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Top Chef Masters 9/18 (spoilers)

It was great having Sang back as a judge. I love the camaraderie between the chefs.

Now I'm going to apologize in advance for sounding like a broken record but I love Bryan! I love how his mind works! And he finally won a challenge! Ok, enough exclamation marks. But it's a good time to get on a roll. David said it - these guys are the future.

David is a really likeable guy. I'm sorry he had to go but I guess his fallen soufflés were worse than Jen's undercooked lamb.

I love both Douglas and Bryan. I would be happy with either winning the title. I don't think Jen's in their league.

The twist on Battle of the Sous Chefs is interesting. If the desserts that the sous created must be served at the final meal, it could seriously influence the results. If it doesn't fit the rest of the menu, if it leaves a unpleasant final taste in the judges' minds...

Can't wait until next week!

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  1. My dvr taped the rerun a few hours later, so it may have been different than the first-run but:

    In the little show-preview they have at the beginning, what they showed was the preview for next week's show, the finale. It didn't register on me until much later, but after rewinding I saw that, sure enough, there were only three chefs cooking. TCM spoiled itself!

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    1. re: ennuisans

      I thought I noticed something of a spoiler in the original broadcast as well.

      1. re: Shrinkrap

        It's been bugging me so I went back and watched more closely. Apparently the same episode taped back to back; my taped copy included the "coming attractions" at the end of one broadcast, tagged onto the beginning of the one I was watching. And with no commercials between the broadcast my brain turned it all into one episode.

        Apparently it's my first day watching television.

    2. Agree with all you said-- Doug and Bryan are in a class by themselves--
      I imagine there will be some room for tweeking the desserts-- maybe Bryan and Graeme can fix the hardness issue of the dessert-- it looked great

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      1. re: DGresh

        Doug and Bryan's burgers weren't up to par in the QF. I knew Bryan's was not going to be good when I saw him mixing the meat. I too do not want a burger to have the texture and flavor of meatloaf (I'm not a fan of meatloaf anyway).

        I do agree that that the finale is likely going to be a cookoff between them but Jenn might surprise me.

      2. Shoot, don't know what happened to my response. In essence I was surprised David didn't do some twist on the souffle even tho it was a major undertaking. I personally couldn't have taken Jen's super rare lamb, ick.

        But I didn't watch or tape the last 15 min with the sous chef setting things up for the finals. Could someone give details on what went on? Thanks.

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        1. re: Joanie

          Jen and David don't really do "twists" - they just prepare classic dishes. David usually overdoes it with components but his food is essentially classic.

          That's why Neal, Jenn Louis, Lynn ultimately failed. They might be great cooks but there's nothing exciting about their food. Jenn refused to adjust her bahn mi, Lynn just made a brownie. Neal never had an answer when asked what his personal take was.

          What do you mean by the last 15 minutes? Did you miss the ending where David left? Or do you mean the preview of next week? Or the battle of the sous chefs?

          1. re: chefhound

            I thought my TV said Top Chef was going another 15 min and I assumed they showed a battle of the sous chef stuff early. That wasn't the case? I saw David get the axe (and his amusing and gracious exit) and a short blurb for next week but could have sworn it was going 10-11:15 when I checked. Good if it didn't.

            1. re: Joanie

              I DVR'd it and yes, they did show Battle of the Sous Chefs afterward. As Chefhound said, the sous had to each prepare a dessert and that dessert has to be incorporated into the Masters' final meals. I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't watched it yet, so I'll post the details on another thread.

              ETA: Find the details here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/908807

        2. That lamb was still bahhhhing!

          1. I missed this episode, but I beg to differ with your comment "I don't think Jen's in their league.' If you'd ever eaten her food or attended one of her cooking classes (I have done both) I think you'd have a different opinion.

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            1. re: ChefJune

              I'm not saying she isn't a great cook. I'm just saying that her food might be delicious but it's expected. You're not going to be surprised by some crazy combination of flavors.

              I'm also not saying that chefs who use "new" techniques are superior to classic chefs. What I am saying is that a lot of chefs can make an amazing pozole. Not a lot of chefs can come up with squid bolognese and miso pasta. I'm not for the indiscriminate use of foam or nitrogen a la Marcel. I'm saying that the thoughtful use of blue cheese snow, the use of squid in bolognese, the jello-ifying of eggplant is exciting.

              And especially with the judges. These people have eaten the best of everything. Their palates are jaded. That's why black bean ghee sauce and Cobb salad sauce are getting the praise. If I've eaten tons of perfectly cooked steak and beautifully seared scallops, how exciting is that for the judges?

              1. re: chefhound

                " especially with the judges. These people have eaten the best of everything. Their palates are jaded."

                Someone said Sang was "not the idiot judge he was hoping for"!

                1. re: Shrinkrap

                  That had me laughing. It was Doug who said that because he knew his dish was subpar.

                  1. re: chowser

                    "I wouldn't expect any less of you". Man I like Sang from a distance.

            2. I thought I caught a gaffe in the editing of last night's episode and need someone else to tell me if I am correct or not. I saw Douglas buying flowers in the store, but they looked like red tulips to me. Later, he had a bouquet of red roses. Did I just see them wrong in the store, or am I onto something? (Or maybe I'm on something.)

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              1. re: John E.

                I noticed the same thing with the flowers and scratched my head. he totally reached for the tulips!

                1. re: niccole

                  I think it is likely that a producer steered him to the roses after seeing him buy the tulips. I think it was the right decision. This is one of my favorite TCM episodes. Of course I didn't like any of the episodes the first couple of seasons with the ridulous judges and scoring system.

              2. Finally got to watch this last night - VERY glad to see Bryan win - along with his sous chef giving him immunity. That, plus the monies that Bryan is pulling in for Team Voltaggio on the online voting will give him a nice contribution to Share Our Strength.

                Enjoyed seeing Sang as a judge - had forgotten he was there in TC1 as a judge for the burgers they made.

                Interesting that David Burke recognizes that Bryan and Douglas are the types of chefs that will be the ones who are going to be at the forefront of cooking in the coming years.

                I was rather surprised that David went home vs. Jennifer and her very under-cooked lamb. I'll have to read the Bravo blogs to see what the differential was between their two dishes.

                1. Did they ever introduce Alan Richman (the bug eye judge who writes for GQ) or did I just miss the introduction?

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                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                    No, they never did. I noticed that as well. There was a banner tagging him when they first showed him, but I think they wanted the focus to be on the teachers.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      I don't think they've ever not introduced a guest judge before.

                      1. re: Worldwide Diner

                        I don't think they introduced Jane GOldman last week! They showed Curtis saying, "Welcome back, Jane" and then had a banner showing her name and claim to fame when her image first appeared, but I don't think they introduced her.

                        I totally want Bryan to win.

                        ~TDQ

                  2. Finally Bryan wins! Hope that is a preview of things to come.