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Top Chef Masters: "Episode 5: Holly Madison's Pool Party" (8/22/12) [***SPOILERS***]

ipsedixit Aug 22, 2012 08:21 PM

More eye-candy than you can wink at. It's a pool party with Ms. Vegas.

Lorena Garcia takes the win.

But it's time to bid adieu to Monsieur Thierry Rautureau. Make a Bloody Mary, and better make sure people don't mistake it for Tobasco sauce.

So, it's Spain over France, sort of like a World Cup match.

And this episode should be rated "R" ... one should never have to endure Art in a Speedo without some sort of parental warning. I don't know what hurts more, my eyes or my stomach.

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  1. huiray RE: ipsedixit Aug 22, 2012 11:34 PM

    I thought the Quickfire was more interesting than the pool party. Pity Patricia Yeo ran out of time and didn't complete her plating...but phở in 45 minutes did seem ambitious to me, even if she called it "faux phở". Takashi Yagihashi's win seemed well-deserved.

    In the elimination challenge it seemed somewhat probable to me after the food was presented that Thierry Rautureau was in deep danger. His mini-croque-madame sans egg (i.e. not a croque-madame) with congealed Béchamel, burnt toast...

    Mr. Bull Horns and Mr. Speedo really should not be around each other.

    Not sure I agree with Lorena Garcia winning - but I wasn't there.

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    1. re: huiray
      Berheenia RE: huiray Aug 23, 2012 08:07 AM

      Totally agree about "Quickfire was more interesting than the pool party"

      Art Smith in a speedo left me totally speechless which is probably a good thing

    2. moto RE: ipsedixit Aug 23, 2012 03:37 AM

      we learned how Judge Oseland can seem so jaded yet maintain an appetite to slog through -- he seems a little less the sour puss this season but still no pleasure to partake with, and in this glimpse reminded me a bit of the senator played by Olivier in "Spartacus" at a Roman bath leering at the slave portrayed by Schwartz (Curtis, as in Tony).

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      1. re: moto
        LindaWhit RE: moto Aug 23, 2012 05:48 AM

        Brilliant analogy, moto.

      2. LindaWhit RE: ipsedixit Aug 23, 2012 05:41 AM

        Very sad to see Thierry go. But the minute they had him say something about him winning the previous challenge in the confessional at the top of the show, I figured he was a goner.

        And James Oseland's fawning and Art's Speedo. ::::Gak:::: Was either necessary?

        Didn't want to see any of the bottom three go - Patricia, Chris and Thierry are all high on my list of "likes" (along with Takashi, who is rocking it with an EC and then a QF the next challenge).

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        1. re: LindaWhit
          linus RE: LindaWhit Aug 23, 2012 04:11 PM

          i think watching people have fun at a pool party makes for better television.

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          kseiverd RE: ipsedixit Aug 23, 2012 01:48 PM

          Some how missed the Speedo... THANK YOU JESUS!! There's nothing on tv right now, this is at least not a rerun of a rerun. Don't really know who Holly Madison even is? If a chef leaves out onion/garlic from a dish that NEEDS it, just because chick says EW??? Kinda like Art Smith cuz his food does seem very froo froo... tho he wastes no time reminding us of how froo froo he is... NOT a quality that makes or breaks a chef... straight/gay, makes no difference to me!

          1. roxlet RE: ipsedixit Aug 24, 2012 11:20 AM

            It wasn't a surprise to me that 2 out of the three top dishes in the elimination challenge were fried. Fried foods rank right up there with bacon as being nearly universally adored.

            I thought the stipulation of no garlic and no onions from Holly Madison was almost as funny as her adoring Art's biscuit/turkey burger combo. I think that she likely has no idea what onions or garlic taste like but only knows they "cause bad breath." I think TCM could do better in its choice of guests to anchor challenges.

            I found James Oseland very unappealing in this episode.

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            1. re: roxlet
              chowser RE: roxlet Aug 24, 2012 02:02 PM

              I thought the garlic and onion thing was funny, in an eye rolling way, but wondered later if they played it up after she said something about bad breath. If I'm going to be working w/ people, I avoid garlic and onions, too. And, she did talk about how she was going to be w/ others later on. I have no idea who Holly Madison is. Obviously not related to Dolly.

              I was surprised Chris didn't just go with bacon instead of tuna mimicking bacon. It's a bite--what's the "lightness" difference in the two when it's that small?

              And, it was just odd for James Oseland to be oggling at the other men and touching their abs. Dirty old man.

              1. re: chowser
                2roadsdiverge RE: chowser Aug 29, 2012 09:37 AM

                If a 50-year-old man had acted that way with a 20-year old female model, he would have been demonized. But because he is gay it is "empowering"? I have the same problem with the middle-aged women who go all gushy over Justin Bieber or Twilight. Creepy is creepy.

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                  DGresh RE: 2roadsdiverge Aug 29, 2012 09:56 AM

                  I had *exactly* the same thought.

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                    chowser RE: 2roadsdiverge Aug 29, 2012 11:47 AM

                    It sounds like he has been demonized and he addressed his behavior, although not satisfactorily to me. It's creepy. It reminds me of Nigel Lithgoe on So You Think You Can Dance and the young female dancers on the show. Creepy is a good word.

