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Top Chef Masters 8/28 [Spoilers]

It's late and I have to go to bed but I had to get this off my chest first: OMG, OMG, OMG!!! I was so certain that my beloved Bryan was going to get the boot! I'm not sure he wouldn't have deserved it but I'm glad he survived to cook another day.

I would have reluctantly accepted that his dish was not child-friendly and maybe, just maybe, they would have been right to send him home. But having read Ruth's blog on Bravo, I'm thinking she's right and he should have been on the top instead of the bottom. She suggests that they should have rewarded those who tried to encourage kids to try new foods rather than hide them. She says that by trying to disguise the food, they are sending the message that these foods are bad and should be hidden. She's right.

Can't wait to watch Battle of the Sous Chefs tomorrow.

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  1. Phew! That was close!

    Husband thinks Bryan should be gone,because it's it's not about your track record; it's about THIS challenge.

    OTOH, he could have been one of the kids judges. He would not try beet ice cream. Only vanilla.

    1. It crossed my mind that Bryan was saved because the other two chefs might be more evenly matched in a one-on-one cookoff, as they are doing. Maybe I'm just cynical.

      1. I'm bummed Bryan didn't go home. I like him too (not quite as much as half the rest of the ladies here) but his dish really seemed to be the least favorite of the kids and the judges. I felt like they all said "we CAN'T send Bryan Voltono home" and the gals got the boot. And why have a double elimination if you're just gonna have a cook off later? I didn't like this episode. I *did* like that Doug's eggplant jello went over much better than everyone (including him) thought it would.

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        1. re: Joanie

          I feel the same way. And the one woman (I can't remember her name) had cottage cheese as her "primary" ingredient she had to get the kids to eat and they all ate it without a thought, the b-sprouts were her second ingredient, not her primary. Bryan had only one ingredient to get them to eat and he failed.

          I was not happy with this episode at all and in general loosing interest in the season.

          1. re: Joanie

            It seems that the show was so desperate for a little bit of drama – in this case, that Bryan might be going home – they over-edited it to make it seem that way.

            This is from Curtis Stone's blog today on Bravo:
            "Sue’s mac and cheese was a great idea in theory, but mac and cheese is either hit or miss, and unfortunately, she didn’t get it right. The dish was dry, too salty, and the pasta was overcooked. It just wasn’t good."

            I don't think they ever mentioned these things on camera. Knowing this, I can see why a poorly-made basic dish like mac and cheese would lose to Bryan's dish. The editing in an attempt to trick the audience seemed to have left everyone confused instead.

            TC has never seemed to shy away from knocking out those they know will be fan favorites (Kristen last year, Jen Carroll in All-Stars), so I tend to believe Bryan wasn't kept for that reason. Maybe I'm too naive, though:)

          2. Upon further reflection, I really think Ruth was on to something. And I'm not saying this to justify the survival of my beloved Bryan. They should have applauded the chefs who did not attempt to hide the undesirable ingredient.

            Douglas's eggplant jello, Sang's cauliflower foam, Bryan's beet ice cream didn't try to hide the ingredient to fool the kids. They tried, some of them unsuccessfully, to encourage children to try the ingredient. They didn't chop it up and hide it into a tomato sauce. I'm not saying that Neal didn't make a great dish that kids loved. I'm saying - was the challenge to make kids try new things or to trick them into eating things they don't like?

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            1. re: chefhound

              well, hold on a sec.

              isn't using eggplant as jello, cauliflower as foam and beet as ice cream a form of "hiding" it?

              it's not like they served them in anything resembling their original form.
              i don't find putting brussels sprouts in tomato sauce any trickier or more deceitful than what the others did.

              1. re: linus

                I'm not saying the others were deceitful. I'm saying that Douglas's eggplant stilled tasted (I presume) like eggplant, Sang's cauliflower still tasted like cauliflower, Bryan's ice cream tasted like beets and they were trying to get the kids to like the taste of eggplant, cauliflower and beets.

                Neal said he put the brussel sprouts through the meat grinder, so presumably he was trying to hide the brussel sprouts and mix them into the sauce so the kids wouldn't remember they were there.

                1. re: chefhound

                  i'm sorry, i just don't see it that way. didn't the judges say they could taste the brussels sprouts?

                  1. re: linus

                    Well, let's agree to disagree. I wasn't really thinking along those lines until I read Ruth's blog. Have you read it?

                    1. re: linus

                      I think that Gail said that the judges were able to detect the Brussels sprout flavor because they were familiar with the taste but she doubted that kids would pick up on the flavor. It sounds like it was very subtle.

                    2. re: chefhound

                      I'm pretty sure that Sang said he sweetened the cauliflower foam, so maybe the kids were reacting to the sweetness vs. the actual cauliflower taste. Cauliflower (to me) doesn't have much of a taste to begin with, so if he sweetened it with sugar, it would definitely be much more palatable.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Yeah, and really unhealthy, since sweetness increases cravings for more sweetness.

                2. For what ever reason... my sweet, sweet Bryan is on to another week. That's all I really care about. Love David Burke too!)

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                  1. re: Phoebe

                    Man you guys are obsessed with Bryan. He's cute (as was the photo of his son helping him cook) but that laugh becomes goofier and goofier and he dodged a bullet. I'm down with Doug.

                    1. re: Joanie

                      I'm pretty happy with all the remaining chefs other than Neal. Francis Lam creeps me out, he's as photogenic as Oseland.

                      1. re: Worldwide Diner

                        Francis and Gail: "Hey, you're the kid that hates the tummy song. Let's sing it together!" I felt bad for everyone.

                      2. re: Joanie

                        It's not that he's good looking, which he is, but he's not supermodel gorgeous like Curtis. I'm obsessed with/attracted to his talent. His skill and his brilliant culinary mind is what I find appealing.

                        Which is why I am also becoming more and more obsessed with Douglas. I was disappointed to hear that he was married. I was considering stalking him.

                        1. re: Joanie

                          I'm down with Doug too. I'd totally go out with him.

                            1. re: gaffk

                              Probably not. My other half probably wouldn't either :)

                            2. re: juliejulez

                              Love him - and his charity is dogs!!!!!

                              1. re: wincountrygirl

                                I posted this in an earlier thread, but in the first episode where his charity was introduced, I was watching with my teenage son. Doug said something like "we take dogs that were going to be euthanized....." and my son thought to himself, horrified, that he was going to say "turn them into delicious food"! It is a cooking show after all!

                                1. re: DGresh

                                  I love it!!! Actually, when I was a kid I thought neurasthenia was like the peace corps - you know, Youth in Asia!!!