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Top Chef Masters 7/31 "Bring a little pony or goat"

I SO can't do the detailed review thing,

Maybe Hugh can. Here is Hugh

"Sue explains that sous chef Nick is like her Little Pony. "


I can't resist the random quote.

Hugh hears "Come inside my body". I hear "Come inside my palate" and "that will be a first"

This will be a test of how long I have to edit. Already too late to edit the title, but I know I will watch the on demand at least twice, and think I have thoughts worth sharing.

For instance "that sour look on James face"; does he have another look?

You go, Voltagio brother, with your pressure cooker broth!

Note; that is NOT a spoiler!

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  1. James Oseland has a non-sour look. I believe we saw it last season when he was liquored up and poolside with hard-bodied guys taking their shirts off.

    1. Couldn't help but notice that the top 3 were guys and the bottom were women. Just saying. And why does Oseland perpetually look as if just ate a lemon?

      I think Voltaggio will take all the marbles.

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      1. re: roxlet

        And the black guy went first. But I don't think you can really question any of those decisions.

        I'm predicting Douglas Keane.

      2. "Life is too short to forgive and forget." Love Hugh.

        I also thought I heard "Come inside my body." Ew.

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        1. re: KrumTx

          I heard come inside my body also, lol.

          1. re: KrumTx

            Definitely "Come inside my body," followed by "Come insie my palate." Both are definitely cringeworthy.

            1. re: gaffk

              come inside my body
              become my palate

              I will refrain from coment as my mother says... i can have an unsaid thought without my head exploding

          2. That pony comment was *really* strange.

            And Bryan has a very weird laugh. I'm just glad my crush continues to show up near the top. I'll be devastated if he goes home.

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            1. re: DGresh

              It's like a guffaw. Looks like he's getting paunch.

              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                He looks like he's expecting a baby in 3 months.

              2. re: DGresh

                And her poor sous looked so uncomfortable as he said it. She's a thoroughbred and he's a pony or goat brought along to soothe her? Yet another of the several cringeworthy moments in this episode.

                1. re: DGresh

                  noticed his wierd laugh..it is like he has worked with a social anxitiy thearpist on having a sense of humour.

                  the Pony comment--- EGAD my sister use to ride..at least she didnt use the correct term.. Show horses and race horses are very high strung so they often travel with a very calm horse to keep them steady they call this..the horses Barn Buddie

                  1. re: girloftheworld

                    Funny, I had more or less the same thought about the laugh!

                  2. re: DGresh

                    Bryan's laugh cracked me up. After a split-second thinking "what the hell was that?" when I first heard it, it quickly became endearing, as someone posted below.

                    He's crazy talented. I hope he takes it all.

                    1. re: KrumTx

                      I'm going to say this many times before this is over - I love Bryan Voltaggio! I think his laugh is endearing and his talent is immeasurable.

                      He not only has impeccable skills but he's a thinker. The soup is a prime example. He not only used a pressure cooker to extract as much flavour as possible, he combined several different soups to attain the complexity of flavours that he wanted.

                  3. Why, why have Kathie Lee as a guest??? For someone who imbibes as much as she, she's just a buzzkill! And a blatherskite to boot--who knows not of whence she speaks. She did just about every chef there a disservice with her presence. Otherwise, I'm enjoying this season with the sous twist. I laughed at Sue's whimsical "a thoroughbred--that would be me", and her little pony-goat sidekick comment.

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                    1. re: bourbonnie

                      I am by no means a Kathie Lee fan, but for some reason I liked seeing her reaction to some of the more unusual food. A reaction from a non-Chowhound.

                      1. re: bourbonnie

                        Yeah, Kathie Lee was puzzling, especially since she was only there for a portion of the tasting. And what good is having a guest who won't try one item and cringes at trying another?

                        1. re: gaffk

                          She's not there for her food expertise. She;s there to cross-promote The Today Show, another NBCUniversal property. Next week features guests from NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.

                          1. re: FoodPopulist

                            Yeah, the product placement was *too* obvious. I was more amused than offended by her "plebeian" tastes. Sometimes we foodies need to be reminded that not everyone eats like us! But I do have trouble forgiving her for dissing Bryan's food :)

                            1. re: DGresh

                              I get it, but that makes her pretty pointless as a judge. Especially when she won't try certain things.

                              1. re: piccola

                                Kathie Lee was not a judge. She tasted the food but did not have any impact on the judging.

                                1. re: wincountrygirl

                                  It was still pretty pointless to even have her there. Especially with her documented distaste for anything remotely "different."

                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                    Duly noted. But that makes her extra useless because she contributes absolutely nothing.

                                    1. re: piccola

                                      Actually, I found it kind of funny. Ok, I'm weird.

                                2. re: FoodPopulist

                                  That explains it . . . I think I've been places that have Today on in the background, but never really paid attention, and I've never seen Days of Our Lives (so chances are next week's cross-promotion will be lost on me as well).

                            2. The Little Pony comment was most bizarre. And I love that Oseland made his sour face at the idea of the dessert, and then LOVED it.

                              Kathie Lee is notorious for spitting food out on the Today show if she doesn't like it. I'm surprised she didn't end up doing that.

                              Glad Voltaggio is doing well.

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                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                I absolutely loved and got the show pony thing. But still cringed. And volatiggios laugh endears me to him

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  I liked Oseland's about face as well--a testament to trying anything once ("try it . . . you'll like it" ;) I guess Kathie Lee is the antithesis.

                                  Don't know if anyone else caught this, but showing the previews for next week's TCM gave away this week's sous chef challenge. (You don't know who won, but you definitely know who lost.)

                                2. First re watch.I hear

                                  "Come inside my body. Come inside my palate, and experience this dish. "

                                  1. It made sense that that Robert guy got eliminated during the quickfire. Have they eliminated during QF before? I didn't like when the long haired chef said he wanted to punch his sous in the face. Like they don't have enough pressure and aren't trying their hardest. In general, finding this season very pleasant.

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                                    1. re: Joanie

                                      I know right--- they wanted to get rid of him last week for whining about " I had no knives Ihad no knives..my sou screwed me" but the other guy didnt finish... Sooooo Bam they got him with a quick fire.

                                      Long Hair guy channling Wylie Dufresnes look is next on my list to go...

                                      1. re: Joanie

                                        It made me wonder if they added the sous-chef twist so the chefs themselves can save face when they lose.

                                        1. re: piccola

                                          that is right ..bring a barn buddie and a scapegoat

                                      2. Oh, I feel so sorry for the sous chefs. I don't think this "battle of the sous chefs" is what they signed up for at all. They all look really miserable and uncomfortable and as if they are not having any fun at all. :(


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                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          I do wonder what the TCMs and the Sous Chefs were told about this season. It seems to have been a surprise to all re: the separate Sous competition, and how it affects the TCMs in their competitions. Awkward.

                                        2. I caught up on the sous chef challenges tonight - including the one for the next new episode. No spoilers... I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out. :)