                    1. re: chowser
                      DGresh RE: chowser Aug 29, 2012 12:32 PM

                      How did he "address his behavior"?

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                        chowser RE: DGresh Aug 29, 2012 12:39 PM


                        1. re: chowser
                          roxlet RE: chowser Aug 29, 2012 12:54 PM

                          Oh, please! He's making himself sound like a jejune innocent. He never went to a pool party before? He makes it sound as if he's lived in a box before this. It makes it worse, IMHO.

                          1. re: roxlet
                            linus RE: roxlet Aug 29, 2012 03:43 PM

                            yes, it certainly is awful when people have a good natured good time at a pool party staged for a television show.

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                              Joanie RE: linus Aug 30, 2012 05:20 AM

                              Haha. Hugh had some funny comments (http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-maste...


                              Bottoms are Thierry, Patriceo, and Chris. The judging panel is in a strange sun-stroked state. James is still dreaming of beefy hot dogs poolside and Curtis’ hair is getting lighter with the bright Vegas soleil. Frances is still erudite with his comments. Krista is still finding her voice, but when she does find it she used the term “textural violation”?

                            2. re: roxlet
                              chowser RE: roxlet Aug 29, 2012 05:15 PM

                              Yes, I thought it was obnoxious and he tried to excuse himself. As I said, it wasn't satisfactory.

                      2. re: 2roadsdiverge
                        FoodPopulist RE: 2roadsdiverge Aug 29, 2012 03:44 PM

                        If a 50-year-old man had acted that way with a 20-yearold female model, it would have been both creepy and potentially funny.

                    2. re: roxlet
                      linus RE: roxlet Aug 24, 2012 03:40 PM

                      i thought james oseland was great in this episode. he seemed to be having a lot of fun at a pool party.

                    3. 512window RE: ipsedixit Aug 24, 2012 02:16 PM

                      She's from Venezuela, not Spain. She's only mentioned it 100,000 times over the course of the show.

                      And I'm in the "who in the world is Holly Madison" camp.

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                      1. re: 512window
                        ipsedixit RE: 512window Aug 24, 2012 02:25 PM

                        My bad.

                        1. re: 512window
                          cmvan RE: 512window Aug 24, 2012 07:04 PM

                          Holly Madison's claim to "fame" is that she was one of Hugh Hefner's live-in girlfriends, the trio that included Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt, and had the "reality" show "The Girls Next Door". And now she's apparently cashing in on that notoriety in a Vegas show called "Peepshow"

                          Aside from that...

                          1. re: cmvan
                            wincountrygirl RE: cmvan Aug 25, 2012 03:50 AM

                            I am always bothered when people like Holly, or actors with no particular food knowledge serve as judges on these shows - also on Iron Chef. To have a chef like Jeffrey Zakarian's food critiqued by some Broadway theater actor is ridiculous. This was as bad as the Real Housewives of Houston on Top Chef!

                            1. re: cmvan
                              roxlet RE: cmvan Aug 25, 2012 05:19 AM

                              Should be called "Squeekshow" with that voice!

                              1. re: cmvan
                                DGresh RE: cmvan Aug 26, 2012 03:15 AM

                                Do you think her hair is really that color? :)

                                My husband (who is *not* a cooking reality show addict like me) was having a big laugh over the garlic and onion stuff. Glad someone used it anyway.

                                1. re: cmvan
                                  512window RE: cmvan Aug 26, 2012 10:32 AM

                                  Thanks. Actually you've brought great enlightenment to me since now I know who "Kendra" is as well.

                                  And Ms. Madison should fire her hair dresser.

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                                jujuthomas RE: ipsedixit Aug 28, 2012 10:36 AM

                                Sad to see Thierry go, but I kind of expected it after the reviews he got. I totally wanted to try Lorena's dish!

                                and ITA that the Quickfire was more interesting!

                                who is the young lady they showed in next week's episode? dark hair, Liz Taylor vibe...

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                                1. re: jujuthomas
                                  FoodPopulist RE: jujuthomas Aug 28, 2012 12:04 PM

                                  Lorena is probably going to be under-rated by many viewers because of her association with Taco Bell.

                                  The woman in the previews was burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese.

                                  1. re: FoodPopulist
                                    Joanie RE: FoodPopulist Aug 29, 2012 07:48 AM

                                    And Marilyn Manson's ex-gf. There will be ogling from another bunch of people in this one.

                                    1. re: Joanie
                                      Dee S RE: Joanie Aug 29, 2012 12:00 PM

                                      Yes but this time, the oogling will be justified. I think Dita is stunning. She is also very intelligent.

                                      I'm interested in her take on food though. You don't hear much from her with respect to food.

                                      1. re: Dee S
                                        roxlet RE: Dee S Aug 29, 2012 12:38 PM

                                        Lol. And why would we care? I think she is a very interesting character, but it would be nice if the celebrities in these challenges had some food cred.

                                        1. re: Dee S
                                          jujuthomas RE: Dee S Aug 29, 2012 12:56 PM

                                          She is lovely, what did she see in Marilyn Manson, I wonder?

                                          To Roxlet's point... does she have any food cred? hmmm... some googling may be in order. :)

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