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Top Chef Masters Battle of the Sous Chefs has begun


Way to make for uncomfortable moments between employee and boss-- a bad dish can give the chef a disadvantage.

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  1. Brian Voltaggio is on this season? He and David Burke are the only names I recognize. (I understand that some listed are sous chefs.)

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Half of those pictured are sous chefs. I know quite a few of the chefs, but many of them are new faces to me, also. I like the sous chef twist to this season. Should be very interesting.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        Ditto, except I recognize a third, Sang Yoon, from his appearances with Anthony Bourdain when he visited Father's Office in LA for their burger.

      2. Our hometown girl from here in Denver (Jennifer Jasinski) brought her sous Jorel Pierce, who I think was one of the first to get eliminated on last season's Top Chef. Hopefully he'll do better here, would be nice to have a CO chef win (other than Hosea LOL)

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        1. re: juliejulez

          OK, I thought Jorel's name was familiar.

          And Hosea who? :-P

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Rosenberg, the bald guy who won Top Chef Season 5 (instead of Stefan) a few years ago, but was kind of sucky. He's still around here in CO, owns a catering company. Apparently he's also now a spokesperson for the Colorado lottery LOL http://eater.com/archives/2013/05/16/...

            And yeah, Jorel had a more epic mustache on Top Chef... seems to have trimmed it down some.

            1. re: juliejulez

              LOL! Oh, I know who Hosea is. I was hoping he went away and no one remembered that he *had* won. ;-)

              1. re: LindaWhit

                i remember he won, and was no more and no less a deserving winner than anyone else who won this show.

                i always hope more people will remember that.

                1. re: linus

                  The whole cheating on the girlfriend thing while on the show put me off Hosea. I think in the end, there were multiple other chefs who were better than him. He only benefited by others having a bad day. The fact he's still never opened his own restaurant speaks volumes.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      cheating on his girlfriend had nothing to do with whether or not he deserved to win the competition.
                      opening his own restaurant has nothing to do with winning top chef.
                      he competed on the same playing field with the same rules as everybody else during his season.
                      if you lose 100 races before the olympics, and if you lose 100 races after the olympics, if you win the olympic final, youre still the deserved olympic champion.

                      the judges pronounced him the winner of top chef. end of story.

                      1. re: linus

                        I never said they didn't. It is just my personal opinion that out of all the winners of top chef, he's probably the worst and most forgettable one. End of story.

                        1. re: juliejulez

                          I know you're not alone in that opinion, julie, based on the various comments on many threads throughout the Interwebz regarding the various Top Chef winners.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            i hope hosea knows he is not alone in the opinion as far as competing on top chef goes, he is as much a winner as anyone else who has won top chef.
                            i hope knows a small amount of hue and cry and opinion cant take that away from him.

                          2. re: juliejulez

                            I still think Ilian Hall still holds the title you have bestowed upon Hosea.

            2. re: juliejulez

              I love Jennifer! I so want to travel the world with her! she so amazing and knowledgable! She got such a raw deal on on 80 plates...

              1. re: girloftheworld

                What happened to her on 80 plates? Her face isn't familiar to me from that show

                1. re: DGresh

                  she was the one who spoke the languages, knew the most about the cultures was the best chef... but it was one of those shows where the other contestants eliminated eachother.This of course meant the very best chefs went home first. i am pretty sure that is her... I could be confunsing her with Jenna Johannsen who also from colorado????

                  1. re: girloftheworld

                    Yes you're thinking of Jenna Johansen not Jennifer Jasinski. Jennifer has a couple restaurants here in Denver, Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall (which is where sous Jorel works currently), which are some of the best restaurants here and she's won a James Beard (first one ever in Denver!).

                    I've met Jenna in person before, my BFF knows her pretty well and we ran into her at a culinary event at Panzano here in Denver. She's very nice and friendly, so I agree she got some bad hands on 80 Plates (and bad editing). She doesn't currently work at a restaurant though, I guess she's currently working for Epicurean Catering http://denver.eater.com/archives/2013... Her fiance owned the salumeria Il Mondo Vecchio here (she also helped him w/ that) but closed his doors when the USDA was pressuring him to add nitrates to his products.

                    1. re: juliejulez

                      thanks for clearing that up.. I loooved her on 80 plates! if your BFF sees her tell her I anxiously await her next adventure.. meanwhile Jennifer sounds like quite the force!

            3. Battling for their masters....sounds like slavery to me.

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              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                I,too, got a flash of togas and platters of grapes whith that phrase.

              2. Hm, I thought it was thoroughly boring. I don't know anything about who these people are, so I wasn't interested enough to stay focused... I think a bit of preamble might have been in order.

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                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                  I think I always feel this way at the beginning of one of these things, when you don't know anybody. They might have edited it a bit better (maybe the material wasn't there) to give more an idea of why they chose to do what they did (and then to see how it might help or hurt the chefs given that they get the same ingredients as we learn at the end)

                2. Hate to sound stupid, but here goes anyway --

                  Is this the same Top Chef that will be airing on TV soon? Or is this some behind the scenes thing?

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                  1. re: Disneyfreak

                    This is the TCM's sous chefs performing in an online-only competition to give their TCMs an advantage. Or, if they perform poorly, their TCMs end up with an additional task to perform or a handicap in in some way during their competition.

                  2. So in Battle 1, the chefs have to use the same ingredients as the sous chefs chose. In Battle 2, they have to use the ingredients that the sous chefs prepared. In Battle 3, the sous chefs are given a special tray to put their scraps in. They'd have to be brain dead not to know where those scraps are going, don't you think?

                    1. This is for Joanie on the thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917452

                      I didn't want to spoil it for any who haven't watched the final battle of the sous chefs.

                      So, the three remaining sous have to prepare a dessert that reflects their first day on the job at the Masters' restaurants. The twist is that the Masters will then have to use this dish in their final meal. Twist number two is that the winning sous wins $10,000 for their charity.

                      Bryan's sous was a "young culinarian" when he started at Volt--a blank page, so he makes an all white dessert. I forget the story with Jenn's sous, but he made some tuille and chocolate dessert. Doug's sous started at a station that made the Greek salads, so he made a yogurt-based panna cotta.

                      None of them looked particularly appetizing, but then again, none of them are pastry chefs. Despite the fact that James Oseland (who was judging with Curtis) had a tough time eating Bryan's sous' dessert, he wins. Doug's sous loses. The Masters will have their sous chefs for the finales. Except Doug won't have his for the first day. Damn, I was pulling for Doug for the win.

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                      1. re: gaffk

                        Thanks for that info. Funny you say they had a hard time eating the dessert but it won. And poor Doug, we'll see how he does.

                        I just wish there was a break between TCM and the new Top Chef.

                        1. re: Joanie

                          Just to clarify, "hard time" because it was too frozen-- not because it tasted bad!

                          1. re: DGresh

                            Haha, okay that makes more sense.