Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Top Chef Masters preview: Finale!

Check out the preview videos of Top Chef Masters!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

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On the next episode of Top Chef Masters:

Susur! Waxman! Moonen! Gael Greene! Oh my! Looks like a star-studded finale for Top Chef Masters season 3. The three finalists from last season — Susur Lee, Jonathan Waxman and Rick Moonen — return to the show as diners for the final challenge and it looks like we also get another dose of Gael Greene this season. And, yes, by the looks of the previews, Ruth Reichl will be in attendance at the Judges' Table.

Not totally sure what the remaining chefs' finale challenge is, but it looks to be very similar to the finales from seasons past: cook food that represents your culinary journey. I also think they may have to create a dish based on a "food memory" of the judges (but don't take my word for it, as I've been wrong before).

Anyway, it's sure to be a fast-paced (besides the traffic issues) episode where we'll actually get to see these great chefs cook amazing food — no ridiculous curve balls included (*crossing fingers*). Anyone want to place bets on the winner? I'm rooting for Mary Sue!

Preview video highlights:

  • A huge chunk of preview is dedicated to Floyd being stuck in traffic and the other chefs bitching about the horrible L.A. traffic — this is RIVETING television!
  • Mary Sue and her sous chef decide to quick freeze some ice cream with liquid nitrogen, proclaming themselves to be "liquid nitro virgins." As we've learned in past seasons of Top Chef, if you've never used liquid nitro before, it's not a great idea to use it for a finale challenge.
  • I have come to believe that Susur Lee's ponytail is the source of his power and culinary prowess. (The preview videos didn't give me too much to work with this week, so I'm just throwing this random observation out there.)

Top Chef Podcast News: We'll be recording another Top Chef Podcast this Thursday afternoon, so check back to the CL Food & Drink page to listen!

Check out the preview videos below.

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Tune in to Bravo tonight at 10 pm EST/9 pm C, join our Twitter party during the show (Jeff: @JeffHouck, Katie: @culinarypirate), and listen to our podcast here tomorrow! (You can even download us on iTunes!) Check out our fellow Top Chef fanatics, Please Pack Your Knives And Go and All Top Chef, for the latest news (and some laughs).

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