Top Chef Masters

>> Friday, June 26, 2009

Top Chef Masters

I didn't get to write about it, but I will say that last weeks episode was much better than the premier episodes (might have something to do with the Lost tie-in, but who knows...) and I thought Wednesday's episode wasn't half bad either.

This week's Masters:

Wilo Benet - Puerto Rican chef of PayĆ” in San Juan.

Cindy Pawlcyn- Napa Valley chef of Backstreet Kitchen, Go Fish, and Mustards Grill.

Ludo Lefebver - sassy french chef of Ludo Bites in LA. Ok maybe not sassy, but that accent just really makes him seem so.

Rick Bayless - owner of frontera grill in Chicago.

Quickfire Challenge: Create a dish around a color.
I really liked this challenge, but the chef's did not seem too. I understand that plates need lots of
color, but that's why its a challenge...


Wilo won with his smoked salmon tartar and I thought that his looked the best and the most appetizing. Ya know, aside from leaving on the ring that held the tartar together. But other than that...

Moving on to the elimination challenge: Use a protein you normally don't use for a street food dish.

I actually like this challenge too. I always think its interesting to see how chefs can great creative when face with the forgotten about parts of an animal and since I had just eaten tongue I was also interested to see what this guy would do with the tongue.

In the end Rick Bayless' tongue tacos with chorizo, bacon, guacamole and cojita cheese, were deemed "the perfect street food" and everyone left his table looking happy.

I am going to Chicago next week and I am hoping that I will have a chance to dine at one of his restaurants there.

Till next week! And thanks to Bravo's website for posting such pretty pictures that I can take screenshots off :)



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