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Top Chef Masters, 9/25, FINALE (spoilers)

The chefs have to cook four courses: something old - the dish that started it all; something new - the dish that defines who they are today; something borrowed - the dish inspired by the person who was the biggest influence; and something sous - the dish that the sous chef made in the final Battle of the sous chefs.

The judges seemed to be pretty impressed with the food. I wish I could have been there!

And the winner is... Douglas!

I'm happy with the result. I think Douglas is amazing. I've come to love him as much as I love Bryan. Either would have worked for me but I think the judges were right. Bryan is so thoughtful and so technically brilliant. Douglas is also brilliant and thoughtful but he's also more mature and soulful.

Great season!

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  1. Okay. I am alright with the result, perhaps because the contestants were.

    I reminisced a lot about that first thing I made that brought me "here". It would have been the late 70's, and I'm not sure if it was Gourmet mag or the Galloping Gourmet, but I remember a tuna casserole with a mayonnaise and egg white topping, what must have been a strawberry sorbet ( interesting to me that I remember something like that when I must have been 14, but the flavor was amazing), and some jelly rolled sponge cake with peach and ginger. I think it was not easy to find ginger then and I couldn't believe it turned out like the picture. Must have been a Gourmet mag.

    Moving on.....

    I was intrigued by someone's,I think Bryan's, egg yolk that was like a custard. Looking it up.

    And how about the Top Chef commercials featuring "sexy" Padma? Sigh,but I'm watching......Linda????? You got this? You should set up a Pay Pal account and make somebody pay....but not me... :)

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    1. re: Shrinkrap

      And how about the Top Chef commercials featuring "sexy" Padma? Sigh,but I'm watching......Linda????? You got this?
      ~~~~~~

      What? I have *no* idea what you're talking about, Shrinkrap. :-P

      1. re: LindaWhit

        I just meant are you going to be "covering" this season?

        1. re: Shrinkrap

          I knew what you meant. I was teasing. :-) Yes. I'm going to try and muddle through.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Hell no . . . you *will* recap . . . and I will read before I even watch. It's tradition.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Hey . . . I know where you live . . .I'll hunt you down ;) (I mean, really, finding someone in the general Boston metro area can't be *that* difficult, can it?)

                And there are worse soundtracks to stick in your ear.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I watch TCM and TC quite differently. I watched each episode of TCM, but didn't always pay complete attention. On the regular TC, I try to watch each episode twice before even reading your thread and making any comments. That might be a little OCB but it works for me. (I know you know how much we appreciate all of your efforts. It's too bad all we can do to reward you is to give you our warmest personal regards.)

              1. re: LindaWhit

                (Blushing...no wait;...embarrassed)

        2. As a San Francisco native and current resident of Sonoma County, I can't help but gloat that last year's winner was Chris Cosentino (from SF and with strong family ties in Napa/Sonoma), and this year's Douglas Keane, from Healdsburg in Sonoma County. How very extremely cool!

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            1. re: cmvan

              The other group of us that can gloat are those who attended Doug's alma mater, Cornell University. Go Big Red.

              1. re: cmvan

                I really liked Chris, too. I love the camaraderie of the TCM and their attitude about putting out good food, much more than many of the TC contestants whose only goal is to win.

                1. re: cmvan

                  Had an outrageous dinner at Incanto last April when I was in San Fran. Cosentino's win was no fluke. And he was so personable and humble. If you go, don't miss the house made salumi. It will change your life. :)

                  As for Cyrus -- well, you can't eat there any more. It closed a while back. Certainly hope Keane will open something similar soon.

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    Douglas Keane has Healdsburg Bar and Grill and DK Wings which is opening soon. I too am hoping that he opens up something similar to Cyrus.

                    1. re: JonDough

                      Keane alludes to plans for a Cyrus-level place in one of the articles linked on this thread. Here's hoping it's soon.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Let's hope the TCM win pushes the date closer to now.

