her spin on a Japanese dish. Talk about a lack of food knowledge.

                                      1. re: DGresh
                                        monopod Aug 13, 2012 02:04 PM

                                        But note that the guests - especially Susan Feniger - thought it was genius and, had it been properly seasoned, would've put it into the running for best dish of the night. Fried rice is simple, but that doesn't mean it can't taste amazing.

                                        1. re: DGresh
                                          wincountrygirl Aug 15, 2012 09:23 AM

                                          Um, this is a chef that consults for Taco Bell..............

                                    2. chicgail Aug 9, 2012 02:52 AM

                                      Chris may have been unnecessarily harsh, but given Art's previous behavior, I would have probably behaved similarly.

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                                      1. re: chicgail
                                        huiray Aug 9, 2012 05:18 AM

                                        Apart from his name-dropping (weren't those also in Talking Heads rather than just in the open kitchen, or am I remembering wrongly?) I'm not sure I would call Art Smith's previous behavior *that* egregious, though...

                                        Krista Simmons (http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-maste...) ID'ed Chris Cosentino as a "screamer", the sort that makes a diner squirm and who creates an uncomfortable situation all around. I had flashes of Alvin Leung screaming at his servers in front of the Gamesters in ATWI80P - but there AL was at the top of the hierarchy vs the situation in TCM..

                                        1. re: chicgail
                                          DGresh Aug 9, 2012 02:59 PM

                                          But the gal from Venezuela still seems to absolutely LOVE Art. Can't quite figure out why other than she's from Venezuela and he's married to a Venezuelan.

                                          1. re: DGresh
                                            Dee S Aug 10, 2012 09:30 AM

                                            He makes her laugh. He probably speaks a little Spanish.


                                            He needs to go away.....

                                            1. re: Dee S
                                              wincountrygirl Aug 15, 2012 09:22 AM

                                              So does she!!

                                              1. re: wincountrygirl
                                                Dee S Aug 15, 2012 12:11 PM

                                                I agree....maybe tonight's her night? :)

                                                Then she can focus on her Taco Bell Cantina menu.....and maybe do something good there.

                                        2. a
                                          acgold7 Aug 9, 2012 12:38 AM

                                          At least we know whatever happened to Bronson Pinchot.

                                          1. m
                                            Moon Cake Aug 8, 2012 10:37 PM

                                            I still hate Art. He seems so one dimensional. Shrimp & grits? I especially gaged when Art said, "I've kissed some ugly babies." and later we see him kissing Chris' head. When Art won, which I still can't believe, I was hoping Art's cheerleader would go home.

                                            On the other hand, the quick fire dishes were really inspiring.

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                                            1. re: Moon Cake
                                              huiray Aug 8, 2012 11:30 PM

                                              " I especially gaged when Art said, "I've kissed some ugly babies." "

                                              1. re: huiray
                                                Miss Needle Aug 9, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                Because it essentially means he's being a bit of a phony.

                                                1. re: huiray
                                                  DGresh Aug 9, 2012 02:58 PM

                                                  Yeah, Art's comment sort of seemed like one of those "pitch a softball" " hit it out of the park" cutsie comments that aren't really all that cute.

                                                  1. re: huiray
                                                    Moon Cake Aug 9, 2012 09:24 PM

                                                    It seemed so condescending towards Chris and then he actually kissed him. I think Chris is a more inventive and skilled chef, so Art being condescending made me gag.

                                                2. twyst Aug 8, 2012 08:32 PM

                                                  "Chris lays into Art. Awesome! Did Art have it coming? Or do we hate on Chris now?"

                                                  A little of both! Art did sort of have it coming, but Chris certainly could have handled it better. I still really like Chris though as you can tell he is super passionate about what he is doing and that is where the "bad behavior" is coming from.

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                                                  1. re: twyst
                                                    huiray Aug 8, 2012 11:27 PM

                                                    In Bravo's poll, 72% of responders were on Team Art, 28% on Team Chris. ;-)

                                                    I'm inclined to think Cosentino has a hubris issue himself.

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