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

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.

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  1. "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

      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.

    2. 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

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

        1. re: huiray

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

          1. re: huiray

            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

              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. At least we know whatever happened to Bronson Pinchot.

            1. 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

                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

                  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

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

                    I.just.don't.get.it.

                    He needs to go away.....

                      1. re: wincountrygirl

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

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

                2. 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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                        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

                          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

                            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

                              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

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