                  2. I was pulling for Bryan because I felt that if he didn't win, it might shatter him - a la Richard Blais. But I'm happy with the outcome. Doug seems like one cool and talented dude. I'll miss Bryan's laugh!

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                    1. re: KrumTx

                      you'll miss his laugh? really? it gives me the creeps.

                      1. re: linus

                        His laugh flipped me out at first, but it's so distinctively wacky that I laughed every time I heard it.

                        Looking forward to TC NOLA and hoping they don't repeat the bring-back-former-contestants wrench. Can't take another Josie. Rest up, LindaWhit!

                      2. re: KrumTx

                        I think Bryan will be ok. He doesn't seemed to be as neurotic as Richard.

                        I loved those old pictures. He turned out alright.

                      3. Ok, so I'm not a fashion critic, nor am I on top of the latest trends, but what is up with the hairstyles of the judges?

                        Who did Ruth Reichl's hair? She sort of got rid of her bangs, but her hair is still covering her eyes. I think she could use a make-over.

                        Lesley Suter would benefit from a new hairstyle as well.

                        The only thing I'll say about Jane Goldman's hair is that she appears to go to the same barber as does Bryan Voltaggio does in Frederick, Maryland.

                        Finally, what happened to Curtis Stone's hair? He looked like he has a low-flow shower head ala Seinfeld.

                        Now that the petty stuff is out of the way....

                        I thought all of the food looked pretty good. I'm happy with Douglas winning. I was sort of rooting for Bryan because of his placing 2nd last time, but I'm sure he can handle it.

                        I thought the cool thing was when they showed Douglas skydiving at the end of the program.

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                        1. re: John E.

                          "they showed Douglas skydiving "

                          They DID?? I missed that. That's nice.

                          1. re: Shrinkrap

                            He said something about competing in Top Chef Masters made him feel he could overcome other challenges in his life, including his fear of heights. Then they showed him jumping out of a plane like they did earlier in the season.

                            Here's a story you might be interested in.

                            http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

                          2. re: John E.

                            Oh, I meant to comment on Curtis's slicked back hair. It was like his mother spit-combed it down. Realy bad look for him.

                            And seeing Doug do the skydive - nice ending. :-)

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              Curtis's hair cracked me up.
                              I agree with everything everyone said. Jen ended up being annoying and not so nice to her sous. Bryan and Doug are cool.

                              I need a break before regular Top Chef and will wait to get into it til I return from a big vacation. Are any of those folks from Boston?

                              1. re: Joanie

                                It looks like we've got several, Joanie. First from Norwood, MA, except he's now in Miami. Worked at various Boston-area restaurants including L' Espalier, Kingfish Hall, Sibling Rivalry, and Chiara.

                                http://www.bravotv.com/people/bret-pe...

                                Second from West Newbury, MA, now in Philadelphia. Has worked @ Guy Savoy (Paris), Le Bec Fin, Union Pacific, Oceana and Lutece.

                                http://www.bravotv.com/people/nichola...

                                BUT - we DO have a hometown Boston girl back from last year - Stephanie Cmar - sous chef @ No. 9 Park.

                                http://www.bravotv.com/people/stephan...

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  Thanks, was hoping for people that are presently working here that I might have heard of altho I might have eaten Bret's food at some point (haven't been to No. 9 in at least decade). There's never an abundance of BOS people.

                            2. re: John E.

                              <Who did Ruth Reichl's hair? She sort of got rid of her bangs, but her hair is still covering her eyes. I think she could use a make-over. >

                              Teehee! They really tamed Ruth's hair for this show. Half the time in NYC she goes around with it unstraightened (really wildly curly) and blowsy. My mom would have called it a "Hair-Don't." Everytime I'm in her presence I have a strong urge to take out a pair of scissors.

                              But I do love her writing.

                            3. Sorry Bryan didn't win. Glad that Douglas did. LOVED the very ending with Douglas finally jumping out of the plane! Would love to hear what made him finally decide to take the plunge.